James W.
Associate Director
Principal Lecturer

Jim Bales has been with the Edgerton Center since 1998. He is the instructor for 6.9030 Strobe Project Lab, the photography course that Doc Edgerton offered for many years. In addition, he is the instructor for 6.2020/ EC.120 Electronics Project Lab

Dr. Bales has, over the years, studied the optical properties of semiconductors, built robot submarines, debugged assembly language programs while seasick, traveled as far north as Greenland and as far south as Tasmania, and taught electronics and high-speed imaging. 

In November 2013, Dr. Bales gave a presentation at TEDx BeaconStreet on how to capture images of splashes. View the video.