• Cyclotron Engineer - UCLA Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center
660 Charles E. Young Drive South
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Darin Williams grew up in the San Fernando Valley working in his father's machine shop throughout high school. Initially, he chose not to go to college and worked various jobs to support himself after moving out in early 2007.
Darin eventually transitioned to working at UCLA in 2008, primarily as a CAD designer of machined parts used for research equipment and programmer/operator of CNC machines and other machine shop equipment.
His role there was then expanded into the development of radiosynthesizers for experimental PET probe production in 2008, the development and use of PET/CT imaging equipment and other prototype systems in 2009, particle physics and engineering on a bio medical cyclotron in 2010, and the biology as well as the experimental design and analysis associated with metabolic disease research in 2011. Darin went through phases of emphasis on particular fields based on projects and need, but engineering, physics, chemistry, and biology all played major roles in his day to day operation.
In 2014, Darin joined the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center as their Cyclotron Engineer supporting a Siemens 111 RDS Eclipse 11 million electron volt biomedical cyclotron making Oxygen-15 water for research PET studies of the human brain.
He took over as Lead Tech and Lab Manager for the Brain Mapping NeuroModulation Lab in the summer of 2015 where he train researchers to use TMS (transcranial magnetic stimulation), tDCS (transcrandial direct current stimulation) and focused Ultrasound devices to stimulate the brain of participants.
Area(s) of Expertise
Cyclotrons, PET Scanners, Solidworks CAD Software, Mastercam CAM Software, CNC Machines, Shop Equipment, 3D Printer, Autodesk Fusion 360