Welcome to the homepage of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Student Chapter at Old Dominion University! Our mission is to promote and advance the understanding of the Human Factors and Ergonomics principles involved in the design, manufacturing, and use of systems machines and devices.
Ergonomics (or human factors) is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance. Ergonomists contribute to the design and evaluation of tasks, jobs, products, environments and systems in order to make them compatible with the needs, abilities and limitations of people.
Human Factors is concerned with the application of what we know about people, their abilities, characteristics, and limitations to the design of equipment they use, environments in which they function, and jobs they perform.
The Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) is the national professional organization for human factors specialists. The society is concerned with the study of human characteristics and capabilities and with the application of the knowledge to the design of the products, systems, and environments that people use.
Find out more about HFES!
The ODU HFES Student Chapter is a student organization geared towards professional development and service in the areas of Human Factors and Ergonomics. The ODU HFES Student Chapter engages in a variety of academic and social activities. Speakers from both industry and academia visit the University to make presentations on relevant topics in human factors and ergonomics. The student chapter is very well represented at the Annual National HFES Conference, where members meet alumni, present research, and interact with other Human Factors professionals.
For more information on starting an HFES student chapter at your school, view the student chapter handbook for student chapter leaders.
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