Mission & Vision


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.


In 2016, HFES adopted the following vision statement: "We envision a future in which the reach, relevance, and quality of human factors/ergonomics are greatly expanded by enriching the science and enhancing its impact on solving societal problems by embracing outward-facing collaborations."

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.

Giving Opportunities

Students and early-career professionals are vital to the continued success and expansion of the HF/E field. Your donation in any amount will help to ensure that the following mentoring and awards programs at the Annual Meeting continue to support the needs of the next HF/E generation:  

  • Student Lounge − Networking Opportunities

  • First-Year Student Travel Honorarium Program

  • Student Author Presentation Support Award

  • Early Career Professionals Reception for Industry and Academia

  • Early Career Professionals Networking and Mentoring Luncheon

  • Student and Early-Career Professionals Mentor-Mentee Luncheons

To make a contribution, download, complete, and return the HFES Giving Opportunities Form (PDF) today.