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Full Members, Fellows, and Emeritus Fellows in good standing may nominate worthy candidates for the awards noted
below. Candidates need not be members of the Human Factors and Ergonomics
Society. The invitation to submit award nominations is published in the September
issue of the HFES Bulletin. Candidates for the award may self-nominate or
ask colleagues to submit nominations on their behalf.
The deadline for 2017 award submissions is March 31.
To submit a nomination for one of the awards, the nominating member must
submit the candidate's résumé or curriculum vitae, a nominating letter, and at
least two and not more than three letters of support from individuals who know
the candidate well enough to assess his or her candidacy in terms of the
award's criteria; and
send all nomination packages via email to Lynn Strother. Please submit the package as a single file in PDF format.
Nominations are sought for the following awards:
Hal W. Hendrick Distinguished International Colleague Award, established in 1967, recognizes a non-U.S. citizen who has made outstanding contributions to the human factors/ergonomics field. Candidates are considered based on the significance of their contributions and their worldwide recognition within and outside the HF/E profession.
Paul M. Fitts Education Award, established in 1968, recognizes a person who has made exceptional contributions to the education and training of HF/E specialists. Candidates should either be currently or previously engaged in college or university teaching of HF/E material or should have written significant textbooks in the field. The principal criteria for evaluation are the influence that the candidate has had on students and/or how extensively the candidate's work has been used by educators in general. If the criterion for the award is student influence, as many as five testimonials from current or previous students may be submitted in addition to the curriculum vitae or résumé and letters of recommendation.
This award is open to all Society members who train or educate and is not restricted to academic educators.
A. R. Lauer Safety Award, established in 1968, recognizes a person for outstanding contributions to human factors aspects in the broad area of safety. This includes HF/E work that has led to reduced accidents and injuries in such areas as industry, aviation, surface transportation, and consumer products. Candidates' accomplishments should be related to safety or safety training technology as demonstrated by research or application of HF/E principles. Emphasis should be placed on both programmatic and recent contributions to the field of endeavor.
Alexander C. Williams, Jr., Design Award, established in 1969, recognizes those who have made outstanding contributions to the conception or design of any product, service, or system that has had a significant impact on users and exemplifies the excellent use of empirical human factors/ergonomics design principles. "Product, service, or system" may include consumer or business products, training systems, communications systems, computing systems, display systems, control systems, highly procedural systems such as the air traffic system, or any combination of one or more people and equipment designed to perform some goal-oriented function. The product, service, or system need not necessarily be extremely large or complex. The essential criteria are that the product, service, or system has achieved operational status and that its conception and design are based on the outstanding application of experimentally determined HF/E design principles.
In addition to the curriculum vitae or résumé and letters of support, other evidence of the success of the design will be accepted, such as testimonials from users' performance evaluations or papers or reports that substantiate the extent to which the submission is based on experimentally derived HF/E design principles.
Jack A. Kraft Innovator Award, established in 1970, honors a person for significant efforts to extend or diversify the application of HF/E principles and methods to new areas of endeavor. In addition, candidates must have made effective efforts to encourage the application of HF/E knowledge and techniques in new areas. The field of endeavor should differ from previous military, space, government, or industry-supported work. Candidates will be evaluated on the significance of their effort to society in general, the adequacy of the effort to accomplish intended objectives (e.g., thoroughness of problem analysis, effectiveness of proposed or achieved solutions), and the impact of their effort on the HF/E profession.
Oliver Keith Hansen Outreach Award, established in 2004, recognizes members and nonmembers who engage in significant activities that broaden awareness of the existence of the human factors/ergonomics profession and the benefits it brings to humankind.
The William C. Howell Young Investigator Award, established in 2013, provides an award plaque to a person recognized for demonstrating outstanding contributions to HFES through professional scientific contributions as a young investigator. The Howell award recognizes the talent, creativity, and influence of a singular young researcher. A candidate for the award must be an HFES member currently in good standing within 7 years of graduation with a degree in HF/E or related field. The information required to support a candidate's nomination for this award will include a résumé or curriculum vitae and at least two letters of support.
The Bentzi Karsh Early-Career Service Award, established in 2013, provides an award plaque to a person recognized for demonstrating outstanding contributions to HFES through professional service and outreach activities as a student and early-career professional. The Karsh award recognizes the impact this individual has had on raising the public's awareness of human factors/ergonomics science. A candidate for the award must be an HFES member currently in good standing within 7 years of receiving a degree in HF/E or a related field. The information required to support a candidate's nomination for this award will include a résumé or curriculum vitae and at least two letters of support.
Award recipients are notified during the summer, and award presentations take place at the HFES Annual Meeting.
HFES also presents the following awards each year, which are not open for
- Jerome H. Ely Human Factors Article Award, established in 1966, for the best paper published in
the previous year's volume.
- Alphonse Chapanis Student Paper Award, established in 1969. Students are encouraged to compete for this award by submitting a proposal for consideration for the 2015 Annual Meeting. The award application form is made available to accepted authors in May.
- Arnold M. Small President's Distinguished Service Award, established in 1985, recognizes individuals whose career-long contributions have brought honor to the profession and the Society.
- Best Ergonomics in Design Article Award, established in 1993, for the best article
published in the previous year's volume.
- Best Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making Article Award, established in 2012, for the best article
published in the previous year's volume.