(12/11/13) - A Mid-Michigan university is celebrating a major milestone.
For the first time, Kettering University recently received three out of three grants from the National Science Foundation.
Stepping inside the Kettering University ergonomics lab is like stepping into the future. The professors leading research in the lab, including Justin Young, are working on a state-of-the art 3D Investigator, or motion tracking system.
"If you think of all the new movies with all the compute graphics or video games with Tiger Woods where they're modeling someone's motion, they want Tiger Woods golf swing, well this system would be used for that. We would put markers on that system and we would capture exactly, very precisely how they're moving," said Justin Young.
They hope to use the technology to better advance the workplace. For example, inside automotive plants like Flint Truck Assembly.
The high tech equipment was paid for by one of three National Science Foundation grants totaling about a half million dollars recently awarded to Kettering.
Professor Prem Vaishnava, another grant recipient, is using the money to pay for an X-ray diffraction machine that will help his students learn new techniques when it comes to material analysis. Upstairs, his colleague and the third grant recipient, Jaerock Kwon, is using the money to build a microscope that could dramatically change neuroscience studies.
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