Robert Freeman, Ph.D.

Associate Director, UTRGV

Robert Freeman, Ph.D., Associate Director, UTPA

Education

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, 1985
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, 1980
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, 1976

Employment History

  • 2009-Present (5 years), Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA), Edinburg, TX, 78539
  • 2003-Present (10 years), Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UTPA
  • 1994-2003 (8 years), Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UTPA
  • 1987-1994 (7 years), Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas-Austin, Austin, TX
  • 1985-1987 (2 years), Lecturer/Research Associate, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • 1979-1980 (2 years), Design Engineer II, Machine Design Division, Wayne H. Coloney Company, Tallahassee, FL

Relevant External Grants and Contracts

  • PI on sub-contract with Vanderbilt University as a supplement to the NSF VaNTH ERC for Bioengineering Educational Technologies (EEC-9876363), Sept. 2004 to Aug. 2008.
  • Integration of computer-based instruction, using WorkingModel and MathCad software packages, into 7 UG courses (Statics, Dynamics, Mechanics of Solids, Kinematics and Dynamics of Machines, Machine Elements, Senior Design I and Senior Design II) and 1 graduate course (Inter. Dyns. of Mech. Systems) in Mech. Engr.
  • Assisted in development of an NSF DUE ILI program funded “Dynamic Systems and Controls Laboratory” at a predominately Hispanic institution (UTPA).
  • Member of the ASME Mechanisms Committee (1992-1998); ASME Mechanisms subcommittee Chair, Machine Dynamics (1992-1997) and Robotic System Dynamics and Control (1997-1998).
  • Co-PI on an NSF CCLI EMD project 0089035, “Implementation of Pedagogies for Interactive Computer and Web-based Undergraduate Learning,” (2001-2004).
  • Co-PI on Department of Education CCRAA HSI grant (ED-GRANTS-051308-002), An Integrated STEM Pathways Support Initiative for Rio SouthTX, leading the development and implementation of Challenge-based Instruction for ten undergraduate level STEM courses, September 2008 to August 2011.
  • Co-PI on a Department of Defense; Center of Excellence in STEM: Integrating South Texas Efforts in STEM Education (Award # 112STEM0), leading the development and integration of multidisciplinary challenge-based instruction in areas of interest to DoD. April 2011 to July 2015.

Relevant Publications

  • Ronald E. Barr, Marcus G. Pandy , Anthony Petrosino , Robert Roselli, Sean Brophy, and Robert A. Freeman, 2007, “Challenge-Based Instruction: The VaNTH Biomechanics Learning Modules,” with, on-line journal Advances in Engineering Education, Fall 2007, Vol. 1, No. 1. http://advances.asee.org/vol01/issue01/04.cfm
  • Freeman, R.A., Crown, S.W., Fuentes, A.A., Jones, R., Gonzalez, M., and Ben-Ghalia, M., 2006, “The Synergistic Impact of the VaNTH ERC on the Educational Practices of the School of Engineering and Computer Science at UTPA,” Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Engineering Education, San Juan, PR.
  • Freeman, R.A., 2004, “Asynchronous learning of Math and Engineering software within the context of a course in Mechanisms,” DETC2004-57666, Proceedings of the ASME 2004 Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computer and Information in Engineering Conference, 9/28–10/2, 2004, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Freeman, R.A., “Active Suspension Control via Redundant Actuation," DETC2004-57411, Proc. ASME 2004 Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computer and Information in Engineering Conference, 9/28–10/2, 2004, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Yi, B.J., Freeman, R.A., Geometric Analysis of Antagonistic Stiffness in Redundantly Actuated Parallel Mechanisms," J. Rob. Sys., Special Issue on "Parallel Closed-Kinematic Chain Manipulators and Devices", Vol. 10, No. 5, pp. 581-603, July, 1993.
  • Yi, B.J., Freeman, R.A., “Synthesis of Actively Adjustable Springs by Antagonistic Redundant Actuation,” with B.J. Yi, ASME J. Dyn. Sys., Measurements, and Control, Vol. 114, No. 3, pp. 454-461, 1992.
  • Cho, W., Kang, H.J., Yi, B.J., “Constraint-Embedding Approaches for General Closed-Chain System Dynamics in terms of a Minimum Coordinate Set," Proc. 1990 ASME Design Technical Conf. - 21st Biennial Mechanism Conf., Chicago, IL, Flexible Mechanism, Dynamics, and Robot Trajectories, DE-Vol. 24, pp. 125-132.
  • Freeman, R.A., Crown, S.W., “Interactive Web-based Instructional Modules concerning Human Joint Mechanics using the Legacy Cycle Learning Approach,” Proc. 2001 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Albuquerque, NM, 16 pages, June 24-27, 2001.
  • Kang, H.J., Freeman, R.A., “Null Space Damping Method for Local Joint Torque Optimization of Redundant Manipulators ,” Int. J. of Robotic Systems, Vol. 10, No. 2, pp. 249-270, March, 1993.
  • Yi, B.J., Freeman, R.A., “Modeling and Control of the Impedance Properties in Biomechanical Systems,” Proc. 1991 ASME Annual Winter Meeting, Biomedical Engineering Division.