Edwin C. May, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Cognitive Sciences Laboratory


EDUCATION

1962 B.S. (Physics) University of Rochester, Rochester, NY.

1968 Ph.D. (Physics) University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

1995-Date. Executive Director of the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory, Palo Alto CA

1991-1995. Director of the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory, Science Applications International Corporation, Menlo Park, CA.

1985-1990. Program Manager, Cognitive Sciences Program, SRI International, Menlo Park, CA.

1979-1985. Senior Research Physicist for the Psychoenergetics Program. SRI International, Menlo Park, CA.

1976-1979. Consultant to the Psychoenergetics Program. SRI International, Menlo Park, CA.

1973-1979. Research and Hardware Consultant. The Biofeedback Institute of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.

1972-1979. Technical and Software Consultant. Digital Pathways, Inc., Mountain View, CA.

1972-1976. Physics Instructor. City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.

1972-1984. Technical Consultant. Psychophysical Research Laboratories, Princeton, NJ.

1968-1971. Postdoctoral Fellow (physics). University of California, Davis, CA.

1960-1964. Graduate Fellow, Earth and Planetary Sciences Department. The RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE

Dr. May has managed complex, interdisciplinary research projects for the US federal government since 1985. He presided over 70% of the funding and 85% of the data collection for the government’s 24-year involvement in parapsychological research. His responsibilities included fund raising, personnel management, project administration and planning, and he was the guiding force for the technical research effort. Currently, Dr. May is the Executive Director of the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory which now resides within the Laboratories for Fundamental Research. Prior to this appointment, Dr. May was the Director of a similar program at Science Applications International Corporation and before that at SRI International. Dr. May has been involved in anomalous mental phenomena research since 1972.

After obtaining a Ph.D., he accumulated over 12 years experience in experimental nuclear physics research, which included the study of nuclear reaction mechanism and nuclear structure. Dr. May’s accelerator experience includes a variety of tandem Van de Graaff generators and cyclotrons operating under 50 million electron volts. Other specialize experience includes four years of g -ray spectroscopy, one year of trace-element analysis (x-ray, and a -particle techniques), numerical analysis, Monte Carlo techniques, digital signal processing, and cardiac blood flow research. In addition, he has conducted physiology research through the careful investigation of the efficacy of biofeedback in a clinical setting.

Dr. May is fluent in a variety of 3-GL and 4-GL computer languages including C, FORTRAN, various machine codes, and SQL and VB4.

Dr. May’s eclectic background has provided him with significant expertise in a variety of seemingly unrelated disciplines; Thus, he is ideally suited and experienced to direct interdisciplinary research.

DISSERTATION

Nuclear Reaction Studies via the (p,pn) Reaction on Light Nuclei and the (d,pn) Reaction on Medium to Heavy Nuclei. B. L. Cohen, advisor. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (1968).

PUBLICATIONS AND AWARDS

Author or co-author of a total of 130 reports: 16 papers in experimental nuclear physics: 20 papers presented at technical conferences on anomalous cognition; 19 abstracts presented at professional conferences on physics; 79 technical or administrative reports to various clients; and 14 miscellaneous reports and proposals. Outstanding Achievement Award in Parapsychology. This was granted in 1994 by the Parapsychological Association, an affiliate member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, for a career-long contribution for research excellence. President, The Parapsychological Association (1997), an affiliate of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

 A SAMPLE OF RECENT PUBLICATIONS

May, E. C. (1996). The American Institutes for Research Review of the Department of Defense’s STAR GATE Program: A Commentary. Journal of Parapsychology, 60, 3-23.

May, E. C., Utts, J. M., and Spottiswoode, S. J. P. (1995). Decision Augmentation Theory: Toward a Model of Anomalous Mental Phenomena. Journal of Parapsychology, 59, 195-220.

Lantz, N. D., Luke, W. L. W., and May, E. C. (1994). Target and Sender Dependencies in Anomalous Cognition Experiments. Journal of Parapsychology. 58. 285-302.

May, E. C. (1995). AC Technical Trials: Inspiration for the Target Entropy Concept. Proceedings of Presented Papers. The Parapsychological Association 38th Annual Convention. Durham NC. August 5-8. 193-211.

May, E. C., Luke, W. L. W., Trask, V. V., and Frivold, T. J. (1990). Observation of Neuromagnetic Fields in Response to Remote Stimuli. Proceedings of Presented Papers. The Parapsychological Association 33rd Annual Convention, National 4-H Center, Chevy Chase, MD. August 16-20. 168-185.

May, E. C., Luke, W. L. W., and James, C. L. (1994). Phenomenological Research and Analysis. Final Report. Government Contract MDA908-93-C-0004. Science Applications International Corporation, Menlo Park, CA. 3-11.

May, E. C., Spottiswoode, S. J. P., and James C. L. (1994a). Managing the Target-Pool Bandwidth: Possible Noise Reduction for Anomalous Cognition Experiments. Journal of Parapsychology. 58. 303-313.

May, E. C., Spottiswoode, S. J. P., and James C. L. (1994b). Shannon Entropy: A Possible Intrinsic Target Property. Journal of Parapsychology. 58. 384-401.

May, E. C., Targ, R., and Puthoff, H. E. (1977). Possible EEG Correlates to Remote Stimuli Under Conditions of Sensory Shielding. In the Proceedings of Electro77, Professional Program of the IEEE, New York, April 19-21. 1-5.

May, E. C., Utts, J. M., Humphrey, B. S., Luke, W. L. W., Frivold, T. J., and Trask, V. V. (1990). Advances in Remote-Viewing Analysis. Journal of Parapsychology, 54. 193-228.

May, E. C., Utts, J. M., and Spottiswoode, S. J. P. (1995). Decision Augmentation Theory: Applications to the Random Number Generator Database. Journal of Scientific Exploration. 9, 4. 453-488.

May, E. C. and Vilenskaya, L. (1992). Overview of Current Parapsychology Research in the Former Soviet Union. Subtle Energies. 3, 3. 45-67.


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