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Marco A. Arocha, Ph. D.
Professor
Ph.D. University of California

Office , Stefani Building
Mayagüez, PR 00680
(787) 832-4040, Ext.
E-Mail: marcoantonio.arocha@upr.edu

Professional Experience

  • 2004-present, Professor, General Engineering Dept., UPR-Mayagüez
  • 1999-2004, Associate Professor and Headperson, General Engineering Dept., UPR-Mayagüez
  • 2000-2003, Faculty Fellow Senior Researcher, Warner Lambert-Pfizer, Adams R&D Headquarters, Morris Plains, NJ
  • 1996-1999, Assistant Professor, General Engineering Dept., UPR-Mayagüez
  • Summer-1998, Faculty Fellow Senior Researcher, Warner Lambert-Pfizer, Adams R&D Headquarters, Morris Plains, NJ
  • Summer-1998, Faculty Fellow Senior Researcher, Warner Lambert-Pfizer, Adams R&D Headquarters, Morris Plains, NJ
  • 1990-1995, Research and Teacher Assistant, Ph.D. Graduate Student, Chemical Engineering Dept., University of California-Davis
  • 1989-1990, Instructor, General Engineering Dept., UPR-Mayagüez
  • 1986-1989, Research and Teacher Assistant, M.S. Graduate Student
    Chemical Eng. Dept., UPR-Mayagüez and Dept. of Physiology, UPR-Rio Piedras.
  • Summer 1986, Research Engineer, PRASA and UPR-Mayagüez
  • 1982-1985, Plant Manager, Paraffins & Oils, Inc.; Querétaro, México
  • 1980-1982, Process Engineer, Paraffins & Oils, Inc.; Querétaro, México
  • 1979-1980, Laboratory Manager, Paraffins & Oils, Inc.; México, D.F.
  • 1977-1978, Quality Control Technician, Paraffins & Oils, Inc.; México, D.F.

Professional Preparation

  • 1995, Ph.D. Chemical Engineering. University of California-Davis.
  • 1989, M.S. Chemical Engineering. University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez.
  • 1978, B.S. Chemical Engineering. National Polytechnic Institute-México, City

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • Arocha MA, Jackman AP, and McCoy BJ. “Adsorption Kinetics of Toluene on Soil Agglomerates: Soil as a Biporous Sorbent,” Environmental Science and Technology, 1996, 30, 1500-1507.
  • Arocha MA, McCoy BJ, and Jackman AP. “VOC Immobilization in Soil by Adsorption, Absorption and Encapsulation,” Journal of Hazardous Materials, 1996, 51, 131-149.
  • Arocha MA, Jackman AP, and McCoy BJ. “Numerical Analysis of Sorption and Diffusion in Soil with Micropores, Macropores, and Organic Matter,” Computers in Chemical Engineering , 1997, 21, 489-499.
  • Arocha MA, Jackman AP, and McCoy BJ. “Vapor-Phase Contaminant Transport in Soil with Micropores, Macropores, and Organic Matter: A Diffusion Model for Sorption and Desorption Experiments,” Environmental Science and Technology, resubmitted.
  • Arocha MA, Vargas FF, Ramirez-Vick JE. “Albumin Effect on the Permeability of Cultured Endothelium.” Journal of Applied Physiology, 2004.
  • Arocha MA, “Gum Base Model I: Understading the Functionality of the
    Ingredients in the Gum Base by Neural Networks Modeling” Project Report to Warner Lambert-Pfizer Company, 1998
  • Arocha MA, “Gum Base Model II: Flavor and Bolus Size Optimization”
    Project Report to Warner Lambert-Pfizer Company, 1999
  • Arocha MA, McCoy and BJ Jackman AP. “Vapor Phase Contaminant Transport in Soil: A BidiffusionalModel for Sorption and Desorption Data” Proceedings of the 14th Caribbean Water Resources Conference Mayagüez, Nov. 2001.
  • Arocha MA, Jackman AP and McCoy BJ. “Sorption and Desorption Behavior of Volatile Organic Contaminants in Soil.” Proceedings of the 214th American Chemical Society, Sept. 1997.
  • Arocha MA. “Sorption, Diffusion, and Immobilization of Volatile Organic Compounds in Soil,” Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California-Davis, 1995.
  • Arocha MA. “Cultured Endothelial Cell Monolayers as a Model System to Study the Effect of Albumin on the Permeability to Water Across Endothelium,” M.S. Thesis, 1989.
  • Arocha MA. “Design of a White Mineral Oil and Petroleum Sulfonate Refinery,” B.S. Thesis, 1978.

Synergistic Activities

  • Member of the Ad Hoc Committee to establish a Master Science program in Materials Science and Engineering
  • Member of the Ad Hoc Committee to establish a Ph.D. program in Bioengineering
  • Co-PI of the US DoEd funded project: “Materials Science and Engineering Education Improvement for a Hispanic-Serving Institution,” MSEIP-US DoEd to create laboratory infrastructure for teaching Materials Science and Engineering
  • PI of the NSF funded project: “Bioengineering Research and Education (BReEd) Experiences at UPRM” Project to establish a BS in Bioengineering at UPRM.
  • Co-PI of the Water Research Institute funded project: “Sorption Behavior of Crumb Rubber to Remove Inorganic an Organic Contaminants From Aqueous Solutions.”

Collaborators and Other Affiliations

  • Collaborators
    • Alan Jackman, Chemical Engineering, Department University of California-Davis
    • Ben McCoy, Chemical Engineering, Department University of California-Davis
    • Maharaj Tomar, Physics Department, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez

Awards and Honors

  • 1975, Valor Juvenil Nacional (BS student, national academic award, México, City)
  • 1987, Ana G. Méndez Fellowship (MS student, UPR-Mayagüez)
  • 1989, The National Dean’s List (MS student, UPR-Mayagüez)
  • 1991, TOPS (Ph.D. student, academic award at UC-Davis)
  • 2000, Distinguish Professor, School of Engineering, UPR-Mayaguez




Telephone: (787) 832-4040, Extension: 3336, 2398
Fax: (787) 265-3816
email: ciym@uprm.edu
Department of Engineering Science and Materials,
Stefani Building, Office 601
PO Box 9000, Mayagüez PR 00681-9000