ERGONOMICS AWARD FOR 2014 GOES TO DENNY YU, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

ERGONOMICS AWARD FOR 2014 GOES TO DENNY YU, UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN

Denny Yu is the winner of the 2014 Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award.   Mr. Yu, a PhD student in industrial and operations engineering won for his project, “Understanding the Effects of Alternative Displays on the Work Demands in yu-accomplishMicrosurgery.”  Musculoskeletal symptoms are major concerns in microsurgery.  Mr. Yu’s research applies ergonomics to quantify surgeons’ exposure to postural risk factors in the operating room, design new visualization equipment that reduces postural constraints, and evaluate the displays’ effectiveness using biomechanics and qualitative metrics.  He said that it was an honor to receive the award and that it will continue to drive his passion for translating ergonomics research into health-care practice. 

2014 Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award Winner

2014 Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award Winner

       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.
denny-yu       Mr. Yu’s project is titled “Understanding the Effects of Alternative Displays on the Work Demands in Microsurgery.” Musculoskeletal symptoms are major concerns in microsurgery, where surgeons are required to operate with surgical microscopes that fixate their postures over optical eyepieces, constrain their eye locations, reduce comfort, and force them to stand in awkward positions. Yu’s research applies ergonomics practice areas of analysis, design, and evaluation to quantify surgeons’ exposure to postural risk factors in the operating room, design new visualization equipment that reduces postural constraints, and evaluate the displays’ effectiveness using biomechanics and qualitative metrics.  [Click here for full paper.]

            Mr. Yu stated, “It was an immense honor to receive the Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award. This award has been highly inspirational and will continue to drive my passion for translating ergonomics research into health-care practice throughout my career.”

2013 Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award Winner

Student Practitioner Awards – 2013 Winners

            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.

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 Mr. Madathil won the award for his project: “Design and Development of a State-Wide Research Permissions Management System”.  He developed the Research Permissions Management System (RPMS) to electronically capture and manage research permissions, consents, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy authorizations for research.  RPMS development followed a user-centered design approach involving user research, needs identification and analysis, specification and concept development, and the development of a detailed design followed by iterative testing and refinement. This system is open-source and can be accessed at https://github.com/HSSC/RPMS.
Mr. Madathil, a PhD student in Industrial Engineering, stated, “Thank you for this award. I am truly honored and humbled. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Professional Ergonomics and to the family of Dieter W. Jahns for instituting this award. This is indeed a great way to motivate students in human factors and ergonomics.”
A Certificate of Appreciation was also presented to runner-up, Jie (Victor) Zhou West Virginia University, for his project on “Trunk Kinematics under Sudden Loading Impact when Adopting Different Foot Postures”.  Mr. Zhou said, “Winning the runner up of the student practitioner award is definitely encouraging.  I am very appreciative of this.”

 

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2012 Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award Winner

thumb picture1Mohd 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.

Mr. Abdol Rahman won the award for his project: Development of the Exposure Assessment Tool for Assessing the Exposure to Physical Risk Factors associated with Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders (WMSDs).  The objective of his project was to develop a new technique for using the exposure assessment tool, Workplace Ergonomic Risk Assessment (WERA), for classifying physical risk factors associated with WMSDs.  He stated, “I'm honored to be the 2012 recipient of the Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award. It inspires me to contribute to ergonomics knowledge on the health, safety, and productivity in the workplace.  Finally, this achievement will motivate me to do further research work in the ergonomics field."

2011 Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award Winner

picture3Radin Zaid Radin Umar is the winner of the 2011 Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award. Mr. Radin Umar, a student at Ohio State University, is the second recipient of the Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award. The award was presented to Mr. Radin Umar by Dieter's wife Karel at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2011 Annual Meeting in Las Vegas.  Mr. Radin Umar won the award for his project: “Ergonomic Interventional Design of an Articulated Arm for Echocardiography Application.”  He is in his first year of a PhD program in Integrated Systems Engineering and plans to return to his home, Malaysia, upon completion.  He stated, “I'm honored to be this year's recipient of the Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award.  It inspires me to continue pursuing my passion, which is to apply ergonomics knowledge to the betterment of workplaces. It also motivates me to work harder and increase my competencies in solving real world problems.”

picture4Certificates of Appreciation were presented to two runners-up: Mary H. Schaeffer, Northeastern University, for her project on Goal Directed Task Analysis; and Esme Shanley, Loughborough University, for her project on Design of Animal Care Centers.

 

 

2010 Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award Winner

picture2Augusto Espinosa was the winner of the 2010 Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award. Mr. Espinosa, a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, is the first recipient of the Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award. The award is sponsored by the Foundation for Professional Ergonomics (FPE) and was created in honor of Dieter Jahns, a life-long advocate of the practice of ergonomics and a leader in ergonomics certification. The award was presented to Mr. Espinosa by Dieter's wife Karel at the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics's (BSPE) reception in San Francisco. Mr. Espinosa was completing both a BS in Human Factors Psychology and a MS in Human Factors and Systems. He stated that he was surprised when was notified that he had won and grateful that he was recognized at the BCPE reception. Upon hearing more about Dieter W. Jahns and what the practitioner award was meant to represent, he said "I feel truly honored; it's great to see how the Foundation for Professional Ergonomics is willing to support and motivate students in our field." Mr. Espinosa won the award for his concept design project for a men's public urinal with a built-in hand sanitation system.