Collaborators

Mayo Clinic Collaborators

  • Mayo Clinic Division of Engineering
    • As part of the longest running collaboration in the Neural Engineering Laboratory, the Division of Engineering has been a key partner since the lab was founded in 2006 Kevin E. Bennet, M.D., M.B.A and his team of engineers and technologists have been instrumental in designing and producing neurotechnology devices for research use in the laboratory.

Meet the engineering team

  • Joshua (Josh) B. Boesche
    • Senior Engineer

    Josh Boesche is a senior engineer in the Division of Engineering's Software Development Unit. His primary responsibility is to develop the WINCSWare software application for the Wireless Instantaneous Neurotransmitter Concentration Sensing System (WINCS). In this role, Josh has been a key contributor in determining software requirements, designing and implementing the software, and managing testing and post-release software support.

    Josh received a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering and a Master of Business Administration from St. Cloud State University.

  • Diane R. Eaker, M.S.
    • Senior Engineer

    Diane Eaker is a senior engineer in the Electronics Development Unit of the Division of Engineering. She is responsible for designing and testing the electrical systems for the Harmoni neurochemical sensing and stimulation device, the successor to the WINCS and Mayo Investigational Neuromodulation Control System (MINCS) stimulator devices.

    Diane received a Bachelor of Arts in business from Hamline University, a Bachelor of Science in physics from Mankato State University and a master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota.

  • Christopher J. Kimble
    • Principal Engineer II

    Christopher Kimble has worked in the Division of Engineering since 2001. He is the lead engineer for the WINCS, MINCS and Harmoni family of neuromodulation devices developed by the Division of Engineering and the Neural Engineering Lab.

    Chris earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering at the University of Washington. He also has a master's degree in rehabilitation, a bachelor's degree in journalism and a bachelor's degree in psychology. He has worked with Dr. Lee since 2007, when the WINCS device was conceived. A licensed glider pilot, Chris flies a world-class PW-5 sailplane.

  • Kenneth (Ken) R. Kressin
    • Principal Engineer

    Ken Kressin is a principal engineer in the Division of Engineering's Software Development Unit. His primary responsibilities are designing computer control systems.

    Ken earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

  • Malcolm B. McIntosh, M.S., PMP
    • Lead Engineer

    Malcolm McIntosh is a lead engineer and project manager whose primary responsibility is to manage technology development projects for the Neural Engineering Laboratory. He is presently working on developing an animal-use neurochemical sensing system and a follow-on human-use device.

    Malcolm has a Master of Science in physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in physics from the College of Charleston. He is also a certified project management professional.

External collaborators

  • University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
    • The Dr. Lee's Neural Engineering Laboratory collaborates with Dr. Felicia S. Manciu, a professor in the UTEP Department of Physics who specializes in optical spectroscopy and microscopy. As a co-investigator on the Neural Engineering Lab's Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative grant, Dr. Manciu works with the Electrode Development Project team and analyzes the quality of boron doping in the lab's diamond-coated electrodes via Raman spectroscopy.

  • Hanyang University
    • The Neural Engineering Lab works with Dr. Dong Pyo Jang, a professor in Hanyang University's Department of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Jang is an expert in voltammetry techniques and is using a technique he invented — multipulse fast-scan cyclic voltammetry — to measure the absolute concentrations of neurotransmitters such as dopamine in the brain. When combined with the Neural Engineering Lab's diamond electrode, this technology will provide an accurate and chronically implantable means of recording brain electrochemistry. Dr. Jang is a co-investigator on the BRAIN Initiative grant.

  • University of California, Los Angeles-Renue Health
    • The Neural Engineering Lab is conducting an epidural spinal stimulation clinical trial in collaboration the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory of Dr. V. Reggie Edgerton, Ph.D., at the University of California, Los Angeles.