Dr. Arthur “Art” Menendez graduated from SIUE with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1975. He would go on to become a renowned vision research scientist with the United States Air Force. His cutting-edge research on visual psychophysics was geared toward making aviation safer for pilots. During a short but prolific career, Dr. Menendez authored or co-wrote more than 20 publications. His research was particularly relevant for combat pilots but was also widely used in the field of medicine. One of the handbooks he wrote on how to treat eye injuries resulting from lasers was widely used by the U.S. military and its allies during Operation Desert Storm. Although it has been more than 20 years since his untimely death, much of Dr. Menendez’s research is still classified due to national security reasons.