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Max Martell

Max Martell

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Max is a Systems Engineer with PNNL on the Human Factors Team, where he conducts research and engineering efforts in a variety of fields, including human factors, generative AI, data science, occupational safety and health, climate and earth surface modeling, advanced lighting and visual science, and building systems. Previously, Max has worked as a Lighting Engineer for the Habitability and Human Factors Branch at NASA Johnson Space Center, and for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. His work has included research in human-AI interaction, underground mine illumination, circadian and sleep physiology, and simulation of space vehicles and habitats.

Research Interests

  • Human factors and circadian rhythms
  • Generative AI with large language models (LLMs)
  • Lighting simulation and modeling

Education and Credentials

  • Certificate, Machine Learning, Cornell University, 2022
  • M.S., Lighting, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2020
  • Graduate Certificate, Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics, Penn State University, 2017
  • B.S., Petroleum Engineering, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2015

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • Member - Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)

Awards and Recognitions

  • FEB Excellence in Government Award
  • NIOSH Outstanding Performance Award
  • NASA Alaska Space Grant Scholarship & Fellowship

Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas