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Karel enjoying retirement.

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3 new Board members: Joe Cohen, Susan Kotowski, Kari Babski-Reeves; Treasurer, Karel Jahns retires; Wei Zhang, Tsinghua University, Beijing, joins International Advisory Committee

Upon the retirement of Karel Jahns, Arnold Lund, and James Smith, three new members were elected to the FPE Board of Directors.  They are:

  • Joseph Cohen is a consultant and principal of Error Analysis, Inc. His work focuses on safety applications, incident investigation and liability, and the influence of factors that shape human behavior and human performance. 
  • Susan Kotowski is an Associate Professor at the University of Cincinnati (UC), College of Allied Health Sciences where she teaches in a large undergraduate Health Sciences Program. She teaches in the areas of biomechanics, ergonomics, kinesiology, motor control and human movement, research methods, and applied research.
  • Kari Babski-Reeves is currently the Larry G Brown Professor and Head for the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and the Associate Dean for the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University (MSU).

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Karel Jahns has served as FPE’s Secretary and Treasurer for 17 years.  Before that, she was the BCPE Financial/Information Systems Manager for over 25 years.  While not an ergonomist herself, she has devoted many years supporting and expanding the profession.  She will be missed.

Wei Zhang is a professor of ergonomics at Tsinghua University, Beijing, China.  He teaches Human Factors and Ergonomics, Product Development Management, and China Studies.  His research is focused on driving safety, automated driving, human-AI interaction, and graduate education administration.

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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.