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Submit Your Product for the 2012 Stanley H. Caplan User-Centered Product Design Award

The Product Design Technical Group (PDTG) of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society welcomes submissions for its 11th Annual Stanley H. Caplan User-Centered Product Design Award. The award emphasizes innovative and user-centered approaches to HF/E and industrial design.

This year’s winning product or system will be recognized during the HFES 2012 Annual Meeting at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, Massachusetts. The winner will receive a $1,000 honorarium and make a presentation on the product and the development methodology during the PDTG’s award session.

Submissions may address products, software, or systems that are purchased for use in the home, in the workplace, or while mobile. They may include consumer, commercial, and medical products but exclude military equipment and systems. The product or system being nominated must be operational and capable of being marketed with no more than minimal changes. Products already on the market for more than three years will not be considered.

You may submit nominations for your own work or that of others. The nominee must be a member of HFES or of PDTG (only $6) but does not have to be a member of both. If a team is nominated, at least one person from the team must be an HFES or PDTG member.

The deadline for submitting award nominations is May 25, 2012. Complete submission requirements and information about past winners are available at

HFES also welcomes submissions for the 2012 Human Factors Prize for Excellence in HF/E Research. The topic for this year’s prize is the human factors/ergonomics science behind product design. Submissions will be accepted from June 1 through July 1. For more information, visit