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Drexel Professor Emeritus Thomas Hewett Receives 2014 SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award

April 16, 2014

Thomas T. Hewett, PhD, professor emeritus of psychology and computer science at Drexel University, is the recipient of the 2014 SIGCHI Lifetime Service Award for his contributions to the growth and success of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI)—the premier international society for professionals, academics and students who are interested in human-technology & human-computer interaction (HCI).

The award especially recognizes Hewett’s longtime service to the association and influence on the community. Hewett served the association as executive committee vice chair for operations (1989-93), general co-chair (1994), and as either tutorials chair or co-chair across four CHI conference committees (1991-2006). In addition, he served on the organizing committee of four SIGCHI-sponsored Creativity and Cognition conferences, serving as papers program chair or co-chair for three of those conferences. Hewett also chaired the ACM SIGCHI Curriculum Development Group that wrote recommendations for undergraduate curricula for Human Computer Interaction, in addition to several other curriculum development activities. Most recently, Hewett served as papers program chair for the 9th Creativity and Cognition Conference held in Sydney, Australia in June 2013.

In addition to his longstanding memberships with ACM and SIGCHI, Hewett is also a member of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC), the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) and the IEEE Computer Society.

As a Drexel faculty member, Hewett’s courses include topics such as cognitive psychology, the psychology of HCI and HCI design, and problem solving and creativity. He has been visiting fellow, visiting professor or visiting researcher at the University of Vienna in Vienna, Austria; Tampere University in Tampere, Finland; Twente University in Hengelo, The Netherlands; Loughborough University in Loughborough, UK; University of the Aegean in Syros, Greece; and the Battelle Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wa. Hewett was previously a visiting professor at the Creativity and Cognition Studios in the Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, and a Cognos Distinguished Visiting Scientist at The Human Oriented Technology Laboratory at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.

In addition to being a published courseware author, Hewett has made several conference presentations and worked on development and evaluation of interactive computing projects. One of Hewett’s most recent projects involved evaluating the impact of embedded wireless communication devices and situational awareness software in field exercises conducted by police emergency response teams. He is currently working on the problem of understanding the role of cognitive biases in forensics.

Hewett holds a PhD in psycholinguistics (with minors in linguistics and social psychology) and an MA in social psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a BS in psychology from the University of Utah.