Sumner L Norman, PhD
sumnern(at)caltech.edu


I am a Della Martin Postdoctoral fellow in the division of biology and biological engineering (BBE) at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

My research goal: to give abilities back to those who’ve lost them. I use my background in engineering and neuroscience to design neuroprosthetics and brain-machine interfaces.

Previously, I was an NSF graduate research fellow studying human-robot interaction in a mechanical and aerospace engineering program.

I got my start in haptic robotics & theoretical physics and computation.
   

Experience


California Institute of Technology

Postdoctoral Fellow
November 2017 – Current
Principal Investigator: Richard Andersen & Mikhail Shapiro

National Public Radio (NPR)

Managing Editor & Writer, "The Loh Down on Science", Host: Sandra T. Loh
Co-creator & Host, “The Loh Down on Science: Special Pandemic Edition”
April 2016 - Current



University of California, Irvine

NSF Graduate Research Fellow, Biorobotics Laboratory
September 2012 – October 2017
Principal Investigator: David J. Reinkensmeyer

Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation

Editorial Board Member
January 2015 – October 2017

University of Utah

Research Associate, Haptics and Embedded Mechatronics Laboratory (HEML)
May 2011-September 2012
Principal Investigator: William R. Provancher

Brigham Young University

Research Associate, Solid State Physics Laboratory (HEML)
May 2011-September 2012
Principal Investigator: William R. Provancher



Education


Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

University of California: Irvine, Irvine, California, USA
August 2017

M.S., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

University of California: Irvine, Irvine, California, USA
December 2014

B.S., Mechanical Engineering

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
May 2012