©2018 BY NILE WILSON

ABOUT ME

I am a fifth year bioengineering PhD student at the University of Washington (UW), researching the human brain and Brain-Computer Interfaces with Rajesh Rao, PhD, and Jeffrey Ojemann, MD in the GRIDlab. I am heavily involved with the Center for Neurotechnology (CNT), an interdisciplinary and multi-institutional National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center.

I have also worked as a software engineer intern at Microsoft for two separate internships. One focusing on developing a cloud data platform for sharing neuroscience methods and findings, and the other on using deep learning to monitor environmental conditions around an underwater data center.

 

SKILLS

What My Research Doesn't Tell You

As a graduate student in a multi-disciplinary research center, I have developed and am constantly improving various skills outside of academic research in my field.

CLINICAL ENVIRONMENT

Working with clinical staff and patients in the hospital, as well as safely handling sensitive data

PROGRAM COORDINATION

Organizing multi-day events including fostering industry partnerships, applying for grants, and event logistics (including budgeting and media)

ADOBE CREATIVE SUITE

Extensive experience with Adobe Creative Suite for basic graphic design, photo/video editing, and illustration

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Filed a provisional patent with a team of three other students and learned about commercialization

SCIENCE COMM.

Communicating my own research and other STEM projects in a clear, easy-to-understand way for people outside the field

GAME DESIGN

Basic game design experience in Unity Game Engine for experimental task creation

 

FELLOWSHIPS

Recent Awards

I have been fortunate enough to receive the following fellowships and would like to recognize some recent sources which have allowed me to perform research in graduate school.

COMP NEURO FELLOWSHIP

2016 - Present

University of Washington Computational Neuroscience Training Grant Fellowship

UWIN FELLOWSHIP

2015 - 2017

Washington Research Foundation Innovation Graduate Fellowship in Neuroengineering

ARCS FELLOWSHIP

2014 - 2017

Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Fellowship through the Washington Research Foundation

 

Where I've Been

EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

 

PHD, UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

2014 - Present

I entered the University of Washinton's Department of Bioengineering PhD program in September 2014. I passed my qualifying exam in June 2016 and general (dissertation proposal) exam March 2018. Expected graduation June 2019.

BS, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

2010 - 2014

I graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia's School of Engineering and Applied Science with a BS in Biomedical Engineering in May 2014.


During my undergraduate years, I also researched abroad at the Shibaura Institute of Technology in Tokyo, Japan (Summer 2012), and participated in the CSNE-REU program (Summer 2013).

Non-research related

PROJECT EXPERIENCE

 

MICROSOFT INTERNSHIP

June 2018 - September 2018

Developed an end-to-end solution for monitoring the environmental condition surrounding an underwater data center using deep learning, and helped structure an O'Reilly AI conference keynote presentation on the empowering potential of AI, particularly through the example of a smart prosthetic hand. Also wrote a blog post on the use of deep learning in the 2018 Imagine Cup winning teams.

NEURAL ENGINEERING HACKATHON COORDINATOR

July 2015 - July 2017

Solely coordinated the second and co-coordinated the third annual neural engineering hackathons hosted by the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE). The hackathon spans four days, with a 36 hour hacking period and presentations. My duties included, but were not limited to, tasks such as garnering corporate sponsorship, creating the website, obtaining equipment, distributing and reviewing applications, and coordinating travel, food, and lodging for students from across the nation. For more detail, see the CSNE hackathon website.

MICROSOFT INTERNSHIP

September 2017 - December 2017

Interned as a software engineer with the Cloud AI Prototyping & Innovation team at Microsoft in Redmond, WA. Through my internship, I created a cloud data platform designed to empower neuroscience researchers, students, and enthusiasts in their exploration of neuroscience data.