Graduated from SFU in 2017

Major: Kinesiology

Degree Recived: BSc Kinesiology and MSc Human Factors and Ergonomics

Credentials: Certificates in Occupational Ergonomics, Health and Fitness Studies, Applied Human Nutrition; Co-op Education

Dora Hsiao's Spotlight Video 



After graduating from SFU, with several co-op placements and a certificate in Occupational Ergonomics, Dora pursued a MSc in Human Factors at Loughborough University in the UK. Since then, she has worked in defense, rail and transit, and recently moved into the aerospace industry.

Dora currently works as a Flight Deck Design and Human Factors Specialist at Bombardier Aerospace. She works alongside engineers and designers in the development of new or modified flight deck concepts and carries out user centered design activities relating to the flight deck and human machine interface in aircrafts.


1) What is your current position? What does a typical work day look like for you?   

I am currently working as a Flight Deck Design and Human Factors Specialist at Bombardier Aerospace. I work with engineers and designers in the design of the flight deck, providing physical and cognitive ergonomics expertise to support tests and analyses.
One area I am responsible for include the development of the cockpit geometry and layout, ensuring that it accommodates the target user population and aligns with physical and cognitive human capabilities and limitations.

2) How did your education in BPK influence your career?

I discovered the world of human factors and ergonomics through courses with Anne-Kristina Arnold, who has always been so inspiring to me and a great mentor. As well, relevant co-op placements with the help of Darleen and Cheri from the co-op office helped me solidify my career interests.

3) Who in BPK had an impact on you and why?

As mentioned above, Anne-Kristina Arnold had a great impact on me and guided me towards opportunities that I am extremely grateful for! I also had the opportunity to work with and learn from Dr. Matt White, who introduced me to research in environmental and exercise physiology - an area I continue to be very interested in. He has always been great in empowering me and supporting my goals!

4) What is your favourite memory of your time at SFU as an undergraduate?

I spent a lot of time volunteering / working with Rec Sports throughout my time at SFU, and have a lot of fond memories!

5) What advice would you give to today’s BPK student? 

I would highly encourage current students to pursue co-op (and would recommend out-of-town ones if they fit your interests) and gain relevant work and life experience! While it might take an extra year or two to finish your degree, the work experience gained are invaluable and will be beneficial in helping you understand where you want to take your education and career.