Department of Mechanical Engineering
Phone: +1 (585) 475-2917
Dr. Alfonso Fuentes joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) as an Associate Professor in August of 2015. Prior to joining RIT, Dr. Fuentes was a Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT), Spain, and Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Dr. Fuentes received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1993 from the University of Murcia, Spain, in 1993, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering in 1996 from the National University of Distance Education (UNED) in Madrid, Spain. Dr. Fuentes has been a visiting scholar at the Gear Research Center of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) from June 1999 to May 2001 where he was trained by Professor Faydor L. Litvin in the application of the modern theory of gearing to the computerized design, simulation of meshing and contact and finite element analysis of gear drives.
Dr. Fuentes’ research focuses on the development of improved gear transmissions applied in helicopters, marine and automotive industry, development of enhanced design technologies for all types of gear drives, and development of IGD – Integrated Gear Design – computer program as the ultimate tool for advanced gear design, analysis, and simulation of any type of gear drive. He maintains an active collaboration with the Enhanced Gear Drives Research Group (GITAE), which he established in 2002 at the Polytechnic University of Cartagena. Dr. Fuentes has authored more than a hundred publications including journal articles, conference papers, and technical reports. He is the subject editor for gears and cams of the Journal Mechanism and Machine Theory.