Upcoming Webinars

The Virtual Fit Test: A Practitioner’s Tool for Estimating Fit in Multivariate Anthropometric Design
July 27, 2020, 1:00pm - 2:00pm Eastern Time
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Practitioners are interested in estimating what percent of users will fit product or workstation designs. Generally multiple anthropometric dimensions are involved, for example, a standing workstation might be specified using standing elbow height, elbow to fingertip reach and forearm to forearm breadth.  This webinar provides a brief review of why multiple dimensions require multivariate methods to estimate the percent of the intended users who will be accommodated. This webinar also introduces HFES’ free Virtual Fit Tool (VFT),  which can be used to make multivariate accommodation estimates for a North American user population.  The emphasis of the webinar is on demonstrating how to use the VFT spreadsheet tool to estimate multivariate accommodation through several worked examples.


Tom Albin is a licensed professional engineer (PE) and a certified professional ergonomist (CPE).  He holds a PhD in Industrial Design Engineering from the Technical University of Delft in the Netherlands.

Currently a principal at High Plains Ergonomics Services LLC, Tom has been engaged in ergonomics consulting since 2001.  He has extensive experience as a researcher, a corporate ergonomist, a product developer,  and as a team leader. He was a member of the group that developed HFES 300 - Guidelines for Using Anthropometric Data in Product Design, has published several articles on anthropometry and is active in the US and international standards community.

Tom’s consulting and research work has been principally concerned with physical ergonomics in office and industrial settings.  Current projects deal with applied anthropometry, evaluation of injury risk during push and pull tasks, and the benefits of ergonomics to enhance operational efficiencies and work performance.


Disparities in Covid-19 Infection Rates and Mortality: Systems Factors
Part of the  HFES Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Listening and Acting Webinar Series
July 28, 2020, 12:00pm - 1:00pm Eastern Time  
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In the US there are disparities in race, age, sex and other demographic factors in Covid-19 infection and mortality rates. The webinar will begin with a review of relevant epidemiologic data, including an examination of systematic testing in local communities (e.g., the San Francisco Mission Study). This will be followed by a moderated discussion that considers societal and health care delivery systems that contribute to the observed disparities and how the disparities can be addressed through human factors methods?.  Questions from the audience will be submitted via the chat feature on zoom and addressed by the speakers.

  • Carisa Harris Adamson, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Director of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Graduate Training Program, University of California, Berkeley.
Presenters and Discussants:
  • George Rutherford, III, MD, Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics; Director, Prevention and Public Health Group, University of California, San Francisco
  • Mark D. Smith, MD, MBA, Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.  Founding president and chief executive officer of the California HealthCare Foundation and served from 1996 through 2013.
  • Enid Montague, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Computing and Digital Media, DePaul University and Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL.