The most important ingredients in the success of the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (RMCOEH) are the determination, talent, and teamwork displayed by our students and faculty, whose efforts have enabled us to thrive and grow for more than 40 years.
But also indispensable is the first-rate learning, teaching, and work environment RMCOEH is proud to offer. Our facilities help us ensure students gain the tools they need to succeed in their studies, as well as in their careers.
In 2021, RMCOEH moved from Research Park on the University of Utah’s main campus to a brand new facility in downtown Salt Lake City. Our modern headquarters is designed to jointly serve the University of Utah and Weber State University components of the center and foster interdisciplinary collaboration among all of our programs. It is also conveniently located to both the engineering and mining programs at the University of Utah. At 22,000 square feet, more than twice as large as our previous home, the space allows us to look toward the future: It offers room for our programs to grow and make an even bigger impact on workers and businesses.
The location, which was renovated with the help of a $1.15 million donation from WCF Insurance, is equipped with everything from offices and touchdown space for faculty, students, and staff to a kitchen and dining area. But the standout features are three classrooms — with respective capacities of 80, 30, and 15 people — equipped with technology for hybrid courses; laboratories outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment; space for our research teams; and multiple medical examination rooms.
RMCOEH’s programs boast labs that provide our students with hands-on training and allow our faculty and students to perform research that is charting new territory in occupational and environmental health and safety. Some labs are located at our headquarters, while others are housed on the University of Utah main campus and at Weber State University.
Occupational Injury Prevention lab
Occupational Injury Prevention lab utilized by our Occupational Injury Prevention, Occupational Medicine, and Targeted Research Training programs. The 1,500-square-foot space, located at our headquarters, promotes research objectives in job psychophysical assessments, functional capacity evaluations, human factor biomechanics, motion capture, and other musculoskeletal and physiological domains.
Center for Meeting Effectiveness
Center for Meeting Effectiveness lab, which includes two fully equipped executive conference rooms, as well as a control room that allows researchers to observe meetings involving study participants. This 1,400-square-foot lab, located at RMCOEH’s headquarters, is utilized by our Center for Meeting Effectiveness for research related to the science of meetings, including efforts to improve employee engagement, well-being, and safety.
Two Industrial Hygiene wet labs
Two Industrial Hygiene wet labs — one equipped for laboratory-based teaching and an office for three students, and the other equipped for research and configured for experiments.
Industrial Hygiene wind tunnel lab
Industrial Hygiene wind tunnel lab, which represents a novel design combining the principles and modes of operation of both a conventional wind tunnel and a calm air chamber.
HGN Lab for Bionic Engineering
HGN Lab for Bionic Engineering, where students and faculty conduct research related to wearable bionic devices aimed at helping people with disabilities or other physical limitations retain movement capabilities.
Ergonomics and Safety lab
Ergonomics and Safety lab, which allows researchers to explore several topics related to ergonomics and safety, including human gait, biomechanics, rehabilitative robotics.
Motion capture lab
Motion capture lab, which houses equipment that enables researchers to study the coordination of movement and postural control through a range of measurements.
Skeletal Fracture and Fatigue lab
Skeletal Fracture and Fatigue lab, where researchers study skeletal tissues, including their structure, fracture mechanisms, and dynamics.
Head Injury & Vessel Biomechanics
Head Injury and Vessel Biomechanics lab, where researchers examine how blood vessels respond to deformation with the goal of using models to predict injury and dysfunction.
Utah Head Trauma Lab
Utah Head Trauma Lab, where researchers examine the structure of the head and eye as they change with age, utilizing engineering principles to characterize how the head and eye respond to injury and disease.