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2011 - Vikram Aggarwal

By day, Vikram Aggarwal is figuring out how to translate brain signals into control of an upper-limb prosthesis.  When he leaves the lab, his focus turns to the medical device startup he co-founded to measure central venous pressure in a non-invasive manner.

As a Ph.D. candidate in Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, Vikram’s neuroengineering research is funded by a $30 million grant from DARPA.  This grant tasked several universities with developing a fully neurally controlled upper-limb prosthesis that functions like a regular arm, with signals from the brain controlling the limb using thought alone.  Vikram’s work focuses on developing the algorithms that translate the brain’s neural activity to direct control of the hand and fingers of the mechanical arm.

While he enjoys cutting-edge research and tackling problems that lead to impactful solutions, Vikram’s long-term plans are to move into the private sector.  Through his medical device startup, he has gained hands-on business experience – patenting the use of ultrasound to measure the pressure in the veins, undergoing clinical trials, and winning several business plan competitions which provided seed funding for the company’s operations and growth.

Vikram received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, where he gained over two years of industry experience as part of their co-op program.  He also holds a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.