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From the Foundation for Professional Ergonomics

Two runner-ups for the 2018 Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award are announced

Sara Pazell:  Good Work Design - Strategies to Embed Human‐Centred Design in Organisations. 
University of Queensland, Australia 
Advisor:  Prof. Robin Burgess‐Limerick

Husam Muslim:  Human Factors Issues Associated with Automation Interventions in Safety-critical Situations during a Lane-change
University of Tsukuba, Japan
Advisor:  Prof. Makoto Itoh

Other projects of note include:

Umair Rehman:  Augmented Reality for Indoor Navigation and Task Guidance: A Human Factors Evaluation
University of Waterloo
Advisor:  Dr. Shi Cao

Barbara Cardoso and Ana Pina:  Computer Visual Syndrome – Prevalence, Causes, and Prevention
Health and Environment Research Center, School of Heath of the Polythecnic Institute of Porto, Portugal
Advisor:  Prof. Matilde A. Rodrigues

Arian Iraqi:  Prediction of the Available Coefficient of Friction (ACOF) Based on Footwear Outsole Design Features
Department of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh
Advisor: Prof. Kurt E. Beschorner

Daedriana Harvey and Katie Grashof:  Lazy Dresser
Maryland Institute College of Art 
Advisor:  Prof. Howard Eaton, John Hopkins University Research Lab

Sherisse M. Pierre:  The Effects of Laser Eye Protection on Color Recognition and Discrimination 
Florida Institute of Technology 
Advisor:  Prof. Deborah Carstens

Ceyda Dundar:  A Human-Centered Approach to Hazard Evaluation Checklists for the Risk of Back Pain in Manual Handling Tasks
Old Dominion University
Advisor:  Prof. James Bliss 

Bailey Herbstreit:  Participatory Design:
Tool for User Experience Assessment & Spatial Programming; Seat & Firewall Design for Cornell 
Racing FSAE 
Cornell University 
Advisor:  Prof. Se-Yeon Yoon

Ergonomists Without Borders (ErgWB) Comes to the Aid of Ergonomics Students in Puerto Rico

When Hurricane María released its full fury on the island of Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, the power grid was devastated.  Months later, only about 34% of the population had reliable power. Sheree Gibson, the Vice President of the Foundation for Professional Ergonomics (FPE) contacted her friend and colleague, Professor Lida Orta Anés, an ergonomist who teaches in the School of Public Health at the University of Puerto Rico, to determine if there was anything that would help the University.

Orta Anés said that the school had previously standardized on electronic textbooks rather than hard-copies for their students.   With power only partially available and unreliable even then, the students were using their smart phones to access the texts.   Unfortunately, the heavy smart phone use ran down the phones’ batteries and with the current power situation and the lack of capability to charge the phones, the students could not read or complete assignments in a timely manner. Ms Gibson collaborated with the FPE’s ErgWB liaison, Dr. Tom Albin.  Together they arranged for ErgWB to purchase solar phone chargers for the students to use.  Twenty-two solar chargers were sent.  They were used by students when classes resumed on January 8th.



In 2016, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) posed a challenge to students to create a 2-minute video to answer the question, "How does human factors/ergonomics help people?"  The range of applications of human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) research is vast, and these videos capture an aspect of the field’s breadth in a concise yet creative and engaging manner.  The video contest was part of HFES's vision of extending the reach and relevance of HFES and the HF/E discipline

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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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