Roger Gonzalez Joins Mechanical Engineering Department

Roger Gonzalez, Ph.D., joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso as professor and director of the Bachelor of Science program in Leadership Engineering on Aug. 1.

Gonzalez was previously a professor of biomedical and mechanical engineering at Le Tourneau University in Longview, Texas. He is the president, CEO and founder of LIMBS International, a nonprofit organization with a mission to transform the lives of amputees throughout the developing world by leading the field in research and development of innovative low-cost prosthetic solutions.

He has been principle investigator for more than 10 grants and co-investigator for six grants. He has received multiple grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. His research interests include predicting and quantifying muscle fatigue in altered gravity environments, creating detailed computer graphic models of the human arm and hand for teaching tools and surgery simulation, and determining muscle force patterns and magnitudes via real-time EMG.

He was faculty adviser of Le Tourneau’s American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) Student Section and faculty adviser for the Society of Women Engineers. As technical adviser since 1999 for the Undergraduate Student ASME Design Competition, his team placed internationally six times.