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Aptima Scientist Named to BBJ’s Honorees List

Aptima Scientist Named to BBJ’s Honorees List

Aptima Scientist Alexandra Geyer Named to Boston Business Journals’ 2011 Class of 40-Under-40 Honorees

Awards ceremony for young business and civic leaders

Woburn, MA, November 14, 2011 – Aptima, Inc. announced today that Dr. Alexandra Geyer was inducted into the Boston Business Journal’s 2011 Class of 40-Under-40 at an awards ceremony held at The State Room in Boston on October 6.

The BBJ’s 40-Under-40 recognizes those “business and civic leaders who collectively represent the next wave of talent and commitment in the Boston economy.” This year, the BBJ received over 500 nominations, which reference not only an individual’s professional accomplishments, but their community involvement.

Dr. Geyer, a Senior Cognitive Scientist at Aptima, Inc., was recognized because of her outstanding and well-rounded achievements as both a scientist and a citizen, including:

  • Her efforts in growing a new business area for Aptima around cognitive rehabilitation and cognitive training that have resulted in over $2.8 million in bookings in just under 3 years; and
  • Her personal dedication to a variety of self-started initiatives and nonprofits.

At Aptima, Dr. Geyer is leading a project with the U.S. Army and others to develop rehabilitation technology to help individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) to improve their cognitive function. TBI results, among other things, in a broad cognitive impairments, which include deficits in attention, memory, reaction time, and problem-solving. Traditional cognitive rehabilitation approaches typically involve repeated engagement in tasks that necessitate the use of skills to be improved and can be rather tedious and, at times, inefficient. Dr. Geyer, who specializes in neurophysiology and cognitive psychology, is leading the development of CogniZen, a cyber-spy-themed videogame that is designed to train and improve cognitive skills in individuals with cognitive impairments due to TBI, in an engaging and motivating manner. While on the outside, CogniZen is a full-featured video game; under the hood, it is constructed as an empirically-driven ‘brain-training’ rehabilitation tool to optimize cognitive function. She is also leading cutting edge work in utilizing various types of measurement to determine an individual’s cognitive and/or psychological state, and then using this information to improve human performance, training and rehabilitation systems, decision aids, and human-computer interactions.

Dr. Geyer is also the founder of International Aid for Children, a non-profit organization with the goal of improving the quality of life for orphans and children with disabilities living in Russia and Belarus. IAC works to provide fundamental necessities to these children, such as medicine, food, clothing, personal hygiene items, developmental toys and supplies, furniture and bathroom equipment. In addition, IAC works to increase public awareness of the needs of these disadvantaged and unaided children. She also started a nutrition awareness program for a shelter for pregnant teenage girls in Somerville, Massachusetts. She also volunteers by teaching Russian to children at a local church.

View the complete list of the BBJ’s 2011 Class of 40-Under-40.