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"Investigating the impact of ergonomic injury risk on productivity, and quality," The Boeing Company (2014 - 2015).  PI: M.J. Agnew, Co-I: M.A. Nussbaum.

"Effects of Pesticide Exposure on Postural Control", National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIMHS) (2013 - 2016). PI: M.A. Nussbaum, Co-I: M.L. Madigan. Sub-contract to Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

"Aging, Neuromuscular Behavior and Risk of Occupational Low Back Pain", NIOSH (2012 - 2014). Sub-contract to U Kentucky.

"Ergonomic Research on Manufacturing Tasks", Equipois, Inc. (2012 - 2013). PI: M.A. Nussbaum, Co-I: M.J. Agnew.

"Effects of obesity and age on balance and fall risk – implications for safety guidelines", NIOSH (2011 - 2014). PI: M.L. Madigan, Co-Is: M.A. Nussbaum, M.J. Agnew, D.P. Hindman.

"Safety and ergonomics training", NIOSH (2011 - 2016). PI: M.A. Nussbaum, Co-Is: M. Agnew, J. Casali, B. Kleiner, T. Lockhart, T. Smith-Jackson, W. Winchester, and D. Young-Corbett.

"Decision support system for ergonomic construction design: Phase II", NIOSH (2009 - 2014). PI: M.A. Nussbaum, Co-Is: J.P. Shewchuk and M.J. Agnew.

"Effects of localized muscle fatigue on risk of occupational slips and falls", NIOSH (2009 - 2014). PI: T.E. Lockhart, Co-I: M.A. Nussbaum.

"Evaluation of patient handling devices", Stryker Medical (2006 - 2008). PI: M.A. Nussbaum; Co-PI: M.J. Agnew.

"Occupational Trunk Flexion and Neuromuscular Disturbance", NIOSH (2006 - 2011). PI: M.A. Nussbaum, Co-PI: M.L. Madigan.

"Risk factors and controls for falls from heights", NIOSH (2003 - 2008). PI: M.A. Nussbaum, co-PI: M.L. Madigan.

"HMC-Virginia Tech Research Partnership", Hyundai Motor Company, Korea (2005 - 2006). PI: M.A. Nussbaum, Co-I: K.L. Babski-Reeves.

Current and Former Sponsors

  • American Automobile Manufacturers Association
  • Army Research Laboratory
  • Carillion Clinic
  • Equipois, Inc.
  • Honda of America MFG, Inc.
  • Hyundai Motor Company, Korea
  • John Hopkins University, School of Public Health
  • National Institute for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disorders (NIAMS)


  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
  • Stryker Medical
  • The Boeing Company
  • Toshiba Corp., Japan
  • United Parcel Service of America (UPS)
  • University of Kentucky, Department of Biomedical Engineering
  • Wake Forest University, Medical Center