The open-ness! It is especially good when you’re working on a project. It is easier to approach people in an informal way. It makes it easier for a fairly new employee like me to get to know everyone due to the open and friendly work culture.
The usability labs! From the design to the props and technology. Note-taking can be so much fun when sitting on the other side of the glass and observing participants through cameras. Any scenario that I can think of, there are props and tools to simulate it. That’s pretty cool.
Areeba Zakir is a Professional Experience Year (PEY) student at Healthcare Human Factors. She has completed her third year in Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto.
Areeba has worked as a Research Assistant at the Human Factors and Applied Statistics Lab in 2014, where she worked on projects about nested interruptions in a CVICU environment and decision making techniques of flight planners at Ornge. Her research was funded by the Undergraduate Summer Research Award.
Areeba is passionate about community involvement for which she was awarded the Engineering Society Award in 2014. She is currently the Co-Chair for Galbraith Society and Sponsorship Director of the Human Factors Interest Group UofT Chapter.
As a PEY student at Healthcare Human Factors, Areeba hopes to expand her knowledge on human factors in the healthcare industry. Her goal is to help improve devices used in the healthcare system and to provide a safe environment to patients and care givers by integrating human factors principles to the current practices used.