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


I am Chief BCI Scientist at AE Studio and the 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


AE Studio

Chief BCI Scientist
August 2020 – Current

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

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 - 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



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