The IEA/Tsinghua Award for Collaborative Human Factors and Ergonomics Education for Industrially Developing Countries (The IEA/Tsinghua Award)

The 2019 winners of the IEA/Tsinghua Award

The 2019 IEA/Tsinghua Award was given to D.Y. Sha (Ergonomics Society of Taiwan) nominated by the Tsinghua MEM Education Center for his contribution to a Master of Engineering Management Post Graduate Program. D. Y. Sha is the chair professor from Chung Yuan University and a former president of Chung Hua University. The MEM program focuses on cultivating masters-level engineering management talents through part-time course teaching, industrial immersion classes, and real application project research. The curriculum includes 36 course credits, with one 2-credit course “Product Development Management (PDM).” The PDM course prepares the MEM students to understand customer needs from HFE perspectives, and then develop concept using the TRIZ theory to achieve the functions defined based on needs analysis.

Application for the IEA/Tsinghua Award

Purpose
The IEA/Tsinghua Award for Collaborative Human Factors and Ergonomics Education for Industrially Developing Countries is given annually to honor persons (e.g., researchers, teachers) who have made significant and outstanding contributions to the success of postgraduate educational programs that have human factors and ergonomics (HF/E) courses in the curriculum or contain substantial HF/E content in some courses, through international and/or inter-regional collaboration.
Basic Structure
  • Honor eligible nominees who have made outstanding contributions to the success of postgraduate educational programs.
  • Select up to two programs. Each program may be represented by up to two nominees.
  • Award winners a prize of $8,000 USD in total. The prize is shared by the winners.
Eligibility of Educational Program
  1. The program is qualified for the education of graduate students;
  2. The program is a result of international/inter-regional collaboration. See Item-1 of Eligibility of Person Representing the Educational Program (shown below) for the nature of international/inter-regional collaboration;
  3. The program has HF/E courses in its curriculum or contains substantial HF/E contents in some courses;
  4. The program is preferentially implemented at a university in non-high-income country. It may be implemented at a university in high-income country, but students should be mainly from non-high- income countries whose actual tuition burden is within low to medium range;
  5. The program is formally selected by an IEA Federated or Affiliated Society.
Eligibility of Person Representing the Educational Program
  1. The nominee can be anyone (e.g., scholar, researcher, industrial expert) who contributed to the success of the selected educational program through its development  or implementation. Typically, the contribution is made through a short-term visit to the university, an inter-professor collaboration, or just by personal invitation. But, persons who are/were employed by the program cannot represent the program as nominees;
  2. The nominee is a member of an IEA Federated or Affiliated Society;
  3. The nominee formally represents the educational program selected by an IEA Federated or Affiliated society;
  4. The nominee should not be an employee of the educational program selected by the IEA Federated or Affiliated society;
  5. The nominee has not won the proposed award before.
Note: The IEA Award Committee may examine the eligibility and decline the application before detailed technical evaluation.

Nomination Process

  • The nomination should follow two stages: (1) The nominating educational program specifies nominees and applies to the IEA Federated or Affiliated Society in a country where the educational program is implemented, and (2) The society selects an educational program and nominates person(s) representing the selected program. Note, the society may select up to two programs. Also note, each program can be represented by up to two nominees.
  • Combine the following evidentiary documents into a single pdf file  and send the file to the Chair of Awards Standing Committee (PastPres@iea.cc), Vice President and Secretary General (VPSG@iea.cc), and Secretariat (secretariat@iea.cc) by June 30, each year. Note: For 2020, the application deadline has been extended to 31 December 2020. 

Required Evidentiary Documents

  1. A letter of nomination from the nominating society that justifies the selection of the education program and the nomination of person(s) representing the educational program;
  2. A letter of nomination from the educational program that ensures that the program is registered and justifies the contributions of each representing person;
  3. Details of the selected educational program;
  4. The nominee’s curriculum vitae or résumé.
Note: The official language is English.