Christian T. Wentz

Hertz Fellow: Christian T. Wentz

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Area of Study

Electrical Engineering, Computer Science

Fellowship Years

2012 - present

Christian Wentz was awarded the Hertz Foundation Myhrvold Family Fellowship in 2012. He is currently working on novel bioinstrumentation for neurology applications at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), under direction of Professor Ed Boyden. Prior to graduate school, Christian pursued several entrepreneurial ventures in the medtech industry.

He served as founder/CEO of Kendall Research Systems (KRS), an optogenetics technology venture servicing pharmaceutical companies and academic researchers in neuroscience. In this role, Christian successfully negotiated worldwide distribution and use licenses for the company's core technologies. He also co-founded and served as interim president of Cerenova, Inc., an implantable neurological device spin-out from the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Neurosurgery focused on stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury recovery.

For his work in neurotechnology, Christian was named to the inaugural Forbes 30 Under 30 list in Science & Innovation (2011). Most recently, Christian served as senior hardware consultant to the Khosla Ventures' and Founders Fund portfolio company Misfit Wearables Corp., where he led hardware development, validation and regulatory compliance for worldwide launch of Shine, a consumer wearable healthcare sensor, winner of Red Dot, GOOD and A' awards.

Prior to receiving the Hertz fellowship, Christian attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he received an MEng in electrical engineering and computer science (2010) and the BS degree in electrical science and engineering (2009).