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Title: The University of Texas-Pan American

The University of Texas-Pan American College of
Engineering Computer Science Department of
Mechanical Engineering Civil Engineering Program
Fall Convocation 2010
Dr. Robert A. Freeman Professor and
Chair Mechanical Engineering Department UTPA
Our Collective GoalGraduate
Dream Job Now working at NASA JSC
ME Faculty Human Powered Vehicle Advisor
  • Dr. Seokyoung Ahn
  • UT Austin
  • UG Courses
  • Engr. Graphics
  • M. E. Analysis I
  • Research Interests
  • Model-based MIMO control design Nonlinear
    estimation and filtering algorithms Rapid
    response manufacturing Particulate-based
    fabrication of meso-scale functional parts

CE Faculty
  • Dr. Mohammed Azarbayejani
  • University of New Mexico
  • UG Courses
  • Structural Analysis
  • Structural Steel Design
  • Research Interests
  • Structural Health Monitoring (SHM), Application
    of artificial intelligence in structures,
    Structural modeling

ME Faculty
  • Dr. Dumitru Caruntu
  • Politehnica University of Bucharest
  • UG Courses
  • M. E. Analysis II
  • Orthopedic Biomechanics
  • Research Interests
  • Nonlinear Dynamics, Modeling MEMS and NEMS,

ME Faculty
  • Dr. Isaac Choutapalli
  • Florida State University
  • UG Courses
  • Measurements Instrumentation
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Research Interests
  • Experimental fluid mechanics Aeroacoustics and
    Propulsion Thermal hydraulics Non-intrusive
    flow diagnostic techniques - 2D 3D Particle
    Image Velocimetry (PIV)

ME Faculty TexPREP Director
  • Dr. Steve Crown
  • Iowa State University
  • UG Courses
  • Thermodynamics I
  • Thermodynamics II
  • HVAC
  • Research Interests
  • Applied thermodynamics Refrigeration Heat
    transfer Multimedia instructional methods

ME Faculty Department Chair
  • Dr. Robert Freeman
  • THE University of Florida
  • UG Courses
  • Dynamics
  • KD of Machines
  • Senior Design
  • Research Interests
  • Kinematic and dynamic modeling, analysis, design
    and control of multi-rigid-body linkage systems
    Robotics Biomechanics Engineering education

ME Faculty Mini-Baja Advisor
  • Dr. Arturo Fuentes
  • Rice University
  • UG Courses
  • Solid Mechanics
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Research Interests
  • Dynamic response analysis Finite element
    analysis Material systems and product testing
    Engineering education

CE Faculty
  • Dr. Jungseok Ho
  • University of New Mexico
  • UG Courses
  • Applied Hydrology
  • Water Resources
  • Research Interests
  • Computational Fluid Mechanics and Hydrology

ME Faculty Upward Bound
  • Dr. Robert Jones
  • Texas AM University
  • UG Courses
  • Engr. Materials
  • Machine Elements
  • Research Interests
  • Polymers and composites Fracture mechanics
    Materials testing

ME Faculty
  • Dr. Javier Kypuros
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • UG Courses
  • Numerical Methods
  • System Dynamics
  • Research Interests
  • Dynamic systems modeling and control Nonlinear
    control systems Bond graph modeling Engineering

ME Faculty - Julia Beecherl Endowed Professor
  • Dr. Karen Lozano
  • Rice University
  • UG Courses
  • Intro to NanoTechnology
  • Polymer Engineering
  • Research Interests
  • Process-structure-property relationships of
    nanoreinforced systems Nanostructured polymer
    composites Nanoreinforced solutions and
    suspensions Polymer engineering

ME Faculty
  • Dr. Dorina Mihut
  • The Univ. of Nebraska
  • UG Courses
  • Physical Metallurgy
  • Corrosion
  • Research Interests
  • Thin films deposition on nanoreinforced polymer
    composite, Multilayer coating architectures for
    wear resistant applications, Nanomechanical and
    nanotribological characterization of thin films

CE Faculty Program Director
  • Dr. Blair McDonald
  • University of Utah
  • UG Courses
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Environmental Engr.
  • Research Interests
  • Geotechnical engineering, hazardous waste
    disposal, X-ray fluorescence (XRF) to identify
    and characterize heavy metal contamination

ME Faculty
  • Dr. Young-Gil Park
  • The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • UG Courses
  • Numerical Methods
  • Thermodynamics I
  • Research Interests
  • Heat transfer Multi-phase flow Energy systems
    Computational fluid mechanics Data modeling and
    intelligent systems

ME Faculty V. Provost for Fac. Affairs
  • Dr. Ala Qubbaj
  • The Univ. of Oklahoma
  • UG Courses
  • Currently not teaching
  • Combustion
  • Research Interests
  • Energy technology and utilization Combustion
    processes and simulation modeling Environmental

ME Faculty
  • Dr. Kamal Sarkar
  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • UG Courses
  • Materials Lab
  • Senior Design
  • Research Interests
  • Nanomanufacturing, Applications of Nanomaterials
    in industrial and biomedical areas, Drug Delivery
    Devices for Blood Brain Barrier, and Computer

ME Faculty Grad. Program Director
  • Dr. Constantine Tarawneh
  • The Univ. of Nebraska
  • UG Courses
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Heat Transfer
  • Research Interests
  • Acoustics and vibrations Mechanical
    measurements and instrumentation Thermal/fluid
    Experimental heat transfer Railroad bearing

ME Faculty ASME Advisor
  • Dr. Horacio Vasquez
  • The University of Alabama
  • UG Courses
  • Statics
  • Dynamics
  • Mechatronics
  • Research Interests
  • Automation Instrumentation Control systems

ME Faculty
  • Mr. Steven French
  • UTPA
  • UG Courses
  • Intro. to Engineering
  • Heat Transfer Lab
  • Tutoring
  • Statics
  • Dynamics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Solid Mechanics

ME Staff
  • Mrs. Annie Ocanas
  • Departmental Administrative Assistant II
  • Assists the Chair in all departmental
    administrative duties actually runs the
  • Basic course and department policy advisement
  • After hours cards
  • Senior Design purchasing
  • Competition team purchasing
  • Student travel
  • Memos of Employment

CE Staff
  • Ms. Annette Gutierrez
  • Program Administrative Assistant I
  • Assists the Director in all departmental
    administrative duties
  • Basic course and department policy advisement
  • After hours cards
  • Senior Design purchasing
  • Student travel
  • Memos of Employment

ME Staff
  • Ms. Andreana Saldana
  • Research Support Staff
  • Assists Dr. Lozano in any research related
    administrative duties

Your Opportunities
  • To be assisted in learning from an excellent,
    hard working, dedicated, and caring faculty and

Your Opportunities
  • Student Professional Organization Chapters
  • ASME
  • ASCE
  • SHPE
  • SWE
  • SAE
  • EHS

Your Opportunities
  • Student Competitions
  • Mini-Baja Off-Road Vehicle
  • Human Powered Vehicle
  • ASME ASCE regional conference competitions
  • Aero Design
  • Concrete Canoe
  • Department Logo Competition

Your Opportunities
  • Research
  • All faculty have projects
  • Internships
  • NASA, Lockheed, Chevron, Boeing, PG, etc..
  • At least one summer before you graduate

Your Successes
  • A couple of your recent accomplishments
  • Andoni Zagouris won 2nd place in the LSAMP
    poster competition in El Paso TX that featured
    all UT system schools and five colleges from New
  • Our Mini Baja team participated in the Mini Baja
    2010 competition (April 8th-11th) in Greenville,
    South Carolina sponsored by the Society of
    Automotive Engineers (SAE).  The competition
    attracted schools from different countries
    including the U.S., Brazil, Canada, and Mexico.
    Of approximately 110 schools that competed,
    UTPAs Potro placed 15th overall. 
  • UTPAs Human Powered Bronco placed third in two
    categories at the (ASME) 2010 Human Powered
    Vehicle Challenge East, in New Britain, Conn.
    from May 7-9. Overall UTPAs HPV team placed 5th
    in the Utility class division.

Some Realities
  • 600 plus Undergraduate Students
  • 50 plus Graduate Masters Students
  • 15 total faculty
  • Approximately 43 students per faculty
  • 20 to 25 is reasonable
  • Never-the-less
  • Full ABET accreditation (employers want)
  • Over 2.5 million in funded research
  • Around 50 UGs involved in funded research
  • Numerous faculty research and teaching awards
    (see faculty resumes)

New ME Department Policy
  • To be able to better serve you
  • Multiple sections of Thermo I Solids w/
  • We are implementing a 2-peat policy
  • You get 2 free shots to pass an MECE course
  • To be able to take a course for the 3rd time
  • You must petition the faculty
  • Take and pass a remediation course
  • To be fully implemented in Summer 2011
  • If you dont pass by the second time it may be
    better for you to consider a different career
    path we will help
  • Plus, we simply do not have the resources to
    teach you the same course three times

New UTPA GPA Policy
  • http//
  • Announcements - New Academic Record Changes
  • Repeating a Course
  • The policy regarding repeating a course(s)
    applies only to those completed/repeated at The
    University of Texas-Pan American. Transfer grades
    will not replace a grade earned at UTPA for the
    purpose of raising a students grade point
    average. This policy has been in place since Fall
  • Will I lose my transfer credit?
  • Transfer work will not be taken away, however,
    it will no longer be used in the calculation of
    any GPA requirement. Transfer work will not be
    used to repeat a course taken at UTPA for the
    purpose of raising a students GPA. Transfer
    credit will be applied to meet prerequisites and
    course requirements for your degree.

New UTPA Language Policy
  • Degree plans 2008-9 or later that have the 43
    hour core
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign
    language in one of the following ways
  • High school transcripts showing two full years
    of coursework in a foreign language
  • Take two semesters (6 credit hours) of college
    level coursework in a foreign language
  • Get 6 hours equivalent credit through an AP,
    CLEP, or soon to be available local exam

CE Advising
  • October 18, 2010 to November 18, 2010
  • Sign up at Dr. McDonalds Office, ASB 1.201
  • One day in advance
  • Bring to advisement
  • Advisement information form (
  • Plan of study
  • Transcripts

ME Advising
  • October 18, 2010 to November 5, 2010
  • One day delinquent advising Tuesday Nov. 16th
  • Sign up online at http//
  • Faculty assigned via last digit of your SID
  • Graduating Seniors first see Dr. Fuentes
  • First semester (only) transfer students see Dr.
  • One day in advance
  • Before advisement
  • Fill out and bring Advisement information form
  • Go online and fill out electronic degree plan
  • Think about your goals that we can assist you
  • Get Advised Register ASAP and
  • Get on waitlist if full

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The Mechanical Civil Engineering Faculty and
Staff wish YOUSUCCESS !!!!!
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Engineering Education Innovation
  • Change the way we teach
  • Challenge Based Instruction (CBI)
  • Teaching backwards
  • Problem/Challenge first, supporting theory
  • Inquiry based
  • Goal is to develop Adaptive Expertise
  • The ability to apply knowledge outside of the
    context in which it was learned (Knowledge