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Our Team

Curt C. Braun, Ph.D.

Dr. Braun is the president, CEO, and founder of Benchmark.  Dr. Braun has brought psychological and human factors principles to a variety of industries, including aviation, software development, public administration and research, and wildland management.  In each field, Dr. Braun has worked to identify and shape the psychological and system design factors that promote human performance.  Dr. Braun has been actively providing training to individuals charged with the management of the nation's wildland fires on topics including decision-making, team development, team processes, and human behavior in the fire environment.

Dr. Braun was a professor of psychology at the University of Idaho between 1994 and 2007, where he taught courses in the design of complex systems, research methods, statistics, and ergonomics.  He maintains his connections at the University of Idaho as an affiliate faculty member.  Dr. Braun holds a Ph.D. in Applied Experimental and Human Factors Psychology from the University of Central Florida.

Eric F. Shaver, Ph.D.

Dr. Shaver is a senior consultant with Benchmark Research & Safety, Inc., where he specializes in human factors & ergonomics, safety, usability, user research, and training. Dr. Shaver's work has emphasized achieving an optimal fit between people, technology, and work systems to facilitate safety, performance, and satisfaction. A specific focus has centered on bridging the research-practice gap by synthesizing and disseminating the latest scientific findings about human capabilities and limitations to the design, development, and deployment of technology. His professional interests also include leadership development, team performance, organizational behavior, and new product development.

Dr. Shaver holds a Ph.D. in Ergonomics Psychology from North Carolina State University and a M.S. in Human Factors Psychology and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Idaho.  Dr. Shaver is an affiliate assistant professor of psychology at the University of Idaho and a full member of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.


Benchmark Research & Safety, Inc. is a human factors and ergonomics consulting firm that specializes in usability, user-centered design, product safety, warnings, expert witnessing, research (design, ethnographic, perceptual) and training. Benchmark Research & Safety, Inc. is one of the few multi-capability firms in the Northwest - headquartered in Moscow, Idaho with branch offices in Boise and Rigby, Idaho; Portland, Oregon; and Grand Junction, Colorado.