FABBS Honors Arthur (Dan) Fisk

danfisk-2016_resizeIn his early life, Arthur (Dan) Fisk had his sights set on boxing as a career. From a career perspective, an unexpected loss of a fight was one of the best things that happened to him. He went to college receiving a B.S. from The Ohio State University in 1978. Another important career event was working with Delos D. Wickens during his junior and senior years of college. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois under Walter Schneider. In addition to Schneider, Chris Wickens, also a faculty member, greatly influenced Fisk’s behavioral science approach.

A “post-doc” as Manager of Human Factors Engineering, AT&T Long Lines taught him about managing large projects. He saw first-hand the need to translate basic scientific findings into usable outcomes supporting business needs. Realizing his “calling” was academia, he accepted an Assistant Professorship in 1985 with the University of South Carolina. In 1987 he moved to Georgia Tech as an Assistant Professor in both the Cognitive Aging and the Engineering Psychology programs. For over 20 years he was the coordinator of the Engineering Psychology program helping that program gain in faculty and international reputation.