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Arlington, Virginia, 22203, United States
May 26, 2010

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Allison M. Jacobs

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Arlington, VA 22203

OBJECTIVE: Seeking a Human Factors Engineering position with an emphasis on

human-systems integration, human performance, user experience and product



o George Mason University

GPA: 3.8/4.0

Master of Arts, May 2010: Human Factors / Applied Cognition Psychology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

GPA: 4.0/5.0

Bachelor of Science, June 2008: Humanities and Engineering: Anthropology

and Electrical Engineering


Proficient in ACT-R, Java, XHTML, R, SPSS, and Microsoft Office.

Proficient in Task Analysis, data analysis, experimental design,

eyetracking methods, and frequentist and Bayesian statistical methods.

Experienced in product design, user study design, rapid prototyping,

soldering, VectorWorks, and Photoshop.

Working knowledge of CSS, PHP, Common Lisp, and MATLAB.

Skilled in web accessibility and usability principles including ADA Section

508 and W3C standards.

Experience teaching.


George Mason University / Naval Research Laboratory

Fairfax, VA / Washington, DC

Graduate Research Assistant for Dr. J. Gregory Trafton

September 2008 - May 2010

o Working with a humanoid robotic system that runs ACT-R/E (ACT-R /


o Conducting Human-Robot Interaction experiments to test various aspects

human cognition

o Designed systems to detect human responses such as boredom and

distraction remotely and respond appropriately

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Media Lab, Personal Robots Group

Cambridge, MA

Undergraduate Researcher [UROP] with the Autom Project

September 2007 - December 2007

o Studied the effect of Autom the robot's social aspect on participants'

use and progress

o Analyzed data collected from user studies, which shows that Autom is

effective compared to a non-social interface

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Media Lab, Smart Cities Group

Cambridge, MA

Undergraduate Researcher [UROP] with the Humanseat Project

September 2006 - February 2007

o Improved the shape, materials, and design of the components of a wearable

o seat

o Studied different body types to create a parametric model for more

accurate prototypes

o Simulated human interaction in a driving situation by connecting a

working prototype to a video game system

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Media Lab, Context-Aware Computing

Group Cambridge, MA

Undergraduate Researcher [UROP] with the Voting Technology Project

October 2005 - December 2005

o Scheduled 50 participants and wrote questionnaires to collect data from

participants to test 3 new voting systems

o Analyzed data and wrote a report of design recommendations

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Burton Conner Dormitory

Cambridge, MA

Desk Manager

August 2007 - August 2008

o Oversaw functioning of the reception desk and daily dorm operations

o Managed 30+ employees, including hiring and weekly payroll

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

Residential Tutor for the Women in Technology Program [WTP]

June 2007 - July 2007

o Assisted teaching electrical engineering to high school girls during

classes and lab assignments

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Greenbelt, MD

Intern for the Zeptobolometer Project, Student Internship Program [SIP]

June 2006 - August 2006

o Designed an assembly to improve the process to test our Bismuth samples

o Increased the grain size of the Bismuth by ~100 times, greatly increasing

the film's quality as an absorber material


GMU Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Student Chapter Vice President

2009-2010, Social Coordinator 2008-2009

GMU Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group on Computer

Human Interaction Student Chapter President 2009

MIT Class of 2008 Alumni Council Vice President 2008-2013


Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), Usability Professionals

Association (UPA), Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest

Group in Computer-Human Interaction (ACM-SIGCHI)


Society of Women Engineers certificate [2004], National Italian American

Foundation Scholarship [2004, 2006]

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