Department of Biomedical Engineering


The Neural Engineering Center (NEC) is a coordinated group of scientists and engineers dedicated to research and education in an area at the interface between neuroscience and engineering. They share the common goal of analyzing the function of the nervous system, developing methods to restore damaged neurological function, and creating artificial neuronal systems by integrating physical, chemical, mathematical, biological and engineering tools.

Featured Alumnus
Katherine H. Polasek

Katherine PolasekBSE Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan; PhD Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University.
Currently: Asst. Professor of Engineering, Hope College in Holland, MI

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The center was started in 2001 and replaced the Applied Neural Control Laboratory (ANCL) started in 1972. The center offers breadth and depth in Neural Engineering research and education in a highly ranked biomedical engineering department and medical school. The center is located on the campus of Case Western Reserve University.

The graduates of this program have made significant contributions to the development and the growth of this fast growing area of neural engineering in academic, industrial and federal institutions.

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Call for Papers: 8th International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, May 25-28, 2017 in Shanghai, China. More

Integrative Graduate Education and Research Fellowship (IGERT)
University of Minnesota
Systems Neuroengineering

Engineering Student Trainee Opportunity:
Fluid Physics and Transport Processes Branch located at the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC)

AIMBE FDA Scholars Program

Innovation in Research and Technology Competition
Prize: Ripple Neural Interface System
Submissions due October 1, 2016

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EECS & ACES+ jointly present
Brain-machine Interfaces: From Basic Science to Neurological Rehabilitation
September 29, 2016
Wolstein Research Bldg, Room 1413
Speaker: Miguel Nicolelis, M.D., Ph.D. More

t 23, 2016
NEC Seminar

9:00 am, NORD 400
Speaker: Dr. Mohit Shivdasani
Senior Research Fellow
Bionics Institute, Australia
Title: The Bionic Vision Australia Suprachoroidal Retinal Prosthesis – Journey from Benchtop to Clinical Trials More

Sept 16, 2016
NEC Seminar

9:00 am, NORD 400
Speaker: Griffin Rial
Advisor: Prof. Capadona
Title: The Use of Antioxidant Therapies to Reduce Inflammation and Improve Performance of Intracortical Microelectrodes More

Sept 2, 2016
NEC Seminar

9:00 am, NORD 400
Speaker: Andrew Bazyk
Advisor: Dr. Jay Alberts
Title: Transforming Multiple Sclerosis Care Through Use of Mobile Technology and Large Data Analysis More

August 26, 2016
NEC Seminar

9:00 am, NORD 400
Speaker: Joseph Marmerstein
Advisor: Dr. Durand
Title: Measuring Neural Activity in Small Peripheral Nerves with Carbon Nanotube Yarn Electrodes More

August 19, 2016
NEC Seminar

9:00 am, NORD 400
Speakers: Robert Wagner (Crowder)
Abby Bolon (Bourbeau)
Nathan Kostick (Durand)
Diana Suciu (Durand)

August 12, 2016
NEC Seminar

9:00 am, NORD 400
Speaker: Kelsey Bower
Advisor: Prof. McIntyre
Title: A Multimodal Imaging-Based Detailed Anatomical Model of the Human Head and Neck More

August 5, 2016
NEC Seminar
9:00 am, NORD 400
Speaker: Platon Lukyanenko
Advisor: Dustin Tyler
Title: Mapping EMG to user intent in trans-radial amputee and able-bodied subjects More

July 29, 2016
NEC Seminar
9:00 am, NORD 400
Speaker: Brian Sanner
Advisor: Dr. Triolo
Title: Analysis of peripheral nerve electrical stimulation paradigms to reduce muscle fatigue More

July 22, 2016
NEC Seminar Cancelled due to the RNC.

Wickenden will be closed the week of the Republican National Convention.

July 15, 2016
NEC Seminar

9:00 am, NORD 400
Speaker: Dr. Brooke Odle
Advisors: Dr. Musa Audu and Dr. Ronald Triolo
Title: Novel Controllers to Assume and Maintain Non-Erect, Task-Dependent Postures with Standing Neuroprostheses More

July 8, 2016
NEC Seminar

9:00 am, NORD 400
Speaker: Anisha Rastogi
Advisor: A. Bolu Ajiboye
Title: Evaluating force representation in motor cortex of an intracortical BCI user with chronic tetraplegia More

June 24, 2016
NEC Seminar

9:00 am, NORD 400
Speaker: Nicholas Couturier
Advisor: Prof. Durand
Title: Sensory Stimulation for the Suppression of Seizures. More

June 17, 2016
NEC Seminar

9:00 am, NORD 400
Speaker: Ivana Cuberovic
Advisor: Prof. Dustin Tyler
Title: Implant of next generation cuff technology towards improving spatial selectivity of sensory feedback. More

June 10, 2016
NEC Seminar

9:00 am, NORD 400
Speaker: Breanne Christie
Advisor: Dr. Ron Triolo and Dr. Dustin Tyler
Title: Long-Term Stability of Stimulating Multi-Contact Nerve Cuff Electrodes on Human Femoral Nerves More

June 3, 2016
NEC Seminar

9:00 am, NORD 400
Speaker: Sarah Chang
Advisor: Dr. Ronald Triolo
Title: A Stimulation-Driven Exoskeleton for Walking after Paraplegia More

May 27, 2016
NEC Seminar

9:00 am, NORD 400
Speaker: Natalie Cole
Advisor: Prof. Bolu Ajiboye
Title: Static synergy model used to reproduce time-varying muscle activation More

May 20, 2016
NEC Seminar

9:00 am, NORD 400
Speaker: Swarna Solanki
Advisor: Prof. Kirsch
Title: Continuous estimation of needed upper extremity force assistance in cervical spinal cord injury More

May 13, 2016
FES Center NP Seminar

8:30 am, BRB 105
Speaker: Edward F. Chang, MD

April 22, 2016
FES Center NP Distinguished Seminar

8:30 am, Wolstein Auditorium
Speaker: Geoffrey Ling, MD, PhD
Title: Innovating for Medicine using a DARPA approach More
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April 15, 2016
NEC Seminar

9:00 am, NORD 400
Speaker: Emily Graczyk
Advisor: Prof. Tyler
Title: The neural basis of perceived intensity in natural and artificial touch More

April 8, 2016
NEC Seminar

9:00 am, NORD 400
Speaker: Max Freeberg
Advisor: Prof. Ron Triolo
Title: Tracking the Safety and Stability of Compliant, Composite, Flat Interface Nerve Electrodes (C-FINE) More

April 7, 2016
FES Seminar

8:30 am, BRB 105
Speaker: Stephen J. Lewis, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics and Pharmacology
School of MedicineCase Western Reserve University
Title: Autonomic Nerves Regulate Nociceptive Processing More

April 6, 2016
MSc in Biomedical Engineering Defense

2pm Wickenden 307
Arvind Keshav Ananthakrishnan
Title :Tracking electrically silent neural sources with optical fluorescence
Advisor: Dominique Durand

April 1, 2016
NEC Seminar

9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: Frank Willett
Advisor: Professor Bolu Ajiboye
Title: Doubling brain-computer interface performance by using movement scale information from the motor cortex More

March 25, 2016
NEC Seminar

9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: Cale Crowder
Advisor: Dr. Robert Kirsch
Title: Goal decoding from the human primary motor cortex for restoration of movement following spinal cord injury More

March 14, 2016
M.S. Dissertation Defense

2:30pm, Wickenden 105
Speaker: Kelsey Aamoth
Title: Instrumentation and Control System to Quantify Colonic Activity More

March 4, 2016
No NEC Seminar

February 26, 2016
NEC Seminar

9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: Dan Young
Advisor: Dr. Ajiboye
Title: Comparison of coordinate frames for cortical control of virtual and FES reach and grasp More

February 19, 2016
Neural Prosthesis Seminar

8:30am, BRB 105
Speaker: Elias Veizi MD, PhD
Title: Challenges in the Development of Novel Treatment Strategies for Neuropathic Pain: Clinical Applications of Neurostimulation More

February 12, 2016
NEC Seminar

9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: Kabilar Gunalan
Advisor: Prof. McIntyre
Title: Axon pathways activated during therapeutic deep brain stimulation More

February 5, 2016
NEC Seminar

9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: Anneke Frankemolle
Advisor: Prof. McIntyre
Title: Stimulation induced dysarthria More

January 22, 2016
NEC Seminar
9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: Dr. Colin Drummond
Title: I am a researcher, why is medical billing relevant to me? More

January 15, 2016
Neural Prosthesis Seminar

8:30am, BRB 105
Speaker: Jerry Silver, PhD
Title: Functional Regeneration Beyond the Glial Scar. Flyer
This seminar will be webstreamed; please view the live webstream at

January 8, 2016: NO NEC SEMINAR

December 18, 2015
Neural Prosthesis Seminar

8:00am, BRB 105
Speaker: Lena Ting, PhD
Title: Neuromechanical Principles Underlying Sensorimotor Modularity: Implications for Rehabilitation More

November 20, 2015
NEC Seminar
9:00am, NORD 400
Speaker: John Herman
Advisor: Prof. Capadona
Title: Innate Immune Inhibition to Enhance Intracortical Microelectrode Performance More

November 16, 2015
Ph.D. Dissertation Defense of Yazan Dweiri
1:00pm, Wickenden Hall - Room 105
"Extracting Voluntary Activity of Fascicular Sources within Peripheral Nerves with Cuff Electrodes"
Thesis Advisor: Dominique Durand, Ph.D. More

November 13, 2015
Neural Prosthesis Seminar

8:30am, Biomedical Research Building, Room 105
Speaker: Polina Anikeeva, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: Interrogating Neural Circuits with Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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