Henri Battiste

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Brief Description:

At the crux of technological innovation and human interaction is Human Factors Psychology. It is at this intersection that I find my interests. As I was once told and later recited, “Human Factors is making machines more efficient to work with humans, and conversely making humans more efficient to work with machines.”

I am a graduate of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, recieving a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Class of 2013).

Outside of class, I am an avid connoisseur of music, across a variety of genres. I also enjoy both playing and watching sports. Reading is another passion, with my interests primarily in data-driven books, such as Daniel Pink Drive and Jim Collins Good to Great


I arrived at this career mindset through constant exposure, and intelligent discourse on the bleeding-edge career fields that straddle engineering and computer science (HCI). As the son of a Human Factors Psychologist, I have developed around machines, specifically computers. Microsoft Flight Simulator has been present in my household since day one; however my interests go beyond my childhood indoctrination. A key component for my motivation is the lack of efficiency in most modern systems, from propulsion of jets, to the lack of efficiency in the Air Traffic Control (ATC) systems. It is my goal as a human factors psychologist to streamline these concepts in a reasonable timetable.

Outside of the classroom, I have spent consecutive summers as an intern in the Flight Deck Display Research Lab (FDDRL) at NASA Ames Research Center. During these years I have participated in experiments as a pseudo-pilot (confederate), designed weather for future simulations and concurrently wrote a training manual for the weather generator program that was designed in-house, among other tasks. I have also completed a five-week intensive summer internship at California State Long Beach (CSULB), in the Center for Human Factors in Advanced Aeronautical Technology Lab. In this internship I performed a post-secondary analysis of Kiken et al (2011), and presented to the findings to CSULB HFES chapter and faculty.

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