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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

Congratulations. Dr. Aanu Ojelade!

A Ph.D. candidate, Aanuoluwapo "Aanu" Ojelade, successfully defended his dissertation, "Evaluation of Markerless Motion Capture to Assess Physical Exposures During Manual Material Handling Tasks," on February 9, 2024.  Congratulations, Dr. Ojelade! (February 2024)

New article Occupational arm-support and back-support exoskeletons elicit changes in reactive balance after slip-like and trip-like perturbations on a treadmill by Sunwook Kim, Maury Nussbaum, and Michael Madigan was published in Applied Ergonomics. (November 2023)


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OEB Lab Co-Director Maury Nussbaum and his Ph.D students Ahmad Raza Usmani, Wally Morris, and Aanu Ojelade, were featured on their exoskeleton effectiveness research with construction workers in Virginia Tech Video (October 2023).

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OEB Lab Co-Director Mike Madigan and his Ph.D students, Youngjae Lee and Michelle Morris, were featured on their wearable sensor research and training in Virginia Tech News (August 2023).