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NeuroEngineering Training Program (NET)
UCLA's Brain Research Institute has joined with the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) to create a major educational program, the UCLA NeuroEngineering Training (NET) Program. The NET Program is a joint endeavor of the Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program for Neuroscience and the Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. Program in SEAS, with the active involvement of scientists from JPL. This cooperative effort trains students to work at the interface between engineering and neuroscience. The program was initially supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Training) Program; a training grant submission to NIH is currently being proposed.
The objectives of the NET Program are:
- To enable students with a background in biological science to develop and execute projects that make use of state-of-the-art technology, including microelectromechanical systems (MEMS), signal processing, and photonics;
- To enable students with a background in engineering to develop and execute projects that address problems that have a neuroscientific base, including locomotion and pattern generation, central control of movement, and the processing of sensory information;
- To enable all trainees to develop the capacity for the multidisciplinary teamwork, in intellectually and socially diverse settings, that will be necessary for new scientific insights and dramatic technological progress in the 21st century.
- NET Ph.D. students take a curriculum designed to encourage cross-fertilization of the two fields. Our goal is for neuroscientists and engineers to speak each others' language and move comfortably among the intellectual domains of the two fields.
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