David M. Eagleman, PhD Founder and Chief Scientific Officer
Dr. Eagleman is a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine. He has two decades of expertise in designing interactive visual tests as a method for teasing out subtleties of brain function. His research in this area is published in the top journals in the field, including Science and Nature. He is an internationally bestselling author about the brain, with his books translated into 27 languages. He writes for the New York Times, Discover, Slate, Wall Street Journal, and many other venues. His research has been profiled in media venues such as the New Yorker, the Colbert Report,NOVA, CNN, and dozens of others.
Eagleman is the co-founder of StepStoneMed, LLC, a successful early stage start up for medical education.
Eagleman is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Next Generation Texas Fellow, a council member on the World Economic Forum, a research fellow in the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, Chief Scientific Advisor for the Mind Science Foundation, the Science Advisor for the television show Perception, and a board member of The Long Now Foundation. He is an academic editor for several scientific journals.
Scott Shemwell, PhD Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Shemwell is an authority and thought leader in field operations and risk management with over
30 years in the energy sector leading turnaround and transformation processes for global S&P 500
organizations as well as start-up and professional service firms. He had been directly involved in over $5
billion acquisition and divestitures as well as the management of significant projects and business units.
He formerly served as Chief Operating Officer for an Energy Services company. He directed Oracle’s
Energy Practice as vice president responsible for driving the strategic direction and business
While MCI Systemhouse (now HP) he developed and implemented of the firm’s Y2K practice with a
focus on the real-time systems responsible for both upstream and downstream petroleum production
operation—forerunner of today’s Digital Oilfield.
While serving on the Halliburton Energy Services Leadership Team, he led its Information Technology
line of business and was directly engaged in the transformation of the company into its Integrated
Solutions business model as well acting as the CIO of the $2 billion Terra Nova (offshore Canada) project.
Dr. Shemwell has authored over 300 articles and presentations including two books Essays on Business
and Information, volumes I & II. Formerly a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army Air Defense
Artillery, he holds a Bachelor of Science in physics from North Georgia College, a Master of Business
Administration from Houston Baptist University and a Doctor of Business Administration from Nova
Yael Katz, PhD Chief Operating Officer
Yael Katz brings her expertise in entrepreneurship, neuroscience, and big data to BrainCheck. Most recently, Yael was Vice President at JW Player, a pioneering video technology company in NYC, leading marketing, strategy, and operations from the early stages. Prior to that, Yael served as a management consultant at Campbell Alliance, a boutique life sciences firm.
Yael holds a BA in physics from Penn, a PhD in neuroscience from Northwestern, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton working on information processing in animal groups. She is the author of numerous peer-reviewed papers in top journals and is the recipient of multiple awards, including an NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biological Informatics.
Yael is also the founder of a computer vision startup, CountVision, LLC.
Robert T. Dowlearn Vice President of Business Development
Mr. Dowlearn has over 30 years of business experience, ranging from pure entrepreneurial ventures to the expansion of major corporate divisions for F500 companies. Robert’s track record includes the successful execution of six new market growth and development initiatives.
Prior to joining BrainCheck, Robert served as the Markets Leader for Ernst & Young’s Global Oil & Gas Center, where he developed the strategy and successfully executed the firm’s service identification, development and delivery initiative. He was responsible for building Ernst & Young’s global presence and brand preference by developing and leveraging marketing vehicles and platforms enabling client companies to more broadly engage E&Y’s energy practice. Coordinating with Oil & Gas Centers around the globe, Robert assessed the industry needs while overseeing the firm’s go-to-market initiatives with tailored services, thought leadership, forums and training designed to drive oil & gas marketing strategies.
Mr. Dowlearn was formerly the Energy Practice Manager for SAS Institute, where he built the first energy industry focused team for this leading provider of Business Intelligence, Decision Support and Analytic Intelligence Solutions. Robert has an additional 20 years of management experience in the development and delivery of industry leading solutions for various companies including Amoco Production, Koch Industries/United Energy Resources, Universal Computer Associates/Reynolds & Reynolds, Computer Associates and BMC Software.
A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Robert holds his Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering.
Emie Rapp Chief Financial Officer
Over the past 15 years, Mr. Rapp has provided C-Level consulting services to small and mid-sized businesses, helping the CEO and entrepreneur with building infrastructure, finance and strategy for their business. Mr. Rapp has held the CFO position of an ultra high net worth family office, an early stage venture capital fund focusing on asset management, fund administration and investment management (including divestures, recapitalizations and follow on investments). He has worked with companies in a variety of industries including software development, technology & IT staffing, real estate, internet marketing, life science, travel, entertainment, hospitality/restaurants, and equipment distribution industries.
Mr. Rapp has held a variety of officer positions with small public, private and venture-backed companies. He was the President of an industrial service based business, VP Finance of PowerBrief, Inc., an application services provider to the legal industry, which was sold to CSC Company. Immediately before PowerBrief, he served as COO of Internet America (OTCBB: GEEK), as well as President of its subsidiary, PDQ.net. His background also includes CFO/COO positions with The Forefront Group (NASDAQ: FFGI), Advanstar Communications, Inc., Information Publishing Corporation, and Mann Frankfort Stein & Lipp P.C. and Arthur Andersen.
Mr. Rapp earned his B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Texas and is a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Rapp volunteers as a Houston Technology Center Mentor helping startup technology companies with strategy, finance and infrastructure growth issues. Mr. Rapp and his wife started The UP Experience (Unique Perspectives from Unique People), a one day conference with 16 keynote speakers on a variety of topics held once a year in Houston, Texas.
Kyrsti Harris Research Coordinator
Ms. Harris’s previous research experience includes working as a gerontology intern with Dr. Tara Rose at the University of Southern California’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and as a Research Assistant to Dr. Cleopatra Abdou for three years at USC’s Davis School of Gerontology. She has extensive practical experience working with older adults, especially those with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, through her internships at Amazing Place, an adult day center in Houston. She is the recipient of several undergraduate awards and honors, including the 2014 Davis School of Gerontology’s engAGING Award for best undergraduate research. Ms. Harris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Aging from the Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. She will be begin the M.D. program at Baylor College of Medicine in the fall of 2015.
James Barger Lead Android Programmer
Mr. Barger brings an extensive background in biomedical engineering and design to BrainCheck. He is currently a medical student at Baylor College of Medicine, focusing on a career in intensive care. Prior to his time at BCM, he worked with multiple corporations as a Masters and undergraduate student to design new devices, including Laerdal Global Health in 2012 and Becton Dickinson in 2011. During 2011-2012, he also worked Jhpiego, a nonprofit affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, and brings experience regarding foreign medical device markets.
Mr. Barger has a background that brings an array of technological and programming expertise. His research background includes work analyzing fMRI images and real time blood-flow measurement. His background also includes experience in a variety of different medical innovations, including an absorption based imaging method for epidural placement, an immunochemistry test for the diagnosis of fever, and external control of implantable devices. He had a hand in the technological development and programming of each of these devices.
Mr. Barger holds a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and an M.S.E. in BME Commercialization and Design from Johns Hopkins University.
Joshua Jackson Lead Web Programmer
Mr. Jackson has written software all his life, and has 10 years of experience of doing so professionally. He has worked with Unix and Linux systems for 15 years and is a Guru-level Unix System Administrator. In his consulting work he provides development services in any and all programming languages and platforms. He is particularly well versed in building web applications, and is the author of his own web application framework. His prior experience also includes administering servers for several major web-hosting companies. In recent years he has redirected his focus toward neuroscience.
Robert Brockman II Development Consultant
Mr. Brockman is a graduate student at Rice University working on his Masters in Business Administration and Masters in Electrical Engineering. His undergraduate degree from Rice was also in Electrical Engineering supplemented with substantial coursework in computer science and cognitive science. His main research interests are machine learning, robotics, and artificial intelligence. He has many years of experience as an IT professional, especially Linux system administration.
Manu Sharma, MD Clinical Coordinator
Dr. Sharma is a graduate of Mysore Medical College and Research Institute, India, and is currently pursuing his Masters of Public Health at the School of Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He has been a part of multiple clinical research projects and was awarded the prestigious Short Term Studentship by the Indian Council of Medical Research in the year 2008. He has rich clinical experience working with neurology patients in some of the largest tertiary care hospitals in India.