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Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics (OEB) Laboratories

Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics (OEB) Laboratories

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Welcome to the Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics Laboratories

The Occupational Ergonomics and Biomechanics (OEB) Laboratories conduct work in theoretical and applied ergonomics, occupational biomechanics, and work physiology, primarily relating to worksite, workstation, and equipment evaluation and design. Specifically, research is focused on:

  • Biomechanics of the human body (modeling, strength, motions, and working postures);
  • Human engineering of systems, equipment, tools, workstations, and work tasks;
  • Ergonomic design for safety, efficiency, and performance.

Major application domains for the work in the laboratories are manufacturing, construction, and healthcare. The Laboratories consist of several rooms, which are used as needed for research, development, and evaluation. Those Laboratories are well equipped to do research in a variety of areas.

Recent News

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OEB Lab Co-Director Maury Nussbaum was honored to be a recipient of the 2021 Virginia Tech Alumni Awards for Excellence in Graduate Academic Advising by Virginia Tech Alumni Association.  Please read Page 15 of the award program booklet for more information (May 2021).

Dr. Michael Madigan

OEB Lab Co-Director Mike Madigan was selected as a Fellow of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB). He will be inducted during the 45th ASB Annual Meeting in August. Congratulations Dr. Madigan on receiving such a prestigious honor! (April 2021)

New article Effects of Back-Support Exoskeleton Use on Trunk Neuromuscular Control during Repetitive Lifting: A Dynamical Systems Analysis by Sunwook Kim, Divya Srinivasan, and Maury Nussbaum was published in Journal of Biomechanics. (May 2021)

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New article Human Gait During Level Walking With an Occupational Whole-Body Powered Exoskeleton: Not Yet a Walk in the Park by Sunwook Kim, Divya Srinivasan, and Maury Nussbaum was published in IEEE Access. (April 2021)

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Co-Director Maury Nussbaum was invited to a podcast! He was on the episode "Developing safe and beneficial Exo Technology for the construction industry" of the Down With The Dig podcast (November 2020).