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Juan C. Morales Brignac, Ph.D., P.E.

Mechanical Engineering Department Head
Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Gurabo Campus

Dr. Morales has been an engineering professor at Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Gurabo Campus (former Universidad del Turabo) since 1995.  He has also held several administrative posts, including ABET Coordinator for the School of Engineering. In this job post he coordinated the efforts that resulted in the first ABET accreditations of all the existing bachelor programs in engineering, including the creation and implementation of an outcomes assessment program that engages 100% of the faculty.  Dr. Morales has been the Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department since 2003.  He co-authored the proposal to establish a Master’s program in Mechanical Engineering with specializations in Renewable Energy, and in Aerospace Engineering. The main objective of this first engineering master’s program at Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Gurabo was to transition from a teaching program to a teaching-and-research program.  Dr. Morales won a $4.34 million grant from the US Department of Education which fund a faculty development program that has the potential to transform the manner in which engineering education is taught.  Dr. Morales has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University; an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, MA; and a Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez.  Prior to joining Universidad Ana G. Méndez, Dr. Morales worked seven years in industry, including five years with the General Electric Company in Niskayuna, NY (KAPL) where he worked in the mechanical design of a new-concept steam generator.

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