- July 31, 2013
- Posted by: mike gardner
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.
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.
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.