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What is a good education pathway for a career in neuroprosthetics?

I am currently a student planning to major in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Neuroscience in hopes of being competitive in the neuroengineering industry. Specifically, I want to work developing neuroprosthetics. For anyone working in the field, do you have any advice for getting a foot in the door to this industry? I would especially appreciate recommendations for colleges with good neuroengineering programs, internship and research opportunities, or co-ops, as well as information about companies active in the field (in the US).

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Abhinav’s Answer

I would agree with what Biraj Shrestha had said. Biomedical Engineering is a good pathway to begin your career as a neurologist. If you can, you should also take certain online courses available that have been verified, relating to neuroprosthetics or neurology. Getting summer internships, research opportunities, or volunteering opportunities for hands-on learning experiences are valuable but are based on your location and how far you are willing to travel, to be able to work there. I would also recommend searching for colleges that have majors/minors in Electrical Engineering and have minors relating to biology or neurology. You can visit virtual fairs on your computer or simply go to the colleges' websites. If there is a STEM program that is available for you to join, try to participate in that. This research you must do yourself since you wouldn't be responsible for the work someone else put in to give you opportunities. I appreciate you asking the question and I hope to see you ask more about your interests again!
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Ollie’s Answer

How ambitious are you?

If you want to invent and deploy neuroprosthetics, you will need both engineering and medical chops. And, a license allowing you to work on live people will be tremendously helpful. That means: an MD-PhD program at a medical school associated with a topnotch engineering school.

Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA, comes to mind.

If you go that route, now you should do this.

Major in EE paying attention to Mechanical Engineering with focus on preparing for medical school. Medical schools are competitive due to the medical cartel (fewer graduates / higher income, it's a real issue). Seek out an adviser in college who can direct you how to navigate the "get into medical school" hustle while keeping your focus on your dreams.

Summertime undergraduate internships in academic research labs doing stuff similar to what you dream of doing. Those will get you the contacts you need to find the right programs and avisers for grad / med school.

If you choose this you have a LOT of studying and work ahead of you. At the same time you have real potential to change the world. Your timing for getting into this could not be better.

* Nanotech is poised for an explosion of possibilities.
* Neuro -anatomy and -physiology are starting to have more-than-primitive understanding of how they work.
* Good embeddable controllers are available.

Go for it.
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Biraj’s Answer

Biomedical Engineering might be a good choice for you. But, not necessary. Electrical, Electronics and Computer Engineering might be just as useful. Find a University where there is a research lab working in this study area and try to get hands-on learning from there during getting your undergraduate or graduate degree.