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.


Jeffrey Herron at work in the UW BioRobotics LabJeffrey Herron began his affiliation with the center as a student in the lab of CNT member, Howard Chizeck. After graduation, he went to work at the center’s industry affiliate, Medtronic, developing research devices. Now, he has come full-circle, returning to the University of Washington in January 2019. Learn more about Herron’s academic and career path in this article, and how his experiences as a student and working in the private sector have informed his current role as a CNT faculty member and assistant professor of neurological surgery in UW Medicine.

Former CNT summer program participant, Hannah Werbel, and CNT undergraduate research assistant, Hannah Martens (not pictured), both received the UW College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Medal this year. In this article, learn more about Werbel, her educational background and how her experience at the CNT sparked her interest in computer science.

CNT Student Leadership Council Outreach Officer, Claire Rusch, introduces student contestants and their projects to judges at the Ten Hundred Words of Science Competition.On May 29, 2019, graduate students were challenged in a competition at the CNT to explain their research in 90 seconds using only the thousand most common words in the English language.

A new paper by CNT Co-Director, Rajesh Rao, proposes an innovative conceptual framework based on artificial neural networks for bi-directional brain-computer interfaces (BBCIs). This new way of thinking about BBCI development points a viable way toward moving neural devices out of the laboratory and into real-world settings.