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.


During the summer of 2022, I participated in the Center for Neurotechnology Young Scholars Program-REACH (YSP-REACH) at the University of Washington. Because I was a freshman then, I had little background knowledge about the nervous system, how the brain functioned, or even what a neuron was. All I knew was that neuroscience was a relatively new field that has been expanding rapidly. Regardless, this was enough to convince me to apply for YSP-REACH. This turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made during my high school years. 

Screenshot of NNL participants during a virtual presentation

Simulating the sense of touch by stimulating the brain with electrodes. Decoding signals within the brain’s network of approximately 86 billion neurons. Testing technologies to help the brain heal. Exploring new interfaces between brains and computers.

Graduate and undergraduate researchers from various departments at the University of Washington (UW) discussed these topics and others this year in an online session dedicated to encouraging neurodiverse high school students to explore neural engineering and neuroscience.

This is the second Engage and Enable blog post by CNT student member Gabrielle Strandquist in an ongoing series that explains how research works and gives insight into the process for aspiring engineers and scientists. Part one of the series is available here: "What is research, and how do I get involved?"

Part 1: What is research, and how do I get involved?

A young woman sits at a desk monitoring a man covered with sensors who is walking in the background

Headshot of Gabrielle StrandquistThis graduate student working in the labs of CNT members Rajesh Rao and Bing Brunton is starting a new series of posts on our Engage and Enable blog. Strandquist will explain her research and give insight into the process for aspiring engineers and scientists.