Ergonomics Projects

Ergonomics Practitioner of the Year Award

Inaugurated in 2016, the Ergonomics Practitioner award is granted in recognition for either lifetime achievement and/or a current project that best demonstrates the beneficial outcome(s) of ergonomics practice in real-world applications.  
The award consists of having both the recipient’s name inscribed on a perpetual Honors’ plaque and the Foundation’s website as well as a cash donation from the Board’s general fund earmarked for other specified Foundation projects, currently listed in its website, of the recipient’s choosing.  

Recipients may include all practicing ergonomics professionals anywhere in the world who are no longer students. Nominations come exclusively from a selection panel consisting of FPE Board Directors, prior award winners and the Board’s international ambassadors.  Winners will be announced by September 1 of each calendar year in time for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society in the U.S. and/or subsequently at an appropriate venue abroad. 

The past award winners include:

2019 - Robert S. Bridger, United Kingdom
2018 - Juraj Sinay, Slovakia
2017 - Tom Stewart and Peter Buckle, United Kingdom
2016 - Andy Imada and Tony Andre, USA

See Past Winners

Annual Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award

The Foundation for Professional Ergonomics (FPE) 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 (or group of students) for an Ergonomics project that demonstrates the major practice areas of Ergonomics: Analysis, Design, and Integration. The purpose of the award is to advance professionalism in Ergonomics by recognizing educational activities that demonstrate how professional ergonomists serve to make our lives at work and at home healthier, safer, more productive, and more satisfying. This award is open to ALL students (graduate and undergraduate) in Ergonomics and Ergonomics-related programs. Students who have completed their degrees in the past year are also eligible.

The award to the student(s) consists of an acrylic award and $1,000.00(US). In addition, an additional $1,000.00(US) is given to the university department or lab for the students’ professor’s discretionary use to advance the education in the practice of ergonomics and human factors. The student(s), professor, and university will be recognized on the FPE website as recipients of the award, and will include a summary of the student(s) project. The student will also have their first year’s fees for Certification paid, if they choose to apply to Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics.


A world in which ergonomics knowledge and resources are accessible for all developing populations to live and work safely, efficiently and sustainably.


Ergonomists are naturally concerned for others’ well-being and look to improve quality of life. Ergonomists Without Borders, a project of the Foundation for Professional Ergonomics, strives to do so globally in agriculturally and industrially developing communities.

FPE facilitates mentoring of students and early career professionals in the practice of Ergonomics, Human Factors, and User Experience.  Mentoring could involve instruction and guidance in core areas of the profession, advice on professional certification and career development, or internships and on-the-job learning experiences.  This is often especially helpful for those who are entering these fields from a related background, such as physical therapy, kinesiology, experimental psychology, or safety.

Through our extensive network of international experts in these fields, FPE matches an established professional with a student or early career professional to meet their specific needs.  Mentoring is typically accomplished remotely, even internationally, through various electronic media and technology.  Some examples of mentoring activities include:

  • Collaboration with an established professional on shared research or consulting projects.
  • Serving as an ad hoc member of thesis committees.
  • Identifying opportunities for work-study, internships, or entry level employment.
  • Providing advice on applying for and preparing for BCPE certification.
  • Helping design a self-directed course of study in human factors, ergonomics, or user experience.

Anyone interested in becoming involved with FPE’s mentoring program is invited to contact Bob Smillie, PhD, CPE at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Each year a BCPE preparatory class is offered at the Applied Ergonomics Conference. The small size of the review class makes it possible to target the class to the audience's needs by answering specific questions and practicing human factors problem solving scenarios. Attendees of past prep classes have included individuals with educational backgrounds in occupational and physical therapy, safety, and human factors engineering. The diverse backgrounds of attendees demonstrate that the profession remains one in which some individuals enter via higher education in human factors, while others enter from other professions. The FPE and BCPE acknowledge the board members of the Applied Ergonomics Conference (AEC) for choosing to offer the class despite its small number of attendees, recognizing that this is the only preparation class offered. The AEC board members feel that it is important to encourage professionalism through the credentialing process, as do the board members of the Foundation for Professional Ergonomics. Please check the web for the latest AEC dates and location.

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Who We Are

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. 
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