Stephen   Crown

Professor  

Office: EENGR 3234
Phone: (956) 665-5015
Email: stephen.crown@utrgv.edu

Dr. Stephen Crown

Dr. Crown came to the University in 1994 as one of the first few faculty hired in the mechanical engineering program. He is actively involved in improving engineering education and is the director of the Texas Pre-Freshman Engineering Program at UTRGV in Edinburg and Brownsville.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Thermo-fluids, Instrumentation, and Engineering Education
  • Education

    • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University, 1993
    • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University, 1989
    • BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado - Boulder, 1985
  • Currently Teaching

    MECE 3336 02 - Thermodynamics II:
    Syllabus
    Course Evaluations
    Textbooks
    MECE 3336 01 - Thermodynamics II:
    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, Jazmin Ley, Dylan Blackwell, Stephen Crown, and Brent Wilson. "Onboard Load Sensor for Use in Freight Railcar Applications," Sitges, Barcelona: Fourth International Conference on Railways Technology (Railways 2018), September 2018.

  • Stephen Crown, Constantine Tarawneh, and Jazmin Ley. "Developing and Testing an Electronic Homework System to Improve Student Engagement and Learning in Engineering Thermodynamics," Salt Lake City, UT: ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, June 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.

  • Arthur Mealer, Constantine Tarawneh, and Stephen Crown. "Radiative Heat Transfer Analysis of Railroad Bearings for Wayside Hot-Box Detector Optimization," Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: ASME Joint Rail Conference, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2017.

  • 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.

  • Javier Kypuros, Stephen Crown, Arturo Fuentes, Horacio Vasquez, Virgil Pierce, and Jessica Monforti. "Developing an ecosystem for student success in engineering in Rio South Texas," Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE), 2015. 32614 2015. IEEE. 2015: 1–4.

  • 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.

  • Andrea Arguelles, Constantine Tarawneh, Young-Gil Park, and Stephen Crown. "Developing Positive Study Habits through Course Recitation," Journal of Applications and Practices in Engineering Education 3, no. 1 (2012): 1-12.

  • 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.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • 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)

  • Stephen Crown. 2019 Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program (TexPREP) Engineering Ambassadors, Halliburton Foundation, Inc., $22,200.00 (January 1, 2019 - August 31, 2019)

  • Stephen Crown. 2019 UTRGV TexPREP, Union Pacific Foundation, $20,000.00 (September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2019)

  • Stephen Crown. 2018 Texas Pre-Freshman Engineering Program, $214,080.00 (April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019)

  • Stephen Crown. 2018 Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program (TexPREP) Engineering Ambassadors , Halliburton Foundation, Inc., $16,200.00 (September 1, 2017 - 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)

  • Stephen Crown. 2017 Texas Pre-Freshman Engineering Program, $203,535.00 (April 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018)

  • Constantine Tarawneh. Engineering Summer Program: 2017 UTCRS Summer Research Camp, The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), $11,727.00 (June 1, 2017 - August 31, 2017)

  • Stephen Crown. 2017 TexPREP, State Allocation, UTSA, $44,973.00 (March 1, 2017 - August 31, 2017)



Selected Presentations


  • 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)

  • Stephen Crown and Arturo Fuentes. "Web-Based Forums for Student Learning Through Teaching," 2007 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii (June 2007)

  • K. Gudapati, Stephen Crown, and Arturo Fuentes. "Experimental Investigation of Thermal Performance of Metal Foam Heat Exchangers," HESTEC Science Symposium, UTPA, Edinburg, Texas (September 2006)

  • J. Evans, Stephen Crown, and Arturo Fuentes. "Using a Virtual Campus to Support Meaningful Interaction in an Educational Environment," HESTEC Science Symposium, UTPA, Edinburg, Texas (September 2006)

  • Arturo Fuentes, Stephen Crown, and K. Teja. "Experimental Investigation of Thermal Performance of Metal Foam Heat Exchangers," HESTEC Science Symposium, UTPA (September 2006)

  • Arturo Fuentes, Stephen Crown, and J. Evans. "Using a Virtual Campus to Encourage and Support Meaningful Interaction in an Educational Environment," HESTEC Science Symposium, UTPA (September 2006)

  • 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)

Current Courses

MECE 3336 02 - Thermodynamics II:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
MECE 3336 01 - Thermodynamics II:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses