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Gerold YonasDr. Gerold Yonas joined the Mind Research Network in 2009, as the director of neurosystems engineering. In his current work, he is dedicated to creating the new fields of neurosystems engineering that links advances in neuroscience with systems engineering through interdisciplinary teams that focus on the development of solutions to complex system problems.

Previously, Yonas worked at the Sandia National Laboratories, where he served as vice president of Systems, Science and Technology, and later became Sandia’s principal scientist and initiated Sandia’s Advanced Concepts Group. Yonas served as the acting deputy director and chief scientist during the implementation of the Strategic Defense Initiative. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has received numerous honors including the US Air Force Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.

Yonas serves on several defense boards and is senior fellow and member of Board of Regents at the Potomac institute for Policy Studies. He has also taught as an adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico and has published extensively in the fields of intense particle beams, inertial confinement fusion, strategic defense technologies, technology transfer, and “wicked engineering.” Yonas received his PhD in engineering science and physics at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Yonas can be reached at: gyonas @aol. com.

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