HFES UW Madison Chapter News:
UW-Madison HFES featured in National HFES: Celebrate National Ergonomics Month
October is National Ergonomics Month (NEM), now celebrating its eleventh anniversary! This month, the NEM Subcommittee once again hosted the NEM Expo at the HFES Annual Meeting. Presenters from the Best Action Plan contest shared their innovative ideas with conference attendees. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the discussion and Expo activities.
We had eight excellent submissions for the NEM Best Action Plan contest, a 400% increase from last year. We hope that even more schools participate for this award next year. The winning submissions were from Alex Proaps, Old Dominion University; Jo Jardina, Wichita State University, and Rashmi Payyanadan, University of Wisconsin, Madison. We will consider this multiple-award approach as long as outstanding applications are submitted. Our hope is that submissions will continue to increase, thereby expanding the number of NEM activities taking place around the country and around the world in years to come.
By Joseph R. Keebler, Chair, NEM Subcommittee
HFES Student Chapter wins gold award for second straight year
The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society has announced that the UW-Madison HFES student chapter will receive a gold award for the second consecutive year. The gold-level award is bestowed based on student excellence in multiple categories such as outreach and collaboration. The UW-Madison student chapter is comprised mostly of students from industrial and systems engineering, but chapter president Vindhya Venkatraman says one of the things that sets the UW-Madison student chapter apart is the mutually beneficial learning that occurs between the chapter members and the community. “Either on campus or outside of campus,” she says, “we always meet people who are extremely interested in the application of knowledge about human capabilities to the design of technology. I think the fact that there’s such an interested community makes us want to go out more, to talk to people and learn from them.”