Advisory Boards

Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board consists of leaders in neural engineering and computational neuroscience. Board members review scientific and technical progress, advise the Center for Neurotechnology (CNT) on current developments in the field, assist center leadership with strategic directions for device development, and annually review progress toward goals and deliverables.

• Vivian Mushahwar, chair (University of Alberta)
• Jose Carmena (University of California, Berkeley)
• Paul Ford (Cleveland Clinic)
• Ranu Jung (University of Arkansas)
• P. Hunter Peckham (Case Western University)
• Francisco Valero-Cuevas (University of Southern California)
• Jon Wolpaw (National Center for Adaptive Neurotechnologies)

Industry Advisory Board

This group consists of representatives from venture capital, startups, industry partners and university Intellectual Property representatives. Board members assist the center in translating device and system development to the marketplace, advise center leadership on needs and limitations in the industrial sector, and provide financial guidance and real-world feasibility analyses of product development.

• Andy Kelly, IAB Chair (Cactus Semiconductor)
• Heather Orser, (Medtronic)
• Kurt Amundson (Ekso Bionics)
• Michael Ballas (Epoch Medical Innovations)
• Chris Berka (Advanced Brain Monitoring) 
• Kim Emmons (Washington Research Foundation)
• Sandy Heck (Reach Bionics)
• Karthik Ranjan (ARM)
• Kian Torab (Blackrock Microsystems)
• Tahl Holtzman (Cambridge NeuroTech)
• John Alleman (Cerevast)
• Bryan Johnson (Kernel)
• Justin Kinney (Leaf Labs)
• Jason Begaund (LivaNova)
• Anand Raman (Microsoft)
• Brian Mogen (Multimodal Health)
• Nick Terrafranca (NeuroRecovery Technologies)
• Connor Russomanno (OpenBCI)
• Mak Agashe (Pramak)
• Sandy Heck (Reach Bionics)
• Tim Blanche (WhiteMatter)
• Josh Smith (WiBotic)

Practitioner and End User Advisory Board

This group consists of clinicians working with people with disabilities, including neurological disorders, and people recovering from stroke or with a spinal cord injury. The board advises the center on real-world practical aspects of device development and system needs of the practitioner community. The board also facilitates communication between researchers and people with disabilities.

• Jodie Haselkorn, chair (VA Puget Sound and UW Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine)
• Claire Creutzfeldt, neurologist (University of Washington)
• Mike Elliott, neurologist (Virginia Mason Medical Center)
• Aditya Ganapathiraju (University of Washington)
• Mickey Gendler, person with spinal cord injury (Law Offices of Gendler & Mann)
• Julie Ann Grant
• Bruce Hanson
• David Newell, neurosurgeon
• Maria Reyes, physician (VA of Puget Sound Hospital)
• Jared Olson, physician (University of Colorado Hospital)

Council of Deans

Consisting of deans for all contributing programs, this group ensures that faculty members and students have appropriate support, communicates center goals and outcomes to higher level administration, and assists in long-term, sustainable planning for development activities, faculty and student recruitment, and infrastructure.

• John Slattery (UW, Vice Dean for Research & Graduate Education, School of Medicine)
• Werner Stuetzle (UW, Divisional Dean of Natural Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences)
• Ian Waitz (MIT, Dean, College of Engineering)

Multi-University Collaborative Board

The Multi-University Collaborative Board consists of representatives from each of the center's domestic and international partner institutions. These individuals provide the CNT with guidance to strengthen inter-institutional research, industrial and educational projects and programs.

• Wolfram Burgard (University of Freiburg)
• Valerie Haftel (Morehouse College)
• Judy Illes (University of British Columbia)
• Sam Kassegne (San Diego State University)
• Rajesh Rao (University of Washington)
• Polina Anikeeva (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Student Leadership Council

This group plays a key role in providing feedback on the efficacy of the center’s educational mission. Its leaders contribute ideas to shape educational goals, serve as advisors and mentors in coordinating student rotations among the labs for summer programs and take an active role in center outreach efforts. The Student Leadership Council also recruits students to serve as ambassadors of the program to affiliate institutions (such as Morehouse, Spelman and Southwestern Colleges).

Officers at the University of Washington include:

• President: Brandon Pratt
• Vice President: Asad Beck
• Treasurer: Courtnie Paschall
• Audio Engineer: Michael Nolan
• Synaptic Liaison: Toma Itagaki
• Hackathon Coordinator: Jasper Balinas
• Outreach Assistants: Glorianna Gutierrez and Yui Suzuki
• Seminar Assistant: Srinidhi Naidu
• Media Assistant - Cleah Winston