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Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award Winners

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 Evaluation. 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 students (M.S. or Ph.D.) in Ergonomics and Ergonomics-related programs. Students who have completed their graduate degrees in the past year are also eligible.

Hyungil Kim with his advisor, Dr. Joseph L. Gabbard in the modified simulator used for the augmented reality display evaluations.

Congratulations to Hyungil Kim, winner of the 2016 Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award.  Kim, a PhD student in Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, is the sixth recipient of the award. Kim’s project is titled “Virtual Shadow: Making Cross Traffic Dynamics Visible through Augmented Reality Head Up Display.” The objectives of the project were to (1) design a novel driver interface for cross traffic alerts taking advantage of an augmented reality (AR) head-up display (HUD), (2) prototype design ideas for a specific use-case of pedestrian collision warning, and (3) evaluate usability in consideration of unique aspects of interaction with AR while driving.  The result was an AR pedestrian collision warning interface that is compatible with both the driver’s cognitive process and physical reality of driving.  This work demonstrates the opportunity of incorporating ecological interface design (EID) into AR interfaces.

Left to right: Dr. Tobias Grundgeiger (the students’ advisor), Ann-Kathrin Kraft, Daniel Reinhardt, and Moritz Albert.

Congratulations to the German team of Moritz Albert, Daniel Reinhardt, and Ann-Kathrin Kraft, winners of the 2015 Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award. The award was presented at the 2015 HFES Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. In addition to a plaque, the awardees received a cash award of $1,000 provided by a sponsor, and HFES added complimentary registration for the Annual Meeting.

Karen Jahns presenting award to Denny Yu. Dr. Tom Armstrong, Yu's advisor, is also present.

Denny Yu was the winner of the 2014 Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award.   Mr. Yu, a PhD student in industrial and operations engineering at the University of Michigan, is the fifth recipient of the award.  The award was presented to Yu by Dieter’s wife, Karel, at the 2014 HFES Annual Meeting in Chicago. The award included a engraved, acrylic award plus a $500 check and complimentary registration for the Annual Meeting.

Kapil Chalil Madathil

Kapil Chalil Madathil won the 2013 Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award.  Mr. Madathil, a student at Clemson University, is the fourth recipient of the award. The award was presented to Mr. Madathil by Dieter's wife Karel at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2013 Annual Meeting in San Diego. The award included an engraved, acrylic award plus a $500 check.

Mohd Nasrull Abdol Rahman

Mohd Nasrull Abdol Rahman was the winner of the 2012 Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award.  Mr. Abdol Rahman, a PhD student at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), is the third recipient of the Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award.  The award was presented to Mr. Abdol Rahman by Dr. Halimahtun Khalid, President of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society – Malaysia, at the NIOSH Ergonomics Seminar, November 27-28, 2012 in Dewan Sri Johor, Malaysia. The award included an engraved, acrylic award plus a $500 check.

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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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