Vernol Battiste is one of the founding members of the NASA-TLX development team and a former Co-PI for the FDDRL at NASA-ARC. He is currently a Senior Research Associate for the San Jose State University Research Foundation at NASA Ames in the Human Autonomy Teaming (HAT) laboratory. He was designated as one of 50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science for 2004, and received the Black Engineer of the Year Award in 2001. He has extensive knowledge of human factors issues relating to the operation of manned and unmanned systems. He received his BA in Experimental Psychology from California State University, Hayward, and his MA from San Jose State University. He is also a graduate of the FAA’s Air Traffic Control Academy, and was fully Certified as an ATC Specialist at the Oakland Air Route Traffic Control Center. He completed the USAF Air Traffic Control Academy and the Jet Engine training program and spent 4 years as an Air Force Jet Engine Mechanic, and 5 years as an Air Force Air Traffic Controller.