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Industrial and Management Systems Engineering

Research Facilities

The Department of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering features several opportunities for our faculty and students to conduct cutting-edge research:

  • 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 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.
  • Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience