Robert   E.  Jones  Jr

Professor  

Office: EENGR 3.246
Phone: (956) 665-5019
Email: robert.jones@utrgv.edu

Dr. Bob E. Jones Jr





Selected Publications


  • 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.

  • Douglas Timmer, Constantine Tarawneh, and Robert Jones. "Models for the Residual Life of Railroad Bearing Grease in Laboratory and Industry Applications," Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: ASME Joint Rail Conference, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2017.

  • Andres Salgado, Robert Jones, Samantha Ramirez, Ibrahim Elamin, James Hinthorne, and Mircea Chipara. "PVC-OH Functionalized SWCNT Nanocomposites," APS Meeting Abstracts. 2016.

  • Oscar Guerrero, Samantha Ramirez, Robert Jones, Brian Yust, James Hinthorne, and Mircea Chipara. "Spectroscopic Investigations on PVDF-MWCNTs Nanocomposites," APS Meeting Abstracts. 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, Luz Sotelo, Nancy De Los Santos, Anthony Villarreal, Ryan Lechtenberg, and Robert Jones. "Temperature Profiles of Railroad Tapered Bearings with Deffective Inner and Outer Rings," Columbia, South Carolina: ASME Joint Rail Conference, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2016.

  • Thania Martinez, Douglas Timmer, Robert Jones, and Constantine Tarawneh. "Developing Empirical Models of Railroad Bearing Grease," San Jose, California: ASME Joint Rail Conference, March 2015.

  • Samantha Salinas, Robert Jones, Dorina Chipara, and Mircea Chipara. "Differential Scanning Calorimetry Investigations on Polyvinylidene Fluoride – Fe3O4 Nanocomposites," San Antonio, TX: American Physical Society, March 2015.

  • Stephen Crown, Arturo Fuentes, Robert Jones, Rajiv Nambiar, and Deborah Crown. "Ann G. Neering: Interactive Chatbot to Motivate and Engage Engineering Students," Computers in Education Journal. Computers in Education Journal 2, no. 2 (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2011): 24-34.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Robert Jones. Prototyping and Testing of Electrically Conductive Thermoplastic Poyurethane Railroad Suspension Pad, University Transportation Center for Railroad Safety, $63,251.00 (February 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018)

  • Robert Jones. Development of Predictive Models for Spall Growth in Railroad Bearing Rolling Elements, University Transportation Center for Railroad Safety, $52,424.00 (December 2015 - December 2017)

  • Robert Jones. Pickle and Twist Testing of Manhole Covers, Composite Access Products, $9,802.00 (September 1, 2017 - December 15, 2017)

  • Robert Jones. Wear and Cyclic Load Testing of Manhole Covers, Composite Access Products , $9,230.00 (May 15, 2017 - August 15, 2017)

  • Robert Jones. Cracking of ABS Button Assembly Bodies, ALPS Electronics, $1,400.00 (May 1, 2017 - August 15, 2017)

  • 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)

  • Constantine Tarawneh. Amsted Rail Research Projects: Bearing Condition Monitoring Technologies, Product Enhancements, Optimization, and Testing, Amsted Industries Inc., $328,605.00 (December 1, 2013 - January 31, 2015)

  • Constantine Tarawneh. Amsted Rail Research Projects: Design and Fabrication of a Single Railroad Bearing Tester with Vertical, Lateral, and Impact Load Capabilities, Amsted Industries Inc., $40,000.00 (September 7, 2012 - August 31, 2013)

  • Constantine Tarawneh. Amsted Rail Research Projects: Bearing Adapter Sensor Insert Development and Optimization and Product Enhancements and Testing, Amsted Industries Inc., $270,000.00 (September 1, 2012 - August 31, 2013)

  • Constantine Tarawneh. Amsted Rail Research Projects: SmartPad Development and Product Enhancements and Testing, Amsted Industries Inc., $530,655.00 (September 1, 2011 - August 31, 2012)



Selected Presentations


  • Andres Salgado, Robert Jones, Samantha Ramirez, Elamin Ibrahim, James Hinthorne, and Mircea Chipara. "PVC-OH Functionalized SWCNT Nanocomposites," March American Physical Society Meeting, American Physical Society, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. (March 2016)

  • Oscar Guerrero, Robert Jones, Brian Yust, James Hinthorne, and Mircea Chipara. "Spectroscopic Investigations on PVDF-MWCNTs Nanocomposites," March American Physical Society Meeting, American Physical Society, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. (March 2016)

  • Samantha Salinas, Robert Jones, Dorina Chipara, and Mircea Chipara. "Differential Scanning Calorimetry Investigations on Polyvinylidene Fluoride – Fe3O4 Nanocomposites," March American Physical Society Meeting, American Physical Society, San Antonio, Texas, USA (March 2015)

  • Samantha Salinas, Robert Gonzalez, and Robert Jones. "Thermomechanical Analysis of the Struts of a Bearing Roller Cage," Annual Research and Development Meeting, Amsted Industries Incorporated, Petersburg, VA (November 2009)

  • Robert Gonzalez, Samantha Salinas, and Robert Jones. "Analysis of Roller Bearing Cage Microstructure and Stress Relaxation," Annual Research and Development Meeting, Amsted Industries Incorporated, Petersburg, VA (October 2008)

  • 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)

  • Karen Lozano, S Yang, L Espinoza, A Lomeli, and Robert Jones. "Thermal and Electrical Analysis of Vapor Grown Carbon Nanofiber/Polyoxymethylene Composites," Ill ANTEC , Chicago (2004)

  • Karen Lozano, Shuying Yang, Azalia Lomeli, Marissa Borrego, and Robert Jones. "Thermal and Electrical Analysis of Vapor Grown Carbon Nanofiber (VGCNF)/LCP Composites," SAMPE 53rd Conference, Dayton OH (2003)

  • Karen Lozano, S Yang, A Lomeli, Robert Jones, and Heinrich Foltz. "Electrical Analysis of Vapor Grown Carbon Nanofiber (VGCNF)/LCP Composites," 13th TANDEC International Nonwovens Conference, Knoxville TN (November 2003)

  • Karen Lozano, O Rios, and Robert Jones. "Properties of Nanofiber Reinforced Polymer Composites with Intercalated Copper Particles," ANTEC 2001 proceedings, (2001)

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