Annual Dieter W. Jahns

Student Practitioner Award

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.

Download the complete details on criteria and submission format.

Important Dates for the Next Award
Submission Deadline: May 31, 2018  
Notification: July 31, 2018
Award Presentation: October 2, 2018


Philadelphia to accept the award of $1,000 (US) will be presented at the Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE) Reception during the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, October 1-5, 2018, at the Philadelphia Marriott in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA. The winner does NOT have to travel to Philadelphia to accept the award.

As this is a practitioner award, the student (or students) should describe and document a research or intervention project that exhibits:

  • the major practice areas of Ergonomics: Analysis, Design, and Evaluation
  • direct, practical application
  • final design recommendations or a description of how the resulting information can be applied to design

Entries will be judged by the Board of Directors of the FPE.

Submissions can be made individually or as a group.

  1. Submissions should provide adequate descriptions, illustrations or photos, and details that address the judging criteria.
  2. Read the complete details for submission criteria and format. 
  3. Submission should be sent electronically to:

Robert J. Smillie, PhD, CPE
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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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