Dr. Ayse Gunduz an Assistant Professor at the J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida (UF). Her research interests include neural interfacing, neural signal processing, and neuromodulation for the treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders in humans. She is the recipient of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering Early Career Award (2015), the National Science Foundation Early CAREER Award (2016), the UF Provost’s Excellence Award for Assistant Professors (2017), UF Preeminence Term Professorship (2017-20). Dr. Gunduz is currently the President of Association for Academic Women (AAW), which in its rich history at the University of Florida has been instrumental in establishing for female faculty and staff the same opportunities for tenure, promotion and advancement to leadership roles that were enjoyed by their male counterparts. Through this association, she has established an annual Emerging STEM Scholar award honoring exceptional female graduate students in STEM.