Sumner L Norman, PhD

My research aims to give abilities back to people living with a neurological injury or disease. Throughout my time as a postdoc at Caltech, I developed a new, less invasive method for high performance brain-computer interfacing or “BCI” based on ultrasound.

I’m a Scientist at Convergent Research, BCI Strategist at AE Studio, and a visiting affiliate at Caltech. I trained as an NSF graduate research fellow in mechanical and aerospace engineering, but got my start in solid state physics and mechatronics. 


Convergent Research

January 2023 – present

AE Studio

BCI Strategist
January 2023 – present
Chief BCI Scientist
August 2020 – January 2023

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Visiting Affiliate
January 2023 – present
Postdoctoral Fellow
November 2017 – January 2023
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 - December 2020

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