People

Our Team

Our team members come from a variety of high tech domains which promotes innovation and creativity. All of our people share the common philosophy of making technology usable.

Nick Dinadis

Australia Managing Director. Nick is passionate about introducing and implementing Advanced Process Graphics. He is dedicated to advancing the field and accessibility of Human Factors within complex technical domains, such as aviation, chemical, petrochemical and nuclear. His degrees include a BASc in Nuclear and Thermal Power Engineering as well as MASc in Human Factors, specializing in Ecological Interface Design. Over the past ten years, Nick has worked to further the concept and application of Advanced Process Graphics to the design of control rooms within the chemical, mining, and petrochemical industries in North America, Europe and Australia.

Lisa Garrison

North America Managing Director. Lisa has a diverse background as an engineer and human factors specialist in the aerospace, telecommunications and petrochemical industries. Degrees include a BS in aerospace engineering and a MS in human factors. Companies that she has worked for include Exxon, Sprint PCS, McDonnell Douglas, Rockwell Space Operations and Honeywell. Lisa had over 15 years experience in applying human factors to the to hydrocarbon industry in the areas of control room design, workload assessments, task analysis, alarm management, graphics design and project management.

Klaus Christoffersen PhD

HMI Design Director. Klaus combines a strong background in both research and applied aspects of human-systems integration issues in complex, high-technology industries. Klaus holds BASc and MASc degrees in Industrial Engineering, and a PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering, focusing on cognitive aspects of Human Factors Engineering. Before joining Acuite in 2007 he advised clients in various industries including mineral and petrochemical processing, healthcare, transportation, defense and NASA space operations. He has published frequently in technical journals and conference proceedings, and has been invited to speak to several organizations on the role of human factors in the performance of complex, technical systems. He is a member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Laura Sievers

Human Factors Engineer. Laura is a seasoned user interface and interaction designer with experience in petrochemical and chemical refining, as well as automotive, medical, manufacturing applications. She has a BASc in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, specializing in Human Factors and Ecological Interface Design, and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Technische Universität München, specializing in Human Factors and Ergonomics. Her focus is on designing the interaction and interface between humans and complex systems, from industrial process control rooms to advanced driver assistance systems.

Nicole Patterson

Control Engineer. Nicole is a talented control engineer and programmer. Nicole has been instrumental in several successful APG projects. She provides design, commissioning and operational support for our APG clients. We welcome her to the Acuite team.

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