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HFES Bulletin

October 2014
Volume 57, Number 10

Annual Meeting

NEM Best Action Plan Winners

By Joseph R. Keebler, Chair, NEM Subcommittee
NEM

We had some amazing NEM Best Action Plan proposals this year, and we want to congratulate our winners and thank everyone who submitted an entry. This is the first year we have had multiple NEM Best Action Plan awards.

Gold Winner: University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison – "Building an Open-Source Ergonomics Training Module" – The motivation behind this plan was to expose students and professionals alike to important HF/E tools and knowledge. The HFES UW-Madison Student Chapter members were interested in entering the Ergo Cup competition and wanted to form a team of students who may or may not have backgrounds in HF/E but who wish to learn how to redesign systems that better fit the human. It was decided that these students would be better prepared for the competition if they had a short introduction to HF/E.

The chapter decided to take advantage of university resources to develop a novel training module that could be used for informing not only the students interested in the competition but also anyone else who wanted to learn more about HF/E. Thus, the chapter members developed a Web-based Ergonomics Training Module under the guidance and advice of Professor Robert Radwin.

Silver Winner: Georgia Tech – "Seventh Annual Bad Design Atlanta Competition" – Students from the university were asked to look around Atlanta for everyday items or systems that are designed poorly and to feature them in their submission for the 7th Annual Bad Design Atlanta Competition. Each contestant submitted a document containing a bad design and the proposed solutions with citations to HF/E research and methods to address the problem.

Bronze Winner: George Mason University (GMU) – "Human Factors Challenge" – The Patient Safety Department at Children's National Medical Center collaborates with GMU by offering internships for graduate students from the university's Human Factors and Applied Cognition Program. This year, the Patient Safety Department and GMU will host the Human Factors Challenge, a 4-hour seminar featuring games and design sessions to teach medical professionals about HF/E principles.

We thank those who submitted and invite everyone to attend the NEM Expo on Monday, October 27, from 4:45 to 6:15 p.m. in the Columbus Foyer (Gold Level, East) of the Hyatt Regency Chicago. This will be an opportunity to meet with me and other outreach members, as well as students working in other communities. It's a great way to share ideas. Furthermore, anyone who is interested in demonstrating new technology at the NEM Expo should e-mail information on space or equipment needs to me at joseph.keebler@wichita.edu.


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