Dillon Acker-James

Job title: 
Graduate Student Researcher
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
Professor Kristofer S.J. Pister (Advisor)
M.S. 2022

Currently pursuing a doctoral degree after getting a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara, where my coursework and research in the Mishra lab focused on fabrication and device physics. In graduate school I'm working on the building blocks for a platform that will be able to house various sensors and devices in a dirty envirnment, like in contact with the human skin, and even fully submerged in an aqueous medium.

After an internship with Apple and Iota Biosciences I am driven to make MEMS-powered medical devices, enhanced and controlled by on-chip relays. I love this technology and want to show the world how powerful it is. 

Research interests: 
Fabrication/Design of MEMS and CMOS devices to create new technology and build upon previous work to integrate MEMS structures with solar cells and CMOS.
I am also investigating how to run an inchworm motor with a mechanical finite state machine in order for our microrobots to operate without CMOS, thus expanding the environments where they can function. 

Job Interests:Designing and fabricating biomedical devices. I want to make powerful integrated devices that change what's possible.  

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Projects & Publications

Dillon Acker-James; Kristofer S.J. Pister
Master's Thesis, 2023
Dillon Acker-James
BSAC Project Materials (Final/Archive), 2022
Daniel Teal; Dillon Acker-James; Alex Moreno; Alexander Alvara
BSAC Project Materials (Final/Archive), 2022