Juan  Aceros

Assistant Professor

Electrical Engineering • College of Computing, Engineering & Construction

Areas of Expertise

MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS), Micro/Nano fabrication, Nanotechnology, Materials Characterization, Thin Films, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Semiconductor processing, Insulating Biomaterials, Biomedical Devices, Neural Prosthetics, Assistive Technologies, Biomedical Sensors and Stimulators, Human Interface Devices. 

Education

Senior Research Associate School of Engineering, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. 

NeuroEngineering Laboratory

 

Ph.D. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts. Dissertation: “MEMS Testbed for Accelerated Testing of Nanostructures.” 

 

M.S. Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts. Dissertation: “MEMS Monolithic Contact and Flow Sensors for a Biomimetic Lobster Robot Antenna.”

 

B.S. Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire. Thesis: “Magnetic Torque Coil Actuator for Satellite Stabilization Control.”

Biography

Dr. Aceros received the M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston, MA. From 2009 to 2013, he was a Senior Research Associate with the Neuroengineering Laboratory at Brown University, Providence, RI. Prior to that, Dr. Aceros held a postdoctoral position at the NSF Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing. His research interests are in the area of fabrication of biomedical devices, assistive technologies, and topics related to micro/nano fabrication and MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS).

Awards

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Nominated to the Outstanding Teaching Award 2015-2016 (Pending)
  • Top Electrical Engineering Professor of the year 2015.
  • Nominated to the Outstanding Teaching Award 2014-2015.
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SPHE) UNF chapter received the 2013 Best Overall Small Chapter Award
  • Nominated for the 2013 Brain Computer Interface (BCI) award sponsored by g-Tec Medical Engineering

Affiliations

  • Faculty Advisor for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
  • Materials Research Society (MRS)

Grants and Contracts Awarded

  • PI: Aceros, J. (2015-16): “GoBabyGo UNF Community Project TLO”. Transformational Learning Opportunity (TLO). 
  • PI: Aceros, J. Co-PI: Kopp B. (2014-15): "A Wireless Data Logger for Temperature Monitoring of Hydration Towers". VISTAKON®.
  • PI: Lundy, M., Co-PI: Aceros, J. (2014-2016): “Collaboration between Physical Therapists and Engineers to Investigate the Impact of Technology Assisted Toy Play on the Independent Function and Quality of Life in Preschool Children with Disabilities”. Brooks Research Professorship. 
  • PI: Aceros, J. (2014-15): “Development and Implementation of a Portable Rehabilitation Stimulator”. University of North Florida Foundation (UNFF). 
  • PI: Aceros, J. (2014-15): “Community Based Pediatric Adaptive Toy Project TLO”. Transformational Learning Opportunity (TLO).
  • PI: Aceros, J. (2013-14): “A Respiratory Air System for biomedical Gas Monitoring Applications and Disease diagnosis”. Auld & White Economic Venture Endowment Fund. 

Publications & Presentations

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
  1. James C Barrese, Juan Aceros, John Donoghue, “Scanning electron microscopy of chronically implanted intracortical microelectrode arrays in non-human primates” Journal of Neural Engineering, Accepted: 27 November 2015.
  2. Ricardo Gerena, Phillip VanDeventer, Arian Vistamehr, Christy Conroy, Paul Freeborn, Humberto Govin, Emily Fox, and Juan Aceros, “Wireless Instrumented Walker for Remote Rehabilitation Monitoring”, Proceedings of IEEE Virtual Conference on Applications of Commercial Sensors (IEEE VCACS 2015) Accepted for publication during Spring 2016.
  3. JC Barrese, J Aceros, A Nurmikko, J Donoghue, “Scanning Electron Microscopy of Chronically Implanted Silicon-Based Intracortical Microelectrode Arrays in Non-Human Primates” Journal of Neurosurgery 122 (6), A1532-A1532, (2015).
  4. Prashanth Makaram, Dawn Owens, Juan Aceros, “Trends in Nanomaterial-Based Non-invasive Diabetes Sensing Technologies”, Diagnostics (2014), 4, 27-46; doi:10.3390/diagnostics4020027.
  5. Yin, Ming; Borton, David; Komar, Jacob; Agha, Naubahar; Li, Hao; Bull, Christopher; Aceros, Juan; Larson, Lawrence; Courtine, Gregoire; Nurmikko, Arto, “Broadband Wireless Neural Recording System for Freely Moving Subjects”, (2013) IEEE Neural Engineering Short Papers No. 0548.
  6. Ming Yin, Hao Li, Christopher Bull, David Borton, Juan Aceros, Lawrence Larson, Arto Nurmikko, “An Externally Head-Mounted Wireless Neural Recording Device for Laboratory Animal Research and Possible Human Clinical Use,” Proc. IEEE 35th Eng. in Med. and Biol. Conf., pp. 3109-3114, July (2013).
  7. Luz H. Villamizar, Mauricio Gualdron, Fabio Gonzalez, Juan Aceros, Carlos V. Rizzo-Sierra, “A Necklace Sonar with Adjustable Scope Range for Assisting the Visually Impaired,” Proc. IEEE 35th Eng. in Med. and Biol. Conf., pp. 1450-1453, July (2013).
  8. Ming Yin, David A. Borton, Juan Aceros, William R. Patterson, Arto V. Nurmikko, “A 100-Channel Hermetically Sealed Implantable Device for Wireless Neurosensing Applications,” IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 115-128, April, (2013) -Invited Publication-.
  9. David A. Borton, Ming Yin, Juan Aceros, Arto V. Nurmikko, “An Implantable Wireless Neural Interface for Recording Cortical Circuit Dynamics in Moving Primates,” Journal of Neural Engineering, 2013 Feb 21;10(2):026010.
  10. Juan Aceros, Ming Yin, David Borton, William Patterson, Christopher Bull, Arto Nurmikko, “Polymeric Packaging for Fully Implantable Wireless Neural Microsensors,” Proc. IEEE 34th Eng. in Med. and Biol. Conf., pp. 743-746, August (2012).
  11. Arto V. Nurmikko, Ming Yin, David Borton, Juan Aceros, “Wireless and implantable multielectrode arrays interfaced to brain circuits”, Proc. 8th International Meeting on Substrate-Integrated Microelectrode Arrays, pp. 20-23, July (2012) -Invited Publication-.
  12. Ming Yin, David A. Borton, Juan Aceros, William R. Patterson, Arto V. Nurmikko, “A 100-Channel Hermetically Sealed Implantable Device for Wireless Neurosensing Applications,” Proc. IEEE Int. Symp. Circuits & Systems, pp. 2629 - 2632, May (2012).
  13. Juan Aceros, Ming Yin, David Borton, William Patterson, Arto Nurmikko, “A 32-channel fully implantable wireless neurosensor for simultaneous recording from two cortical regions,” Proc. IEEE 33th Eng. in Med. and Biol. Conf., pp. 2300-2306, August (2011).
  14. David Borton, Ming Yin, Juan Aceros, Naubahar Agha, Juri Minxha, Jacob Komar, William Patterson, Christopher Bull, Arto Nurmikko, “Developing Implantable Neuroprosthetics: a New Model in Pig,” Proc. IEEE 33th Eng. in Med. and Biol. Conf., pp. 3024-3030, August (2011).
  15. Arto V. Nurmikko, John P. Donoghue, Leigh Hochberg, William R. Patterson, Yoon-Kyu Song, Christopher Bull, David Borton, Farah Laiwalla, Sunmee Park, Ming Yin, Juan Aceros, “Listening to Brain Microcircuits for Interfacing with External World- Progress in Wireless Implantable Microelectronic Neuroengineering Devices,” Proc. of the IEEE, Vol. 98, (3) March (2010) -Invited Publication-.
  16. Pegah Karimi, Taehoon Kim, Juan Aceros, Ahmed Busnaina “The Removal of Nanoparticles from Submicron Trenches using Megasonics,” Microelectronic Engineering, Vol. 87, (9) November 2010, (Online 14 November 2009).
  17. Juan C. Aceros, Nicol McGruer, George G. Adams, “MEMS Microhotplates for Reliability Testing of Thin Films and Nanowires,” J. Vac. Sci. Technol. B 26(3), May/Jun (2008).
  18. Xugang Xiong, Ahmed Busnaina, Selvapraba Selvarasah, Sivasubramaniam Somu, Ming Wei, Joey Mead, Chia-Ling Chen, Juan Aceros, Prashanth Makaram and Mehmet R. Dokmeci, "Directed Assembly of Gold Nanoparticle Nanowires and Networks for Nanodevices," Appl. Phys. Lett., 91, 063101 (2007).

BOOK CHAPTERS

  1. “Neurotechnology for Biomimetic Robots” N. McGruer, G. Adams, T. Truong, T. Barnes, X. Lu, J. Aceros, “Biomimetic Flow and Contact/Bending MEMs Sensors,” pp. 13-30, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, (2002).

HIGHLIGHTED WORK AND MEDIA COVERAGE

  1. “UNF Students outfit small cars and toys for disabled children,” News4Jax, December 4 (2015)
  2. “Disabled boy gets speedster wheels from UNF Adaptive Toy Project,” Florida Times Union, December 3 (2015).
  3. “University of North Florida students make toys adaptable to kids with ability impairments,” The Daily Orange, November 11 (2015).
  4. “Student-created toy initiative helps disabled children play,” USA Today, October 29 (2015).
  5. "UNF students rip apart toys, rebuild them to help disabled children,” CBS47/FOX30 ActionNewsJax, December 10 (2014).
  6. “Engineering course rebuilds children’s toy cars to aid in rehabilitation,” UNF Spinnaker, October 2 (2014).
  7. "UNF engineering students are adapting battery powered toy cars for use by children with disabilities,” Florida Times Union, October 30 (2014).
  8. “Wireless, implanted sensor broadens range of brain research,” NIH News, March 19 (2013).
  9. “Wireless option developed for brain-powered device,” Science Daily, March 6 (2013).
  10. “Yorkshire Pigs Control Computer Gear With Brain Waves,” Wired, March 5 (2013).
  11. “Small-scale Research with Large Scale Applications,” Northeastern University Campus News, Boston -April 3, 2008-.
  12. “MEMS Microhotplates for Reliability Testing of Thin Films and Nanowires,” May 5, issue of Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology (2008).

PATENTS, INVENTIONS AND COPYRIGHTS

  • United States Patent Application PCT/US12/29664, “Implantable Wireless Neural Device”, Filed April, 2012. Min Yin, William Patterson, Juan Aceros, David Borton, Christopher Bull, Farah Laiwalla, and Arto V. Nurmikko.

PRESENTATIONS

Conferences:

  1. Freeborn PA, Gerena R, Conroy C, Vistamehr A, Foster HE, Vandeventer P, Aceros J, Fox EJ, “A low-cost instrumented walker to assess the effects of upper-limb loading on gait characteristics and muscle activation”, Combine Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Society (CSM 2016), February 16 - 20, 2016, Anaheim, CA, USA.
  2. Mary Lundy, Juan Aceros, “Design, implementation and evaluation of a cross-disciplinary service-learning course: A Physical therapy and engineering student experience”, Combine Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Society (CSM 2016), February 16 - 20, 2016, Anaheim, CA, USA.
  3. Ricardo Gerena, Phillip VanDeventer, Arian Vistamehr, Christy Conroy, Paul Freeborn, Humberto Govin, Emily Fox, and Juan Aceros, “Wireless Instrumented Walker for Remote Rehabilitation Monitoring”, IEEE Virtual Conference on Applications of Commercial Sensors (IEEE VCACS 2015).
  4. Ahmed Tawfik, Juan Aceros, and Brian Kopp, “Autonomous Small Scale Data logger for Temperature Mapping”, 2015 Florida Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium.
  5. Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC 2014), Roger French, Guerre Schuler, Jason Morgan, Juan Aceros, and Alan Harris, “Wearable Gait Stimulator”, University of North Florida.
  6. Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC 2014), Mason McGough, Kyle Hintze, Jarred Mikell, Juan Aceros, and Alan Harris, “A Flexible Sensor System for Human Stress Assessment”, University of North Florida.
  7. Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC 2014), James Beeler, Cutler Littleton, David Luster, Ray Szkutak, Tuan-Kiet Tran, Juan Aceros, and Paul Eason, “Quad Rugby Wheelchair Trainer”, University of North Florida.
  8. 82nd American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) Annual Scientific Meeting, Expanding Neuroscience, James C. Barrese, Juan Aceros, Arto Nurmikko, John P. Donoghue, “Scanning Electron Microscopy Study of Chronically Implanted Silicon-Based Intracortical Microelectrode Arrays in Non-Human Primates”, April 5 - 9 (2014)
  9. Ming Yin, David A. Borton, Jacob Komar, Naubahar Agha, Hao Li, Christopher Bull, Juan Aceros, Lawrence Larson, Grégoire Courtine, Arto V. Nurmikko, “Broadband Wireless Neural Recording System for Freely Moving Subjects,” 6th International IEEE/EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering (NER), 5 - 8 Nov. 2013.
  10. Ming Yin, Hao Li, Christopher Bull, David Borton, Juan Aceros, Lawrence Larson, Arto Nurmikko, “An Externally Head-Mounted Wireless Neural Recording Device for Laboratory Animal Research and Possible Human Clinical Use,” 35th Annual International IEEE EMBS Conference, July 3-7 2013, Osaka, Japan.
  11. Luz H. Villamizar, Mauricio Gualdron, Fabio Gonzalez, Juan Aceros, Carlos V. Rizzo-Sierra, “A Necklace Sonar with Adjustable Scope Range for Assisting the Visually Impaired,” 35th Annual International IEEE EMBS Conference, July 3-7 2013, Osaka, Japan.
  12. David Borton, Ming Yin, Juan Aceros, Naubahar Agha, Arto Nurmikko, “A Hermetically Sealed Wireless Neural Interface for Untethered Recordings in Non-Human Primates,” 34th Annual International IEEE EMBS Conference, August 28 - September 1, 2012, San Diego, CA, USA.
  13. David Borton, Ming Yin, Juan Aceros, Naubahar Agha, Arto Nurmikko, “Building an Implantable Neural Interface for Clinical Translation: Challenges in Design and Implementation,” IEEE EMB/CAS/SMC Workshop on Brain-Machine-Body Interfaces, Preceding the 34th Annual International IEEE EMBS Conference, August 28 - September 1, 2012, San Diego, CA, USA.
  14. Juan Aceros, Ming Yin, David Borton, William Patterson, Christopher Bull, Arto Nurmikko, “Polymeric Packaging for Fully Implantable Wireless Neural Microsensors,” 34th Annual International IEEE EMBS Conference, August 28 - September 1, 2012, San Diego, CA, USA.
  15. Arto V. Nurmikko, Ming Yin, David Borton, Juan Aceros, “Wireless and implantable multielectrode arrays interfaced to brain circuits”, 8th International Meeting on Substrate-Integrated Microelectrode Arrays, Opening Lecture, July 10-13, 2012, Reutlingen, Germany.
  16. David Borton, Ming Yin, Juan Aceros, Arto Nurmikko, “On Wireless, Implantable Neural Interfaces for Primates”, 40th Neural Interfaces Conference, June 18-20, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.
  17. Ming Yin, David A. Borton, Juan Aceros, William R. Patterson, and Arto V. Nurmikko, “A 100-channel hermetically sealed implantable device for wireless neurosensing applications”, IEEE Int. Symp. Circuits and Systems (ISCAS), May 20-23, 2012, Seoul, Korea. pp. 2629–2632.
  18. Juan Aceros, Ming Yin, David Borton, William Patterson, Arto Nurmikko, “A fully implantable wireless neurosensor for simultaneous recording from two cortical regions,” Neuroscience 2011, Nov.12-16 Washington, DC, USA.
  19. D. A. Borton, M. Yin, J. Aceros, N. Agha, W. Patterson III, C. Bull, A. V. Nurmikko, J. P. Donoghue, “A 100-channel fully implantable wireless broadband neural recording microsystem evaluated in pigs and non-human primates,” Neuroscience 2011, Nov.12-16 Washington, DC, USA.
  20. S. Park, Y. Song, J. Aceros, M. Ying, D. Borton, A. V. Nurmikko, “Development of optically communicated intracortical neural recording system with fiber optics,” Neuroscience 2011, Nov.12-16 Washington, DC, USA.
  21. D. A. Borton, N. Agha, M. Yin, J. Aceros, C. Bull, W. Patterson, A. Nurmikko, and J. Donoghue, “On the Use of Pigs for Neuroprosthetic Device Development,” Biomedical Engineers Society (BMES) Annual Meeting, October 2011, Hartford, CT, USA.
  22. S. Park, Y. K. Song, D. Borton, W. Patterson, M. Yin, J. Aceros, C. Bull, and A. V. Nurmikko, “Development of Optically Communicated Intracortical Neural Recording System with Fiber Optics,” Biomedical Engineers Society (BMES) Annual Meeting, October 2011, Hartford, CT, USA.
  23. Juan Aceros, Ming Yin, David Borton, William Patterson, Arto Nurmikko, “A 32-channel fully implantable wireless neurosensor for simultaneous recording from two cortical regions,” 33rd Annual International IEEE EMBS Conference, August 30 - September 3, 2011, Boston, MA, USA.
  24. David Borton, Ming Yin, Juan Aceros, Naubahar Agha, Juri Minxha, Jacob Komar, William Patterson, Christopher Bull, Arto Nurmikko, “Developing Implantable Neuroprosthetics: a New Model in Pig,” 33rd Annual International IEEE EMBS Conference, August 30 - September 3, 2011, Boston, MA, USA.
  25. Leigh Hochberg, John Simeral, Juan Aceros, Michael J. Black, Daniel Bacher, Etsub Berhanu, David Borton, Sydney Cash, Jessica Feldman, Erin Gallivan, Mark Homer, Beata Jarosiewicz, Brandon King, Jie Liu, Wasim Q. Malik, Nicolas Masse, William Patterson, János Perge, David Rosler, Nicholas Schmansky, Wilson Truccolo, Ming Yin, Arto Nurmikko, John Donoghue, “BrainGate Pilot Clinical Trials: Progress in Translating Neural Engineering Principles to Clinical Testing,” 33rd Annual International IEEE EMBS Conference, August 30 - September 3, 2011, Boston, MA, USA.
  26. Sunmee Park, Yoon-Kyu Song, David Borton, William Patterson, Ming Yin, Juan Aceros, Arto Nurmikko, “An All Optical Implantable Intracortical Neural Recording Microsystem for Both Percutaneous Telemetry and Power Delivery,” Biomedical Engineers Society (BMES) Annual Meeting, Oct 2010, Austin, TX, USA.
  27. Juan C. Aceros, N. E. McGruer, G. G. Adams, “Nanowire Testing Using a MEMS Testbed,” 5th New England International Nanomanufacturing Workshop, Boston, MA, Jun 2007.
  28. Juan C. Aceros, N. E. McGruer, G. G. Adams, “MEMS Hotplates for Thin Film and Nanowire Characterization,” NASA Tech Brief: National Nano Engineering Conference, November 2006, Boston, MA, USA.
  29. Juan C. Aceros, N. E. McGruer, G. G. Adams, S. Muftu, “Nanowire Testing Using a MEMS Testbed,” 4th New England International Nanomanufacturing Workshop, Boston, MA, Jun 2006.
  30. Juan C. Aceros, N. E. McGruer, G. G. Adams, S. Muftu, “Nanowire Testing Using a MEMS Testbed,” 3rd New England International Nanomanufacturing Workshop, Boston, MA, Jun 2005.
  31. Juan C. Aceros, N. E. McGruer, G. G. Adams, S. Muftu, “Characterization of Nanowires Using MEMS,” 2nd New England International Nanomanufacturing Workshop, Boston, MA, Jun 2004.
  32. Juan C. Aceros, “MEMS Testbed for Nanowire Characterization,” 1st New England International Nanomanufacturing Workshop, Boston, MA, Jun 2003
  33. Nicol McGruer, George Adams, Paul Zavracky, Thieu Truong, Terrance Barnes, Xiaoqing Lu, and Juan Carlos Aceros, "Biomimetic Flow and Contact/Bending Sensors," Neurotechnology for Biomimetic Robots, Oct. 14-16, 2000, Nahant, MA, USA.

Invited Lectures:

  • “Enabling Engineering” – Northeastern University. Boston (MA) Feb 14, 2015.
  • “MEMS Based Neural Recording Microsystems for Fully Implantable Applications.” – Northeastern University. Boston (MA) Sept 28, 2012.
  • “Neural Recording Microsystems for Fully Implantable Applications.” – Florida Atlantic University. Boca Raton (FL) May 22, 2012.
  • “MEMS and Neuroprosthetic Systems.” - Coventor, Inc. Cambridge (MA) September 2, 2010.
  • “MEMS Testbed for Reliability Testing.” - Automation and Robotics Research Institute (ARRI) at the University of Texas. Arlington (TX) March 27, 2009.
  • “MEMS Testbed for Reliability Testing of Nanoelements.” - Coventor, Inc. Cambridge (MA) July 16, 2008.

AcerosContact Information

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