AEC Awards

Professionals

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Practitioner of the Year Award

Sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., this award recognizes achievements in the creative application of ergonomics, including process improvement, education, applied instrumentation and product development. Awarded for a specific achievement or for a series of achievements.

  • $3,000 will be awarded to an individual or a group of individuals.
  • The award winner will receive complimentary conference registration.
  • Winner will be invited to be a Featured Speaker at the 2024 Applied Ergonomics Conference.

What is needed to submit a nomination for the Practitioner of the Year Award?

  • A minimum of one (1) letter, maximum of two (2), with a narrative description of the achievement. Each letter from your colleagues should be no more than three (3) pages in length.
    • Each nomination letter should include two (2) versions that name the nominee and a version with the name redacted. The AEC Awards Committee will review the name-redacted letter(s) for an unbiased decision.
  • The candidate's curriculum vitae (CV).
    • Two versions required: a full/standard CV and a CV with the nominee's name redacted.
  • Submission and receipt of supporting documentation via the submission form by deadline.

Congratulations to the 2023 Winner

Rachel Mitchell
ERGO Inc.                


The Tom Waters Award

Sponsored by Liberty Mutual in recognition of the Best Manual Handling Presentation at the 2024 Applied Ergonomics Conference. This award will be presented at the 2024 Applied Ergonomics Conference.

What is needed to be considered for the Tom Waters Award?

  • All who submit an abstract for an oral presentation session with an emphasis on manual handling and are accepted to present at the Applied Ergonomics Conference 2024 will be considered for this award.
  • A recording of the presentation must be uploaded to the conference platform prior to the start of the conference to be considered for this award.

Congratulations to the 2023 Winner

“Identifying Ergonomics Best Practices Applicable to Grocery Distribution Centers”
Anas Kachlan, Steven Lavender and Carolyn Sommerich
The Ohio State University


Young Professionals

Texas A&M Health Ergo Center

Applied Ergonomics Conference/Texas A&M Ergo Center Young Investigator Award

Sponsored by the Texas A&M Health Ergo Center and the Applied Ergonomics Conference, this award recognizes a faculty member demonstrating outstanding contributions through applied research.

  • $1,000 awarded to faculty member.
  • Candidate must be within 10 years of graduation with a terminal degree in a related field.
  • Materials required to support the nomination include curriculum vitae and a nomination letter from a college highlighting the candidate's significant contributions through applied research to the field of ergonomics.
  • The award will be presented at the 2024 Applied Ergonomics Conference.

What is needed to submit a nomination for the Young Investigator Award?

  • A minimum of one (1) letter, maximum of two (2), with a narrative description of the achievement. Each letter from your colleagues should be no more than three (3) pages in length.
    • Each nomination letter should include two (2) versions that name the nominee and a version with the name redacted. The AEC Awards Committee will review the name-redacted letter(s) for an unbiased decision.
  • The candidate's curriculum vitae (CV).
    • Two versions required: a full/standard CV and a CV with the nominee's name redacted.
  • Submission and receipt of supporting documentation via the submission form by deadline.

Congratulations to the 2023 Winner

Heejin Jeong
Arizona State University


Students

CNA Insurance

Student of the Year Award

Sponsored by CNA Insurance, this award recognizes achievements in ergonomics application or research, including process improvement, education, applied instrumentation and product development as submitted for presentation in a poster or oral presentation at the Applied Ergonomics Conference.

  • Awarded for a specific achievement or for a series of achievements submitted for presentation in a poster or oral presentation at the Applied Ergonomics Conference.
  • $1,000 awarded to four students, for a total of $4,000.
  • The award winners will receive complimentary conference registration.
  • The award will be presented at the 2024 Applied Ergonomics Conference.

What is needed to be considered for the Student of the Year Award?

All students who submit an abstract for an oral presentation session or a poster session and are accepted to present at the Applied Ergonomics Conference 2024 will be considered for the award. The top finalists will be notified and may be asked to answer a short essay question. Example questions include:

  • Why have you chosen to go into the field of Ergonomics?
  • What excites you about the field of Ergonomics?
  • Where do you see the field of Ergonomics headed?

Congratulations to the 2023 Winners

  • “Utilization of Digital People in Web-Based Ergonomics Training for Remote Office Workers” – Kaysey Aguilar, Texas A&M University
  • “Stratify subjective numeric ratings and qualitative feedback of augmented reality ergonomic posture training tool” – Emily Fang, North Carolina State University
  • “Investigating Seat Belt Safety in Rollover Accidents: Determining Acceptable Buckle Release Force” – Shiva Nageswaran, Auburn University
  • “Determine Potential Impact Of Hand Arm Vibration On Hearing Loss” – Ravinder Thaper, Auburn University

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