Dr. Turner is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at UCSB and the co-chair of the UCSB Brain Initiative. An NSF Career Award winner, she directs the Mechanics of Microscale System Lab at UCSB. Dr. Tuner studies dynamics in microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Dr. Turner has invented a machine capable of delivering physiologically relevant impacts to individual neurons. Her team is now studying how individual brain cells respond to injury, using genetic, morphological, biochemical, and electrical assays. Training & awards: Dr. Turner received her PhD in Theoretical & Applied Mathematics from Cornell where she was an NSF Fellow. She was hired as a professor directly from graduate school and, at 35, became the department chair in Mechanical Engineering. She has won the NSF Career Award, and was elected to many societies including the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers.