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."
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.
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!
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.
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.