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Research sponsors


he Department of Mechanical Engineering has a diverse portfolio of research projects with a strong component in both, industry and scholarly research. As such, our research funding comes from a variety of sources, including federal/local agencies and industries in Puerto Rico as well as the main land. Strong research ties with top universities around the world and national research labs make a compelling argument for students in search of career development in a bilingual institution.

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ome of our research sponsors include: National Science Foundation National Institutes of Health Army Research Office Office of Naval Research Department of Energy US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Argonne National Laboratory NASA Unites States Department of Agriculture Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture British Petroleum Lockheed Martin Pratt & Whitney Boeing Honeywell Infotech Aerospace Services General Motors Corporation



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Research project funded by NIH, Single-cell electropermeabilization: Pressure surface plot and velocity steamlines of single-cell hydrodynamic manipulation device. Micromixer developed as part of a graduate course with laboratory in the field of microfabrication. In-wheel electric motor designed by a team of graduate students for the Partnership for the Advancement of Collaborative Engineering Education (PACE), funded by GM. A volume rendering of vorticity magnitude that shows the wake structure of a wind turbine in atmospheric boundary layer flow. Project funded by the National Renewable Laboratory. Heat transfer in a turbine blade: Stream traces of particles in the internal channel of a turbine blade, funded by Pratt & Whitney. Novel composite membranes composed of aligned poly(acrylonitrile) nanofibers for proton exchange membrane fuel cell. Project funded by Argonne National Laboratories.




Need more information? Contact Dr. Rubén E. Díaz-Rivera Graduate Program Coordinator Office L-209 Tel: (787) 832-4040 ext. 2529 Email: Or log on to our website


Faculty………………………………...……….…..….22 Undergraduate Students………...….……………775 MS Graduate Students………...………..…………72 Degrees awarded BS………………….……………91 MS……………...………………10 Research expenditures………...…….……$607,000 1913

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Mechanical Engineering

Graduate Program



ur Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program has served the Hispanic community since 1967. Graduate students in our program are exposed to a top-notch education that is built on faculty members that thrive for excellence. Our department offers a unique and challenging graduate program of study and scholarly research leading to a Master of Science or a Master of EngiUPRM 2011 Graduating Class; one hundred neering Degree. The students may years of history. choose one of the three educational thrust areas, Machine Science, Materials and Manufacturing Sciences, and Thermal/Fluid raduates from our Master’s program have Sciences. In a typical academic year, the Departbeen very successful in the job market. They are ment offers 10 senior-level courses and 28 graduatepursuing exciting careers in aerospace, biomedilevel courses. cal, and manufacturing industries, as well as fedur graduate program has three options of study, eral agencies, medicine and academia. Master in Science with thesis (Plan I), Master in Engihe Department of Mechanical Engineering neering with project (Plan II), and Master in Engihas approximately 4,600 sq. ft. dedicated to reneering without thesis or project (Plan III). Students search facilities with a wide variety of experienrolled in Plan I must complete a minimum of 24 mental tools and computational resources. Recredit hours of coursework, engage in a research cently, the Department became an official PACE project, and submit a written thesis. In Plan II, stuInstitution providing us with access to specialized dents must complete a minimum of 27 credit hours engineering software such as NX, ANSYS Fluent, of coursework and submit report on a design or deLS-DYNA, and MSC Adams among others. velopment project. Plan III is a course-only option where students must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of coursework. Our people he Mechanical Engineering Program is one of the oldest programs in the University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez (UPRM). It was formally established in the year 1914 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Currently, we have the largest undergraduate program and the second largest graduate program in the College of Engineering.



he ME Program is composed of 22 faculty members and 8 administrative/support staff. Our diverse faculty members hold Ph.D. degrees awarded by some of the most prestigious universities in the United States and abroad. Faculty achievements:  1 UPRM Emeritus Professor.  1 fellow of a professional society.  3 associate editors for peer-reviewed journals.  8 are Distinguished Professors of our CoE.  Faculty published over 15 journal articles and conference papers in the academic year 20092010, in addition to 3 books over the past 8 years.




ver the past few years, the Department of Mechanical Engineering has experienced a continuous growth in research activity, number of sponsored students, publications, and the acquisition of cutting edge laboratory tools. Currently, our faculty members are engaged in exciting research projects in several core disciplines such as Fluid Mechanics, Micro and Nano Engineering, Renewable Energy, Bioengineering, Engineering Mechanics, Computer Aided Engineering, and Mechanical Systems Design.

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New Materials Development Laboratory Bio-Microfluidics Research Laboratory Micro and Nano Devices Research Lab Vehicle Design and Research Lab Mechanical Systems Response Research Lab The Bubble Dynamics Lab Computational Fluid Dynamics Laboratory Materials Nanoengineering & Electronic Packaging Laboratory Lab of Integrated Sensing Technologies


ur graduate students benefit from external research funding awarded to our faculty in grants that are sponsored by federal agencies and the industry. In the academic year 2010-2011, the Department of Mechanical Engineering provided around $94,000 in support through teaching assistantships and almost $375,000 in research assistantships from external funds.

Materials Nanoengineering & Electronic Packaging Laboratory

Micro & Nano Devices Research Lab Two of our many international students, Mauricio and Adelakin, from Argentina and Nigeria, respectively. Both of them are currently pursuing their PhD’s in Europe and the US.

Laura from Colombia, working in her research while she was one of our graduate students. Currently, Laura is pursuing her PhD at the University of Iowa.

UPRM Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program