Mike Anzis is an Information Technology Management and Business Continuity professional, now practicing with his own firm, Anzis Consulting. He has held positions that included Senior Manager of Consulting for Deloitte, Senior Program Director for Computer Sciences Corporation, Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Mazda North America, and Director of Business Continuity Worldwide for Ingram Micro, Inc. He holds a bachelor’s degree from U.C., Berkeley, and an MBA from UCLA in Business Information Systems. Mike first joined Alcor in 1985. He lives in Southern California, is an avid golfer, and plays trumpet in several musical organizations.
Andy Aymeloglu is a software engineer residing in northern California. He was Director of Engineering at Palantir Technologies from 2005-2015, as it grew from a fledgling company to an 1800-person company with offices across the globe. He is currently advising startups in the Bay Area. Prior to his time at Palantir, Andy studied math and computer science at Stanford University, and briefly lectured a couple of their introductory computer science classes. He has been an Alcor member since 2011.
Catherine is Chief Operating Officer of Suspended Animation, Inc. (SA). Before joining SA in mid-2007, Catherine served as Director of Business Development for Pharmaceutical Platforms at Symyx Technologies and as a Strategic Marketing Manager for Applied Biosystems. As a cell biologist in Neurobiology at UCLA and in Cardiopulmonary Physiology with the Lovelace Institutes, she pursued research interests in the molecular mechanisms of glutamate in the brain and thermoregulatory responses to hypoxia and ischemia.
Ravin is a physician practicing in California. He received his education and training from Northwestern University, Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston and UCLA Medical Center. He has been an Alcor member since 1989.
Ralph Merkle, Ph.D.
Dr. Merkle received his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1979 where he co-invented public key cryptography. He joined Xerox PARC in 1988, where he pursued research in security and computational nanotechnology until 1999. He was a Nanotechnology Theorist at Zyvex until 2003, when he joined the Georgia Institute of Technology as a Professor of Computing until 2006. He chaired the Fourth and Fifth Foresight Conferences on Nanotechnology, was co-recipient of the 1998 Feynman Prize for Nanotechnology for theory, co-recipient of the ACM’s Kanellakis Award for Theory and Practice and the 2000 RSA Award in Mathematics. Dr. Merkle has fourteen patents and has published extensively. He is now a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing. In 2001 he and Robert Freitas co-founded the Nanofactory Collaboration and in 2008 he and Freitas published "A Minimal Toolset for Positional Diamond Mechanosynthesis" which describes positionally-controlled atom-by-atom fabrication of diamondoid materials. In 2011 Dr. Merkle was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Dr. Merkle's home page is at www.merkle.com. He joined Alcor in 1989 and joined the Alcor Board in 1998. See video of Dr. Merkle's presentation on Nanotechnology and Cryonics at the 2006 Alcor Conference.
Mike O’Neal, Ph.D.
Mike O’Neal is a professor and former Chair of the Computer Science Program at Louisiana Tech University, where he holds the Larson Endowed Professorship. Dr. O’Neal has three decades of experience in the field of higher education, has co-founded two high tech startups, and has fourteen issued US patents to his name. Dr. O’Neal received his BS (Magna Cum Laude, 1982) and MS (1984) from Louisiana Tech University, and his Ph.D. (1989) from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. His academic interests include active authentication and identification using behavioral biometrics, computer science education, and artificial intelligence. Mike first joined Alcor in 1989 and became an Advisor to the Board in 2012.
Michael Riskin, Ph.D., CPA
Michael Riskin, Ph.D. / CPA, has been an Alcor member since the mid 1980's and a board member since 1993. Michael has served Alcor in various capacities over the years including that of Membership Ombudsman, Vice President, and Chairman of the Board. He is currently the Alcor Board representative to the Alcor Patient Care Trust Board. Michael's wife, Anita Banker Riskin, also an Alcor member since the 80's, suffered legal death in early 2006 and is now in long term bio-stasis in Scottsdale. He is both a California State Licensed Psychotherapist and Certified Public Accountant, with a private psychology practice in Santa Ana, California. The other half of his professional life is that of a business consultant to startups and more mature companies facing a variety of organizational and marketing challenges. Michael believes that being alive, healthy, and happy is a good thing. He intends to enjoy as much of that trinity as long as is possible.
Michael Seidl, Ph.D., J.D.
Michael R. Seidl has been an Alcor member since 1998, served as a director from 2002 until 2013, and returned to the board in 2016. Mr. Seidl has lived in Delaware since 1998, where he practices law in a boutique firm specializing in corporate insolvency and related litigation. From 1996 to 1998, he served as the judicial law clerk to the Honorable Jonathan R. Steinberg on the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1996), where he served as managing editor of the Journal of Law & Policy in International Business. He is also a graduate of the University of Delaware (Ph.D., English, 1995) and James Madison University (M.A., 1990; B.A. 1988). Mr. Seidl dates his interest in cryonics from his fortuitous (and nearly simultaneous) reading of both Engines of Creation by K. Eric Drexler and Society of Mind by Marvin Minsky in the summer of 1990. Mr. Seidl’s wife, Lisa L. Lock, is also an Alcor member.
Brian Wowk, Ph.D.
Brian Wowk, Ph.D., is a biophysicist employed as a Senior Scientist at 21st Century Medicine, Inc., a company specializing in low temperature preservation of tissue and organs for medical applications. He holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in medical physics, specializing in radiation oncology physics and magnetic resonance imaging. He is a leading expert in cryopreservation by vitrification. Dr. Wowk has maintained an interest in cryonics since 1986. He has served on Alcor’s board of directors since 2004.