Michael Paley is Aptima’s CEO and has a strong track record of leading research and development programs with a particular focus on efforts to improve individual and team performance. Much of this work includes the application of human centered design principles to system development and the design of human-machine interfaces. He also directed programs to design and implementation of training systems and redesign teams and organizations by applying innovative human performance modeling techniques. Prior to joining Aptima, he worked at MIT Lincoln Laboratory where he provided human factors support to the US Air Force AWACS Program Office on the development of advanced interface display concepts.
As a member of the Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics Department at Ford Motor Company he was part of an interdisciplinary design team developing advanced electronic systems for automobiles. Dr. Paley received a Ph.D. (1996) in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Connecticut, where he was awarded the FWHA Eisenhower Transportation Research Fellowship to conduct drowsy driver simulation research. He received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Rochester in 1990.