Department of Mechanical Engineering

Student Assistantship Position

Posted March 2014

Company: Clemson University
Department: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Position: Student Assistantship
Supervisor: Dr. Gregory Mocko, and Dr. Ardalan Vahidi

Hours: 15 - 20 hours\week

Research objective:
The primary objective of this research is to understand and model muscular fatigue dynamics during prolonged physical exertion. Specifically, dynamic models of fatigue will be used, developed, and combined for optimal power control and feedback in human-machine inter- actions. For example, the developed models of fatigue will be used with augmented reality technologies to provide feedback to the human user for a variety of exertion activities including but not limited to (1) prolonged exertion during time trial cycling, (2) guidance on physical exertion for soldiers and (3) assistive propulsion devices in physically challenged situations such as moving in a wheelchair.

Job Description:
Develop and execute research and design activities related to the goals of the Understanding Human Muscle Fatigue Dynamics During Prolonged Force Exertions project. Students must be capable of hand-on activities, capable of physical exertion (including cycling) and working with data acquisition, programming, and interest in human physiology as related to engineering. We are looking for highly capable and motivated individuals who can start immediately.


  • keep log of daily or weekly activities
  • develop experiments for human fatigue
  • identify hardware and software for data acquisition
  • perform research in the area of human physiology


  • undergraduate GPA ≥ 3.3 or graduate GPA ≥ 3.5
  • background in dynamic systems and control
  • data acquisition experience
  • sensor calibration (or willing to learn)
  • basic knowledge of programming and app development
  • must enjoy hands-on work and outside activities
  • self motivated and a passion for learning

Applicants should submit a resume and statement of purpose (no more than 1 page) as a single PDF file attached to an email message and sent to the address below by March 31, 2014 with the subject line “Fatigue Research Student– YOUR LAST NAME”

Dr. Gregory Mocko (
Dr. Ardalan Vahidi (

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