Gregorio M. Vélez-García
1467 Scott St
Christiansburg, VA 24073

EDUCATION: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Blacksburg, VA
PhD of Science in Macromolecular Science and Engineering
GPA: 3.70 – Concentration in Computational Fluid Mechanics
Advisors: Dr. P. Wapperom and Dr. D.G. Baird
Degree Expected: Spring 2009

University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez, PR
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering
GPA: 3.80 – Concentration in Biotechnology
Advisors: Dr. J. Benítez
Degree: Spring 2000

University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez, PR
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
GPA: 3.13 – Concentration in Biotechnology
Minor in Economics
Degree: Spring 1994

EMPLOYMENT: Virginia Tech – Blacksburg, VA
August 2004 – Present
Graduate Research Assistant

Oak Ridge National Laboratories – Oak Ridge, TN
May 2006 – August 2006
Summer Intern

University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez, PR
August 2000 – Present

Classes taught:
  • Chemical Manufacturing Process
  • Fluids Mechanics for Chemical Engineers
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Plant Design I
  • Biotechnological Unit Operations
  • Applied Statistics
  • Special Problems
  • Plastic Technology
  • Polymer Processing
  • Static Mechanics
  • Material Science
  • Programming: Fortan Language
  • Programming: C Language
  • Programming: VBA Applications
  • Fundamentals of Injection Molding

  • Administrative positions:
  • Director of the Unit Operations lab in the Chemical Engineering Dept. at UPR-Mayagüez, 2003-04
  • Director of the Engineering's Computer Center in the General Engineering Dept. at UPR-Mayagüez, 2000-02

  • Consultant for Electronic, pharmaceutical, and medical device companies in Puerto Rico
    • Edwards Lifesciences Co, Añasco, Puerto Rico
    • Advanced Medical Optics Co, Añasco, Puerto Rico
    • Techno Plastics Industries, Añasco, Puerto Rico
    • Ocular Sciences Co., Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico
    • Lilly del Caribe – Carolina, Puerto Rico
    • Lilly del Caribe – Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
    • Dukane Corporation, IL
    • Hewlett Packard, Materials division, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
    • Security Plastics, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
    Interamerican University of Puerto Rico – San German, PR
    August 1997 – 2000

    University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez, PR
    August 1994 – 1998
    Graduate Research Assistant

    University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez, PR
    Undergraduate Research Assistant (2 projects)
    • Bioerodible polymers for controlled release :: August 1992July 1994
    • Development of Hybrid Artificial Pancreas :: May 1990August 1992

    SHORT COURSES AND TRAINING : Faculty Development Instutitute courses, Virginia Tech, August 2004 - present
    Pharmaceutical Extrusion, Leistritz Corp., May 2006
    Nanotechnology for educators, Penn State University, Fall 2005
    Pancreatic cells isolation, Diabetes Research Institute, Fall 1996

    LEADERSHIP : Secretary of SPE Caribbean Chapter, July 2002 - June 2003
    Member of the orginizing comitee of the 1st Manufacturing Symposium at UPR-Mayagüez, November 2003
    Member of the orginizing comitee of the Environmental and Safety Symposium at UPR-Mayagüez, 2000-02
    Member of the orginizing comitee of the Manufacturing Engineering Education Partnership Meeting at UPR-Mayagüez, March 1996
    President of the Chemical Engineering's Graduate Student Association at UPR-Mayagüez, 1995-96

    Chevron-Phillips Chemical Professional Excellence Travel Award
    Interdisciplinary Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (NSF–IGERT) Fellowship, August 2004-06
    CEP-NASA Fellowship, June1997-98
    MARC Scholarship Award, April 1997
    BMES Travel Award, October 1996
    Pannelist in the 3rd NSF-AMP National Meeting, July 1996
    Prize to academic excellence given by AMP program, Spring 1993
    PR-AMP Travel Award, October 1992

    – GNU C, Matlab, Mathcad, Mathematica, Visual Basic Applications,Kaleidagraph
    – Tecplot, Image processing toolbox in matlab, Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop
    – Vi editor, Minitab, Design Expert, Polyflow, ImageJ

    Polymer processing
    – Injection molding
    – Ultrasonic welding

    Experimental and Analytical Techniques
    – Wet lab
    – Statistical analysis and Design of Experiments
    - Instrumentation: Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy, Reflective Microscopy, DMA

    – Spanish
    – English
    – Italian

    Oral and written technical communication

    Engineering and Surveying Association of Puerto Rico

    PUBLICATIONS: Journal articles:
    Eberle, A. P. R.; Baird, D. G.; Wapperom, P.; Velez, G. M., “Rheology and associated microstructure of short glass fiber-filled polymeric fluids,” manuscript in progress.
    Boyd, RF, López, M, Stephens, CL, Vélez, GM, Ramírez, CA, Zydney, AL, “Solute washout experiments for characterizing mass transport in hollow fiber immunoisolation membranes”
    In: Annals of Biomedical Engineering 24: S-9, 1996
    Ramírez, CA, Stephens, CL, “Effect of maintenance glucose concentration and length of culture on the glucose-induced insulin response of isolated rat islets”, Hormone and Metabolic Research, 24: 197-199, 1992. (Acknowleged)

    Conference proceedings:
    Kunc, V.; Frame, B., Nguyen, B.N., Tucker, C.L.,Velez, G. M., “Fiber Length Distribution Measurement for Long Glass and Carbon Fiber Reinforced Injection Molded Thermoplastics. SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exposition (ACCE) Technical Paper, 2007
    Dilán, H, Holt, K, Vélez, G, “Characterization of ultrasonic plastic welding parameters in lessening the need for a design of experiment (DOE) Analysis”. ANTEC 2004.
    Santiago, LY, López, G, Stephens, CL, Vélez, GM, Boyd, RF, Zydney, AL, Ramírez, CA, “Solute transport in the hybrid artificial pancreas device: In vitro results and mathematical simulation”, 5th World Congress of Chemical Engineering: Technologies Critical to a Changing World, San Diego, CA, July 14-18, 1996, II: Agriculture, Food, Biotechnology, Biomedical, Electric Power, and Process Safety, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, New York City, NY, 1996, pp. 785-791

    Industrial publications:
    Acosta, M., Vélez, G. Structural characterization of ink jet cartridges as function of process parameters. Hewlett Packard internal publication. Note: Confidential publication