Benito R. Fernandez, Ph.D.
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
Dr. Fernandez was born in Venezuela where he studied Chemical (1979) and Materials (1981) Engineering. In 1981 came as a Visiting Scholar to the USA for graduate work at MIT where he received a MS (1985) and PhD (1988) in Mechanical Engineering (Majoring in Systems Engineering). Dr. Fernandez is an specialist in Applied Intelligence: the use of different technologies (that include: Artificial Neural Networks, Fuzzy Systems, Genetic Algorithms, Artificial Immune Systems, Robust Control, Robust Fault Diagnosis and Prognosis, Automated Modeling, Mechatronics, Evolutionary Design, etc.) to bring about intelligent devices and systems. He is also and expert in Nonlinear Robust Control and Mechatronics. In 1995 he taught with Dr. Bryant the first Mechatronics course for industry in the US. The application areas of his research include: Manufacturing Automation, Industrial Equipment Diagnostics and Prognosis, Evolutionary Robotics, Hybrid (Mixed-Signal) Processors, eXtreme (Resilient) Devices, Underwater ROV Maneuvering, Smart Energy Systems, and Mechatronic Design. Dr. Fernandez is the founder and Director of the NERDLab (Neuro-Engineering Research & Development Laboratory) and the LIME (Laboratory for Intelligent Manufacturing Engineering).