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).

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). Project amount: $18,980.00
• PI: Aceros, J. Co-PI: Kopp B. (2014-15): "A Wireless Data Logger for Temperature Monitoring of Hydration Towers". VISTAKON®. Project contract amount: $62,434.00 + materials extension of $4,666.00
• 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. Project amount: $60,000.00
• PI: Aceros, J. (2014-15): “Development and Implementation of a Portable Rehabilitation Stimulator”. University of North Florida Foundation (UNFF). Project amount: $10,000.00
• PI: Aceros, J. (2014-15): “Community Based Pediatric Adaptive Toy Project TLO”. Transformational Learning Opportunity (TLO). Project amount: $25,000.00
• PI: Aceros, J. (2013-14): “A Respiratory Air System for biomedical Gas Monitoring Applications and Disease diagnosis”. Auld & White Economic Venture Endowment Fund. Project amount: $10,000.00

Publications & Presentations

SELECTED PEER-REVIEW PUBLICATIONS:

  1. Prashanth Makaram, Dawn Owens, Juan Aceros, “Trends in Nanomaterial-Based Non-invasive Diabetes Sensing Technologies”, Diagnostics (2014), 4, 27-46; doi:10.3390/diagnostics4020027.
  2. 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.
  3. 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), (2013).
  4. 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).
  5. 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).
  6. 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-.
  7. 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.
  8. 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).
  9. 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-.
  10. 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).
  11. 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).
  12. 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).
  13. 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-.
  14. 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).
  15. 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).
  16. 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. “Wireless, implanted sensor broadens range of brain research,” NIH News, March 19 (2013).
  2. “Wireless option developed for brain-powered device,” Science Daily, March 6 (2013).
  3. “Yorkshire Pigs Control Computer Gear With Brain Waves,” Wired, March 5 (2013).
  4. “Small-scale Research with Large Scale Applications,” Northeastern University Campus News, Boston -April 3, 2008-.
  5. “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.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Northeastern University: ECE U402, Electronics, ECE U403, Electronics Laboratory.
  • School of Engineering at University of North Florida: ENGN1001, Introduction to Engineering I, EEL 3111, Circuit Analysis I, EEE 3308 Electronic Circuits I, EE 4309C Electronic Circuits II, EEL 4930, EEL 6935, EML 4930, EML 6933, Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS), EEL 4930/ EML 4930, Independent Study.

 STUDENT ADVISING:

  • Rizwan Huq – Master of Science in the School of Engineering at Brown University (2012): “Development of a Silicon Carbide Based MicroElectroCorticoGraphy (µECoG) Device for Optogenetic Applications” (Co-advised with Arto Nurmikko).
  • Ahmed Gamal - Master of Science in the School of Engineering at University of Florida (expected Summer 2015).

EDITORIAL, REVIEW AND CONSULTING:

  • Chair for the IEEE EMBC’13 conference. Invited chair to the session "New Sensing Techniques I" at the 2013 EMBS conference in Osaka, Japan.
  • Reviewer for Journal of Physics D Applied Physics, Biomedical Microdevices, Nanotechnology, Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering.
  • Reviewer and Robotics Competition Judge at IEEE SoutheastCon 2013.
  • Micro/Nano Fabrication Consultant for AlphaSIP. This is a Nanotechnology company focused on the development of molecular diagnostic sensors based on carbon surfaces for the medical digital diagnostics field. I advise Dr. Prashanth Makaram - Director Process Development, on compatibility and feasibility of various micro and nano fabrication processes.

AcerosContact Information

Building 50, Room 3116

(904) 620-1684

juan.aceros@unf.edu

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