Arturo   Fuentes

Professor  

Office: EENGR 3.256
Phone: (956) 665-7099
Email: arturo.fuentes@utrgv.edu

Dr. Arturo Fuentes

Dr. Arturo Fuentes holds a Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Rice University. He currently serves as the Associate Chair for the Mechanical Engineering Department.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Finite Element Analysis
    • Mechanical Vibrations
    • Nanomaterial Systems
    • Engineering Education
  • Education

    • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Rice University, 2000
    • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Rice University, 1997
    • BS, Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Business Administration, Universidad de Monterrey, 1994
  • Currently Teaching

    MECE 4322 01 - Intro to Finite Elements:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    MECE 3300 01 - Mech. Engineer Coop/Intern:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks




Selected Publications


  • Horacio Vasquez, Arturo Fuentes, Stephen Crown, and Virgil Pierce. "An Ecosystem for Success in Engineering and Computer Science. ," 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, 2018.

  • Constantine Tarawneh, Joseph Montalvo, and Arturo Fuentes. "Defect Detection System for Freight Railcar Tapered-Roller Bearings Using Vibration Techniques," Sitges, Barcelona: Fourth International Conference on Railways Technology (Railways 2018), September 2018.

  • Daniel Riahi, Karen Lozano, Lee Cremar, and Arturo Fuentes. "On nonlinear rotating polymeric jets during forcespinning process," Fluid Dynamics Research (IOP Publisher) (August 2018).

  • Nancy De Los Santos, Constantine Tarawneh, Robert Jones, and Arturo Fuentes. "Defect Prognostic Models for Spall Growth in Railroad Bearing Rolling Elements," Pittsburg, PA: ASME Joint Rail Conference, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2018.

  • Oscar Rodriguez, Arturo Fuentes, and Constantine Tarawneh. "Impact of Hysteresis Heating of Railroad Bearing Thermoplastic Elastomer Suspension Pad on Railroad Bearing Thermal Management," Pittsburg, PA: ASME Joint Rail Conference, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2018.

  • Joseph Montalvo, Constantine Tarawneh, and Arturo Fuentes. "Vibration-Based Defect Detection System for Freight Railcar Tapered-Roller Bearings," Pittsburg, PA: ASME Joint Rail Conference, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2018.

  • Noe Vargas, Arturo Fuentes, and Stephen Crown. "Innovation Skills for the Self-Transformation of Underrepresented Engineering Students," Austin, TX: ASEE GSW 2018 Conference, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2018.

  • Andrea Ogilvie, David Knight, Maura Borrego, and Arturo Fuentes. "Understanding and Diversifying Transfer Student Pathways to Engineering Degrees: A Summary of Project Findings," Proceedings of the 124th Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, June 2017.

  • Nancy De Los Santos, Robert Jones, Constantine Tarawneh, Arturo Fuentes, and Anthony Villarreal. "Development of Prognostic Techniques for Surface Defect Growth in Railroad Bearing Rolling Elements," Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: ASME Joint Rail Conference, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2017.

  • Oscar Rodriguez, Arturo Fuentes, Constantine Tarawneh, and Robert Jones. "Hysteresis Heating of Railroad Bearing Thermoplastic Elastomer Suspension Element," Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: ASME Joint Rail Conference, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2017: Received Best Paper Award.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Karen Lozano. UTRGV-UMN Partnership for Fostering Innovation by Bridging Excellence in Research and Student Success, National Science Foundation, $3,000,000.00 (September 2015 - August 2020)

  • Kamal Sarkar. A Sustainable Technology to Manufacture Sub-micron and Micron Sized Glass Particles from Waste Glass, Office of Research Translation, $25,000.00 (October 26, 2017 - October 15, 2019)

  • Arturo Fuentes. I-Corps Southwest Regional, Costumer Identification SERA Cryo I-Corps Project, UTRGV Entrepreneurship Program, $3,000.00 (2017 - 2018)

  • Arturo Fuentes. NSF-REE: Understanding and Diversifying Transfer Student Pathways to Engineering Degrees, National Science Foundation, $280,599.00 (2014 - 2018)

  • Arturo Fuentes. The Effect of Heat Generation in the Railroad Bearing Thermoplastic Elastomer Suspension Element on the Thermal Behavior of Railroad Bearing Assembly, UTRGV USDOT UTC, $50,000.00 (December 2016 - September 2018)

  • Arturo Fuentes. NSF-STEM: A Focused Student Recruitment and Support Model for Attracting Top Achieving Scholars to Promote a Culture of Academic Excellence, National Science Foundation, $600,000.00 (September 1, 2012 - August 31, 2018)

  • Hiram Moya. Engineer Your World, The University of Texas at Austin, $101,500.00 (June 2016 - June 2018)

  • Javier Kypuros. Supplement to: An Ecosystem for Success in Engineering and Computer Science in Rio South Texas, National Science Foundation, $330,283.00 (September 9, 2015 - May 31, 2018)

  • Javier Kypuros. An Ecosystem for Success in Engineering and Computer Science in Rio South Texas, National Science Foundation, $1,660,000.00 (June 1, 2013 - May 31, 2018)

  • Cristina Villalobos. Integrating South Texas Efforts in STEM Education, U.S. Department of Defense HBCU/MI Program, $4,700,000.00 (2011 - 2016)



Selected Presentations


  • Arturo Fuentes and Horacio Vasquez. "“Attracting Students to STEM Fields through Renewable Energy Challenges with Hands-on Activities”," Conference on Innovative Classroom Practices in STEM Education, UTPA (April 2012)

  • Arturo Fuentes and Horacio Vasquez. "“Challenge-Based Instruction in a Freshman Engineering Class to Increase Student Retention and Engagement”," Conference on Innovative Classroom Practices in STEM Education, UTPA (April 2012)

  • Simon Padron, Arturo Fuentes, and Karen Lozano. "Study of Forcespinning™ Fiber Formation: Fiber Initiation," HESTEC 2011, UTPA, Edinburg (2011)

  • Simon Padron, Arturo Fuentes, and Karen Lozano. "Study of Forcespinning™ Fiber Formation: Nanofiber Extension," HESTEC 2011, UTPA, Edinburg (2011)

  • S. Padron, Arturo Fuentes, and Karen Lozano. "Study of Forcespinning™ Fiber Formation: Fiber Initiation," HESTEC Science Symposium, UTPA (September 2011)

  • Arturo Fuentes, Karen Lozano, and S. Padron . "Study of Forcespinning™ Fiber Formation: Nanofiber Extension," HESTEC Science Symposium, UTPA (September 2011)

  • Iris Alvarado, Constantine Tarawneh, Arturo Fuentes, and Javier Kypuros. "Early Defect Detection and Continuous Condition Monitoring of Tapered Roller Bearings Using Vibration Analysis," HESTEC Science Symposium, University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA), Edinburg, TX (September 2011)

  • G. Vazquez, Arturo Fuentes, and Karen Lozano. "Processing Parameter Effects of Nanofiber Reinforced Polymer Composites," HESTEC Science Symposium, UTPA (September 2010)

  • E. Chavez, Arturo Fuentes, and Karen Lozano. "Processing Parameter Effects on Mechanical Properties of Nanofiber Reinforced Polymer Composites," HESTEC Science Symposium, UTPA (September 2010)

  • E. Chavez, Arturo Fuentes, and Karen Lozano. "“Processing Parameter Effects of Nanofiber Reinforced Polymer Composites”," HESTEC Science Symposium, UTPA (September 2009)

Current Courses

MECE 4322 01 - Intro to Finite Elements:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
MECE 3300 01 - Mech. Engineer Coop/Intern:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses