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.


This month, the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) hosted not one, but two Kavli BRAIN Coffee Hour talks. The first was held on October 6th, featuring Dr. Krishna Shenoy, and the second was held on Oct 11th, featuring Dr. Mehrdad Jazayeri.

Middle and high school teachers, Hannah Earhart, Phelana Pang, and Alexandra Pike, all took part in the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering’s (CSNE’s) Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program this summer at the University of Washington (UW). As part of the program, they designed innovative curriculum units covering neural engineering and neuroethics topics. They will be piloting these units with their students throughout the upcoming school year.

With help from the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering and its Industry Affiliate, Advanced Brain Monitoring, a team of University of Washington Electrical Engineering students designed a drone that is guided solely by brain signals.

When starting college, most high school students have broad ideas about their intended major or future career. However, the high school students who spend a summer at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering’s (CSNE’s) Young Scholars Program (YSP) have already demonstrated a strong interest in neural engineering and a desire to pursue higher education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Rising University of Washington (UW) freshman and current YSP participant, Eun Tae Ki, developed an interest in neural engineering when he attended lectures by Dr. Eric Chudler, Dr. Chet Moritz and Dr.

Most students in the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering’s (CSNE’s) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program are studying and working in labs on the University of Washington campus this summer (learn about their experience here); however, there are students participating in the REU program on both the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) and San Diego State University (SDSU) campuses as well.

Read below about a few REU program participants’ experiences on the MIT and SDSU campuses, in their own words:

Yuyan Wang, Georgia Institute of Technology