Optimizing shoulder health and performance

Professor Dickerson holding model of the right shoulder joint with muscles attached.

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.


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

A Busy (Virtual!) Spring 2020

Comings and Goings in Spring 2020

While much has changed since the end of Winter 2020 term (university campus closing due to COVID-19 containment measures, research put to a halt, students and staff working from home and connecting by way of Zoom or MS Teams...), DIESEL still has plenty of news to share!