Athens, OH 11 October 2019 –
I’ve conducted research myself as an undergraduate, but recently had the unique chance to be a subject in a research study. The Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISE) Department researches ergonomics and was in need of female test subjects. I participated in their study on Women and Exoskeletons, and how exoskeletons can be improved to better serve the women that wear them in occupational settings.
Exoskeletons are external, wearable systems that help to lift a load or to make a task easier.
I had never worn an exoskeleton before, so it was amazing to gain exposure to this workplace tool. It was also awesome that the ISE lab was specifically focused on how these tools affect and help women, based on our anatomy and biology.
My roommate and fellow Ambassador, Lydia, participated in the study with me. We did tasks like operating a drill and lifting a load progressively to different levels.
Workers who must complete very physical labor are in need of solutions that minimize their strain and injury, and I’m excited that Ohio University is invested in investigating these possibilities. This research study is truly Creating for Good!