Portrait of Miah Wander

Miah Wander



I am a researcher with the Medical Devices team at Microsoft Research where we are exploring new devices, algorithms and software for recording meaningful physiologic signals from the human body and using those signals to help people get healthier.

I received my PhD from Bioengineering department at UW, where I worked with Jeff Ojemann of the Neurosurgery department and Rajesh Rao of the Computer Science department. From the 10,000 foot view, my research centered around how we can make brain-computer interfaces work better; specifically, I focused on how distributed (i.e. extra-motor) population-level cortical signals can be leveraged to make BCIs more effective. This was a neat line of work, because it combined machine learning, software development and cognitive neuroscience – with a bunch of digital signal processing, data science and circuit design thrown in.

Previously, I received two B.S. degrees in computer and electrical engineering from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. After completing my undergraduate work, I was fortunate to have a variety of adventures before begninning graduate school. I worked in a research lab in Milan, Italy helping develop an automated stroke rehabilitation system. I also worked for a biopharmaceutical OEM in Raleigh, NC, played music professionally, and spent a year and a half building homes for impoverished families in Costa Rica with my awesome wife, Leslie.

When I’m not hanging out in Redmond, I have a variety of fun activities that keep me busy, including building things out of wood, and playing as much ultimate frisbee as possible.