• Department Head, Mechanical Engineering
  • Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • James and Ada Forsyth Professor
Dr. Guillermo Aguilar

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara - 1999
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California Santa Barbara - 1995
  • B.S., Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, National Autonomous University of Mexico - 1993

Research Interests

    • Biological tissue thermal management/cryogenic spray cooling
    • Biomedical optics/biomaterials development and characterization
    • Non-invasive optical imaging
    • Medical laser applications/laser-tissue rewarming
    • Optical-induced cavitation/controlled surface erosion/mitigation

Awards & Honors

  • 2023 American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellow
  • 2021-Present Emeritus/Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering UC Riverside
  • 2020 American Society of Mechanical Engineering Fellow
  • 2019 National Academy of Engineering of Mexico
  • 2014 STAR Award: Educator of the Year (SHPE)
  • 2003 American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) Fellow
  • 2002-2007 Research Scientist Development Award
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Member

Selected Publications

  • Alvarez C, Berrospe-Rodriguez C, Wu C, Pasek-Allen J, Khosla K, Bischof J, et al. Photothermal heating of titanium nitride nanomaterials for fast and uniform laser warming of cryopreserved biomaterials. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology. 2022;10.
  • Gonzalez-Parra JC, Robles V, Devia-Cruz LF, Rodriguez-Beltran RI, Cuando-Espitia N, Camacho-Lopez S, et al. Mitigation of cavitation erosion using laser-induced periodic surface structures. Surfaces and Interfaces. 2022;29:101692.
  • Penilla E, Devia-Cruz L, Wieg A, Martinez-Torres P, Cuando-Espitia N, Sellappan P, et al. Ultrafast laser welding of ceramics. Science. 2019;365(6455):803-8.
  • Robles V, Gonzalez-Parra JC, Cuando-Espitia N, Aguilar G. The effect of scalable PDMS gas-entrapping microstructures on the dynamics of a single cavitation bubble. Scientific Reports. 2022;12(1):20379.
  • Robles V, Gutierrez-Herrera E, Devia-Cruz L, Banks D, Camacho-Lopez S, Aguilar G. Soft material perforation via double-bubble laser-induced cavitation microjets. Physics of Fluids. 2020;32(4):042005.