In 2012 Jordan completed a PhD in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) which saw him create a mind-controlled smart wheelchair, for high-level physical disability, that utilises cameras to perceive its environment, and provides the operator with autonomous guidance assistance during navigation. He had 6 years prior to this almost broken his own neck in a diving accident, leading to his research and interest in affecting positive change in disability. His work has been featured in range of TV, radio, magazine, and newspaper interviews, most notably – ABC’s Catalyst and Channel TEN’s The Project.
Jordan has already had an interesting career so far in universities, corporate, not-for-profts and his own social enterprises working on a range of automated systems, robotics, intelligent assistive technology, and medical devices. Over the past 8 years he has become a professional communicator who brings together humour and inclusive articulation of even the most complex concepts to open the minds of his audiences and discover for themselves what they can do for the world.
Having spoken to audiences ranging primary schools, high schools, teachers, universities, corporates and the general public - Jordan frequently presents across the country, with talks including TEDx, Ultimo Science Festival, Enabled By Designathon, Think Inc., and Wired For Wonder. He has also presented five times at the largest annual biomedical conference in the world, the Engineering For Medicine and Biology Conference, in Minneapolis, Buenos Aires, Boston, San Diego and Osaka on advances in intelligent assistive robotics and controlling technology with the power of the mind.
He is on the board of directors for Object: The Australian Design Centre, is a member of the board for the NSW Medical Technology Knowledge Hub, and has been a casual academic for the past 7 years, teaching project development work for two engineering Masters subjects at UTS around artificial intelligence design and biomedical instrumentation.
An advocate for the future of technology and sustainability, disability, science and health technologies (including transhumanism), good design, social causes, and pursuing passions and interests from a young age, Dr Jordan Nguyen has a huge focus on helping drive massive positive impact and providing people with wonder to push the limits of their beliefs, question the world around them, and figure out how they too will help make the world a better place.