Ergonomics Projects

The Ergonomics Practitioner of the Year Award is an annual award given to an individual (or group of individuals) who has made outstanding and innovative contributions to the practice of ergonomics in one or more areas related to analysis, design, development, and evaluation of human-compatible process or system(s).  FPE recognizes colleagues who have made outstanding contributions to the practice of ergonomics through their professional lifetime achievements and/or specific implementation projects in any part of the world.  The name(s) of recipients and year of receipt will be inscribed on a permanent display to be showcased at annual meetings.  In addition, there will be a grant of $1000 in the name of the recipient(s) to the FPE’s Ergonomists Without Borders project or other worthy FPE projects to be considered annually.

Nominations are open to all practicing ergonomics professionals anywhere in the world, regardless of their tenure, who, however, are no longer students, but rather have completed their last academic work at least three years previously.

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The Foundation for Professional Ergonomics (FPE) initiated the Dieter W. Jahns Student Practitioner Award in 2010. The award, named in memory of Dieter W. Jahns, a life-long advocate of the practice of Ergonomics and a leader in Ergonomics Certification, is an annual award and is given to the student (or group of students) for an Ergonomics project that demonstrates the major practice areas of Ergonomics: Analysis, Design, and Evaluation (see past winners). The purpose of the award is to advance professionalism in Ergonomics by recognizing educational activities that demonstrate how professional ergonomists serve to make our lives at work and at home healthier, safer, more productive, and more satisfying. This award is open to students (M.S. or Ph.D.) in Ergonomics and Ergonomics-related programs. Students who have completed their graduate degrees in the past year are also eligible.


A world in which ergonomics knowledge and resources are accessible for all developing populations to live and work safely, efficiently and sustainably.


Ergonomists are naturally concerned for others’ well-being and look to improve quality of life. Ergonomists Without Borders, a project of the Foundation for Professional Ergonomics, strives to do so globally in agriculturally and industrially developing communities.

FPE facilitates mentoring of students and early career professionals in the practice of Ergonomics. Although university degree programs provide the basic knowledge and skills of any profession, practice skills and standards of professional conduct are best learned "on the job." Unfortunately, most choosing to enter the field do not have the opportunity to participate in the relatively few formal internship programs that might be available. Mentoring through FPE is a more informal process by which individuals are paired with established professionals for the specific purposes and needs of the mentee. This is typically accomplished remotely, even internationally, through various electronic media and technology. Examples include: pairing on shared research interests and/or projects, serving ad hoc on thesis and dissertation committees, practicum/temporary/entry level employment...the mentoring opportunities available through FPE are limitless.

Anyone interested in becoming involved with the student mentoring program should contact Bob Smillie, PhD, CPE at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or H. Harvey Cohen, PhD, CPE at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Each year a BCPE preparatory class is offered at the Applied Ergonomics Conference. The small size of the review class makes it possible to target the class to the audience's needs by answering specific questions and practicing human factors problem solving scenarios. Attendees of past prep classes have included individuals with educational backgrounds in occupational and physical therapy, safety, and human factors engineering. The diverse backgrounds of attendees demonstrate that the profession remains one in which some individuals enter via higher education in human factors, while others enter from other professions. The FPE and BCPE acknowledge the board members of the Applied Ergonomics Conference (AEC) for choosing to offer the class despite its small number of attendees, recognizing that this is the only preparation class offered. The AEC board members feel that it is important to encourage professionalism through the credentialing process, as do the board members of the Foundation for Professional Ergonomics. Please check the web for the latest AEC dates and location.

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Foundation for Professional Ergonomics
P.O. Box 2176
Bellingham, WA 98227

Who We Are

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. 
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