Yanal is an undergraduate from Amman, Jordan. He is currently working towards a B.S. from Stanford University in Symbolic Systems with a concentration in Brain-Machine Interfaces. He is the Residential Computer Consultant for the all-frosh dorm Junipero, and is the Drum Major of the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band. Yanal previously worked as a research assistant under the direction of Dr. Brian Knutson as part of the Stanford NeuroChoice initiative.