Raul Fernandez is Program Manager for Process and Design Engineering at TMAC, offering technology-oriented services to support early-stage and specialized product development and manufacturing needs.
Areas of Expertise:
Raul’s expertise is in the fields of automated manufacturing/robotics and 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 licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Texas (#127932), SME Certified Manufacturing Engineer (#118634), AIA Certified Vision Professional, FANUC Certified Education Robot Training Instructor, 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 $3.2 million in R&D expenditures over 90 projects spanning a wide range of industry clusters. Raul also serves as a Professor in Practice in the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department at UT Arlington, where he teaches mechanical design coursework and co-directs the Senior Design Capstone sequence.
Typical projects span from concept and design engineering through prototyping, testing and manufacturing hand-off. Raul’s portfolio of companies includes medical devices (Ethicon Endo-Surgery, UT Southwestern, Medtronic), defense/aerospace (Lockheed Martin, Honeywell Space Systems Division, Zodiac Aerospace), Fortune 500 manufacturing (Texas Instruments, Nokia, Eastman Kodak, Robert Bosch), renewable energy (BP Solar, Spire, Solar Cells Inc.), and high-end retail (Neiman Marcus Group). Raul also provides industry training and implementation projects in the ASME Y14.5 Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing standard.
Education and Training:
Raul holds degrees Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (B.S.) and The University of Texas at Arlington (M.S. and Ph.D.). He has been a member of UT Arlington’s Automation & Robotics Research Institute (now UTARI) and subsequently TMAC full-time research staff since 1995.
Honors, Awards and Special Accomplishments:
• UT Arlington Provost Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2017
• Inductee into the National Academy of Inventors, UT Arlington Chapter, 2014
• Best Paper Award, Engineering & Urology Society—Modeling of Magnetic Tools for Use with Superparamagnetic Particles for Magnetic Stone Extraction, 2011
• Finalist, Tech Titans’ Technology Innovator Award, Metroplex Technology Business Council, 2010
• Finalist, The University of Texas System Chancellor’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award—Research and Innovation involving multiple institutions, 2010
• ARRI Leadership & Innovation Award, 2008
• Chair, Automated Manufacturing and Assembly Technical Community, Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), 2007-2008
• Technical Program Co-Chair, 2004-2006 SME Automation & Assembly Conference
• Member of the Peer Review Council, SME / Robotics International, 2001
• Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society
• 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.
Off the Clock…
Raul enjoys traveling and learning. He bike rides, is a certified Master SCUBA diver, and is a classically-trained piano player—moonlighting on occasion as an accompanist. He is fluent in English and Spanish.