Engage and Enable Blog

The aim of this blog is to show what’s happening at the Center for Neurotechnology among its faculty, student and staff members. To learn more about the center and its work, visit our Feature Stories page.


The Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) is pleased to welcome DiOnetta Jones Crayton into her new role at the Center, as CSNE Diversity Co-Director. Ms. Crayton will be working with Sheryl Burgstahler, CSNE Diversity Director, and Scott Bellman, CSNE Diversity Manager, to inspire and educate the next generation of neural engineers, especially those who are historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Dr. Sara Goering, a leader of the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering's (CSNE's) Neuroethics Research Thrust, holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois and earned her doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Colorado. Because of her educational background and work in disability and medical ethics, she was sought after and joined the CSNE in 2012 to lead research work in the area of neuroethics.

Originally launched in Nov. 2015, the Amazon Catalyst Program at the University of Washington (UW) is an initiative that provides financial support, mentorship, and resources for applicant’s innovative projects that address today’s most challenging problems. The project lead must be a current UW student, faculty or staff member, but individuals from any institution can apply as a team member.

Applicants are encouraged to submit an applied solution that clearly identifies a target population, which will demonstrate the impact of the project they have in mind.

On October 13th, the CSNE Student Leadership Council (SLC) hosted an open house for local students interested in neural engineering. Students learned about the CSNE's primary areas of research and some of the benefits of being involved with the CSNE, including funding, networking, mentoring and collaborating in affiliated research labs.

With a large suitcase sitting in the trunk, a backpack full of snacks and entertainment for a 10-hour flight, and a van full of my loved ones, I headed toward the airport to embark on a 10 week exchange program, supported by a partnership between the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) and BrainLinks-BrainTools in Freiburg, Germany. The opportunity to gain research experience while also experiencing everything Europe had to offer was the perfect combination. To say the least, I couldn’t have asked for a better summer or a first trip to Europe.