The IOE led student chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) society was recently recognized with the highest honor from HFES at the national society meeting in Baltimore.
HFES is the largest national society of professionals in the field of human factors and ergonomics, and the award recognizes the excellence of the U-M chapter officers and members, including efforts to support the continual growth of the fields of human factors and ergonomics.
“It’s been very encouraging to receive the positive feedback of our members and peers from other student chapters, and his award is a capstone on a highly successful year,” said Kam Tabattanon, IOE Ph.D. candidate and Chapter President.
This past year was marked by a number of successful activities and events. Even though many things had to be postponed or moved online, the Chapter still hosted many collaborative events and guest speakers with other student chapters, both at U-M and other universities, and provided members with virtual social events to support a sense of community during a difficult time for many. Some creative highlights include the Yankee Air Museum Virtual Tour and the virtual Home Office Ergonomics event, which invited members of the IOE community working-from-home to share photo of their set-up and then discuss any ergonomic issues and points for improvement.
“I’m delighted to see the continued efforts of our Chapter recognized nationally. The team found creative ways to hold virtual events, collaborate with other student chapters, and have fun despite the challenging year,” said IOE Ph.D. candidate and 2020-2021 Chapter President, Karanvir “KP” Panesar.
The Chapter is highly inclusive and provides a close-knit community of students with common interests. Students at all levels have an opportunity to participate, and it’s part of an important social fabric in the IOE department that benefits new students as well. “Being a member of HFES helped me adjust and connect with peers during the pandemic,” said Master’s student, Robert Thomas, who is also the Chapter Treasurer.
The leadership and planning for next year is already underway. Patrik Schuler, IOE Ph.D. student and Chapter President-Elect, is optimistic about the future of the Chapter. “We did more than just endure the pandemic, we found innovative ways to connect and progress. This year was a success for the Chapter and next year looks even more promising as we move past the pandemic”