Title: Forensic Criminologist, Consultant
Location: Harlingen, Texas, United States
Michael A. Lytle, a forensic criminologist and consultant, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in criminal justice.
Mr. Lytle is a forensic criminologist, consultant and educator who has dedicated more than five decades of his career to criminal justice and forensic investigation. Since 2017, he has served as an independent consultant and the principal of his own private practice, building on his past expertise as a coordinator of the forensic investigation programs at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the University of Texas at Brownsville. Mr. Lytle holds a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University and earned a graduate certificate from Sam Houston State University before completing a Master of Education at Texas A&M University in 1978, He remained active with the Texas A&M University System for the next several years, pursuing additional postgraduate coursework while working as a teaching assistant between 1978 and 1980. He rose to become an assistant to the chancellor of the Texas A&M University System between 1981 and 1983 and spent the 1983 to 1984 academic year as the System’s assistant director of government relations before being named as a special assistant for federal relations from 1984 until 1987.
In 1987, Mr. Lytle was named as the director of research development and a special assistant to the vice president for research and graduate studies at Syracuse University, where he advanced to become the executive director of government relations and earned a diploma from the National Defense University in the following year. He remained at Syracuse University until 1992, serving as the director of federal relations and an adjunct senior research and information policy in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs for the majority of his time with the university, and as an adjunct lecturer of international business studies between 1990 and 1992. In 1992, Mr. Lytle was awarded with an additional diploma by the United States Army Command and General Staff College in Leavenworth, Kansas. After briefly acting as the principal and senior counsel of the Erik Alexander Group, he returned to the University of Texas at Brownsville as the executive director of institutional development in 1993.
Mr. Lytle was a senior lecturer in criminal justice at the University of Texas at Brownsville until 1997, when he was selected to a research fellowship with the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense and then full senior research associate position with the Science Applications International Corporation. He returned to teaching as an adjunct professor of criminal justice at Marymount University in 1999, and as the deputy manager of the Technology Services Division of Science Applications International in 2000. He completed his education in 2007 with a graduate certificate from the University of California at Riverside, and is a licensed police training instructor in the state of Texas. Throughout the 1990s, Mr. Lytle held several government advisory roles as a member the of Secretary of Commerce Technical Advisory Committee on Militarily Critical Technologies, Secretary of the Army Advisory Panel in ROTC Affairs, and he remains active as a consultant for the National Institute of Justice and the Office for Victims of Crime. He has also served on the board of directors for the Veterans Outreach Center of Central New York, Brownsville Historical Museum, UTB/TSC Criminal Justice Institute, and the Texas Committee for Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve.
A retired Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Army Reserve, Mr. Lytle was called to duty in Vietnam and Bosnia, where he was decorated with a Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart, among many other distinctions. Throughout the course of his academic career, he has contributed extensively to professional journals, and was named as the principal investigator on several federally funded research grants and contracts. Likewise, Mr. Lytle spent nearly a decade on the editorial board of the Journal of Technology Transfer, and as a reviewer for the NATO Science and Technology Organization. He is a past member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Selection Committee for the Scientific Freedom & Responsibility Award and a past chair of the National Security and Defense Analysis Section of the American Society for Public Administration. Mr. Lytle is a member of Sigma Xi.
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