Dr. Sammarco is a Principal Research Engineer with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, He received the following degrees: Ph.D. Computer Engineering, West Virginia University; M.S. Computer Engineering, National Technical University; M.S. Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh; B.S. Electrical Engineering Technology, Pennsylvania State University. During his federal career, he has authored or co-authored 68 publications in mine safety research covering a wide variety of areas including machine safety, machine control systems, and sensor technologies. His early research concerned mining machine guidance and control for mining automation and he led the establishment of best practice safety recommendations for programmable electronic mining systems. His recent research areas concern the human factors of lighting and mine illumination to improve safety and to aid miner self-escape. Dr. Sammarco was recognized by the 2017 Bullard-Sherwood Research-to-Practice Award, 2016 Federal Engineer of the Year Agency Award, and the 2016 Public Health Service/Center for Disease Control Engineer of the Year.