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About HFES

The Society's mission is to promote the discovery and exchange of knowledge concerning the characteristics of human beings that are applicable to the design of systems and devices of all kinds.

The Society furthers serious consideration of knowledge about the assignment of appropriate functions for humans and machines, whether people serve as operators, maintainers, or users in the system. And, it advocates systematic use of such knowledge to achieve compatibility in the design of interactive systems of people, machines, and environments to ensure their effectiveness, safety, and ease of performance.

The Society was founded in 1957. It has 23 technical groups and numerous local and student chapters. See our history page for a discussion of the Society's growth and development.

A list of current officers and staff directors may be found on the leadership page.

View the HFES Articles of Incorporation.

View the HFES Code of Ethics.

View the HFES Strategic Plan.

View the HFES Bylaws.

View the brochure from the HFES Diversity Committee (PDF 169 KB).

What Is Human Factors/Ergonomics?

The following definition was adopted by the International Ergonomics Association in August 2000:

Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data, and other methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.

HFES is a member of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA), a federation of the world's ergonomics societies. To learn more about the IEA, click here.