Tom Schnell is a professor of industrial engineering with a specialization in human factors/ergonomics at the University of Iowa College of Engineering. He is the founder and director of the Operator Performance Laboratory (OPL) at the Center for Computer Aided Design (CCAD). He is also the project development director at CCAD. The OPL conducts human factors research in a number of areas of surface and air transportation. Schnell is a member of several technical societies and committees, including the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Transportation Research Board, the International Illumination Committee, and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has authored or co-authored more than 90 technical papers.