Research Facilities

  • The Center for Nontraditional Manufacturing Research (CNMR) was established in 1988 and is the only research facility in the United States dedicated solely to the examination of nontraditional manufacturing methods. Projects involve both basic and applied research on numerous nontraditional manufacturing processes. The Center's research efforts are aimed at providing long-term, cost-effective production alternatives to large and small manufacturers alike.


  • The Effective Teaming Laboratory was established in 2002 with funds from the National Science Foundation. The Lab, located in 518 Nebraska Hall, is home to a team of researchers working on the development of a model for the facilitation of effective teaming in the engineering classroom. The lab is equipped with audio and video technology to observe engineering students working in teams. Observations are being used to develop methodologies and instruments to measure individual growth and team effectiveness.


  • The Center for Ergonomics and Safety Research (CESR) was established in 1991 to study and improve the job performance and well-being of people in relation to their job tasks, equipment and environment. At the worksite or in the Center research lab, the ergonomics professionals of the Center for Ergonomics and Safety Research improve worker job performance and safety. Researchers perform ergonomic evaluations, provide ergonomic training and information, offer specialized ergonomic learning experiences, and conduct basic and applied ergonomic research.


  • The Innovative Design and Ergonomic Analysis Lab (IDEA Lab) was established in 2002 to study the ergonomics of the upper limb. It is located in Nebraska Hall 301. The Lab has custom designed equipment to study the movement of multiple joints such as the wrist and hand or the hand and forearm, and a touch screen to examine aiming capabilities. This is accomplished by the use of force or torque measurements, EMG, anthropometry and goniometry.


  • RFID and Supply Chain Logistics Lab. This facility's purpose is to support project initiatives like Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Logistics (Supply Chain Engineering), Manufacturing (Six-Sigma and Lean initiatives), and Information Technology (ERP, WMS). The facility's goal is to enhance the Industrial Engineering field by utilizing some of the research methodologies to provide solutions in the areas of RFID, Supply Chain Logistics, and Engineering Management.