Welcome to the Foundation for Professional Ergonomics (FPE). 


The Foundation for Professional Ergonomics was established in 2004 as a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing professionalism in ergonomics through educational activities and awards.  Our goals support the goals of BCPE, and we work closely with the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) on various ergonomics practitioner initiatives.  FPE attained an IRS 501(c)(3) status enabling tax-deductible donations from those sharing this dedication to professionalism in ergonomics. 


  • provides cash awards to students,
  • supports ergonomics practitioners in developing countries, and
  • provides ergonomic mentoring to students and new professionals.

Student Awards.  The Foundation for Professional Ergonomics initiated the Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award in 2010. The award, named in memory of Dieter W. Jahns, a life-long advocate of the practice of Ergonomics and a leader in Ergonomics Certification, is an annual award and is given to the student whose project represents the high quality, scientific rigor, and practical application characteristic of professional ergonomics.  Since 2010, the Foundation has recognized the following award winners:

  • Moritz Albert, Daniel Reinhardt, and Ann-Kathrin Kraft (2015), Institute Human-Computer-Media, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany, for their work on the development and evaluation of a tablet-based application for real-time resuscitation documentation.
  • Denny Yu (2014), University of Michigan, for his work on the design of alternative displays for microsurgery.
  • Kapil Chalil Madathil (2013), Clemson University, for his work on designing and developing of a research permissions management system.
  • Mohd Nasrull Abdol Rahman (2012), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, for his work on an assessment tool for assessing the exposure to physical risk factors associated with work-related musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Radin Umar (2011), Ohio State University, for his project “Ergonomic Interventional Design of an Articulated Arm for Echocardiography Application. 
  • Augusto Espinosa (2010), Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, for his concept design project for a men's public urinal with a built-in hand sanitation system.

Certificates of appreciation were also awarded to:

  • Milan Radenkovic, Evanthia Giagloglou, Marko Milosevic (2015), University of Kragujevac, Serbia
  • Mehdi Saffariana (2015), University of Toronto
  • Maryam Zahabi, Wenjuan Zhang, Inchul Choi, and Yi-Fan Liao (2015), North Carolina State University
  • Jie Zhou (2013), West Virginia University.
  • Mary H. Schaeffer (2011), Northeastern University.
  • Esme Shanley (2011), Loughborough University, United Kingdom

Ergonomics Support.  The Foundation supports Ergonomists without Borders.  Ergonomists without Borders continues a web-based presence and is an international resource for professionalism in ergonomics, particularly in developing countries. 

Ergonomics Mentoring.  FPE facilitates mentoring of students and early career professionals in the practice of Ergonomics.  Mentoring through the Foundation is a process by which individuals are paired with established professionals for the specific purposes and needs of the mentee.  Mentoring opportunities available through FPE are limitless and highly flexible.

We are very interested in serving you and your interests to promote ergonomics professionalism.  Please send us your suggestions for programs or for activities that you’d like us to consider sponsoring.

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