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From the Foundation for Professional Ergonomics

When Hurricane María released its full fury on the island of Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, the power grid was devastated.  Months later, only about 34% of the population had reliable power. Sheree Gibson, the Vice President of the Foundation for Professional Ergonomics (FPE) contacted her friend and colleague, Professor Lida Orta Anés, an ergonomist who teaches in the School of Public Health at the University of Puerto Rico, to determine if there was anything that would help the University.

Orta Anés said that the school had previously standardized on electronic textbooks rather than hard-copies for their students.   With power only partially available and unreliable even then, the students were using their smart phones to access the texts.   Unfortunately, the heavy smart phone use ran down the phones’ batteries and with the current power situation and the lack of capability to charge the phones, the students could not read or complete assignments in a timely manner. Ms Gibson collaborated with the FPE’s ErgWB liaison, Dr. Tom Albin.  Together they arranged for ErgWB to purchase solar phone chargers for the students to use.  Twenty-two solar chargers were sent.  They were used by students when classes resumed on January 8th.

 

 

In 2016, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) posed a challenge to students to create a 2-minute video to answer the question, "How does human factors/ergonomics help people?"  The range of applications of human factors/ergonomics (HF/E) research is vast, and these videos capture an aspect of the field’s breadth in a concise yet creative and engaging manner.  The video contest was part of HFES's vision of extending the reach and relevance of HFES and the HF/E discipline

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Second Place

Third Place

Dr. Tom Albin and Dr. Carlos Espejo Guasco at Training Course.

Ergonomists Without Borders committee members Dr. Carlos Espejo Guasco and Dr. Tom Albin presented an applied ergonomics course December 1 – 3, 2015 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The worshop was sponsored by the Administradora de Riesgos Laborales Salud Segura (Administration for Occupational Hazards and Health Insurance), an agency of the Government of the Dominican Republic, and by Sociedad Dominicana de Ergonomía, La Sociedad de Ergonomistas de Mexico and Caribbean, and the International Ergonomics Association.

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

info@ergofoundation.org

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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