Sean Hägen, IDSA

Sean Hägen, IDSA, HFES | Principal, Director of Research & Synthesis, BlackHägen Design  

Medical Special Interest Section Chair 2010-2017
Medical Section VIce Chair 2012-2013
Section Director 2014-2016

Sean Hägen, IDSA, HFES, earned a bachelor of science degree in product design from The Ohio State University’s Industrial Design program, with an emphasis on human factors engineering, design research  and design methodology. He has more than 20 years of research and product development experience in a variety of industries ranging from luxury vehicles and mission critical, ruggedized electronics to medical devices and user interfaces.

Since founding BlackHägen Design, Inc. (BH) in 1995, he has led design research and usability design projects in institutional and home environments across 18 countries. His current focus at BH is in the management of the user research and insight translation phases of product development. That focus includes contextual inquiry, usability testing, user-centric innovation, establishing user requirements and user interface design.

Hägen has published articles on usability research and design as well as contributed to domestic and international standards for usability development processes. He is currently an active member of the AAMI Human Factors Committee where he is a contributing author to the revision of ANSI/HE75, TIR 50 and 59. He served as chair of IDSA's Medical Special Interest Section from 2010 to 2017 and chair of IDSA's Medical Design Conference 2014. Currently, he serves as section director on IDSA's Board of Directors.