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.





Selected Publications


  • 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, Utah: ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, June 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.

  • Andrea Arguelles, Stephen Crown, Young-Gil Park, and Constantine Tarawneh. "Developing Positive Study Habits through Course Recitation," El Paso, TX: 2012 American Society of Engineering Education Gulf Southwest Annual Conference, 3, no. 1 April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2012: 1-12.

  • 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.

  • Stephen Crown and Arturo Fuentes. "A Successful Plan for Faculty Development that has a Lasting Impact," ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition and published in conference proceedings Vancouver, British Columbia. June 2011.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • 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)

  • Cristina Villalobos. Integrating South Texas Efforts in STEM Education, U.S. Department of Defense HBCU/MI Program, $4,700,000.00 (2011 - 2016)

  • Young-Gil Park. Engineering Summer Program: 2016 UTCRS Summer Research Camp, The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), $12,900.00 (June 1, 2016 - August 31, 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)

  • Young-Gil Park. Engineering Summer Program: 2015 UTCRS Summer Research Camp, The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), $13,998.00 (June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015)

  • Stephen Crown. Integrating South Texas Efforts in STEM Education, DoD, “DoD HBCU/MSI ED Center, $3,700,000.00 (March 2011 - February 2015)



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:
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MECE 3336 01 - Thermodynamics II:
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MECE 3336 01 - Thermodynamics II:
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