National Ergonomics Month

What is NEM?

In 2003, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society designated October as National Ergonomics Month (NEM). NEM has grown to become an opportunity for ergonomists, human factors and user experience professionals to promote our science, practice, and value to corporate executives, students, and the general public by providing information and services to our communities.

The Goal of NEM

Promote the science, application, and profession of HF/E through:

  • Teaching
  • Learning
  • Networking
  • Service
  • Fun!

NEM Resources 

For NEM, we are highlighting some exciting lesson plans for students ranging from K-12. The purpose of this material is to help teachers, home-schooling parents and students understand the importance of HF&E while providing a resource of learning activities to apply. These activities are meant to satisfy S.T.E.A.M course material in a student's curriculum.

Here is a glimpse of resources you can check out! 

  • Directional Hearing 
  • Cognitive Processing 
  • Backpack Posture 
  • Anthropometry
  • Grip Strength 
  • HF&E Part I
  • Teams 
  • Learning Curves 
  • HF&E Activities Booklet - Full 
  • HF&E Part II

NEM Long-Term Vision

  • Introduce 10 million adults (about 3% of the U.S. population of 281.4 million) to HF/E.
  • Provide beneficial information on HF/E to decision-making executives.
  • Raise awareness about HF/E among 1.1 million students to HF/E so they will become more aware of HF/E concerns in their chosen profession as well as become better-informed consumers.
  • Increase corporate relationships with HFES.
  • Promote the professional development of all student members and encourage them to take a more active role in organizations that represent their interests.

Is Human Factors included in NEM?

Yes. NEM could have been called National Human Factors and Ergonomics Month, but for convenience, the shorter name is being used. Many people believe ergonomics and human factors are synonymous.

Who is NEM for?

Everyone! Educators, reporters, HFES members, students, consumers, and community, industry, and government leaders.

How do I get involved?

We encourage HFES members and nonmembers alike to get involved.  Continue watching this site for more information as we approach October.  Until then, think about the following activities that you may wish to pursue:

  • Request a speaker or NEM presentation materials.
  • Write an article for your local newspaper, newsletter, or Web site.
  • Organize an event at your office.
  • Volunteer to speak at a local school.
  • Prepare a community service project.

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