Johannes James

robobee with ocelli Ph.D. Student in Autonomous Insect Robotics Lab

Department of Mechanical Engineering,
University of Washington

Mech. Eng. Bldg. (MEB) Room 113
Seattle, WA 98195

About me

    I am a PhD. student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington in the Autonomous Insect Robotics (AIR) Laboratory advised by Prof. Sawyer Fuller. I research the design and fabrication of power solutions for insect scale robots.

    Prior to admission into the M.E Ph.D. program at the University of Washington, I worked aboard commercial ships and obtained a B.S. in mechanical engineering and a USCG merchant marine engineering license at the California Maritime Academy.


    University of Washington Seattle, WA
    Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. Sep 2016 -
    Advisor: Prof. Sawyer Fuller

    California Maritime Academy (CSUM)
    B.S. (Hons.) in Mechanical Engineering w/ USCG 3 A/E License, Sept 2009 - May 2013


    J. James, V. Iyer, Y. Chukewad, S. Gollakota, and S. B. Fuller, Liftoff of a 190 mg Laser-Powered Aerial Vehicle: The Lightest Wireless Robot to Fly , IEEE Int. Conf. Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2018 [Wireless RoboFly Project Page]

    Y. Chukewad, A. Singh, J. James and S. B. Fuller, A new robot fly design that is easy to fabricate and capable of flight and ground locomotion, International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (Madrid, Spain, 2018) (submitted)

    S. Balasubramanian, Y. Chukewad, J. James, G. Barrows, and S. B. Fuller, A low-weight on-board camera and a neural network to control an insect-scale aerial and ground robot IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BIOROB) (Enschede, the Netherlands, 2018) (submitted)

Course TA

    ME 473: Instrumentation (Autumn 2017)
    ME 473: Instrumentation (Autumn 2018)
    AA/EE/ME 581: Digital Control (Spring 2019)
    ME 473: Instrumentation (Autumn 2019)
    ME 373: Introduction to System Dynamics (Winter 2020)

Contact: jmjames(at)