With a new year ahead of us, we feel like it is a great time to reach out to our regular contributors and get their perspective on the military training trends and predictions for
Tom “MACH” Schnell is a Professor in Industrial Engineering with a specialization in Human Factors/Ergonomics at the University of Iowa. Tom is the Founder and Director of the Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL) at the Center for Computer Aided Design. Tom has an undergraduate degree in EE and an MS and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering with a specialization in Human Factors. He is a Commercial pilot, research test pilot, and flight instructor with helicopter, jet, and glider ratings. His total flight time in manned aircraft is 5800 hours. Tom’s research focuses on pilot spatial orientation capability, assessment of operator performance in flight, surface transportation, and airwarfare systems. Tom is a member of several technical societies and committees including the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Transportation Research Board (TRB), the International Illumination Committee (CIE), and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He has authored or co-authored over 90 technical papers.