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National Ergonomics Month

 
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NEM Best Action Plan

National Ergonomics Month (NEM) in October is targeted at promoting human factors/ergonomics to the general public through outreach and community service. Since 2003, NEM has solicited proposals for the NEM Best Action Plan. Student chapters and individuals are invited to submit proposals for an NEM plan of action to promote HF/E in their schools and communities. The proposals are then reviewed by HFES volunteers. Awards are presented each year at the HFES Annual Meeting.

Plans can consist of any outreach activities, including workshops, volunteer work, community service, educational modules, community activities such as scavenger hunts, or any other activities or materials that aid in informing lay audiences — young and old — about the human factors/ergonomics field and its contributions to the general public. We have had some excellent submissions over the years.

Previous Winners

2016

  • First Place – Georgia Tech, "Human Factors and Ergonomics for Future Generations"
  • Second Place – Wichita State University, "Continuing HF/E Education in the Wichita Community"
  • Third Place – Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, "ERGO: Engaging Retail to Grasp Opportunity"

2015

  • Gold – Georgia Tech, "Space Race Aliens v. Humans"
  • Silver – Wichita State University, "Continuing HF/E Education in the Wichita Community"
  • Bronze – SUNY Binghampton, "'The Human Factors' Human Factors Jeopardy Game Show"

2014

  • Gold – University of Wisconsin-Madison, "Building an Open-Source Ergonomics Training Module"
  • Silver – Georgia Tech, "Seventh Annual Bad Design Atlanta Competition"
  • Bronze – George Mason University, "Human Factors Challenge"

2013

  • Alex Proaps, Old Dominion University; Jo Jardina, Wichita State University; and Rashmi Payyanadan, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

2010

  • First Place – New Mexico State University Student Chapter: Cultivating Young Minds and Encouraging Diversity: Introducing New Mexico High School Students to Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Certificate of Excellence (individual) – Brittany L. Anderson, Old Dominion University: ErgoBride: Registries of 21st-Century Couples

2009

  • First Place – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Student Chapter: NEM Action Plan
  • Second Place – Purdue University Student Chapter: HF/E Live at Purdue '09
  • Third Place (tie) – Georgia Institute of Technology Student Chapter: 2nd Annual Bad Design on Campus Contest: Blunders and Solutions
  • Third Place (tie) – Old Dominion University Student Chapter: Ergonomics MythBusters
  • Certificate of Excellence (individual) – Brittany L. Anderson, Old Dominion University: Ergonomics for Equines and Their Equestrians

2008

  • First Place – Collaborative effort between HFES Space Coast Chapter and the University of Central Florida Student Chapter: ERGOlympics
  • Second Place (tie) – Purdue University Student Chapter: Engaging Young Minds in Human Factors and Ergonomics Through Open and Creative Communication
  • Second Place (tie) – University of Massachusetts-Lowell Student Chapter: Ergonomics "Community Charlas"
  • Third Place – Old Dominion University: Design Your Own Robot

2007

  • First Place – Georgia Institute of Technology Student Chapter: A Targeted Approach to Educating the Next Generation of Human Factors Practitioners
  • Second Place – Purdue University Student Chapter: Creating a Timeless Network to Service and Teach Communities the Exciting World of Human Factors and Ergonomics!
  • Third Place – George Mason University Student Chapter: Bringing Human Factors to the People

2006

  • First Place – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Student Chapter: NEM Action Plan

2005

  • First Place – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Student Chapter: NEM Action Plan

2004

  • First Place – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Student Chapter: Psyching up High School Students for Human Factors
  • Second Place – University of Central Florida Student Chapter: Reaching Out to the Masses: Promoting the Human Factors and Ergonomics Vision of Science
  • First Place (individual) – Julia A. Kalish, Purdue University: Ergonomics 24/7
  • Second Place (individual) – Di Meng and Eric Wienke, University of South Dakota: Human Factors on the Move

2003

  • First Place – Old Dominion University Student Chapter: Sharing the Knowledge of Human Factors and Ergonomics Through a Safety Slogan, NEM Games Presentations, and Habitat for Humanity
  • Second Place (tie) – University of Central Florida Student Chapter: Human Factors Is the Name, Creative Solutions Are the Game: Reaching Out, Raising Awareness, and Instigating Change
  • Second Place (tie) – Georgia Institute of Technology Student Chapter: A Four-Pronged Outreach: Age-Appropriate Exposure to the World of Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Third Place (individual) – Julia A. Kalish, Purdue University: Office Workstation Olympics

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