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Commencement Speaker Profile


Dr. Mauricio A. Salinas

Dr. Mauricio A. Salinas

Mauricio A. Salinas was raised in Edinburg and graduated from Edinburg High School, which was the only high school at the time. He is an alumnus of The University of Texas-Pan American, obtaining a mechanical engineering degree in 1996. As part of his Senior Design Project, Mauricio used NASA software to design and build the large wind tunnel currently found in UTPA's Engineering Building. Each summer as an undergraduate student, Mauricio participated in five internships at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. The bulk of his work dealt with performing micro-gravity combustion experiments.

Next, Mauricio obtained a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University, where his studies focused on micro-scale heat transfer. Mauricio was then hired by Texas Instruments and assigned to the Thermal Group. There, he was responsible for the thermal design of various commercial and military products including: the night vision camera on the Cadillac Deville, Police and Fire Department IR Cameras, and M-16 Rifle Sights. After six years of work experience, he was designated as a Raytheon Scholar and attended The University of Texas at Arlington where he obtained a doctoral degree. His dissertation dealt with heat and mass transfer within porous media.

Mauricio is now a senior principal mechanical engineer at Raytheon’s Space & Airborne Systems Division. His recent work deals with the thermal management of electronics and optics on Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) such as the Predator and Global Hawk. Mauricio is an expert in computational fluid dynamics and has published more than 22 technical papers. As an adjunct professor, he has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses at UT Arlington, The University of Texas at Dallas, and Southern Methodist University. Earlier this year, he was named a Fellow of ASME and most recently he was invited as an International Teaching Fellow to the Tecnológico de Monterrey – Guadalajara Campus.