Optimizing shoulder health and performance

The Digital Industrial Ergonomics and Shoulder Evaluation Laboratory (DIESEL), established in 2005, is a focal point for scientific study of shoulder mechanics across the life span, including the human population and primates.

Welcome to our web site, which is intended to provide information about what we do, why we do it, and how to get involved in our ongoing work!

Our vision

Our research goal is to generate novel, useful information regarding shoulder function and dysfunction. A secondary goal is to apply this information to practical applications across a range of human activities.

The major intended contribution of the laboratory is to improve musculoskeletal shoulder health through improved understanding, prevention, identification, treatment, rehabilitation, and accommodation of shoulder disorders.


About us

DIESEL is a diverse environment that brings together student and postdoctoral researchers from backgrounds in kinesiology, engineering, and related disciplines.

Nearly 30 graduate and postdoctoral and over 100 undergraduate trainees have contributed to the scientific progress achieved by DIESEL since 2005, and we are always eager to include enthusiastic and capable people in our work.

  1. Oct. 24, 2018New DIESEL Publications

    Two new papers were recently accepted to be published in the journal Ergonomics. The focus of these two research studies were identifying shoulder muscle fatigue onset, and evaluating off-axis upper extremity joint moments and forces during pushing and pulling. Both provide ergonomics practitioners with useful information about what to consider during task analysis.

  2. Oct. 15, 2018DIESEL at the 49th Annual Association of Canadian Ergonomists Meeting

    DIESEL postdoctoral fellow Alison McDonald and alumnus Nicholas LaDelfa are heading north to Sudbury to attend the 2018 Association of Canadian Ergonomists (ACE) conference, which is to be run in tandem with the 6th Conference of Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (CROSH).

  3. Sep. 28, 2018DIESEL at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2018 Meeting

    Professor Clark Dickerson, along with a member (and a former member) of DIESEL are heading to Philadelphia next week to attend and present new DIESEL research at the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2018 International Annual Meeting. We appreciate and take advantage of every opportunity to share our results and ideas with industry and members of the research community! 

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Contact Information

B.C. Matthews Hall, Room 1404
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
1-519-888-4567, ext. 36162

We Need You! 

DIESEL is currently recruiting participants for multiple research projects. 

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