Juan Aceros, PhD - Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering

Juan Aceros is a native of Colombia, South America. Dr. Aceros completed his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Hampshire, and his master’s degree in Mechanical, Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering, and his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, both at Northeastern University.  For his graduate studies, Dr. Aceros worked on the development of MicroElectroMechanical   Systems (MEMS), Micro/Nano   fabrication, Nanotechnology, Materials Characterization, Thin Films, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), and Semiconductor processing .  Following graduate school, Dr.   Aceros   held a postdoctoral position at the NSF Center for High-rate   Nanomanufacturing, and prior to joining UNF, he was a Senior Research Associate with the   Neuroengineering Laboratory at Brown University, Providence, RI. During his time at Brown, Dr Aceros worked on the development of advanced neural interface technology for clinical and research applications such as fully-implantable, wireless neural interface devices for recording and transmitting cortical signals from the brain.  

 

Dr. Aceros first became involved in community-based learning thanks to the partnership established with Dr. Mary Lundy in the Doctoral Program of Physical Therapy. Through this collaboration an undergraduate course funded by a TLO was created to provide training through a truly multidisciplinary design experience to engineering students and physical therapist students at the University. In the course, engineering and physical therapy students work together in groups of 4 to 5 students to design, fabricate, and test adaptive technology targeting postural control, mobility, social participation, and quality of life for children with developmental disabilities. This course has drawn a lot of attention by media outlets with significant coverage by the Florida Times Union, Action News, News Wise, and the USA Today among many.    

 

As a Community Scholar, Dr. Aceros has looked to start disseminating results from community-based engineering course. In particular t he effect that this course has on the participating students, including future activities and how it affects increased participation and retention of minority students, individuals with disabilities, andpersons from disadvantaged backgrounds in engineering. During this process, he has also participated in the Engagement Scholarship Program to gain further knowledge of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. During this year, he has authored a peer review conference paper and co-authored a conference presentation. Furthermore, thanks to this work two IRB protocols has been approved to continue this work.

 

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Peer Review Application

Reflection