Share your innovative ergonomic solutions at #AppliedErgo2020

Enter the world-renowned ErgoCup® competition for the chance to showcase your efforts and earn recognition from the global ergonomics community. Submit your proposal by Oct. 25!

Looking forward to seeing you at AEC 2020!

Building on the success of AEC 2019, plan now to attend this ergo extravaganza in 2020 in the beautiful Bluegrass State. #AppliedErgo2020

AES and UL team up for specialist certificate

Ergo leaders can't be everywhere, but through this five-session, online suite, their expertise can. Click on the image above to learn more about this new program.

Learn more about Bobbie Watts

Read more about this ergonomics director in the March 2019 ISE magazine - she's featured in the monthly "What's Your Story?"

AEC Free Webinar Series

The Applied Ergonomics Conference Committee hosts a series of free webinars to showcase the valuable content at AEC. Check out the upcoming schedule and past recordings.

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Three Levels of AES Membership

There are 3 unique levels of membership intended to meet the needs of everyone in this community:

  • Students - we want to provide students the opportunity to network and develop in this profession. AES will help them share solutions and obtain professional certifications, as well as provide ongoing professional development.
    Price: $39 for IISE membership and an additional $5 for AES membership
  • Professionals - This level includes full benefits from IISE including:
    • The monthly ISE magazine
    • Webinars
    • Member discounts on conferences and training
    • Membership in IISE Connect, the new vibrant online community
    • A subscription to IISE’s quarterly journal for occupational ergonomics
    Price: $159 for IISE membership and an additional $35 for AES membership
    Note: There is a $15 processing fee for first-time professional members.

  • Affiliate Members - focused on people working on the shop floor or other settings who may be participating in the Ergo Cup. Benefits include short, modular online training courses in applied ergonomics, safety and other areas. They will have opportunities to network, share ideas on workplace improvement and continued development and support for applied ergonomics in the workplace.
    Price: $82 for AES only membership

New Members - Join Here | Existing IISE Members - Join Here

Message from the President

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July holiday and took some time to off to spend with family and friends. As with anything, it is the people that we surround ourselves, both at home and in our professional lives, that support us. As a new society, AES continues to grow and is fortunate to have the support of so many people in our field who believed in this idea. Currently, the society has nearly 300 members, is adding new members every month, including Corporate Partners. The AES Board of Directors continues to work hard to expand member services and resources, and we are exploring many options, including the provision of more online resources available to members (e.g., database of ergo fixes/solutions, updated articles, podcasts), and how to get more people involved in conversations on IISE Connectand social media. In order to reach our full potential, however, we need volunteers to help expand the society, by providing suggestions on the types of services and resources it could offer. The Board wants to ensure that we build a society that continues to give back to members, and we'd love your help in making that happen. Members are welcomed to volunteer; just send us an email or post on IISE Connect, and we'll find a spot for you!

In the spirit of wanting to expand the conversation about IISE Connect, I'd like to pose a question based on a research article I read recently. It found that the ergonomics intervention that was proposed did not provide a statistically significant decrease in the amount of muscle fatigue experienced by workers. What they did prove, though, is that there was a statistically significant belief by workers that the ergonomics intervention helped them and that they felt better at the end of the day. So, my question is, was the ergonomics intervention still worth doing? My initial response would be yes. What are your thoughts? Get online and post them on IISE Connect. As always, we welcome your suggestions and your continued efforts to promote the Applied Ergonomics Society to friends and colleagues.

Teresa A. Bellingar, AES President

AES Member Profile - Peter Budnick

Dr. Peter Budnick is President of Ergoweb LLC. Ergoweb offers ergonomics software management systems and services that help promote and enable continuous ergonomics improvement in physically demanding work environments. Peter has been involved with ergonomics since 1983, when he began graduate school at the University of Michigan, working as a lab assistant for its Center for Ergonomics. Peter has been involved in many aspects of ergonomics, from on-the-shop-floor applications to pure research. Most of his work has been in applied workplace ergonomics, but he has also contributed to product and facility designs and published numerous ergonomics articles.

Peter's professional goal has been to share the fruits of human-centered design theory and application, so that society can maximize the benefits of technology and minimize its negative outcomes. This resulted in his proudest achievement, Ergoweb. Through his company, he has helped companies improve their work and production outcomes, and he has published and shared thousands of ergonomics-related resources. Peter estimates these efforts have influenced millions of people, and he is hopeful that it has contributed to making the world a better place.

Through this Society, Peter seeks to continue connecting with other like-minded, applications-oriented people, and he hopes the AES becomes a strong voice for industry and the ergonomics profession. This is due to his strong belief that ergonomics has the potential to improve the human experience and maximize lives, as the profession's value and sphere of influence goes well beyond health & safety and physical workplace issues.

In his spare time, Peter spends as much time outdoors as possible. This includes walking, hiking, exploring remote places, Telemark skiing, and scuba diving.