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; and 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. This Laboratories are well equipped to do research in a variety of areas.

Recent News



 New!    Kristine "Krissy" Cantin-Garside successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation, "Behavioral Monitoring to Identify Self-Injurious Behavior among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder". (February 2019)

New article "Two Novel Slip Training Methods Improve the Likelihood of Recovering Balance After a Laboratory-Induced Slip" by Maury Nussbaum and Michael Madigan was published in Journal of Applied Biomechanics. (January 2019)

Main Research Areas

  • 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