Santa Clara University

Sarah Gregg, Class of 2011

Situation Awareness and Strategies

After graduation, Sarah Gregg worked for NASA Ames Research Center as a research associate in the Airspace Operations Lab. The Lab developed and tested concepts and automated tools to help air traffic controllers manage more traffic. Her role was to develop questionnaires and assess how well the controllers used the tools that had been developed. Currently, Ms. Gregg is just beginning her first year of graduate school at Georgia Institute of Technology to earn her Ph.D. in Engineering Psychology. She is working under Frank Durso in his Cognitive Ergonomics Lab. She will primarily be focusing on situation awareness and strategies in railway and driving.

During her time at SCU, Ms. Gregg was heavily involved in the Psychology Department. She was president of Psi Chi her senior year and worked on research projects with both Dr. Plante and Dr. Sullivan. She believes that these experiences were paramount in the development of her interests and really stood out in graduate school applications. More than anything, she believes these experiences gave her the confidence and initiative to ask questions and allowed her to dive into her career.

Ms. Gregg urges students to get to know the professors at SCU. They can give you more knowledge, advice, and opportunities than you realize. She also advises students to be creative. Psychology majors have a wide variety of options for potential career paths that do not always include academia or therapy. She believes that if counseling or being a psychology professor isn't for you, it is important to know that you have the ability to work anywhere you want. In order to do so, she advises students to take as many opportunities as possible because they will open doors for you that can often be unexpected.