Human Factors 
Potomac Chapter



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We believe that in the future, the human factors specialist will be a vital part of every design team as a routine association. This does not imply that he/she will be in charge, but it does mean that new, high quality technology will certainly not be successfully developed and marketed without the synergistic linking of the engineering and human factors disciplines. It is the goal of our chapter and the national society to foster growth of our field and to increase the awareness of others about our work.
Board of Certification in Professional Ergonomics (BCPE)
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Sue Bogner's family is inviting friends and colleagues of hers to attend a "Celebrate the Life of Sue Bogner" session from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday October 22nd, to be held at the Washington DC Cosmos Club. Please come join us.

Attached in PDF format is a tribute article about Sue which appears in the October issue of the HFES e-Bulletin.  In a few days, that Bulletin will be available on line at the HFES web page

The Cosmos Club is located at 2121 Massachusetts Ave., N.W., Washington, DC.  The dress code for the Cosmos Club is "coat and tie for men, and dresses, suits or clothing of equivalent formality for women." 

For additional information, contact HFES member Jerry Krueger at


We would like to pass on some sad news. Marilyn Sue Bogner, HFES Fellow, and one or our active Potomac Chapter members over the past few decades, passed away at age 79 on Friday August 19th.  She had debilitating strokes in October 2014, and has been unable to communicate much since then.

Sue made quite an impact on the field of human factors, sort of nudging our profession into examining the issues of "prevention of medical error."  She represented our profession admirably to the fullest.   Her obituary was printed in Sunday, August 28th edition of The Washington Post.  It was prepared by her son Ed Chapman, who lives in Kansas.

The plan is to have a "Celebrate the Life of Marilyn Sue Bogner" at the Washington DC Cosmos Club at some undetermined date in the near future.

Gerry Krueger has prepared a tribute-obituary article to the National HFES organization, and with Lois Smith and Lynn Strother's help that article will appear in the October issue of the HFES Bulletin

Likely a short article about Sue will also appear in the Washington Academy of Sciences (WAS) journal in the near future as well.  

Ed will return to Sue's Bethesda home soon to begin settling up Sue's affairs, and to nail down a time for that planned celebration at the Cosmos Club.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the ASPCA or the American Wildlife Foundation. Please view and sign the family guest book at:



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From the President
Welcome to the web site for the Potomac Chapter (POC) of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). We are one of the largest local chapters of human factors and ergonomics professionals within the national organization. Our current membership is composed of nearly 100 people in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Our Home Page is a means of improving communications with our members and those who would like to know more about the field of human factors. Please feel free to explore the links below and to provide us with any feedback you have.

Thank you for your interest,
Eugene St. Clair
President, POC

Research & Publishing Opportunities
Office Ergonomics Research Committee
A research consortium interested in advancing the field of knowledge regarding office ergonomics has established a number of research priorities.

Human Factors: The Journal of the Human 
Factors & Ergonomics Society
Online Submissions welcome.

Ergonomics in Design
Online submissions welcome.

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