Robert   A.  Freeman

Professor  

Office: EENGR 3.222A
Phone: (956) 665-2381
Email: robert.freeman@utrgv.edu

Dr. Robert A. Freeman





Selected Publications


  • Dumitru Caruntu, Ricardo Moreno, and Robert Freeman. "IMECE2017- 70982 Knee Muscle and Ligament Forces During Drop Landing Exercise," Proceedings of International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition 2017, November 3-9, 2017. Tampa, FL: ASME, 2017.

  • Dumitru Caruntu, Andrew Butler, and Robert Freeman. "IMECE2017- 70988 Knee Joint Biomechanics for Various Ambulatory Exercises Using Inverse Dynamics in OpenSim," Proceedings of International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition 2017, November 3-9, 2017. Tampa, FL: ASME, 2017.

  • F. Flor, Xiaohui Wang, Cristina Villalobos, Robert Freeman, Stephen Crown, and Horacio Vasquez. "Students’ Perceptions on Challenge Based Instruction," 2015 JSM Proceeding, Statistical Education Section, Alexandria, VA: American Statistical Association, 2015: 963-977.

  • Isaac Choutapalli, Robert Freeman, and Young-Gil Park. "Challenge-Based-Instruction in Measurements and Instrumentation," San Antonio, TX: 2012: 3773.

  • Stephen Crown, Arturo Fuentes, and Robert Freeman. Pedagogy for Pedagogy: Using a Wiki to promote the adoption, development, and implementation of Challenge Based Instruction in STEM education. San Antonio, Texas: Proceedings of the 2012 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2012.

  • Horacio Vasquez, Arturo Fuentes, and Robert Freeman. "Improving Student Retention and Engagement in Statics through Online Formative Assessments and Recitations”," San Antonio, Texas, : Proceedings of the 2012 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2012.

  • Horacio Vasquez, Arturo Fuentes, Javier Macossay-Torres, M Knecht, and Robert Freeman. "Second Year of the Development and Implementation of an Introduction to STEM Course for Dual-Enrollment Programs," age 22, (2011): 1.

  • Arturo Fuentes, Horacio Vasquez, and Robert Freeman. Development and Implementation of Introduction to Mechanical Engineering Challenge-Based Instruction to Increase Student Retention and Engagement. Vancouver, BC, Canada: Proceedings of the 2011 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2011.

  • Horacio Vasquez, Arturo Fuentes, Javier Macossay-Torres, Martin Knecht, and Robert Freeman. "Development and Implementation of an Introduction to STEM Course for Dual-Enrollment Programs," American Society for Engineering Education. 2010.

  • Horacio Vasquez, Arturo Fuentes, J. Macossay, M. Knecht, and Robert Freeman. Development and Implementation of an Introduction to STEM Course for Dual-Enrollment Programs”. Louisville, Kentucky: ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, 2010.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Isaac Choutapalli. Time Resolved Three Component Particle Image Velocimetry & Laser Induced Phoshorescence (3C PIV-LIP) System for Turbulence and Flow Transitions Studies, Office of Naval Research, $545,157.00 (2017 - 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)

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

  • Horacio Vasquez. An Integrated STEM Pathways Support Initiative for the Rio South Texas Region, U.S. Department of Education, College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) Hispanic-Serving Institutions, $2,400,000.00 (October 2008 - September 2011)

  • Dumitru Caruntu. Pre-proposal NSF-MRI-R2: Acquisition of a Motion Analysis System, Force Plates, EMG System, & EXAscan 3D scanner for Biomechanical Research & Education, (2009 - 2010)

  • Robert Freeman. Long-Term Core Partnership with VaNTH ERC, $287,250.00 (2004 - 2008)

  • Horacio Vasquez. Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Department of Education, $2,000,000.00 ( )

  • Robert Freeman. Implementation of Pedagogies for Interactive Computer and Web-based Undergraduate Learning, NSF CCLI-EMD Curriculum Development Grant, $508,806.00 (2000 - 2004)

  • 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)



Selected Presentations


  • Dumitru Caruntu and Robert Freeman. "IMECE2017- 72639 Challenge Based Instruction in Experimental Biomechanics," International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition 2017, November 3-9, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Tampa, FL (2017)

  • Kamal Sarkar, Robert Freeman, Andres Medina, and Dongchul Kim. "Development of An Innovative Smart Diabetic Shoe Insert (SDSI) to Monitor Progression of Diabetes in Real Time," The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine Inaugural Research Symposium, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Doctors Hospital at Rennaissance-Health System, Edinburg tx (August 2017)

  • F. Flor, Xiaohui Wang, Cristina Villalobos, Robert Freeman, Stephen Crown, and Horacio Vasquez. "Students’ Perception on Challenge-Based Instruction," 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings, Seattle, Washington (August 2015)

  • Arturo Fuentes, Stephen Crown, and Robert Freeman. "Selective Integration for Student Motivation in the Mechanical Engineering Educational First-Year Experience for Underrepresented and First Generation Students ," International Conference on Engineering Education, San Juan, Puerto Rico. (July 2006)

  • 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)

  • Stephen Crown, Arturo Fuentes, and Robert Freeman. "CBT Teaching Toolbox: A Mechanism for Collaborative Development of Interactive Computer and Web-Based Training," 2006 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois. (June 2006)

  • K. Gudapati, Stephen Crown, Arturo Fuentes, and Robert Freeman. " Tools for the Development of Interactive Computer and Web-Based Training," Teaching Workshop, The University of Texas - Pan American, Edinburg, TX (October 2005)

  • K. Gudapati, Stephen Crown, Arturo Fuentes, and Robert Freeman. "Tools for the Development of Interactive Computer and Web-Based Training," HESTEC Science Symposium, UTPA, Edinburg, Texas (September 2005)

  • Arturo Fuentes, Stephen Crown, Robert Freeman, and K. Gudapati. "Tools for the Development of Interactive Computer and Web-Based Training," HESTEC Science Symposium, UTPA (September 2005)

  • Stephen Crown, Robert Freeman, Arturo Fuentes, P. Golding, and M. Pitcher. "Assessing the Impact of Technology on Teaching and Learning," 2005 Sun Conference on Teaching and Learning, El Paso, Texas, USA. (March 2005)

Current Courses

MECE 3380 01 - Kinematics & Dynamics of Mach:
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MECE 3380 B - Kinematics & Dynamics of Mach:
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MECE 3380 A - Kinematics & Dynamics of Mach:
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MECE 3380 A - Kinematics & Dynamics of Mach:
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MECE 3380 01 - Kinematics & Dynamics of Mach:
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