Sports may come down to an inch or a fraction of a second. A split second can be the difference between gold and missing the podium. Senaptec tools can provide the edge for athletes to perform more consistently and at a higher level.
For tactical and combat athletes, the stakes are much higher, therefore every split second to sense, process, and initiate movement is critical. With Senaptec's expertise, our goal to help ready and optimize warfighter operations.
Brain injury concerns in both sport and military have brought more attention to visual and sensorimotor skills. With Senaptec's expertise and our customers' interests, we will continue to contribute to solving the problem of degraded brain health.
WHO WE ARE
Senaptec isn’t a new optimization of old training or therapy. It’s a whole new aspect of training altogether. While vision, awareness, mental processing, perception, and other mental skills were long thought to be more or less fixed traits, determined at birth and not particularly malleable, scientific research shows that these skills can indeed be sharpened and honed. From high-level athletes seeking the edge that will allow them to succeed more often, to young athletes looking to optimize and maximize their training and skill at their sport. From military and police forces where acute visual processing and sensorimotor skills can be the difference between a mission failed and completed, to medical rehabilitation techniques which can greatly improve the quality of life of those previously resigned to suffering.
Joe was a triple major at M.I.T., an 8-year veteran of the US Navy, and a graduate of Stanford's Graduate School of Business. He served as an officer for the Navy Nuclear Propulsion Program with responsibility for the electronic control systems for nuclear power plants on aircraft carriers and submarines. He brings a wide range of business experience from co-founding a previous successful startup and a director of marketing at Tektronix.
Herb has extensive experience in the innovation and delivery of sensory performance products and services. While working for Nike, he created sensory assessment and treatment tools resulting in over 25 patents. He served as a Director of Innovation, collaborating with research institutions and performance groups in sports and military. He completed both his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Michigan where he studied human factors and biomechanics.
Pete is a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Navy SEALs Teams where he held various operational and leadership positions, with the final tour as the Command Master Chief, SEAL Team FIVE. With degrees in Global Leadership and Business Management and Strategy, he provides specialized high performance consulting for companies like Red Bull and Nike. He supports wounded warriors and their families by serving on the Board of Directors for the Lone Survivor Foundation.
Chief Science Officer
Jason is an assistant professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is the Co-Director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center. He completed his undergraduate degree at Corcordia University (Montreal), Masters Degree at Univ. of Pittsburgh, and doctoral work at UNC Chapel Hill. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association.
GRAHAM ERICKSON, OD, FAAO, FCOVD
Dr. Erickson is a professor at the College of Optometry at Pacific University where he teaches Pediatric Optometry, Vision Therapy and Sports Vision courses. He is a diplomate in the Binocular Vision and Perception Section of the American Academy of Optometry, and fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. He has authored the text Sports Vision: Vision Care for the Enhancement of Sports Performance, currently the only resource both for the student learning about the field, and the practitioner seeking a deeper understanding and application of Sports Vision. In addition, Dr. Erickson co-authored the text Optometric Management of Reading Dysfunction, and published chapters and articles in various optometric journals. He lectures nationally and internationally on the topics of Sports Vision, pediatrics, binocular vision, and dyslexia. Dr. Erickson has served as chair of the Binocular Vision, Perception and Pediatric Optometry section of the American Academy of Optometry, Chair of the American Optometric Association Sports Vision Section council, and is currently the Oregon director for the Special Olympics Lions Club International Opening Eyes vision health program. In his free time, Dr. Erickson lives in the Portland, Oregon area and enjoys spending time with his family, running, skiing, backpacking, playing music and traveling.
JASON MIHALIK, PHD, CAT(C), ATC
Dr. Mihalik is a Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also the Co-Director of the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center. He is a clinical neurotrauma researcher, with an emphasis on biomechanics related to military and sports head trauma. He is a social entrepreneur, having translated his research to co-author smartphone applications with the goal of preventing unnecessary secondary complications related to sports concussion, and has an interest in applying emerging technologies as a head injury prevention strategy. In his work, Dr. Mihalik is studying the efficacy of visual and sensory performance measures as a viable adjunct to concussion injury assessment and management and, more importantly, applying fundamental performance enhancement mechanisms to concussion rehabilitation. He explores this work in youth, high school, and collegiate athletes, as well as the US military’s elite warfighters. Dr. Mihalik has been awarded the Advancement of Science Award by the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, and has authored over 75 textbook chapters and peer-reviewed scientific publications, in addition to presenting or co-presenting close to 200 scientific presentations. Dr.Mihalik lives in Durham, North Carolina with his wife Johna and daughter.
STEPHEN MITROFF, PHD
Dr.Mitroff is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at The George Washington University in Washington D.C. He earned his B.A. in Cognitive Science from UC Berkeley and his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Harvard before spending 10 years as a faculty member at Duke. His Visual Cognition Lab explores a wide variety of issues related to attention, perception, and memory with an emphasis on understanding how visual and attentional skills differ across individuals and how performance can be enhanced. Stephen’s broad research objective is to advance academic theories while simultaneously informing applied topics with “real-world” implications. To do so, he has worked with a wide range of research groups, including airport security screeners, radiologists, orthodontists, stroke patients, and elite athletes. He also uses a range of research tools to understand the nature of vision and attention, including big data obtained from mobile technology and sports vision training eyewear. Stephen lives in Washington D.C. with his wife Pam and their three children.