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Juan Aceros

Assoc 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. 


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.”


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).


  • University of North Florida Sabbatical 2019 - 2020
  • High-Impact Research Article Award (2015-16) by UNF Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
  • Transformational Learning Opportunity Impact Award (2016)
  • Professor of the Year by the Northeast Florida Engineering Societies (2016)
  • Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher of the Year Award 2015-2016
  • Top Electrical Engineering Professor of the year
  • 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

Grants and Contracts Awarded

  • PI: Aceros, J. (2019-20): “Development of a National Institutes of Health R15 grant to study Remote Rehabilitation of Young Children with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)”. University of North Florida Faculty Development Grant.
  • PI: Aceros, J. (2018-23): “Child-centered, team-based, interdisciplinary Bioengineering Summer Research Experience”. National Institutes of Health R25-NICHD. Note: NIH review produced a rare perfect “Impact Score 10”. 
  • PI: Wright, L., Co-PI: Aceros, J. (2017-2018): “Adaptive Feeding Interventions and Monitoring Program for Infants with Congenital Zika Syndrome”. University of North Florida Foundation (UNFF).
  • PI: Aceros, J. (2017-18): “An Interdisciplinary Quantitative Study of Postural Stability in Children with Motor Disabilities”. University of North Florida Faculty Development Grant.
  • PI: Aceros, J. (2017-18): “Pediatric Adaptive Technology Community Based Project TLO”. Transformational Learning Opportunity (TLO).
  • PI: Lundy, M., Co-PI: Aceros, J. (2016-2017): “Effects of Self-initiated Independent Power Mobility in Children with Cortical Visual Impairment”. University of North Florida Foundation (UNFF).
  • PI: Aceros, J. (2017-18): “Rapid Geometry Verification System (RGVS)”. Johnson & Johnson.
  • PI: Aceros, J. (2016-21): “Hands-On, Child-Centered, Interdisciplinary Team Design, Fabrication, and Testing of Adaptive Technology”. National Institute of Health (NICHD, 1R25HD087971-01).
  • PI: Kopp, B., Co-PI: Aceros, J. (2016-2017): “Reinforced Concrete Foundation Remote Monitoring”. Florida Department of Transportation.
  • PI: Aceros, J. (2016-17): “Pediatric Adaptive Technology Community Based Project TLO”. Transformational Learning Opportunity (TLO).
  • PI: Aceros, J. (2015-16): “A Quantitative Investigation of the Impact of Assistive Technology in Preschool Children with Disabilities using Remote Sensor Technology”. University of North Florida Faculty Development Grant.
  • 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-Review Publications:

Under Review/In Progress:

  1. Ayan Dutta, Juan Aceros, “Assistive Mobility devices: A comprehensive Review”, Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems: special section on Unmanned Systems. In progress.
  2. Joseph G. Ruiz, Daisy Bisram, Steven Stagon, and Juan Aceros, "Mechanical Characterization of 3D printed ABS with and without electroplated coating”. In progress.
  3. Nicholas Emord, Peyton Hopson, Patrick Kreidl, and Juan Aceros, “High Speed, Micron Precision Scanning Technology for 3D Printing Applications”. In progress.
  4. Ayshka Rodriguez, Mary Lundy, and Juan Aceros, “Power Mobility Sensor Data Collection Verified through Standardized Pediatric Assessments”. In progress.
  5. Abbey Fraser, Dao Doan, Mary Lundy, Grant Bevill, and Juan Aceros, “Pediatric Safety: Review of the Susceptibility of Children with Disabilities to Toy-Related Injuries Involving Ride-On Toys”, Submitted to Injury Epidemiology. Under review.
  6. Trevor Selvage, Shu Lin, Jordan Phillips, Lauri Wright, Mary Lundy, and Juan Aceros, “Biomarkers, technology, and interventions available to children that have trouble feeding due to neurological disorders: A systematic review”, Submitted to International Journal of Nursing Studies. Under review.
  7. Lundy M, Aceros J. “Quantitative assessment of a cross-disciplinary service-learning course resulting in a social entrepreneurship experience.” Invited manuscript submitted for publication to the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning. Under review.
  8. Lundy M, Aceros J. “Modified Ride-On Toy Cars With Proportional Joysticks For Children With Multiple Complex Disabilities” Technical Report. Submitted to Pediatric Physical Therapy. Under review.


  1. Ayshka Rodriguez, Mary Lundy, and Juan Aceros, “Engineering, Physical Therapy and the Community: A Service Learning Course,” Proc. IEEE 40th Eng. in Med. and Biol. Conf., July (2018)
  2. Nicholas G. Emord, Juan Aceros, David A. Zapala. “Measuring Ocular Counter Roll: THEIA Device,” Proceedings of IEEE SoutheastCon 2018.
  3. Mary Lundy, Juan Aceros, “A Community-Based, Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Engineering Course,” IEEE 38th Eng. in Med. and Biol. Conf., pp. 3006-3009, July (2016)
  4. Ahmed Tawfik, Brian Kopp, Juan Aceros, “An Autonomous, Small Scale Temperature Mapping Data-Logger for Automated Manufacturing Applications”, Proceedings of IEEE SoutheastCon, pp. 1-8, March (2016).
  5. James C Barrese, Juan Aceros, John Donoghue, “Scanning electron microscopy of chronically implanted intracortical microelectrode arrays in non-human primates” Journal of Neural Engineering, 016, Jan 29; 13 (2): 026003.
  6. 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 the 2015 IEEE Virtual Conference on Applications of Commercial Sensors (VCACS), Raleigh, NC, pp. 1-7, (2015).
  7. 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).
  8. Prashanth Makaram, Dawn Owens, Juan Aceros, “Trends in Nanomaterial-Based Non-invasive Diabetes Sensing Technologies”, Diagnostics (2014), 4, 27-46; doi:10.3390/diagnostics4020027.
  9. 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.
  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,” IEEE 35th Eng. in Med. and Biol. Conf., pp. 3109-3114, July (2013).
  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,” IEEE 35th Eng. in Med. and Biol. Conf., pp. 1450-1453, July (2013).
  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,” IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 115-128, April, (2013) -Invited Publication-.
  13. 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.
  1. Juan Aceros, Ming Yin, David Borton, William Patterson, Christopher Bull, Arto Nurmikko, “Polymeric Packaging for Fully Implantable Wireless Neural Microsensors,” IEEE 34th Eng. in Med. and Biol. Conf., pp. 743-746, August (2012).
  2. 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, pp. 20-23, July (2012) -Invited Publication-.
  3. 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 Int. Symp. Circuits & Systems, pp. 2629 - 2632, May (2012).
  4. Juan Aceros, Ming Yin, David Borton, William Patterson, Arto Nurmikko, “A 32-channel fully implantable wireless neurosensor for simultaneous recording from two cortical regions,” IEEE 33th Eng. in Med. and Biol. Conf., pp. 2300-2306, August (2011).
  5. 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,” IEEE 33th Eng. in Med. and Biol. Conf., pp. 3024-3030, August (2011).
  6. 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,” of the IEEE, Vol. 98, (3) March (2010) -Invited Publication-.
  7. Pegah Karimi, Taehoon Kim, Juan Aceros, Ahmed Busnaina “The Removal of Nanoparticles from Submicron Trenches using Megasonics,” Microelectronic Engineering, 87, (9) November 2010, (Online 14 November 2009).
  8. Juan C. Aceros, Nicol McGruer, George G. Adams, “MEMS Microhotplates for Reliability Testing of Thin Films and Nanowires,” Vac. Sci. Technol. B 26(3), May/Jun (2008).
  9. 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," Phys. Lett., 91, 063101 (2007).

Books and Book Chapters:

  1. Lundy M, Aceros J. Engineering, Physical Therapy And The Community: A Cross-Disciplinary Community Based Service-Learning Course. In progress.
  2. Electronics Laboratory Book: “Electronic Circuits” ISBN: 9780578185613. Publisher: Davies. (2017)
  3. “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. “University of North Florida students create specialized toys for special kids”, Florida Times Union, November 5 (2018).
  2. “Adaptive Toy Project Transforms Ride-on Cars and Interactive Stuffed Animals for Special Needs Kids”, IEEE Magazine: The Institute. It is noted that The Institute is automatically sent to every IEEE member in the world, and the IEEE is the largest professional society in the world.
  3. “Learning about Pediatric Rehabilitation Robots with Expert Juan Aceros”, IEEE Transmitter
  4. “Adaptive Toy Project Uses Robotics to Help Children With Disabilities”, Robotics Business Review Interview with Dr. Aceros
  5. “Transforming Toys for Kids With Special Needs”, IEEE The Institute, Vol 41, Issue 2, June 2017
  6. “A toy workshop for kids with disabilities”, CNN New Day, Dec 26, 2016
  7. “Students Build High-Tech Toys for Disabled Kids”, US NEWS by Associated Press, Dec. 19, 2016
  8. “Children with disabilities get early Christmas gifts from UNF's one-of-a-kind program”, CBS47/FOX30 Action News, Dec 2, 2016
  9. “For Kids With Disabilities, University of North Florida 'Adaptive Toys' Can Be Life Changers”, WJCT Public Radio, DEC 1, 2016
  10. “UNF students change children's lives through one of a kind program”, FirstCoast ABC News, November 11, 2016
  11. “UNF wins $85,000 federal grant to create toy cars for disabled kids”, WOKT, April 29, 2016
  12. “University of North Florida Professors Awarded NIH Grant for Unique Adaptive Toy Project”, Newswise, 27-Apr-2016
  13. “UNF Adaptive Toy Project moves forward with federal grant”, Florida Times Union, April 28, 2016
  14. “Engineering students develop hi-tech toy cars for kids with disabilities”, Spinnaker, December 8 (2015)
  15. “UNF Students outfit small cars and toys for disabled children,” News4Jax, December 4 (2015)
  16. “Disabled boy gets speedster wheels from UNF Adaptive Toy Project,” Florida Times Union, December 3 (2015).
  17. “University of North Florida students make toys adaptable to kids with ability impairments,” The Daily Orange, November 11 (2015).
  18. “Student-created toy initiative helps disabled children play,” USA Today, October 29 (2015).
  19. “UNF students rip apart toys, rebuild them to help disabled children,” CBS47/FOX30 ActionNewsJax, December 10 (2014).
  20. “Engineering course rebuilds children’s toy cars to aid in rehabilitation,” UNF Spinnaker, October 2 (2014).
  21. “UNF engineering students are adapting battery powered toy cars for use by children with disabilities,” Florida Times Union, October 30 (2014).
  22. “Wireless, implanted sensor broadens range of brain research,” NIH News, March 19 (2013).
  23. “Wireless option developed for brain-powered device,” Science Daily, March 6 (2013).
  24. “Yorkshire Pigs Control Computer Gear With Brain Waves,” Wired, March 5 (2013).
  25. “Small-scale Research with Large Scale Applications,” Northeastern University Campus News, Boston -April 3, 2008-.
  26. “MEMS Microhotplates for Reliability Testing of Thin Films and Nanowires,” May 5, issue of Virtual Journal of Nanoscale Science & Technology (2008).

Contact Information

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