Research Team

Tom Mach Schnell portrait

Tom Schnell, PhD

Title/Position
Associate Director, Iowa Technology Institute;
Director, Operator Performance Laboratory;
Captain Jim "Max" Gross Chair in Engineering
Tom Schnell is a professor of industrial engineering with a specialization in human factors/ergonomics. He has secondary appointments in the Departments of Occupational and Environmental Health, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Neurology, and is the Captain Jim "Max" Gross Chair in Engineering. He is the founder and director of the Operator Performance Laboratory and associate director of the Iowa Technology Institute.
Mathew Cover

Mathew Cover

Title/Position
Project Engineer
Mathew Cover is a project engineer in the Operator Performance Laboratory.
Charlie Goddard

Charlie Goddard

Title/Position
Subject Matter Expert
Charlie Goddard is a subject matter expert for the Operator Performance Laboratory.
Zeke Gunnink

Zeke Gunnink

Title/Position
Research Assistant
Zeke Gunnink is a research assistant in the Operator Performance Laboratory.
Patrick Highland

Patrick Highland

Title/Position
Graduate Research Assistant
Major Patrick "DICE" Highland is a graduate research assistant in the Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL). He is a doctoral student in industrial and systems engineering with a specialization in human systems integration.
Enrique Leira

Enrique Leira, MD

Title/Position
Collaborator, Operator Performance Laboratory
Enrique Leira is associate professor of neurology, epidemiology, and neurosurgery, as well as acting director of the Comprehensive Stroke Center. He is a subject matter expert for the Operator Performance Laboratory.
Brad Parker

Bradley Parker

Title/Position
Engineering Coordinator
Bradley Parker is an engineering coordinator at the Operator Performance Laboratory. 
Carl Richey

Carl Richey

Title/Position
Research Associate
Carl Richey is a research associate at the Operator Performance Laboratory. 
Nathan Smith

Nathan Smith

Title/Position
Engineering Associate
Nathan Smith is an engineering associate at the Operator Performance Laboratory. 
Jon Stoltz

Jon Stoltz

Title/Position
Engineering Associate
Jon Stoltz is an engineering associate at the Operator Performance Laboratory.
Colt Thompson

Colton Thompson

Title/Position
Engineering Associate
Colton Thompson is an Engineering Associate at the Operator Performance Laboratory.

OPL Alumni

Andrew Advani

Andrew Advani

Title/Position
Operator Performance Lab Alumnus
Andrew Advani joined the Operator Performance Laboratory, as an intern, in May 2015.
Dieter Bukolt

Dieter Bukolt

Title/Position
Operator Performance Lab Alumnus
Dieter Bukolt is a sophomore in Industrial Engineering and working on a minor in Business, he has been at the lab since the fall semester of 2010.
Amy Dideriksen

Amy Dideriksen

Title/Position
Operator Performance Lab Alumnus
Amy Dideriksen was a graduate research assistant at the Operator Performance Laboratory. She contributed to training effectiveness assessment
Joseph Engler

Joseph Engler

Title/Position
Operator Performance Lab Alumnus
Dr. Joseph "Jäger" Engler was an Associate Research Scientist at the University of Iowa’s Operator Performance Laboratory.
Amanda Greene

Amanda Greene

Title/Position
Operator Performance Lab Alumnus
Amanda Greene was an Application Programmer/Analyst at the Operator Performance Laboratory.
Brett Hanson

Brett Hanson

Title/Position
Operator Performance Lab Alumnus
Brett "Rock" Hanson was a research assistant at the Operator Performance Laboratory at the University of Iowa.
Darin Hoover

Darin Hoover

Title/Position
Operator Performance Lab Alumnus
Darin "Bob" Hoover was an undergraduate student in Industrial Engineering. At Operator Performance Lab, Darin was a part of many projects in his 3 year involvement with the lab.
Jack LaFollette

Jack LaFollette

Title/Position
Operator Performance Lab Alumnus
Jack LaFollette was an Air Force veteran who started working with the Operator Performance Laboratory in June of 2019 on an early release from active duty.
Nick Lorch

Nick Lorch

Title/Position
Operator Performance Lab Alumnus
Nick "Foose" Lorch was a full time design engineer at the Operator Performance Laboratory at the Iowa Technology Institute. Nick received his undergraduate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a focus in Computer Programming and Entrepreneurship from the University of Iowa’s College of Engineering in 2006.
John Neuhaus

John Neuhaus

Title/Position
Operator Performance Lab Alumnus
John "Graviton" Neuhaus was a Research Engineer with the Operator Performance Lab and lead developer of the Cognitive Assessment Tool Set (CATS).
Glen Pry

Glen Pry

Title/Position
Operator Performance Lab Alumnus
Glen "Semper" Pry worked at the Operator Performance Lab as a part time employee off and on beginning in March 2011. He graduated from the University of Iowa College of Engineering in December 2011 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and minors in Mathematics and Technological Entrepreneurship.
Chris Reuter

Chris Reuter

Title/Position
Operator Performance Lab Alumnus
Chris Reuter joined the Operator Performance Laboratory in October 2012. He has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Iowa and pursued a MS in Industrial Engineering.
Cory Reuter

Cory Reuter

Title/Position
Operator Performance Lab Alumnus
Cory Reuter joined the Operator Performance Lab in May 2015. His was pursuing his degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Iowa, with an anticipated graduation date of December 2016.
Dan Sussna

Dan Sussna

Title/Position
Operator Performance Lab Alumnus
Dan Sussna worked at the Operator Performance Lab from February 2011 to May 2012. During his tenure at OPL, Dan's mechanical expertise was utilized in instrumenting OPL's HMMWV for various human factors studies.
John Tibben

John Tibben

Title/Position
Operator Performance Lab Alumnus
John Tibben was a former contributor to the Operator Performance Laboratory as well as a former motorcycle racer. He is in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
Brian Wendt

Brian Wendt

Title/Position
Operator Performance Lab Alumnus
Brian D. "Boomer" Wendt joined the Operator Performance Lab in January 2016 as a Research Assistant. He holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from The University of Iowa and is currently pursuing a B.S.E. in Mechanical Engineering.
Michael Yocius

Michael Yocius

Title/Position
Operator Performance Lab Alumnus
Michael "Tone" Yocius was a Graduate Research Assistant at the Operator Performance Laboratory. He developed software that is used in human factors studies at OPL.

Dr. Schnell's Student Alumni Tree

DOCTORAL STUDENTS

Semester Student Date Topic Permanent Position Status
Fall 2000 Fuat Aktan 08/03 Glare of HID Headlamps 3M Completed
Spring 2011 Scott Openshaw 04/11 Physiological Measures HON Completed
Summer 2014 Kyle Ellis 07/14 Eye Tracking Workload NASA Completed
Spring 2015 Michael Yocius 11/14 Light Field Imaging LMCO Completed
Fall 2017 Jaclyn A. Hoke 12/17 Image Processing  RCI Completed
Fall 2018 Mathew Cover 08/18 Integrated Alerting  OPL Completed
Fall 2018 Amy Dideriksen 02/21 Training Effectiveness Collins Aerospace Completed
Fall 2019 Patrick Highland 08/22 Flight Test Research U.S. Air Force In Progress
Fall 2020 Chris Wenger 08/24 Flight Control Autonomy Collins Aerospace In Progress
Fall 2019 Joe Williams 08/22 Machine Learning Collins Aerospace In Progress

MASTER OF SCIENCE STUDENTS

Semester Student Date Topic Permanent Position Status
Fall 1998 Fuat Aktan 12/00 Development of Nighttime Visibility Model for UV Pavement Markings OPL Completed
Fall 1999 Jeff Mohror 12/00 Evaluation of Traffic Flow Analysis Tools NADS Completed
Fall 1999 Phil Ohme 03/01 Enhancing Visibility For Older Drivers Consultant Completed
Summer 2000 Sohel Merchant 08/01 Pilot Performance Ford Completed
Fall 2001 James Hogsett N/A Pavement Markings Ford Incomplete
Spring 2000 Tuhin Diptiman 04/02 Fun in Driving Ford Completed
Fall 2001 Jason Schenk 11/02 Stochastic Discrete Event Simulation in the ER OSU Completed
Spring 2005 Mike Keller 03/07 Spatial Orientation OPL Completed
Fall 2003 Jason Wenger 07/07 Synthetic Vision System RCI Completed (EE)
Spring 2006 Lora Yekhshatyan 03/08 Left Turn Lane Design   Completed
Fall 2008 Jaclyn Hoke 04/09 Optical Helmet Tracking RCI Completed (EE)
Spring 2007 Gregory Neiswander 04/10 Helicopter Brownout NASA Completed
Spring 2005 Nick Lorch 04/11 Live Virtual Constructive OPL EE
Fall 2007 Kyle Ellis 07/09 Eye Tracking Metrics NASA Completed
Fall 2008 Artistee Harris 07/09 Eye Tracking Model   Completed (EE)
Spring 2010 Michael Yocius 04/11 Image Analysis OPL EE
Fall 2010 Ahmed Diken 03/11 Pilot Fatigue OPL  
Spring 2008 Nicole Becklinger 04/10 Wide Area Surveillance OPL Completed
Spring 2011 Ahmed Diken 04/11 Analysis of Different Pha. of a Commercial Flight UNK IE
Spring 2012 Shawn Parker 04/12 Impl. of Deep Learning 11 Wireless EE
Spring 2018 Christopher Reichlen 05/18 Spatial D in 5th Gen Fight U.S. Air Force AFIT-USAF
Fall 2019 Katherine Woodruff 06/21 EEG Workload Collins Aerospace Completed
Fall 2019 Colton Thompson 06/21 Human Factors OPL In Progress

MEMBERSHIP ON DOCTORAL COMMITTEES

Semester Student Date Topic Permanent Position Notes
Summer 2000 Tim Brown 07/00 Modeling Driver Performance NADS  
Summer 2000 JongJin Kwon 07/00 Robust Control of Surface Roughness WKU Assistant Professor
Spring 1999 Al Hallene 12/99 Development of Logistics Regression for K-12 Education Consultant

 

Summer 2000 Jingzhou Yang 07/00 Swept Volumes   Dissertation Proposal Defense
Summer 2001 Wen-Chieh 07/01 Product Chain    
Spring 2003 Yuan Gan 07/03 Clustering Algorithms N/D  
Spring 2009 Shan Bao 08/09 Eye Tracking Workload TBD  
Spring 2010 Rose Danek 07/10 Incidental Learning  NIU Psychology Student
Spring 2011 Joseph Engler 04/11 Chaotic Attractors  RCI  
Spring 2015 Moh Batineh 05/15 Artificial Neural Network    
Spring 2017 Howard Chen 04/17 Inertial Measurement    
Fall 2018 Hamed Salehi 12/18 Mental Models of Hazards TBD  
Fall 2018 Hamed Salehi 12/18 Hazard Models UNK  
Spring 2019 Amir Momenipour 05/19 Audio Tactile Warnings Rose-Hulman  

POST DOCTORAL ASSOCIATES

Semester Name Project Description Present Position
Fall 2001 Yongjin Kwon Synthetic Vision for Acft. Western Kentucky University
Spring 2002 Katherine Lemos Synthetic Vision for Acft. NASA Langley Research Center
Spring 2003 Richard L. Newman Synthetic Vision for Acft. FAA, Seattle
Fall 2003 Pieter Poolman Physiological Measures UIHC
Fall 2011 Joseph Engler  Chaotic Attractors Rockwell Collins