UW CSE professor Rajesh Rao, an expert in brain-computer interfaces, has been recognized with a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Rao, who leads the National Science Foundation’s Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, was chosen based on his past achievements and exceptional potential to make future contributions in the field of neuroscience. He is the third UW CSE faculty member to receive this prestigious award.
The Guggenheim Fellowship is designed for mid-career scientists, scholars and artists who demonstrate the capacity to make a significant impact in their respective fields. The fellowship will support Rao’s work on a project titled “The Computational Brain: Understanding and Interfacing with Neuronal Networks.” He and UW colleagues Katharyne Mitchell (geography) and Helen O’Toole (art) were among 178 winners selected from a pool of roughly 3,000 applicants across the U.S.A. and Canada.
Foundation president Edward Hirsch observed in announcing the awards, “These artists and writers, scholars and scientists, represent the best of the best. Each year since 1925, the Guggenheim Foundation has bet everything on the individual, and we’re thrilled to continue to do so with this wonderfully talented and diverse group. It’s an honor to be able to support these individuals to do the work they were meant to do.”