Raul Fernandez, Ph.D.

Raul FernandezSummary:

Raul Fernandez is Program Manager for Process and Design Engineering at TMAC, offering technology-oriented services to support early-stage / specialized product development and manufacturing needs.


Areas of Expertise:

Raul’s expertise is in the fields of automated manufacturing/robotics and electromechanical product design, with significant experience in surgical device development. He has conducted advanced graduate work in high-ordered compressible fluid modeling, dynamic simulation, and helium fluid power systems. He is a Certified Manufacturing Engineer, Black Belt trained in Lean Six Sigma, and US patent holder.


Scope of Experience:

Raul’s primary role in TMAC is the acquisition, management, and performance of industrial research contracts. His record as Principal Investigator exceeds $3 million in R&D expenditures and 70 projects spanning a wide range of industry clusters. Raul also serves as a faculty member in the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he teaches courses in senior design, manufacturing, controls and engineering graphics.


Relevant Assignments:

Typical projects span from concept and design engineering through prototyping, testing and manufacturing hand-off. Raul’s portfolio includes medical devices, aerospace / defenses, Fortune 500 manufacturing, renewable energy and high-end retail.


Education and Training:

Raul holds degrees Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Bachelor of Science) and the University of Texas at Arlington (Master of Science and Ph.D.). He has been a member of the University of Texas at Arlington’s Automation and Robotics Research Institute (now UTARI) and TMAC full-time research staff since 1995.


Honors, Awards and Special Accomplishments:

Raul’s recognitions include Best Paper Award, Engineering and Urology Society – Modeling of Magnetic Tools for Use with Superparamagnetic Particles for Magnetic Stone Extraction, 2011. He was a Finalist for Tech Titans’ Technology Innovator Award, Metroplex Technology Business Council, 2010 and at the University of Texas System Chancellor’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award – Research and Innovation involving multiple institutions, 2010. Raul received the ARRI Leadership & Innovation Award, 2008. He was the Chair at the Automated Manufacturing and Assembly Technical Community, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), 2007-2008, and was the Technical Program Co-Chair, 2004-2006 at the SME Automation and Assembly Conference. Raul was also a Member of the Peer Review Council, SME / Robotics International in 2001, the Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society and the Pi Tau Sigma National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society.


Previous Employers:

Raul’s past professional experience includes four years as a part-time Computer Programmer in Virginia Tech and five years with the General Motors Corporation in manufacturing, engine drive testing and field vehicle instrumentation.



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