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 PhD 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 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) of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena, which he founded in 2002 and is currently directed by Dr. Ignacio Gonzalez-Perez. Dr. Fuentes is author of more than eighty publications including journal articles, conference papers and technical reports. He is subject editor for gears and cams for the Journal Mechanism and Machine Theory.
Selected Journal Publications
 A. Fuentes, R. Ruiz-Orzaez, I. Gonzalez-Perez, “Compensation of Errors of Alignment Caused by Shaft Deflections in Spiral Bevel Gears,” Mech. Mach. Sci., vol. 34, pp. 301–319, 2016.
 I. Gonzalez-Perez, A. Fuentes, and R. Ruiz-Orzaez, “An Approach for Determination of Basic Machine-Tool Settings From Blank Data in Face-Hobbed and Face-Milled Hypoid Gears,” J. Mech. Des., vol. 137, no. 9, p. 093303, 2015.
 I. Gonzalez-Perez, V. Roda-Casanova, and A. Fuentes, “Modified geometry of spur gear drives for compensation of shaft deflections,” Meccanica, vol. 50, no. 7, pp. 1855–1867, 2015.
 A. Fuentes, R. Ruiz-Orzaez, and I. Gonzalez-Perez, “Computerized design, simulation of meshing, and finite element analysis of two types of geometry of curvilinear cylindrical gears,” Comput. Methods Appl. Mech. Eng., vol. 272, pp. 321–339, 2014.
 V. Roda-Casanova, F. T. Sanchez-Marin, I. Gonzalez-Perez, J. L. Iserte, and A. Fuentes, “Determination of the ISO face load factor in spur gear drives by the finite element modeling of gears and shafts,” Mech. Mach. Theory, vol. 65, pp. 1–13, Jul. 2013.
 A. Fuentes, J. L. Iserte, I. Gonzalez-Perez, and F. T. Sanchez-Marin, “Computerized design of advanced straight and skew bevel gears produced by precision forging,” Comput. Methods Appl. Mech. Eng., vol. 200, no. 29–32, pp. 2363–2377, Jul. 2011.
 I. Gonzalez-Perez, A. Fuentes, and K. Hayasaka, “Analytical Determination of Basic Machine-Tool Settings for Generation of Spiral Bevel Gears from Blank Data,” J. Mech. Des. Trans. ASME, vol. 132, no. 10, p. 101002, 2010.
 A. Fuentes, H. Nagamoto, F. L. Litvin, I. Gonzalez-Perez, and K. Hayasaka, “Computerized design of modified helical gears finished by plunge shaving,” Comput. Methods Appl. Mech. Eng., vol. 199, no. 25–28, pp. 1677–1690, May 2010.
 A. Fuentes, F. L. Litvin, B. R. Mullins, R. L. Woods, and R. F. Handschuh, “Design and Stress Analysis of Low-Noise Adjusted Bearing Contact Spiral Bevel Gears,” J. Mech. Des. Trans. ASME, vol. 124, no. 3, p. 524, 2002.
 J. H. Argyris, A. Fuentes, and F. L. Litvin, “Computerized Integrated Approach for Design and Stress Analysis of Spiral Bevel Gears,” Comput. Methods Appl. Mech. Eng., vol. 191, no. 11–12, pp. 1057–1095, Jan. 2002.