2013 Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award Winner

Kapil Chalil Madathil is the winner of the 2013 Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award. Mr. Madathil is a student at Clemson University. The award will be presented to Mr. Madathil at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2013 Annual Meeting in San Diego. Mr. Madathil won the award for his project: "Design and Development of a State-Wide Research Permissions Management System."

A Certificate of Appreciation will be presented to runner-up, Jie Zhou, West Virginia University, for his project on Trunk Kinematics under Sudden Loading Impact when Adopting Different Foot Postures.

Ergonomics Award for 2013 goes to Student from Clemson University

madathilKapil Chalil Madathil is the winner of the 2013 Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award. Mr. Madathil, a PhD student at Clemson University, is the recipient of the 2013 Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award.  The award was presented to Mr. Madathil at the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics reception during the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2013 Annual Meeting in San Diego.  The award was presented to Mr. Madathil by Karel Jahns.  One of his professors, Dr. Joel S. Greenstein, was also present.

Mr. Madathil won the award for his project: “Design and Development of a State-Wide Research Permissions Management System.” The system, Research Permissions Management System (RPMS), is a new tool developed for electronically capturing and managing research permissions, consents, and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) privacy authorizations for research and has the potential to promote recruitment of research participants. It followed a user-centered design approach that involved user research, needs identification and analysis, specification and concept development, and the development of a detailed design followed by iterative testing and refinement.  Mr. Madathil said “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. I would very much like to thank two people without whose help I would not have won this award - my professors Dr. Joel S. Greenstein and Dr. Anand K. Gramopadhye who taught me the fundamentals of user-centered design.”

zhouA Certificate of Appreciation was presented to runner-up, Jie Zhou, West Virginia University, for his project on Trunk Kinematics under Sudden Loading Impact when Adopting Different Foot Postures.  Mr. Zhou thanked FPE for the certificate and stated: “Winning the runner up of the student practitioner award is definitely encouraging.  I appreciate this and will continue to work hard,”

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.

 

Past News

2012

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. 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

Radin Zaid Radin Umar was 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.”

Certificates 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

Ergonomists Without Borders launched a website:  www.ergonomistswithoutborders.org

The site is in blog format so that those who are interested in the group’s activity can subscribe to the RSS feed in order to get quick updates.  Shortly after the website launch, Facebook and LinkedIn groups were created to gain visibility in the social media realm. Word of mouth spread quickly.  Currently, between people who have emailed expressing interest or have joined the Facebook/Linked In groups, Ergonomists Without Borders has over 125 followers from 11 different countries.

In a major step towards gaining global credibility, the International Ergonomics Association and Ergonomists Without Boarders drafted a formal agreement to officially coordinate resources.

Program Director, Peter Budnick, PhD, CPE was a keynote speaker at the ErgoFuture2010 conference in Bali, Indonesia, where he officially introduced Ergonomists Without Borders in a public forum of international ergonomists. He also presented a workshop and a special conference session sponsored by Ergonomists Without Borders and kindly supported by the conference organizers and the esteemed Professor Adnyana Manuaba. 

Director of Information Services, Curtis VanderGriendt, CCPE presented at the Association of Canadian Ergonomists annual conference in Kelowna, Canada. He was greeted by an enthusiastic group of practicing ergonomists, academics, and students who were all interested in getting involved to some degree.

To round off the year, Dr. Patricia Scott was recruited as the Regional Director for Africa. Dr. Scott is highly regarded within the ergonomics community; Ergonomists Without Borders is excited to officially welcome her aboard!

The future is promising for Ergonomists Without Borders. If you would like to get involved, contact  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or search “Ergonomists Without Borders” on Facebook or Linked In.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University graduate student Augusto Espinosa was the first recipient of the Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award.  The award was presented to Mr. Espinosa by Dieter's wife Karel at the BCPE networking reception at the 2010 Human Factors and Ergonomics Conference in San Francisco.   Mr. Espinosa won the award for his concept design project for a men's public urinal with a built-in hand sanitation system.

2007

The Iranian Ergonomics Society received help through the partnership to offer joint FPE/IEA consultant services to Industrially Developing Countries’ (IDCs) ergonomics societies. The society received help on two matters. One was for source documents and contacts on a technical topic; the other was for recommended internationally prominent speakers on specified topics to keynote or serve as plenary speakers at an IEA sponsored international professional conference in Iran, IranErgo 2007.

The FPE, thorugh its Ergonomists Without Borders initiative, provides consultants to IDC ergonomics societies at no cost other than expense reimbursement. Future efforts of this joint FPE-IEA arrangement might include professional society development; professional educational program development guidance; recommending an expert ergonomist for some advice requested by an ergonomists of an IDC, or identifying potential expert ergonomist(s) who would speak or provide a seminar on a certain topic.