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.


With a large suitcase sitting in the trunk, a backpack full of snacks and entertainment for a 10-hour flight, and a van full of my loved ones, I headed toward the airport to embark on a 10 week exchange program, supported by a partnership between the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) and BrainLinks-BrainTools in Freiburg, Germany. The opportunity to gain research experience while also experiencing everything Europe had to offer was the perfect combination. To say the least, I couldn’t have asked for a better summer or a first trip to Europe.

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.