Mayo Clinic Collaborators

Mayo Clinic Division of Engineering
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 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) neurochemical sensing system. In this role, Josh has been key to 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
    • 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 sensor 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. He 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 in Charleston, South Carolina. He is also a certified project management professional.

External collaborators

  • University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)
    • The Mayo Clinic Neural Engineering Laboratory collaborates with Dr. Felicia Manciu, a professor in the UTEP Department of Physics who specializes in optical spectroscopy and microscopy. Dr. Manciu works with the Neural Engineering Lab's Electrode Development Project team and analyzes the quality of boron doping in the lab's diamond-coated electrodes via Raman spectroscopy as a co-investigator on the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative grant.
  • 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-primary investigator on the BRAIN Initiative grant.
  • NASA Ames Research Center
    • The Neural Engineering Lab works with Dr. Jessica Koehne, leader of the Nano-Biosensors Group at the Ames Research Center on the development of a carbon nanofiber microelectrode. Dr. Koehne is a co-investigator on an R01 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
  • University of California, Los Angeles-Renue Health
    • The Neural Engineering Lab is conducting an epidural spinal stimulation clinical trial in collaboration with Dr. V. Reggie Edgerton's Neuromuscular Research Laboratory at the University of California, Los Angeles.

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