Ivan Esparragoza

Professor, Engineering
Office Phone: 610-892-1420
Office Location: Tomezsko Classroom Building, 207 K

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Ivan E. Esparragoza received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia and his MSc. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Florida International University, Miami, FL. Dr. Esparragoza's research in the areas of mechanics of composites and fracture mechanics has been published in several peer reviewed journals. His research interests also include global engineering design and education. He works with partners in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean to facilitate research experiences in an international context for students. His work in these fields has been presented in several national and international conferences. For some projects, Dr. Esparragoza has received funding from NSF, in collaboration with other Penn State faculty members and colleagues from other institutions.

Dr. Esparragoza encourages his students to work on research outside the classroom as part of their formation, including projects in collaboration with students from institutions abroad. During the summer 2007, he took three students to an international conference in Mexico, where they presented their work.

Dr. Esparragoza believes that teaching is his most crucial responsibility as a faculty member. He feels passion teaching and tries to keep a dynamic setting in the classroom, engaging the students in the learning process. He received the Penn State Engineering Society Outstanding Teaching Award in 2005. Dr. Esparragoza is actively involved in the Latin American and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institution (LACCEI) as a regional Vice-President, and in the International and Minority Divisions of the American Society for Engineering Education.

Recent Publications and Presentations

Cherepanov, G.P., and Esparragoza, I.E., 2008. A Fracture Entrainment Model for Snow Avalanches. Journal of Glaciology, Vol. 54, No. 184, pp. 1-7.

Esparragoza, I.E., Gutierrez, D., Aguilar, M., Rodriguez, C., Maury, H., Penagos, J.W., Ocampo, J. and Alvarez. D. 2007. Building international collaboration experiences among LACCEI institutions through global design projects. Latin American and Caribbean Journal of Engineering Education, V1, (1), pp. 20-26.

Cherepanov,G.P., and Esparragoza, I.E. 2007. On Self-Sustaining Fracture Waves. International Journal of Fracture, Letters in Fracture and Micromechanics, V144, (3), pp. 197-202.

Cherepanov, G.P., and Esparragoza, I.E. 2007. Progressive Collapse of Towers: The Resistance Effect. International Journal of Fracture, Letters in Fracture and Micromechanics, V143, (2), pp. 203-206.

Cherepanov, G.P.,and Esparragoza, I.E. 2006. Destruction Mechanics: Self-Destruction. International Journal of Applied Mechanics and Engineering, Vol 12, No. 2, pp. 565-570.

Esparragoza, I.E., Levy, C., and Caudill, N.E. 2006. Thermal stresses in a single elastic fiber embedded in an infinite matrix. International Journal of Applied Mechanics and Engineering. Vol. 11, No.3, pp. 577-591.

Esparragoza, I.E., 2005, Thermal stresses in a fiber embedded in a matrix under steady heat conduction. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Composites/Nano Engineering, 1-6 August 2005, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain.

Esparragoza, I.E., 2005, Plastic stresses at the tip of a crack impinging perpendicularly the interface of two different elastic-plastic materials, International Journal of Applied Mechanics and Engineering, Vol. 10, No. 2, 207-216.

Esparragoza, I.E., 2005, The anti-plane shear problem of debonding of two solids made of power law hardening materials, International Journal of Fracture, 131, 289-296.

Media inquiries in engineering design and global engineering education issues welcomed.