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.


Although most people are somewhat familiar with the concept of ethics, which describes fundamental principles of decent human conduct, the idea of ethics as applied to neural engineering, or “neuroethics,” might be less familiar. As neural engineering technology becomes increasingly prolific, it is imperative that future engineers, researchers and ethicists recognize how these devices can impact current and future users of neurotechnology.

A new type of wireless transceiver is on its way to making data transmitted by brain-computer interfaces more secure.

Photo: Chip layouts of the secure CSR-UWB transmitter and receiver in a 32nm CMOS (Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor) technology.

The BioRobotics Lab at the University of Washington (UW) strives to improve people’s lives through neural engineering research and the development of technology for minimally invasive robot-assisted surgery. This lab is currently co-directed by Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) member and UW Department of Electrical Engineering (UWEE) professor, Howard Chizeck.

As a fourth-year PhD candidate in the University of Washington’s Graduate Program in Neuroscience, Kaitlyn Casimo is fascinated by learning, but not in the traditional sense of the word.

Juhi Farooqui did not know that the field of neural engineering existed – until she put together a Google query that captured her interest in neuroscience and its application in research.

“The search was born out of my love for neuroscience – a fascination with the nervous system and the many levels and models by which it could be conceptualized – as well as a desire to ultimately be engaged with the application of scientific knowledge to tangible issues,” Farooqui stated in a letter of interest.