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 3385 01 - Mechanical Vibrations:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    MECE 2301 01 - Statics:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks




Selected Publications


  • 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.

  • Horacio Vasquez, Arturo Fuentes, and Javier Kypuros. "Enriched Student Guidance and Engagement in Lower Level Engineering Gatekeeper Courses," Proceedings of the ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference. Erie, PA: October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2016.

  • Javier Kypuros, Arturo Fuentes, Horacio Vasquez, and Virgil Pierce. "Technology-Enabled, After-Hours, Asynchronous, Peer-Led Supplementary Instruction and Mentoring in Engineering Gatekeeper Courses," Proceedings of the ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference. Erie, PA: October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2016.

  • Arturo Fuentes. "Transfer student pathways to engineering degrees: progress and preliminary findings from a multiinstitutional study based in Texas," Proceedings of the 123rd Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, June 2016.

  • Horacio Vasquez and Arturo Fuentes. "Integration of Sensors and Low-Cost Microcontrollers into the Undergraduate Mechanical Engineering Design Sequence," Proceedings of the ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2016.

  • Javier Kypuros, Stephen Crown, Arturo Fuentes, Horacio Vasquez, and Virgil Pierce. "Developing an Ecosystem for Student Success in Engineering and Computer Science," AAAS/NSF EnFUSE Symposium. Washington, DC: April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2016.

  • Oscar Rodriguez, Juan Carbone, Arturo Fuentes, Constantine Tarawneh, and Robert Jones. "Heat Generation in the Railroad Bearing Thermoplastic Elastomer Suspension Element," Columbia, South Carolina: ASME Joint Rail Conference, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2016.

  • Constantine Tarawneh, Rafael Maldonado, Arturo Fuentes, and Javier Kypuros. "A Vibration Energy Approach Used to Identify Temperature Trending in Railroad Tapered-Roller Bearings," International Journal of Acoustics and Vibration 20, no. 2 (2015): 69-80.



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)

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

  • 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)

  • Constantine Tarawneh. Amsted Rail Research Projects: Bearing Condition Monitoring Technologies, Product Validation, Field Testing, and Implementation, Amsted Industries Inc., $364,465.00 (February 1, 2015 - August 31, 2016)

  • Karen Lozano. PREM-The University of Texas Pan American, National Science Foundation, $2,700,000.00 (September 2009 - August 2016)

  • Hiram Moya. Engineer Your World, The University of Texas at Austin, $100.00 (June 2016 - June 2016)

  • Dumitru Caruntu. NSF MRI CBET-1126763: Acquisition of a Motion Analysis System, Force Plates, EMG System & EXAscan 3D Scanner for Biomechanical Research & Education, National Science Foundation (NSF), $282,000.00 (September 1, 2011 - August 31, 2015)



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)

  • Karen Lozano, Dumitru Caruntu, and Arturo Fuentes. "Paper 7292-165: On nonuniform resonator sensors, Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Smart Structures and Materials and Nondestructive Evaluation (SS/NDE 2009), March 8-12, Town and Country Resort and Convention Ctr," San Diego, CA (2009)

Current Courses

MECE 3385 01 - Mechanical Vibrations:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
MECE 2301 01 - Statics:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses