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  • 1.  Use of Exoskeletons in Mining

    Posted 07-20-2021 11:34 AM
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    Dear P.T.,


    We are looking for participants to be part of an important research study led by Virginia Tech, in collaboration with Oregon State University and the South Dakota School of Mines.  This study is seeking input from workers on the potential use of exoskeletons in Mining. 

    The use of exoskeletons is receiving increased attention in several industrial sectors including mining.  We are surveying mining workers to gain their perspectives on exoskeleton technology, with a focus on safety, health, and productivity. 

    You are eligible to participate if you have worked in mining in the past year, in any role that required physically-demanding activities (laborer, electrician, plumber, carpenter, maintenance & repair, equipment operator, etc.).  

    Knowledge of exoskeletons is not required.

    The online survey will take about 20-30 minutes of your time. All responses are anonymous; we will not record your name or the name of the company that you work for. 

    Those who complete the survey will be compensated with a $30 electronic gift card.

    The survey is available here:

    We would appreciate you sharing this opportunity with as many people as possible who work in mining, such as by forwarding this email and/or posting the attached flyer about the study in break areas or at your worksite. 

    Please contact the study investigators –  Mr. Aanu Ojelade (; 704-236-9723), Dr. Sunwook Kim (, or Dr. Jay Kim (; 541-737-2166) – with any questions or concerns, or if you would like some study flyers printed in color sent to you.

    Thank you for your time and consideration, and we look forward to getting your input soon!

    Best regards, on behalf of the Exoskeletons in Mining Research Team

    Purushotham Tukkaraja
    Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator
    South Dakota Schl of Mines and Tech
    Rapid City SD United States
    (605) 430-4880


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