Dunlap and Associates, Inc.: Company History
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Company History

"It is generally agreed that the first human factors firm in the United States was Dunlap & Associates"(1). Originally incorporated in 1948 by Dr. Jack W. Dunlap, the firm has operated continually since to provide state-of-the-art research, consulting and expert witness services in human factors, systems analysis and safety to industry and government. Since the late 1960s, the firm has specialized in human factors in transportation systems ranging from the highway to commercial aircraft and the Space Shuttle. Primary areas of expertise involve examinations of user needs, attitudes and expectations, accident and incident causal analyses and the development and evaluation of systems, programs and processes.

Dunlap and Associates, Inc. prides itself on developing and applying innovative measurement techniques for accidents, incidents, knowledge, attitudes, perceptions and task performance. These data gathering approaches are both scientifically rigorous and practically relevant. They range from survey techniques that have produced response rates in excess of 90% to a patented multivariate model to estimate pilot workload in commercial jet aircraft used in partial fulfillment of the certification requirements for the Airbus Industrie A320 and A340 aircraft.

The firm is currently led by Richard D. Blomberg. Richard has over 39 years experience in applied human factors research and consulting in transportation. His achievements in transportation research and safety were acknowledged in 1987 through his appointment to the Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). During his 15 years of service to the Panel, he was elected vice chairman and then chosen as chairman for the final four years of his term. For his contributions to safety at NASA, Richard received NASA's Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest civilian accolade the agency can bestow. Publications by Richard Blomberg and other members of the Dunlap staff are in both the technical and popular literature.

(1) Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Bulletin, Volume 40, Number 4, April, 1997