Back by popular demand - a special track designed for the needs of young professionals and students.

You will also 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.

Click here to find out more about what AEC offers students and early career professionals.

Planned activities

  • Student Mentor program
  • Student Track, designed for students
  • First-time attendee orientation
  • Networking receptions with industry leaders and more
Monday, March 16   
5 - 6 p.m. Student/Mentor Networking during the  Exhibit Hall Reception – West Exhibit Hall 

Tuesday, March 17 

8 – 9:30 a.m. Student Mock Interviews – Room 102
1:30 – 3 p.m. A Day in the Life of a Professional Ergonomist – A Panel Discussion

Bill Boyd, CNA Insurance – Moderator
Gary Orr, OSHA, Brian Roberts, CNA Insurance,  Keith White, Lennox International
Room 105-106

3 - 3:15 p.m. Social Media Discussion 

Nancy Laurie, Wegmans Food Markets

Wednesday, March 18   
1:30 – 3 p.m. A Day in the Life of a Professional Ergonomist – A Panel Discussion 

Bill Boyd, CNA Insurance – Moderator
Deepesh Desai, Humantech, Inc., Sandra Woolley, Mayo Clinic, Teresa Bellingar, Haworth
Room 105-106


Student Committee Chair

Neely Ketzler, Auburn University


Bill Boyd, CNA 

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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