Be a part of the 2020 Applied Ergonomics Conference!

You will have the opportunity to choose from more than 70 high-quality educational sessions relative to ergonomics in the workplace to improve health, human factors and safety in a variety of environments.

The conference also offers a variety of events from the Ergo Cup® competition to events designed specifically for networking that allow students to interact with the leaders of the industry. Business casual attire is required.

AEC offers students and early career professionals the unique opportunity to build and expand their professional networks through interaction with industry leaders.

Planned activities

  • Student Mentor program
  • Student Track, designed for students
  • First-time attendee orientation
  • Networking receptions with industry leaders and more

Creativeness in Ergonomics (CE) 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 received complimentary conference registration and an awards luncheon ticket.
  • The award will be presented at the conference awards luncheon on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Please click here  for more information on how to enter the 2020 Creativeness in Ergonomics (CE) Student of the Year competition!

All students who submitted an abstract for an oral presentation session (deadline August 16, 2019) or a poster session (deadline November 29, 2019) and are accepted to present at the 2020 Applied Ergonomics Conference will be considered for this award.

AEC Student Session Details

Student Workshop – 1-5 p.m., Monday, March 16

AEC Student Leadership Workshop
(special pricing for students)
Featured Speaker:  Bobbie Watts, Michelin Americas

The AEC Student Leadership Workshop is a half-day pre-conference workshop that is focused on building and enhancing students’ leadership knowledge and skills.  Ergonomic professionals from different industries will be helping to educate, mentor and provide insight as the student transitions into their careers.  Resume critiques from HR professionals will be available.

Student Panel Discussion Concurrent Session - Tuesday, March 17

3 - 4 p.m. – Panel Discussion w/Industry Professionals
4 - 5 p.m. – Informal networking and Q&A session with industry professionals

The Student Panel Discussion is a diverse group of ergonomists ready and willing to answer any questions about ergonomics, application within different industries or how their careers have evolved.  After the formal Q&A, the students will have the opportunity to network and ask follow-on questions with different ergonomists attending the AEC.

Refreshments provided by Sandalwood Engineering & Ergonomics.

Volunteer opportunities

Interested students: Volunteer 10 hours of your time in exchange for a full conference registration. The time can be prior to the conference (e.g., kit stuffing and/or setting up registration) or during the conference (e.g., registration, room hosts, counting ballots, etc.). There are a limited number of slots available, so this opportunity will be offered to volunteers on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you would like to review a list of volunteer opportunities for various events at the conference, please contact Bill Gibbs at

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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
  • Price: $82 for AES only membership

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