David Serrano, Ph.D

David Serrano, Ph.D


Office: L-203
T: 787-832-4040 x6484


  • Sc.D.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, 1987
  • M.S.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, 1984
  • B.S.
Universidad de Puerto Rico Mayaguez, PR, 1982


  • 1988-present
Professor (1995) /Associate Professor (1993)/ Assistant Professor (1988-1992), Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez
  • 1984-1988
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA. Research Assistant.
  • 1980-1984
Center for Energy and Environment Research Doe, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, Research Assistant.

Academic and Professional Leadership

  • Director of the Special Projects Laboratory, undergraduate research training in the development of solar powered and hybrid electric vehicles since 1989.
  • SAE Faculty Advisor since 1993
  • Advised students for Formula SAE, MiniBaja, AeroDesign and the WalkingMachine Competitions in the U.S., Mexico and Brazil.
  • Prepared and offered short courses in the design of PV Systems at the C.I.A.P.R.

Conference Publications

  • Veras, E.J., and Serrano, D., “Domain Independent Framework for the Automatic Generation of alternatives During the Conceptualization Process of Design” Proceedings, First World Congress on Intelligent Manufacturing Processes & Systems, Mayagüez, PR, Feb. 13-17, 1995.
  • Serrano, D. and Gossard, D., “Tools and Techniques for Conceptual Design” Chapter 3 of book Artificial Intelligence Approaches to Engineering Design, Editors C. Tong and D. Sriram, Academic Press 1992.
  • Perez, A. And Serrano, D., “Constraint Based Finite Element Geometric Modeling”. ANSYS Technical Conference and Exhibition, Pittsburg, July 7-11, 1991.
  • Serrano, D., “Constraint Based Concurrent Design”. International Journal of Systems Automatic: Research and Applications, 1991.
  • Serrano, D., “Breathing Life into Computer Aided Drafting”. ASME, Proceedings of 1991 International Computers in Engineering Conference and Exhibit, Santa Clara, CA., August 18-21, 1991.
  • Serrano, D., “Automatic Dimensioning in Design for Manufacturing”, ACM Symposium on Solid Modeling Foundations and CAD/CAM Applications, June 5, 1991.
  • Just, F. and Serrano, D., “Selection of Reduction Rations for a Solar Powered Vehicle”, SAE Future Transportation Technology Conference 1990.
  • Sabzevari A., and Serrano, D., “Self Adjusting Blade-Arm Darrieus Wind Turbine”. Proceedings of 1990 World Renewable Energy Congress, Reading, U.K., Sept., 33-28, 1990.
  • Serrano, D., “Managing Constrains in Concurrent Design: First Steps”. ASME, Proceedings of 1990 International Computers in Engineering Conference and Exhibit, Cambridge, MA., Aug. 1990.



  • “Application of Neural Network to Eigen-Parameter Based Damage Detection in Multi-Component Sandwich Ship Hull Structures” Toro C., Shafiq B., Serrano D., Just-Agosto F., ICSS6, Fort Lauderdale Fl., April 2003
  • “Neural Network Vision of an Intelligent Non-destructive Evaluation Autonomous Vehicle”, Rodriguez, F. and Serrano, D., XV Congreso de Ingeniería, Agrimensura y Areas Relacionadas, COINAR 2003, San Juan, P.R., March 2003.


  • Lizama, M., Serrano, D., Martell, D., Carlo, E., and Bravo, E., US Patent no. 6,533,304, Mechanically Assisted Standing Wheelchair, Mar. 18, 2003
  • Lizama, M., Serrano, D., Rivera, J., Soto, J., Jordan, R. and Detres, L., US Patent no. 6,227,981, Ball Ramp Assembly, May. 8, 2001
  • Lizama, M., Serrano, D., Aviles, E., Santana, F., and Valentin, V., US Patent no.6,171,198 B1, Merry Go Round for Wheel Chairs, Jan. 9, 2001


  • Wireless Strain Sensors Embedded Composite for Structure Health Monitoring, Yi Jia, Manuel Toledo-Quiñones, Frederick Just-Agosto, David Serrano, awarded by PRRCA CITI Program, December 15, 2003
  • Affordable Processing and Dynamic Characterization of Sandwich Composite Materials Used in Stealth Applications; DoD-ONR $463,000, PI: Just-Agosto F.A., CoPI: Safiq B., Coutin S., Serrano D., Kieffer S.; Sept. 01-Sept. 04
  • Affordable Processing and dynamic Characterization of Sandwich Composite Materials and Structures, NSF-EPSCoR $623,632, (UPRM/AU/NDSU/UAB Consortium) PI/PD: Just-Agosto F.A.; CoPI: Serrano D., CoPI: Shafiq B., AU PI: Malcolm J. C.; CoPI: Flowers G. T. Marghitu D.B; NDSU PI: Mohammad M., CoPI: Kallmeyer A.R., CoPI:, CoPI: Kellog Kenneth; AUB PI Vaidya U.; Dec. 2000-Dec. 2002
  • PR Million Solar Roof Initiative, PREAA, DOE, PI: Gonzalez, J, Co-Pi: Serrano, D., April 2001- April 2002.