James grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a senior in the Mechanical Engineering program, he worked on the Robotic Hand senior design team to develop a hand actuated using shape memory alloy "muscles". James completed a B.S./M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in the Telerobotics Lab. His thesis research involves magnetic guidance for cochlear implants.
After leaving the University of Utah, James took a position at Northrop Grumman.
J. R. Clark, L. Leon, F. M. Warren, and J. J. Abbott, "Magnetic Guidance of Cochlear Implants: Proof-of-Concept and Initial Feasibility Study," J. Medical Devices, 6(035002):1-8, 2012.
J. R. Clark, L. Leon, F. M. Warren, and J. J. Abbott, "Investigation of Magnetic Guidance of Cochlear Implants," IEEE/RSJ Int. Conf. Intelligent Robots and Systems, pp. 1321-1326, 2011.
J. R. Clark, F. M. Warren, and J. J. Abbott, "A Scalable Model for Human Scala-Tympani Phantoms," J. Medical Devices, 5(014501):1-5, 2011.
J. R. Clark, 2011, "Toward Improved Cochlear Implant Insertion Using Magnetic Guidance," Master's Thesis, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.