We are pleased to announce that three exceptional University of Washington graduate students have been awarded 2015 Washington Research Foundation Innovation Graduate Fellowships in Neuroengineering: Ben Shuman (Mechanical Engineering), Nancy Wang (Computer Science and Engineering), and Nile Wilson (Bioengineering).  Biographies of the three new graduate fellows are as follows:

Ben Shuman, recipient of one of the 2015 WRF Innovation Graduate Fellowships Ben Shuman is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering working in the Ability and Innovation Lab under Kat Steele. His work uses clinically measured muscle activations (electromyography) to calculate a lower dimensional space of weighted muscle groupings called muscle synergies. Synergies have been shown to be altered in patients with neurological impairments such as stroke. Ben’s research aims to determine whether muscle synergies can be predictive of treatment outcomes in patients with cerebral palsy and whether changes in synergies after treatment correlate to changes in walking ability. Ben previously worked in industry as a design and manufacturing engineer and holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington.
 Nancy (Xin Ru) Wang, recipient of one of the 2015 WRF Innovation Graduate Fellowships Nancy (Xin Ru) Wang is a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science and Engineering program advised by Rajesh Rao in Computer Science and Bingni Brunton in Biology. She is also a member of GridLab under Jeff Ojemann from Neurosurgery and GRAIL (Graphics and AI) under Ali Farhadi from Computer Science. Her interests lie in using unsupervised methods for data-intensive discovery in the field of neural decoding. Her project automates the decoding of electrophysiological signals using multiple modalities, such as video and audio, with methods from computer vision and speech processing. Nancy came to the University of Washington from Vancouver, Canada, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia. She is a joint Washington Research Innovation Graduate Fellow in Neuroengineering and Data Science.
Nile Wilson, recipient of one of the 2015 WRF Innovation Graduate Fellowships Nile Wilson is a Ph.D. student in Bioengineering working with Rajesh Rao in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering and Jeffrey Ojemann in the Department of Neurological Surgery. She works with epilepsy patients, who have brain surface electrodes temporarily implanted, to better understand and improve how brain-computer interfaces adapt to changes in neural signals associated with learning a task. Specifically, her research aims to use error signatures already in the patients’ brains to automatically adjust the brain-computer interface decoding. Nile received a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia. In addition to being named a WRF Innovation Graduate Fellow, she is an Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) scholar and is involved with student leadership at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering.