This website includes general information regarding my research, students, teaching, and background.

HG Prillaman Professor

Grado Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering

Core Faculty

Virginia Tech/Wake Forest School of Biomedical
Engineering and Sciences


Occupational Safety and Health Research Center (OSHRC)

Virginia Tech

Mail:    Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
           (MC 0118)
           Durham Hall, RM 250, Virginia Tech
           1145 Perry Street
           Blacksburg, VA  24061

Email:  nussbaum [at]

Office:  (540) 231-6053


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Recent News

 New!   New article "Influences of different exoskeleton designs and tool mass on physical demands and performance in a simulated overhead drilling task" was published in Applied Ergonomics (August 2018)

 New!   New article "A Reactive Balance Rating Method That Correlates With Kinematics After Trip-like Perturbations on a Treadmill and Fall Risk Among Residents of Older Adult Congregate Housing" was published in The Journals of Gerontology (August 2018)

 New!   American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) inducted me as a new Fellow at the 42nd ASB Annual Meeting in Rochester, Minnesota (August 2018)

Go to Peer-Reviewed Journal Papers page

Virginia Tech Board of Visitors reappointed me as the Hal G. Prillaman Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering (July 2018)

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Theoretical and Applied Biomechanics
  • Occupational ergonomics and injury prevention
  • Balance, Posture Control, and Fall Prevention
  • Work Physiology and Muscle Fatigue
  • Ambulatory Assessment of Ergonomic Exposures
  • Individual Differences in Work Capacity and Injury Risk
  • Development of Ergonomic Design and Evaluation Guidelines
  • Consumer Product Design and Evaluation