About the Panel of Experts:
Dr. Mendez is the Director of Neurobehavior at VA Greater Los Angeles (since 1994), Director of the Behavioral Neurology Program of the UCLA Department of Neurology (since 2013), and Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, UCLA (since 2000). He attended the University of Texas Medical Branch and graduate school in experimental psychology at Case Western Reserve University. After medical school, Dr. Mendez completed an internal medicine residency at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and a neurology residency and neurobehavior fellowship at UCLA Medical Center. He is the author of about 220 articles and three books, and his recent research focuses on frontotemporal dementia and traumatic brain injury.
Roy Hamilton is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is the Director of the Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation. The central thrust of his research is to use electrical and magnetic noninvasive brain stimulation to explore the characteristics and limits of functional plasticity in the intact and injured adult human brain. He is also a board-certified neurologist and clinician specializing in disorders of cognition and behavior.
Dr. David C. Lyon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology in the School of Medicine at UC Irvine. Dr. Lyon is a Cal State Long Beach Alumnus, Class of 1992. He received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, and then trained as a post-doctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and subsequently at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. Dr. Lyonís work has been instrumental in providing detailed maps of the neural circuitry of the brain related to sensory processing and has produced more than 30 publications in well-respected neuroscience journals. A key aspect of his work has focused on the implementation and development of neurotropic viruses to enable study of brain circuits at very fine levels of resolution.
Nick Sramek is a Senior Project Leader in system engineering for The Aerospace Corporation in El Segundo, where he has worked for over 30 years primarily on military satellite systems. He leads the Technology Assessment Office in the Systems Engineering Division. One of his key areas of expertise is in space computer systems architecture, design and technology. He has also taught a number of classes at Aerospace on systems architecture and space systems computer technology. He is currently an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Associate Fellow and a Computer Systems Technical Committee member.
Mr. Sramek recently served a six-year term on the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, the Port of Long Beach governing board. He also served on the City of Long Beach Planning Commission for seven years prior to his Harbor Commission appointment. He is the founder of the West Long Beach Business Association, and serves as the treasurer of the Board for the Westside Neighborhood Clinic.
Mr. Sramek earned his Bachelorís and Masterís Degrees from California State University, Long Beach in Electrical Engineering. In addition, he serves on the CSULB College of Engineeringís Deanís Advisory Council and was named "2010 Distinguished AlumnusĒ for the College of Engineering.