Electronics and Materials Engineering Shop

University of Washington, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Founder: Scott Ng-Evans, Ph.D., A.A.S.




The EME shop exists to provide economical and innovative technical support to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and collaborating Departments and institutions at the University of Washington. For example, EME has supported collaborative efforts with the Departments of Neurology, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Technology support means support for everything technical; from fixing a fax machine or computer network, to designing circuitry for recording signals from brain electrodes, to writing computer programs for the analysis of data of all sorts. EME really provides time; it gets the details out of the way so a researcher can think about experimental data and theory rather than how every detail of the experimental appartaus works; or so an office worker can be more productive not having to worry about a nonfunctional work station.


Scott Ng-Evans graduated from the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science degree in the Neurosciences. He then entered the Universityís School of Medicine and Dentistry as a graduate student in the Neuroscience program. Scott received his Ph.D. in 1999. His thesis work involved studying how manipulations in the prefrontal cortex interacted with manipulations of ventral-striatal dopamine to mediate behaviors like responding on a fixed-interval schedule of reinforcement. In early 2000, Scott moved to Seattle and began a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dianne Lattemann, studying, among other things, the brainís role in hypoglycemia-associated autonomic failure (HAAF) and how neuroendocrine factors such as leptin and insulin affect brain motivational systems. During this three-year period, Scott also pursued his love of electronics and gadgets and received an Associates in Applied Science degree from the Biomedical Electronics program at North Seattle Community College. He also worked as an intern in the Biomedical Equipment shop at the VA Medical Center for almost a year. He often applied his electronics knowledge to his work in the laboratory. In 2003, Scott left the VA to work for Tony Pham at Harborview Medical Center where he set up a system for measuring visually-evoked potentials in the cortices of mice while they viewed grating stimuli. He also worked on anatomical tracing studies to begin to explore the development of the prefrontal-thalamic circuitry, and prepulse inhibition experiments. In 2004, Scott moved to the Health Sciences Building in the UW Medical Center to work in the lab of Paul Phillips for the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. At this point Scott finally traded grants for gadgets and has devoted his career to programming and the pursuit of electronics and materials engineering. The EME Shop was then opened as an independent department resource and Scott is extremely grateful for the PBSCI Department's support.