Mounir   Ben Ghalia

Professor  

Office: EENGR 3.286
Phone: (956) 665-2402
Email: mounir.benghalia@utrgv.edu

Dr. Mounir Ben Ghalia

Dr. Mounir Ben Ghalia is a professor in the department of electrical engineering at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He received his doctorate in electrical engineering from Tennessee Technological University. After obtaining his doctorate degree, he joined the department of electrical and computer engineering at Duke University as a postdoctoral associate and then as an assistant research professor where he conducted funded research on intelligent systems. He joined the legacy institution, the University of Texas – Pan American, in 1999. Dr. Ben Ghalia served as the principal investigator and the director of a National Science Foundation-funded program titled: Research Experiences for Teachers in Emerging and Novel Engineering Technologies (RET-ENET) in the Rio Grande Valley. His funded program supported the professional development of K-12 STEM teachers to introduce engineering education in K-12 classrooms. His research focuses on control systems, robotics, and engineering education; he has published in these areas. He has taught a variety of electrical engineering courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has been selected by the engineering students for several teaching awards and is a recipient of the University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Dynamic Systems and Controls
    • Robotic path planning and control
    • Intelligent Control Systems
    • Engineering in K-12 Education
    • Evolutinary Computation and Applications
  • Education

    • PhD, Engineering with concentration in Electrical Engineering, Tennessee Technological University, 1995
    • Principal Engineer Degree (6 year program), Data Communication Networks, National Engineering School of Tunis, 1990
  • Currently Teaching

    ELEE 2319 02I - Numerical Comp & Data Visual:
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    ELEE 2319 B - Numerical Comp & Data Visual:
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    ELEE 2319 A - Numerical Comp & Data Visual:
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    ELEE 2319 01I - Numerical Comp & Data Visual:
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Selected Publications


  • Mounir Ben Ghalia, Miguel Ramirez, and Gordon Moore. "Using the Experiential Learning Model to Introduce K-12 Teachers to Control Systems Engineering," San Jose, CA: Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2018: 1-7.

  • Mounir Ben Ghalia. "Incorporating Problem Solving Skills Into an Introductory MATLAB Course," Valencia: Proceedings of the 12th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, March 2018.

  • Mounir Ben Ghalia. "A Robotic-Based Project to Enhance Freshman Engineering Students’ Problem Solving Skills," Seville: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference of Education Research and Innovation, November 2016.

  • Mounir Ben Ghalia, Ralph Carlson, Veronica Estrada, Hasina Huq, and Jaime Ramos. "Engaging K-12 Teachers in Engineering Through a Professional Development Program: Implementation Strategies, Results and Lessons Learned," Erie, PA: Proceedings of the 2016 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2016: 1-7.

  • Mounir Ben Ghalia and Hasina Huq. "Developing engineering content for K-12 STEM classrooms by providing a hands-on engineering design experience for teachers: a case study," Indianapolis, IN: Proceedings of the 121th American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference, June 2014.

  • Constance Garza and Mounir Ben Ghalia. Let’s Get Breezy! - An Engineering Education Curriculum through K-12 STEM Education (Science). . TeachEngineering Digital Library, October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2013.

  • Elma Pinon and Mounir Ben Ghalia. Sensors and Scatterplots - An Engineering Education Curriculum through K-12 STEM Integration (Math). . TeachEngineering Digital Library, October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2013.

  • Rocio Nava and Mounir Ben Ghalia. The Invisible Radar Triangle - An Engineering Education Curriculum through K-12 STEM Integration (Math). TeachEngineering Digital Library, October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2013.

  • Mounir Ben Ghalia. "Integration of sensors and electrical engineering into secondary geometry curriculum," Tulsa, OK: Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2013.

  • Hasina Huq and Mounir Ben Ghalia. "Research experience for K-12 STEM teachers: characterization of electrospun carbon nanofibers (ECNF)," Atlanta, GA: Proceedings of the 120th American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference, June 2013.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Mounir Ben Ghalia. Research Experiences for Teachers in Emerging and Novel Engineering Technologies (RET-ENET) in the Rio Grande Valley, National Science Foundation, $482,904.00 (July 1, 2011 - June 30, 2015)

  • Mounir Ben Ghalia. Modeling and Nonlinear Control of Variable Speed Wind Turbines, $4,675.00 (January 2, 2009 - August 31, 2009)

  • Mounir Ben Ghalia. Autonomous Mobile Robots for Entering the 2010 IEEE Region 5 Student Robotics Competition, Advanced Micro Devices, $4,000.00 (May 2009)

  • Mounir Ben Ghalia. Materials Handling Mobile Robots for Entering the 2008 IEEE Region 5 Robotics Contest, Intel Corporation, $2,500.00 (January 1, 2008 - August 31, 2008)

  • Mounir Ben Ghalia. A Planar Biomechanical Model-based Control of a Human Leg, NSF/Through VaNTH ERC (Vanderbilt-Northwestern-Texas-Havard Engineering Research Center), $242,500.00 (1999 - 2004)

  • Mounir Ben Ghalia. Visual Control of Robot Manipulators, UTPA Scholar's Fund Award, $6,307.00 (2001 - 2002)

  • Mounir Ben Ghalia. Web-Based Tele-Robotics, UTPA Faculty Research, $3,500.00 (2001 - 2002)

  • Mounir Ben Ghalia. Open Architecture 6DOF Robot Manipulator, HEAF, $39,860.00 ( 2001)

  • Mounir Ben Ghalia. Establishing two Instructional Computer Laboratories and Updating Existing Intel laboratory, $59,438.00 (2000 - 2001)

  • Mounir Ben Ghalia. Design of a Feeder and Automation of Stiching Plastic Bags, $23,300.00 (2000 - 2001)



Selected Presentations


  • Robert Freeman, Stephen Crown, Arturo Fuentes, Robert Jones, Miguel Gonzalez, and Mounir Ben Ghalia. "The Synergistic Impact of the VaNTH ERC on the Educational Practices of the School of Engineering and Computer Science at UTPA," International Conference on Engineering Education, San Juan, Puerto Rico. (July 2006)

  • Mounir Ben Ghalia. Invited Panelist, National Science Foundation, Cyrstal City, Virigina (July 2005)

Current Courses

ELEE 2319 02I - Numerical Comp & Data Visual:
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ELEE 2319 B - Numerical Comp & Data Visual:
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ELEE 2319 A - Numerical Comp & Data Visual:
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ELEE 2319 01I - Numerical Comp & Data Visual:
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Previous Courses