Barry Beith, the president and founder of HumanCentric Technologies (HCT), has assumed the role of national president for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) based in Santa Monica, CA.

Beith accepted this elected position during the 46th Annual Meeting held in Baltimore, Maryland on Sept. 30. With more than 4,400 members worldwide, the mission of HFES is to promote the discovery and exchange of knowledge about the characteristics of human beings and how they interact with the design of systems and devices of all kinds.

“Serving as president is both an honor and a challenge,” Beith said in a statement. “It’s a privilege to work with such a talented group of individuals who are making significant contributions to both science and design.”

Over the next year in his new role, Beith adds that he is committed to increasing the education of human factors and usability that ultimately will result in researchers and engineers having a greater opportunity to improve product design.

Beith also serves as adjunct professor of Psychology at N.C. State University. He holds a master’s degree in Human Factors/Applied Experimental Psychology from California State University and doctorate in Psychology/Ergonomics from N.C. State.

Headquartered in Cary, HCT partners with clients to develop products that result in positive user experiences. As a human factors and usability engineering firm, HCT provides user research, interface design, product testing and interaction evaluation services.