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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

Human clinical trials are becoming an increasingly important part of the fast-changing field of implantable brain-computer interface (BCI) research. Testing to help determine safety and efficacy in the human body is the next step in the development of clinical BCI devices for treatment of neurologic conditions like stroke, spinal cord injury and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Because testing implantable BCIs in humans can sometimes have serious and/or unexpected impacts, developing a better understanding of risks and establishing best practices in this area of research is an ethical imperative.

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