James R. Williams, PhD

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Title: Principal Ergonomist
Company: Synergetic Applications
Location: Bloomsbury, New Jersey, United States

James Williams, Principal Ergonomist at Synergetic Applications, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of human factors and industrial psychology.

Dr. Williams started his higher education at Purdue University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology in 1958 and a Master of Science in human factors and industrial psychology in 1960. He started as a technical assistant for Science Research Associates, and in 1961 he became a senior systems consultant for System Development Corporation. In 1964, he took a role as a human factors engineer at Kollsman Instrument Corp., and in 1966, he returned to System Development Corporation as a project manager. Dr. Williams worked as a supervisor of training and standards for Bell Laboratories, later becoming a member of the technical staff, and also acted as district manager for AT&T. In 1984, he started as a senior performance technologist at Telcordia Technologies, where he worked for more than 15 years, until 2001. Currently, he acts as principal ergonomist for Synergetic Applications.

As a young man, Dr. Williams served in the United States Air Force, from 1951 until his honorable discharge in 1955. Through college, he hoped to be involved in space exploration efforts, but turned his attention towards human factors, and ended up working in private industry. In addition to his professional endeavors, Dr. Williams has worked as the chair of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to the International Organization for Standardization in the Ergonomics of Human System Interaction for 30 years, from 1987 to 2017. He has also served as the U.S. expert for Software Ergonomics of Human-Computer Interaction since 1986, and is a member of both the American Psychological Society and Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. He authored “3D Embedded Figures Test” in 1970, “Developing Performance Support for Computer Systems: A Strategy for Maximizing Usability and Learnability” in 2004, and has worked as an editor for a variety of professional publications. Dr. Williams’ experience, success, and expertise solidify him as an elite professional in his field.

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