Jordan Edmunds

Hertz Fellow: Jordan Edmunds

University of California, Berkeley

Area of Study

Electrical Engineering

Fellowship Years

2019 - present

Jordan is a PhD student in electrical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He specializes in the fabrication of neural interfaces— tools for studying and interacting with the brain.

Jordan was born in Payson, Utah, and grew up in San Diego, California. As an undergraduate at the University of California, Irvine, where Jordan earned dual degrees in electrical engineering and biological sciences, he created devices that connect with the human nervous system. The work included developing an electrical stimulator to elicit muscle contractions and restore movement to paraplegics. Work on the full system continues at the UCI Brain-Computer Interface Lab. He now works closely with Michel Maharbiz, the co-inventor of tiny, wireless sensors called “neural dust” for use as biomedical implants. After earning his PhD, Jordan plans to continue his research on neural interfaces and teach as a professor of electrical engineering.

A passionate educator, Jordan has created more than 120 videos on key topics in electrical engineering, many of which are the most-viewed for their topic on YouTube. As a member of the “Be A Scientist Program” at Berkeley, he also enjoys helping local middle schoolers conduct their own science experiments. His favorite student quote, for its eloquence and accuracy: “I was amazed how messy science really is.”