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Dr. Raul Fernandez


[Fernandez, Dr. Raul]
  • Professor of Practice, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Professor in Practice


Dr. Fernandez joined UTA’s Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering faculty following a continuous 25-year career in engineering practice with the General Motors Corporation and The University of Texas at Arlington. His early employment began as a part-time computer programmer at Virginia Tech’s Communication Network Services for four years, followed by five years at GM in product engineering, manufacturing, and engine drive test & field vehicle instrumentation.

At UTA, Dr. Fernandez joined the research staff at the Automation & Robotics Research Institute (now UTARI) and TMAC, where he became Program Manager for Process & Design Engineering. He had progressive responsibilities in the acquisition and execution of government- and industry-funded R&D contracts in automated manufacturing and product design. His PI track record is in excess of $3 million, with major extramural funding in photovoltaic manufacturing (BP Solar, Spire Solar) and surgical device development (Johnson & Johnson).

Dr. Fernandez brings direct experience to the classroom in product development, IP licensing and commercialization, factory automation, and mechatronics—the multidisciplinary integration of mechanisms, electronics, software, and CAE tools for advanced product design. He has conducted advanced graduate work in robotics, high-ordered compressible fluid modeling and helium fluid power systems, and teaches courses in senior design capstone, engineering graphics, controls, differential equations and manufacturing. He’s author/co-author of 12 journal articles, one book chapter, about 40 conference proceedings and medical journal abstracts, and four issued patents. Dr. Fernandez is a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas (# 127932) and a Certified Manufacturing Engineer by the SME (# 118634).

Professional Preparation

    • 1993 M.S. in Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of Texas at Arlington
    • 2002 Ph.D. in Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of Texas at Arlington
    • 1989 B.S. in Mechanical EngineeringVirginia Polytechnic Institute & State University


  • Membership
    • Nov 2014 to Present National Academy of Inventors
    • Feb 2000 to Present Society of Manufacturing Engineers
    • Jan 2000 to Present Tau Beta Pi (National Honor Society for Engineering)
    • Aug 1999 to Present American Society of Mechanical Engineers



        Foundational course in product design and manufacturing using computer-based methodologies. 3D parametric solid modeling of parts and assemblies. Technical sketching, 2D schematics, and ASME Y14 engineering drawing standards. Industrial practices for product design and fabrication. Introduction to 3D product analysis tools.

        Summer - Regular Academic Session - 2019Contact info & Office Hours

        The design project from MAE 4287 continued. The design is finalized, a physical model (prototype) is manufactured and tested. Redesign and retest is accomplished as desired. The final design is documented by written report and oral presentation. Exit survey forms and exit essays must be submitted to complete the requirements of this course. Prerequisite: MAE 4287.

        Spring - Regular Academic Session - 2019Contact info & Office Hours

Administrative Appointment

  • 2012
    • Oct 2012 to Present - Professor in Practice, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department