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Department of Mechanical Engineering

Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico offers the opportunity to engage students in an exciting and rewarding career. Mechanical Engineers use the fundamental principles of energy, material sciences, and mechanics in the design and production of mechanical devices and systems. Particularly, Mechanical Engineers are heavily involved in the generation, conversion and transmission of energy and motion.

Our program is committed to educate the best Mechanical Engineers in Puerto Rico through an effective integration of classroom theory and highly practical applications. With almost 900 students, the Department of Mechanical Engineering is one of the largest departments within our School of Engineering and also within Puerto Rico. Our recently reviewed curriculum provides the opportunity to complete the B.S. in Mechanical Engineering degree in 4 years. The program is fully accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET and provides the students the flexibility of either pursuing a traditional Mechanical Engineering path or a concentration in Aerospace Engineering.

Most of our junior- and senior-level courses are offered in the evenings or on Saturdays, which facilitate that many of our students are already working in the industry even before they graduate. We invite you to further explore the unique opportunity of joining us to begin a lifelong learning experience through our program. Please feel free to contact us for further information or just to answer any question you may have.

Dr. Julio Noriega

Department Head
(787) 622-8000 ext. 323

Abet Eng For more information, please visit the following address www.abet.org

Mission

The Mechanical Engineering program at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico is designed to develop graduates from different backgrounds who can deal with situations that involve technological and humanistic/societal issues and to cultivate their potential for leadership. The program emphasizes on developing the ability and competency of our students in utilizing scientific and engineering methods for devising useful products to satisfy the community in and economical way, while considering the impacts on society.

Program Educational Objectives

Mechanical engineering graduates at Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico are expected to pursue (within a few years) a successful career in thermal and mechanical systems

  • in a technical engineering path
  • in an engineering management path
  • in research and development
  • as a self-employed entrepreneur

Prospective Students

Career Description

Mechanical engineers have many professional options due to the breath of their preparation. Mechanical engineers can work in design, research and development, manufacturing, service and maintenance, as well as technical sales. Mechanical engineers can pursue their careers with local, state, and federal agencies, as well as with private enterprises, or even organize their own businesses. Graduates from this program have found successful careers in a variety of industries such as aerospace, pharmaceuticals, electric utilities, electronics, medical devices, air conditioning, food industry, mechanical services among others. Mechanical engineering graduates may also elect to pursue advanced degrees in engineering, or continue their education in other fields, such a law or business.

Admissions

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Financial Aid

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Current Students

Student Organizations

The organizations provide the student with opportunity to get acquainted with the career and participate in conferences, seminars and field trips to broaden their professional and social activities and nurture their leadership and communications skills.

For more information visit the websites and social websites of organizations.


Student Chapter & Associations

AEMIM – Asociación de Estudiantes Mujeres de Ingeniería Mecánica

AEMIM-logoThe Student Association Women of Mechanical Engineer of polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (AEMIM – Spanish abbreviation name), it has the mission of promote the professional practice, Academic and service of community indoor and outdoor of the University fortifying the linkages between students and Mechanical Engineer field.

Contact us:
Facebook: @AEMIMUPPR
e-mail: aemimpupr@gmail.com

AEMIM-Visit at Striker PR Headquarters Arroyo-PR

Visit at Striker PR Headquarters Arroyo, PR

AEMIM-San Jorge Children’s Hospital

San Jorge Children’s Hospital

CEEIM

CEEIM-logoThe student chapter of the Mechanical Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, is a group of students that search to encourage among their members to development professional, technic and management, where their members doing

 

 

CEEIM-The students of chapter

The students of the chapter

CEEIM-Adviser & student of chapter

Adviser & student of chapter

 

Engineering Competitions

PUPR VEX Robotics

We are a family, the VEX Robotics team of the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. The team was founded in September, 2014 by the Mechanical Engineering Department. The principal purpose is to apply our knowledge and demonstrate that we have the maximum potential to win.

The VEX Robotics Competition, is a robotics competition utilizing the VEX robotics platform. Robots designed with the Vex platform can be very simple or very complicated. VEX Robotics, Inc. contracts the non-profit Robotics Education and Competition Foundation to organize and operate the worldwide VEX Robotics Competition. Teams build and program robots to complete a task revealed at the previous years world championships.

Contact us:

Facebook: @puprteam
Website: https://puprvexteam.weebly.com/

VEX-PUPR Team-Champion of Creative Award 2018

PUPR Team, Champion of Creative Award 2018

 

AERODESIGN

Aerodesign-logo

The Aerodesign Team

The Aerodesign Team

 

High Power Rocketry

The Honeywell Aerospace PR Collegiate Rocket Launch Competition is a competition which draws inspiration from the annual NASA University Student Launch Initiative. The main purpose of the competition is to give university students in Puerto Rico an opportunity to design, develop, and manufacture a high-powered rocket with a mission specific payload using design and lifecycle methodologies and processes which they will indubitably encounter in a real-world work environment. The project involves all major engineering universities on the island, providing students an opportunity to network with alumni and professors from other institutions as well as industry professionals.

This year’s challenge is to design a launch vehicle and take a payload, determined by each team, the closest to 5,280 feet above ground level. In the process, the teams will need to implement systems engineering concepts and methodologies, giving them an opportunity to replicate and relate what working on an actual aerospace product will be like. Each team is required to put together slide packages and present their respective Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review, Flight Readiness Review, and Launch Readiness review at Honeywell Aerospace to an evaluation panel composed of Honeywell employees but also to any/all engineer(s) willing to view the presentations, giving the students the opportunity to experience what a design review feels like.

Each team will accumulate points in a variety of technical and non-technical areas throughout the competition. The team with the most points at the end will be declared the winner.

Throughout the competition the students will learn what it is like to work on a complex project, with a dynamic group of individuals and will gain valuable technical and non-technical knowledge such as project management, marketing, branding, intellectual property management, planning and logistics, effective communication methods, among others. After the competition launch, the teams prepare a closing presentation where they summarize their entire design, manufacturing, and launch process, results, academic outreach activities, and lessons learned.

Contact us:

e-mail: dgerena@pupr.edu

The PUPR Team of High Power Rocketry

The PUPR Team of High Power Rocketry

 

SWARMATHON – NASA, 2017

The Swarmathon – NASA provides a platform for interdisciplinary student teams to work on solutions for future mission to exploration, this competition develop cooperative robots for the missions in space. The PUPR team participates in virtual competition where students develop algorithms for that the robots pick up the maximum target in minimal time.

For more information about the goals this year for Swarmathon – NASA: http://nasaswarmathon.com/

 

The PUPR Swarmathon Team

The PUPR Swarmathon Team

 

Mentoring

Dr. Diolinete Gerena

Ext. 308
e-mail: dgerena@pupr.edu

Prof. Jose Pertierra

Ext. 441
e-mail: jrpertierra@pupr.edu

Prof. Angel Carrera

Ext. 432
e-mail: acarrra@pupr.edu

 

Advising

Visit our Office of Guidance and Counseling

Opportunities

Visit our Career and Internship Services Program

Alumni

Visit our Alumni page 

Mechanical Engineering Program

Our society is increasingly dependent on the generation and distribution of energy in the form of electricity, and continues to develop at an accelerated pace electronic communication devices and computers designed to capture, create, process, transform, and distribute information. Electrical Engineering is one of the disciplines supporting the development and operation of this key infrastructure. It has evolved from the study of fundamental electrical principles to encompass sophisticated communication and computation techniques.

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Master of Mechanical Engineering Program

The demand for mechanical engineers is growing at a steady rate. Mechanical engineers apply physical principals such as heat, force, the conservation of mass and energy to design composite products such as vehicles (automobiles, aircraft, others), weapon systems, heating and cooling systems, industrial equipment and machinery, and household appliances. Mechanical engineers need to be well trained in the physical, mechanical, analytical, computational, and experimental practices used in this industry.

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Facilities and Laboratories

The facilities and laboratories of the Mechanical Engineering Department at PUPR provide students with hands on experience on several important areas such as Fluid Mechanics, Thermal Engineering, Measurements, Engineering Materials, Mechatronics, Manufacturing, and Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacturing. The mechanical engineering experimental facilities are housed in the first and fourth floors of the Laboratory building. In addition to this, chemistry, physics, electronics and computers laboratories are also available to our students throughout the campus.

Computer Aided Engineering Laboratory (CAE)

This laboratory is a climate controlled area, located in the room L-404 of ELB. It has approximately 960 square feet. It has an installed video projector, computer, automatic projection screen, and an overhead projector.

Description: It was created to understand the impact of modern engineering tools for visualization, construction and modeling. At the same time, student has the opportunity to create, design, analysis, solve, optimize and manufacturing in a virtual environment and expose to mechanical engineering design concepts.

Lab Room

Equipment

Quantity

L-404

PC  T5400

20

L-404

PC  T5500

1

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Fluid Mechanics Laboratory

This laboratory is a climate controlled area, located in the room L-401A of Engineering Laboratories Building (ELB). It has approximately 800 square feet. Description: Hands on experiences on the fundamentals of fluid mechanics. Students perform and conduct simple experiments for incompressible fluids. Besides, students develop the ability to measure, analyze and interpret data.

Lab Room

Equipment

Quantity

L-401A

Precision 670

1

L-401A

TD49 220V Multi-Purpose Air Duct

1

L-401A

Hydraulic Gravimetric Bench (H1) with external or submersible pump

4

L-401A

Hydraulic Volumetric Bench with Set of Weirs (H1D/a)

1

L-401A

Centre of Pressure (H11)

4

L-401A

Stability of a Floating Body (H2)

4

L-401A

Flow Through an Orifice (H4)

4

L-401A

Venturi Meter (H5)

4

L-401A

Discharge Over a Notch (H6)

3

L-401A

Impact of a Jet Apparatus (H8)

4

L-401A

Losses in Piping System (H16)

1

L-401A

Pipe Work Energy Losses (H34)

1

L-401A

Friction Loss in a Pipe (H7)

1

L-401A

Flow Measurement (H10)

1

L-401A

Free and Forced Vortex (F1-23)

1

L-401A

Impact of a Jet (F1-16)

1

L-401A

Flow Meter Demonstration Unit (F1-21)

1

L-401A

Losses in Bends (F1-22)

1

Manufacturing Laboratory

This laboratory is located in the room L-111 of ELB and has approximately 2,100 square feet. This laboratory is divided in two sections: conventional manufacturing area and computer numerical control (CNC) area. This last, it is a climate controlled area with a classroom equipped with computers related to the CNC activities. It has an installed video projector, computer, automatic projection screen, and an overhead projector.

Description: Hands on experiences on a variety of techniques and process for the manufacturing of engineering components including, operation of machine tools and welding machines. Prototypes are designed and manufactured by teams by the guidance of the instructor.

Lab Room

Equipment

Quantity

L-111

Optiplex 790 PC

17

L-111A

TURNING CNC

1

L-111A

Milling CNC

1

L-111A

Industrial Milling CNC

1

L-111A

Combination Milling/Lathe CNC

4

L-111A

3D Laser Scanner

1

L-111A

Rapid Prototyping Machine

1

L-111A

Foam Cutter Machine

1

L-111A

Technical Room – C.A.D. (Computers)

16

L-111B

Milling

1

L-111B

1

L-111B

Lathe

1

L-111B

3

L-111B

1

L-111B

Band Saw (Vertical)

1

L-111B

Band Saw (Horizontal)

1

L-111B

1

L-111B

Surface Grinder Machine

1

L-111B

Grinder Stations

2

L-111B

Floor Drill Press

2

L-111B

Hand Hydraulic 20 Ton Press

1

L-111B

Welding Stations

4

L-111B

Arc Welders

4

L-111B

Plasma Cutter

1

L-111B

Oxygen/Acetylene Torches

4

Engineering Materials Laboratory

This laboratory is a climate controlled area, located in the room L 401B. It has approximately 600 square feet.

Description: Hands on experience in metallographic, testing of materials, materials characterization, phase transformation and heat treatment.

Lab Room

Equipment

Quantity

L-401B

PC  T5400

1

L-401B

Precision 670

1

L-401B

Optiplex 745

1

L-401B

T5500

1

L-401B

Optiplex 790

1

L-401B

Optiplex GX400

1

L-401B

Small Metallurgical Furnace

1

L-401B

Large Metallurgical Furnace

1

L-401B

Grinder/Polising Station of 2 Disc

1

L-401B

Grinder/Polising Station of 3 Disc

1

L-401B

Sander/Grinding Station

1

L-401B

Roll Grinder Station

2

L-401B

Ductless Fume Hood DFH-6SP

1

L-401B

Universal Test Machine (UTM)

2

L-401B

Metallurgical Microscope MSB-2

5

L-401B

Stereoscope

1

L-401B

Unimet Unitron 9075 Metallurgical Microscope MR1-11 w/Camera and Monitor

1

L-401B

Jominy Bench

1

L-401B

Vicker Micro Hardness Machine

1

L-401B

Macromet I Dial Rockwell Testing Machine

1

L-401B

Rockwell Testing Machine

1

L-401B

Brinell Testing Machine HB-2 w/stereoscope

1

L-401B

Impact test machine

1

L-401B

Specimen mount Press Apparatus w/115 Heater

1

L-401B

SimpleMet 1000 Automatic Mounting Press

1

L-401B

Isomet 4000 Linear Precision Saw

1

L-401B

Isomet Low Speed Saw

1

L-401B

Adjustable-Flame Burner

2

L-401B

Propane Gas Tank of 20_Lbs.

1

L-401B

SCXI-1122 Data Acquisition Hardware

1

Mechatronic and Measurement Laboratory

This laboratory is located in room L-409 of ELB and has approximately 960 square feet.

Description: Hands on experience in automation electrical, electronic, hydraulic, and pneumatic control systems. These laboratories includes electronic data acquisition cards and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), instrumentation, data acquisition (using LabView), and calibration in fluid and thermal systems, heat transfer, and materials. At the same time, they are provided with computer machine and the different necessary software to accomplish this task.

This Laboratory serves:

  • ME 3011 Engineering Measurement Lab.
  • ME 4011 Mechatronics Lab.
  • ME 3040 Mechatronics

 

Lab Room

Equipment

Quantity

L-409

PC  T5400

5

L-409

PC

1

L-409

Data acquisition scxi-1000

5

L-409

power supply

5

L-409

Type M Oxygen cylinder

1

L-409

Viscometer

1

L-409

Pressure control accessory

1

L-409

Strain gage equipment set

2

L-409

Beakers set of 5

5

L-409

Process Plant Trainer

1

L-409

PID controller

1

L-409

Hydraulic pump

1

L-409

Robot Arm

1

L-409

Hydraulic lab equipment

18

L-409

Pneumatic lab equipment

36

L-409

Pneumatic production line

2

L-409

PLC

3

L-409

Stove

4

L-409

Pulse Generator

1

L-409

Speed Control

1

L-409

Micron Eye

1

L-409

Compressor

1

Thermal Sciences and Aerospace Laboratory

This laboratory is a climate controlled area, located in the room L-101 of ELB. It has approximately 1,240 square feet.

Description: The students have the opportunity of applied knowledge of convection, radiation and conduction, laws of thermodynamics, and property relations to different thermal and aerospace equipment.

Lab Room

Equipment

Quantity

L-101A

Single/Series/Parallel Pump Unit

1

L-101A

Subsonic Wind Tunnel

1

L-101A

Heat Exchanger Service Unit: a.) Plate heat exchanger b.) Extended tubular heat exchanger c.) Shell and tube heat exchanger d.) Jacketed Vessel

1

L-101A

Turbine Service Unit: a.) Axial Flow Impulse Turbine b.) Radial Flow Reaction Turbine c.) Pelton Turbine

1

L-101A

Gear Pump Demonstration Unit

1

L-101A

Plunger Pump Demonstration Unit

1

L-101A

Centrifugal Compressor Unit

1

L-101A

Axial Fan Demonstration Unit

1

L-101A

Centrifugal Fan Demonstration Unit

1

L-101A

Nozzle Pressure Distribution Unit

1

L-101A

Thermal Radiation Unit

1

L-101A

Computer Linked Cross Flow Heat Exchanger

1

L-101A

TD1 Heat Transfer Rig

1

L-101A

10_HP Boiler

1

L-101A

Gas Turbine Demonstration Unit

1

L-101B

Aerospace Flight Simulator MOTUS 622i

1

Faculty


Alvarado, Carlos A.

Professor, Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, University of Connecticut, 2005; M.S. The Ohio State University; M.S. Mechanical Engineering, The Ohio State University, 1997; B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, 1995.
Area of Interest: Orthopedic implants, Biomechanics.
E-mail Address: calvarado@pupr.edu
Phone: X-348

 

Angeles Malaspina, Moises
Professor, Post-Doctorate, Mechanical Engineering, The City College of New York/NOAA, 2017; Ph.D., Fluid Mechanics and Water Resource, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, 2015; M.S., Thermal Science, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, 2015; Energy Engineering, National University of Santa, 2000.
Area of Interest: Cavitation and Turbulence flow, Waterhammer, Climate change and energy demand, Atmospheric modeling and extreme events analysis (heat waves, drought and flooding).
E-mail Address: mangeles@pupr.edu
Phone:

 

Cabrera Ruiz, Eduardo
Associate Professor, M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, 2001; B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Guanajuato, 1997.
Area of Interest:
E-mail Address: ecabrera@pupr.edu
Phone: X-624

 

Carrera Cruz, Ángel
Associate Professor, M. Engineering Management, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, 1999; B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, 1995.
Area of Interest: Manufacturing process, Vector Dynamics, Vehicle Dynamics, Controls, Mechatronic and Fluid Dynamics.
E-mail Address: acarrera@pupr.edu
Phone: X-432

 

Cecchini, Brigi Andrés
E-mail Address: acecchini@pupr.edu
Phone: X-308


Gerena Colón, Diolinet

Assistant Professor, M.E. in Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico 2013; B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Puerto Rico University, Mayaguez, 1991.
Area of Interest: Thermodynamics, Propulsion, Programming
E-mail Address: dgerena@pupr.edu
Phone: X-308

 

Holguino, Jonathan J.
Assistant Professor, M.E. in Mechanical Engineering, Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico 2014;B.S. Mechanical Engineering, San Antonio Abad del Cusco, 2010.
Area of Interest: Resistance of Materials, Mechanical Vibrations, Mechanisms Design, Controls and Programming with Matlab.
E-mail Address: jholguino@pupr.edu
Phone: X-348

 

Noriega Motta, Julio A.
Professor and Department Head, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, West Virginia University, 2006; M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, 1993; Post-Grade., Geophysics and Geology for prospecting Hydrocarbons, University of San Carlos, Guatemala, 1984; B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of San Carlos, Guatemala, 1983.
Area of Interest: Design of materials testing equipment, Failure of materials, Corrosion and fatigue of materials, Composite materials degradation, Modal analysis of structures.
E-mail Adress: jnoriega@pupr.edu
Phone: X- 631

 

Ordoñez Estevan, Sandra
Assistant Professor, M.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, 2005; B.S. Electrical Engineering, Pontificia Bolivariana University, 2000
Area of Interest:
E-mail Address: sordonez@pupr.edu
Phone: X-632

 

Pelaez Carpio, Hugo M.
Associate Professor, Ph.D., Marine Sciences, University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez, 2001; M.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, 1994; B.S. Chemical engineering, san Marcos University, Perú, 1987.
Area of Interest:
E-mail Adress: hpelaez@pupr.edu
Phone: X – 414

 

Pertierra, José R.
Associate Professor, M.B.A., Texas Christian University, 1994; B. Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 1985
Area of Interest: Vehicle Synthesis and Optimization, Performance, Aerodynamics, Flight Dynamics.
E-mail Address: jrpertierra@pupr.edu
Phone: X-441

 

Skrzypinski, Antoni
Professor, D.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, AGH University, Poland, 1980; Ph.D., Manufacturing Engineering AGH University, Poland, 1970; M.S. Manufacturing Engineering, Polytechnic University, Poland, 1961.
Area of Interest: Manufacturing, design for Manufacturing, Mechanics of Materials, Machining, machine tools, Tooling, Tribology, theoretical and experimental analysis of internal stresses with particular consideration of the surface layer fatigue.
E-mail: askrzypinski@pupr.edu
Phone: X – 630

 

Sosa Ancajima, Ronald
Associate Professor, M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, 1996; B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Universidad Nacional de Trujillo, 1987.
Area of Interest: Métodos numéricos en la optimización de procesos termales. La tecnología en el proceso de enseñanza; influencia en el currículo, Exergia en los ciclos termodinámicos.
E-mail Address: rsosa@pupr.edu
Phone: X-629

Vidal-Urquiza, Glenn C.
Associate Professor, Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, 2017; M.S. University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez; M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, 2008;
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, National University of Trujillo, Peru, 2005.
Area of Interest: Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, and Heat Transfer; Microhydrodynamics, Statistical Mechanics of Active/Passive Soft Matter; Nanotechnology.
E-mail Address: gvidal@pupr.edu
Phone: X-300

Administrative Support

 

Nyria Díaz
Administrative Assistant (787)622-8000 ext. 323, nydiaz@pupr.edu

Carlos Miranda
Assistant to Laboratory Coordinator (787) 622-8000 ext. 383, cmiranda@pupr.edu

Joseph Mulero
Assistant to Laboratory Coordinator
 (787) 622-8000 ext. 335, jmulero@pupr.edu

Contact

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is located at Room L-403 of the Laboratories Building of the San Juan Campus.

The office hours are:

Mondays thru Thursdays: 9:30 AM to 6:30 PM
Fridays: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM