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Gregory Bedny Wins 2022 FPE Ergonomics Practitioner of the Year

The Foundation for Professional Ergonomics (FPE) takes pride in awarding the 2022 Ergonomics Practitioner of the Year Award to Gregory Bedny posthumously. Gregory Z. Bedny, Ph.D., was a Ukrainian-American psychologist.

He was the founder of the influential Systemic-Structural Activity Theory (SSAT). He designed qualitative and quantitative methods for assessing human performance's complexity, reliability, and efficiency. While a professor at Odesa State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture, he created the first Ukrainian ergonomics laboratory and took part in writing the first program for teaching ergonomics at Ukrainian colleges. After moving to the US in 1989, he taught psychology and ergonomics at Essex County College and at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. His wife and long-time collaborator, Inna Bedny, accepted the award in his honor. FPE initiated the annual award to recognize colleagues who have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the practice of ergonomics through their professional lifetime achievements and/or specific implementation projects.

Dr. Gregory Bedny, the 2022 Ergonomics Practitioner of the Year.

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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.