Constantine Tarawneh, Ph.D., Louis A. Beecherl, Jr. Endowed Professor

Director

Dr. Constantine M. Tarawneh, Bentsen Scholar, Director

Education

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2003
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1999
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Jordan-Amman, 1996

Employment History

  • September 2015 – Present, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)
  • May 2016 – Present, Associate Dean for Research, College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • September 2015 – Present, Full Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department
  • October 2013 – Present, Director, University Transportation Center for Railway Safety (UTCRS)
  • August 2003 – August 2015, The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA)
  • August 2014 – August 2015, Full Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department
  • August 2009 – August 2014, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department
  • August 2005 – August 2009, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department
  • August 2003 – August 2005, Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Department

Relevant External Grants and Contracts

  • "Proposal to Establish a USDOT University Transportation Center for Railway Safety (UTCRS)," USDOT, UTC Program, Funding Period: Sept. 2013 through Sept. 2018, $4,209,600. (2013-2018)
  • "2018 UTCRS Summer Camps Program for K-12 Students," Funded by the Local School Districts in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, $120,000. (2018)
  • "Design and Fabrication of a Table-Top Liquefied Natural Gas Demonstration Station," NextDecade Corporation, $5,000. (2018)
  • "2017 UTCRS Summer Camps Program for K-12 Students," Funded by the Local School Districts in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, $110,000. (2017)
  • "Engineering Summer Program: 2017 UTCRS Summer Research Camp," The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), $11,727. (2017)
  • "Amsted Rail Research Projects: Bearing Condition Monitoring Technologies, Product Validation, Field Testing, and Implementation," Amsted Industries Inc., $364,465. (2015-2016)
  • "2016 UTCRS Summer Camps for K-12 Students," Funded by the Local School Districts in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, $75,000 (2016)
  • "2015 UTCRS Summer Camps for K-12 Students from Local School Districts," Funded by the Local School Districts in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, $45,400. (2015)
  • "Amsted Rail Research Projects: Bearing Condition Monitoring Technologies, Product Enhancements, Optimization, and Testing," Amsted Industries Inc., $328,605. (2013)
  • "Amsted Rail Research Projects: Bearing Adapter Sensor Insert Development and Optimization and Product Enhancements and Testing," Amsted Industries Inc., $270,000. (2012)
  • "Amsted Rail Research Projects: Design and Fabrication of a Single Railroad Bearing Tester with Vertical, Lateral, and Impact Load Capabilities," Amsted Industries Inc., $40,000. (2012)
  • "Amsted Rail Research Projects: SmartPadTM Development and Product Enhancements and Testing," Amsted Industries Inc., $530,656. (2011)
  • "Amsted Rail Research Projects: Product Enhancements and New Technologies: Part II," Amsted Industries Inc., $518,431. (2010)
  • "Amtrak-Amsted Research Projects: Lateral Damper System Development and Testing," Amtrak through Amsted Industries Inc., $41,000. (2010)
  • "Amtrak-Amsted Research Projects: Hydraulic Damper System Development and Testing," Amtrak through Amsted Industries Inc., $172,000. (2010)
  • "Adapter Polymer Pad Material Characterization: Electric Conductivity Study," Amsted Industries Inc., $28,488. (2010)
  • "Amsted Rail Research Projects: Product Enhancements and New Technologies," Amsted Industries Inc., $273,985. (2009)
  • "Hydraulic Damper Orifice Valve Design: Spool Design," Amsted Industries Inc., $17,088. (2009)
  • "Hydraulic Damper Orifice Valve Design: Initial Analysis," Amsted Industries Inc., $18,500. (2008)
  • "A Theoretical and Experimental Performance Study of the Modified Polyamide Cage Cone Assemblies and Implementation of an On-Track Field Test to Verify the Laboratory Findings of the Bearing Temperature Trending Study," Amsted Industries Inc., $130,000. (2008)
  • "An Investigation into the Heat Transfer from a Railcar Wheel to the Bearing Cup," BRENCO QBS, 56,000. (2008)
  • "Material Characterization of Modified Polyamide Cages," BRENCO QBS, $5,000. (2008)
  • "An Experimental and Analytical Study of the Vibration Effects on Tapered-Roller Bearings in Service," BRENCO QBS, $60,000. (2007) TM 19.
  • "Designing an Experimental Setup to Test the Fabricated NGN Valve Prototypes," SumNett Inc., $7,500. (2006)
  • "An Investigation of the Mechanism Leading to the Sudden Overheating of Railroad Tapered RollerBearings," BRENCO QBS, $40,000. (2006)
  • "Heat Transfer Modeling of Railroad Tapered Roller Bearings," BRENCO QBS, $15,000. (2005)

Relevant Internal Grants and Contracts

  • "Devising a Multivariate Correlation for the Smart Adapter Load Sensor for Use in Freight Railcar Loading Applications," UTRGV HHMI, $3,000. (2017)
  • "Thermal Performance Characterization of Railroad Bearings with Defective Components," UTRGV URI, $2,000 (2016)
  • "Hydraulic Oil Cooling System for Industrial Bearings under High Speed and Heavy Load Operating Conditions," UTPA URI, $2,000. (2014)
  • "Vibration Analyses for Railroad Bearing Condition Monitoring," UTPA URI, $2,000. (2012)
  • "Railroad Bearing Cone-Assembly Evaluation Station," UTPA URI, $2,000. (2012)
  • "Implementation of Wireless Temperature Nodes for Continuous Rail Bearing Monitoring and Service Optimization," UTPA URI, $2,000. (2012)
  • "Service Life of Ultrasonically Scanned Railroad Bearing Cups," UTPA URI, $2,000. (2012)
  • "Railroad Bearing Extracting and Mounting Mechanism for a Single Bearing Tester," UTPA URI, $2,000. (2012)
  • "Renewable Energy Awareness Workshop," Center for Integrated Global Knowledge and Understanding at UTPA, $5,000. (2007)

Relevant Proposals Funded as a Co-PI

  • “Creating a Manufacturing Innovations Hub in Brownsville (MIH-B): Immediate and Long-Term Program Implementation,” Greater Brownsville Incentives Corporation (GBIC), $6,615,000. (Jun. 1, 2017 – May 31, 2022) (PI: Dr. Alexander Domijan)
  • "Engineering Summer Program: 2016 UTCRS Summer Research Camp," The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), $12,900. (2016) (PI: Dr. Young-Gil Park)
  • "Engineering Summer Program: 2015 UTCRS Summer Research Camp," The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), $13,998. (2015) (PI: Dr. Young-Gil Park)
  • "Engineering Summer Program: PREP Plus+," The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), $12,500. (2014) (PI: Dr. Stephen Crown)
  • "Multimodal Modules for Inquiry-Based Statics and Dynamics Curriculum," NSF CCLI proposal, $199,974. (2009) (PI: Dr. Javier Kypuros)
  • "Material Characterization of Modified Polyamide Cages: Part III," BRENCO QBS, $24,728. (2009) (PI: Dr. Robert Jones)
  • "Viscoelastic Characterization of Candidate Seal Material and Design: Part II," BRENCO QBS, $41,082. (2008) (PI: Dr. Robert Jones)
  • "Viscoelastic Characterization of Seal Material," BRENCO QBS, $30,677. (2007) (PI: Dr. Robert Jones)
  • "Proposal to Establish an Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence," DoD, $2.5 million over five years. (2006) (PI: Dr. Van Reidhead)

Large Proposals Submitted or Under Review

  • “Proposal to Establish a UTRGV/STC NSF Resource Hub,” National Science Foundation (NSF) IUSE-HSI Program, $3,000,000. (Oct. 1, 2018 – Sept. 30, 2023) [Under Review]
  • “Engineering Transportation Research in STEM Fields,” National Science Foundation (NSF) RET Site Program, $600,000. (Apr. 1, 2018 – Mar. 31, 2021) [Under Review]
  • “Development, Characterization, and Modeling of Multi-Layer Fabric Reinforced with Shear-Thickening Fluids Created with Sub-Micron Silica and Soda-Lime Glass Particles,” Department of Defense (DoD), $600,000. (Jun. 1, 2018 – May 31, 2021) [Under Review]
  • “USDOT University Transportation Center for Railway Safety (UTCRS): Improving the Durability and Extending the Life of Transportation Infrastructure,” USDOT, UTC Program, $7,800,000. (Oct. 1, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2022) [Not Selected for Funding]

Relevant Publications

Journals

  • C. Tarawneh, R. Maldonado, A. A. Fuentes, and J. A. Kypuros. A vibration energy approach used to identify temperature trending in railroad tapered-roller bearings. Int. J. Acoustics and Vibration, Vol. 20, No. 2, pp. 69-80, 2015.
  • C. Tarawneh, J. A. Turner, B. M. Wilson, and L. Koester. Service life testing of railroad bearings with known subsurface inclusions detected with advanced ultrasonic technology. Int. J. of Railway Technology, Vol. 2, No. 3, pp. 55-78, 2013.
  • A. Arguelles, C. Tarawneh, Y. Park, S. W. Crown. Developing positive study habits through course recitation. Journal of Applications and Practices in Engineering Education, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 1-12, 2012.
  • C. Tarawneh, A. A. Fuentes, J. A. Kypuros, L. A. Navarro, A. G. Vaipan, and B. M. Wilson. Thermal modeling of a railroad tapered roller bearing using finite element method. Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 9-19, 2012.
  • C. Tarawneh, L. Koester, A. J. Fuller, B. M. Wilson, and J. A. Turner. Service life testing of components with defects in the rolling contact fatigue zone. ASTM International, STP 1548, West Conshohocken, PA, pp. 67-83, 2012.
  • C. Tarawneh. An effective homework methodology. Journal of Applications and Practices in Engineering Education, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 54-65, 2011.
  • J. A. Kypuros, C. Tarawneh, H. Vasquez, M. Knecht, and R. Wrinkle. Guided discovery modules for engineering mechanics. Journal of Applications and Practices in Engineering Education, Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 30-42, 2011.
  • K. D. Cole, C. Tarawneh, A. A. Fuentes, B. M. Wilson, and L. Navarro. Thermal models of railroad wheels and bearings. Int. J. of Heat Mass Transfer, Vol. 53, pp. 1636-1645, 2010.
  • C. Tarawneh, H. Vasquez, L. Navarro, V. Reyna, M. Acosta, and V. Reidhead. Renewable energy prospects and feasibility for isolated communities. Int. J. of Energy for a Clean Environment, Vol. 10, No. 1-4, pp. 73-101, 2009.
  • K. D. Cole, C. Tarawneh, and B. M. Wilson. Analysis of flux-base fins for estimation of heat transfer coefficient. Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, Vol. 52, pp. 92-99, 2009.
  • C. Tarawneh, K. D. Cole, B. M. Wilson, and F. Alnaimat. Experiments and models for the thermal response of railroad tapered roller bearings. Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, Vol. 51, pp. 5794-5803, 2008.
  • C. Tarawneh and K. O. Homan. Measurements of density profile evolution during the stably-stratified filling of an open enclosure. Int. J. Heat Fluid Flow, 29 (4): 1113-1124, August 2008.
  • C. Tarawneh and J. P. Barton. Experimental analysis of near-field acoustic scattering by rigid spheroidal objects. Int. J. Acoustics and Vibration, 12 (4): 162-170, December 2007.
  • J. P. Barton, N. L. Wolff, H. Zhang, and C. Tarawneh. Near-field calculations for a rigid spheroid with an arbitrary incident acoustic field. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 113 (3): 1216-1222, March 2003.
  • C. Tarawneh and K. O. Homan. Observations of interfacial mixing during the stably-stratified filling of an open chamber. DFD99 Meeting of the American Physical Society, 1999.

Conferences

  • C. Tarawneh, J. Aranda, V. Hernandez, and C. Ramirez. An analysis of the efficacy of wayside hot-box detector data. Proceedings of the 2018 ASME Joint Rail Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, April 18-21, 2018.
  • J. Montalvo, C. Tarawneh, and A. Fuentes. Vibration-based defect detection system for freight railcar tapered-roller bearings. Proceedings of the 2018 ASME Joint Rail Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, April 18-21, 2018.
  • N. De Los Santos, C. Tarawneh, R. Jones, and A. Fuentes. Defect prognostic models for spall growth in railroad bearing rolling elements. Proceedings of the 2018 ASME Joint Rail Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, April 18-21, 2018.
  • O. Rodriguez, A. Fuentes, and C. Tarawneh. Impact of hysteresis heating of railroad bearing thermoplastic elastomer suspension pad on railroad bearing thermal management. Proceedings of the 2018 ASME Joint Rail Conference, Pittsburgh, PA, April 18-21, 2018.
  • A. Mealer, C. Tarawneh, and S. W. Crown. Radiative heat transfer analysis of railroad bearings for wayside hot-box detector optimization. Proceedings of the 2017 ASME Joint Rail Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 4-7, 2017.
  • D. Timmer, C. Tarawneh, and R. Jones. Models for the residual life of railroad bearing grease in laboratory and industry applications. Proceedings of the 2017 ASME Joint Rail Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 4-7, 2017.
  • N. De Los Santos, R. Jones, C. Tarawneh, A. A. Fuentes, and A. Villarreal. Development of prognostic techniques for surface defect growth in railroad bearing rolling elements. Proceedings of the 2017 ASME Joint Rail Conference, Philadelphia, Pa, April 4-7, 2017.
  • O. Rodriguez, A. A. Fuentes, C. Tarawneh, and R. Jones. Hysteresis heating of railroad bearing thermoplastic elastomer suspension element. Proceedings of the 2017 ASME Joint Rail Conference, Philadelphia, PA, April 4-7, 2017. [Received Best Paper Award]
  • B. M. Wilson, A. J. Fuller, C. Tarawneh, and J. A. Turner. Near race inclusions in bearing components and the resultant effect on fatigue initiation and component life. Proceedings of the 2016 Conference on Railway Excellence (CORE), Melbourne, Australia, May 16-18, 2016.
  • C. Tarawneh, L. Sotelo, N. De Los Santos, A. Villarreal, R. Lechtenberg, and R. Jones. Temperature profiles of railroad tapered bearings with defective inner and outer rings. Proceedings of the 2016 ASME Joint Rail Conference, Columbia, SC, April 12-15, 2016.
  • O. Rodriguez, J. Carbone, A. A. Fuentes, C. Tarawneh, and R. Jones. Heat generation in the railroad bearing thermoplastic elastomer suspension element. Proceedings of the 2016 ASME Joint Rail Conference, Columbia, SC, April 12-15, 2016.
  • B. M. Wilson, A. J. Fuller, C. Tarawneh, and J. A. Turner. Early bearing fatigue initiation by the identification and selection of bearings with near race defects. Proceedings of the 2015 International Heavy Haul Association Conference, Perth, Australia, June 21-24, 2015. [Received Best Paper Award]
  • A. Gonzalez, C. Tarawneh, B. M. Wilson, and J. A. Turner. Tracking of spall deterioration on tapered roller bearing raceways. Proceedings of the 2015 ASME Joint Rail Conference, San Jose, CA, March 23-26, 2015.
  • R. Estrada, H. Foltz, C. Tarawneh, and R. Moreno. Energy harvesting potential of Terfenol-D for onboard bearing health monitoring applications. Proceedings of the 2015 ASME Joint Rail Conference, San Jose, CA, March 23-26, 2015.
  • A. Trevino, A. A. Fuentes, C. Tarawneh, and J. Montalvo. FEA fatigue life estimation of modified railroad bearing adapters. Proceedings of the 2015 ASME Joint Rail Conference, San Jose, CA, March 23-26, 2015.
  • T. Martinez, D. Timmer, R. Jones, and C. Tarawneh. Developing empirical models of railroad bearing grease. Proceedings of the 2015 ASME Joint Rail Conference, San Jose, CA, March 23-26, 2015.
  • J. Turner, J. Fuller, B. Wilson, and C. Tarawneh. Multiple frequency ultrasonic detection of subsurface near-race inclusions for improved fatigue life performance. Proceedings of the 2015 ASME Joint Rail Conference, San Jose, CA, March 23-26, 2015.
  • C. Pena, A. Chapman, C. Tarawneh. Robots in motion: learning about transportation engineering through robotics. Proceeding of the 2015 Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education Conference, Las Vegas, NV, March 2-6, 2015.
  • J. Montalvo, A. Trevino, A. A. Fuentes, and C. Tarawneh. Structural integrity of conventional and modified railroad bearing adapters for onboard monitoring. Proceedings of the 2014 ASME IMECE Conference, IMECE2014-37492, Montreal, Canada, November 14-20, 2014.
  • C. Tarawneh, R. Estrada, B. M. Wilson, and A. Martin. Field implementation statistical analysis of an emerging bearing condition monitoring system. Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Railway Technology, Ajaccio, Corsica, France, April 8-11, 2014.
  • A. Zagouris, A. A. Fuentes, C. Tarawneh, J. A. Kypuros, and A. P. Arguelles. Experimentally validated FEA of railroad bearing adapter operating temperatures. Proceedings of the 2012 ASME IMECE Conference, IMECE2012-88639, Houston, TX, November 9-15, 2012.
  • L. Koester, C. Zuhlke, B. Wilson, D. Alexander, C. Tarawneh, J. Turner, and J. Fuller. Near-race ultrasonic inspection of tapered roller bearing components for non-metallic defects. Proceedings of the 2012 ASME RTD Fall Technical Conference, RTDF2012-9437, Omaha, NE, October 16-17, 2012.
  • J. A. Kypuros, C. Tarawneh, A. Zagouris, S. Woods, B. M. Wilson, and A. Martin. Implementation of wireless temperature sensors for continuous condition monitoring of railroad bearings. Proceedings of the 2011 ASME RTD Fall Technical Conference, RTDF2011-67017, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 21-22, 2011.
  • J. A. Kypuros, M. Knecht, H. Vasquez, C. Tarawneh, and R. Wrinkle. Guided discovery modules for statics. Proceedings of the ASEE Conference and Exposition, San Antonio, TX, June 2012.
  • J. A. Kypuros, H. Vasquez, C. Tarawneh, M. Knecht, and R. Wrinkle. An overview of the guided discovery pedagogy. Proceedings of the 2012 ASEE-GSW Annual Conference, El-Paso, TX, 2012.
  • J. A. Kypuros, C. Tarawneh, A. Zagouris, S. Woods, B. M. Wilson, and A. Martin. Implementation of wireless temperature sensors for continuous condition monitoring of railroad bearings. Proceedings of the 2011 ASME RTD Fall Technical Conference, RTDF2011-67017, Minneapolis, MN, September 21-22, 2011.
  • J. A. Kypuros, H. Vasquez, C. Tarawneh, M. Knecht, and R. Wrinkle. Guided discovery modules for statics and dynamics. Proceedings of the 2011 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Vancouver, BC, Canada, June 26-29, 2011.
  • C. Tarawneh, J. A. Kypuros, A. A. Fuentes, B. M. Wilson, B. A. Gonzalez, G. Rodriguez, and R. K. Maldonado. Vibration signatures of temperature trended bearings in field and laboratory testing. Proceedings of the 2009 ASME RTD Fall Technical Conference, RTDF2009-18038, Ft. Worth, Texas, October 20-21, 2009.
  • S. W. Crown, A. A. Fuentes, C. Tarawneh, R. A. Freeman, and H. Mahdi. Student academic advisement: Innovative tools for improving minority student attraction, retention, and graduation. Proceedings of the 2009 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Austin, TX, June 14-17, 2009.
  • C. Tarawneh, J. A. Kypuros, B. M. Wilson, T. W. Snyder, B. Gonzalez, and A. A. Fuentes. A collaborative on-track field test conducted to verify the laboratory findings on bearing temperature trending. Proceedings of the 2009 ASME Joint Rail Conference, JRC2009-63056, Pueblo, Colorado, March 3-5, 2009.
  • C. Tarawneh, A. A. Fuentes, B. M. Wilson, K. D. Cole, and L. Navarro. Thermal analysis of railroad bearings: effect of wheel heating. Proceedings of the 2009 ASME Joint Rail Conference, JRC2009-63055, Pueblo, Colorado, March 3-5, 2009.
  • J. A. Kypuros and C. Tarawneh. Scalable, inquiry-based, multimodal modules for engineering mechanics curriculum. Proceedings of the 38th ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Session T3A, Saratoga Springs, NY, October 22-25, 2008.
  • C. Tarawneh, B. M. Wilson, K. D. Cole, A. A. Fuentes, and J. M. Cardenas. Dynamic bearing testing aimed at identifying the root cause of warm bearing temperature trending. Proceedings of the 2008 ASME RTD Fall Technical Conference, RTDF2008-74036, Chicago, Illinois, September 24-26, 2008.
  • C. Tarawneh, B. M. Wilson, K. D. Cole, and M. Reed. A metallurgical and experimental investigation into sources of warm bearing trending. Proceedings of the 2008 IEEE/ASME Joint Rail Conference, JRC2008-63028, Wilmington, Delaware, April 22-24, 2008.
  • C. Tarawneh, K. Cole, B. Wilson, and K. Freisen. A lumped capacitance model for the transient heating of railroad tapered roller bearings. Proceedings of the Annual ASEE-GSW Regional conference, T2C5, South Padre Island, TX, March 28-30, 2007.
  • C. Tarawneh, H. Vasquez, and M. A. Acosta. An experimental study of potential residential and commercial applications of small-scale solar power systems. Proceedings of the Annual ASEE-GSW Regional conference, T3C4, South Padre Island, TX, March 28-30, 2007.
  • J. A. Kypuros and C. Tarawneh. Multimodal assessment instruments for dynamics. Proceedings of the Annual ASEE-GSW Regional conference, T3B5, South Padre Island, TX, March 28-30, 2007.

Books

  • C. Tarawneh. Near-Field Acoustic Scattering by Rigid Spheroidal Objects. VDM, Germany, 2009. [BOOK ISBN 978-3-639-18564-5].

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Appointed as a Louis A. Beecherl, Jr. Endowed Professor in Engineering; 2017–2020.
  • Awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award by the vote of the ME students for the year 2017-2018.
  • Appointed as a Faculty Fellow for the Lloyd M. Bentsen, Jr. Endowed Chair in Engineering (2012- 2017).
  • Appointed the Dr. Hashim S. Mahdi Outstanding Faculty Award for the year 2015-2016.
  • Awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award by vote of the Mechanical Engineering students for Fall 2015.
  • Awarded the 2014 Success Profile Award which recognizes successful student employee's role models.
  • Awarded the Dr. Hashim S. Mahdi Outstanding Faculty Award for the year 2013-2014.
  • Selected by the vote of the UTPA Faculty to represent the University in the prestigious Minnie Stevens Piper Outstanding Teacher Award for the academic year 2012-2013.
  • Awarded the University Excellence Award in Teaching for the year 2012-2013.
  • Awarded the College Excellence Award in Teaching for the year 2012-2013.
  • Awarded the Dr. Hashim S. Mahdi Outstanding Faculty Award for the year 2012-2013.
  • Awarded the HESTEC Engineering Symposium Best Poster Award in 2012.
  • Awarded the University Excellence Award in Mentoring for the year 2011-2012.
  • Awarded the College Excellence Award in Mentoring for the year 2011-2012.
  • Awarded the College Excellence Award in Research for the year 2010-2011.
  • Awarded the HESTEC Science and Engineering Symposium Second Place Poster Award in 2011.
  • Awarded the Dr. Hashim S. Mahdi Outstanding Faculty Award for the year 2010-2011.
  • Awarded the HESTEC Science and Engineering Symposium Best Poster Award in 2010.
  • Awarded the Dean’s Engineering Faculty Support Endowment Award in 2010 for dedication to the students and the University’s mission on becoming a premier learner-centered research institution.
  • Awarded the UT Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 2009.
  • Awarded the Dr. Hashim S. Mahdi Outstanding Faculty Award for the year 2008-2009.
  • Awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award for the year 2007-2008.
  • Awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award for the year 2006-2007.
  • Awarded the Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award for the year 2006-2007.
  • Awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award for the year 2005-2006.
  • Awarded the Lockheed Martin Outstanding Faculty Award for the year 2004-2005.

External Service

  • (2017 — Present) Member of the Editorial Board of the Railways 2018 Conference.
  • (2014 — Present) Member of the CUTC Student Awards Selection Committee.
  • (2013 — Present) Director of the University Transportation Center for Railway Safety (UTCRS) at UTPA.
  • (2013 — Present) Member of the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) and one of the members of the communications task force within CUTC.
  • (2012 — Present) Member of the Editorial Board of the Railways 2014 Conference.
  • (2009 — Present) Member of the Editorial Board for Journal of Applications and Practices in Engineering Education (JAPEE).
  • (2006 — Present) Member of the External Review Committee for the DOE Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP).
  • (2015 — Present) Reviewer for the Journal of Transportation Safety & Security.
  • (2014 — Present) Reviewer for the Iranian Journal of Science and Technology.
  • (2013 — Present) Reviewer for the Transport Research Arena.
  • (2012 — Present) Reviewer for the Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control.
  • (2011 — Present) Reviewer for the SpringerPlus Journal Publications.
  • (2011 — Present) Reviewer for the Journal of Thermal Science and Engineering Applications.
  • (2011 — Present) Reviewer for the International Journal of Railway Technology.
  • (2011 — Present) Reviewer for the Journal of Journal of Engineering Tribology.
  • (2007 — Present) Reviewer for the ASME Conference Publications.
  • (2007 — Present) Reviewer for the ASEE Conference Publications.
  • (2007 — Present) Reviewer for the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer.

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