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Max Martell

Max Martell

(971) 940-7135


Max joined PNNL as a Lighting Research Engineer in 2021, and works primarily on the Lighting Science Research team. Previously, Max has worked as a Lighting Engineer for the Habitability and Human Factors Branch Lighting Lab at NASA Johnson Space Center, and for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, where he conducted research in safety, health, and human factors of lighting and visual interventions. His work has involved lighting research for underground mine illumination, circadian and physiological impacts of light, and lighting analysis of space vehicles and habitats.

Research Interests

  • Human factors and circadian lighting
  • Physiological effects of light
  • Lighting simulation and modeling

Education and Credentials

  • 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
  • UAF Petroleum Challenge Engineering Design Competition
  • NASA Alaska Space Grant Scholarship & Fellowship

Energy and Environment

Core Research Areas