What is Human Factors and Ergonomics?
Human Factors, also known as ergonomics, is the scientific discipline concerned with the understanding of interactions among humans and other elements of a system. Specifically, human factors research applies 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. To find out more, visit HFES.
The Old Dominion University HFES student chapter is a student organization geared towards professional development and service in the areas of human factors and ergonomics. Speakers from both industry and academia visit the University to make presentations on relevant topics in human factors and ergonomics. Additionally, the chapter is consistently well represented at the annual International HFES Conference, where members meet alumni, present research, and interact with other human factors professionals. Our student chapter has recently been recognized as a gold level organization by HFES International.