University of California, Riverside

Department of Mechanical Engineering



Guillermo Aguilar


Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

Guillermo Aguilar

Professor and Chair, Mechanical Engineering
Guillermo Aguilar

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara, 1999

Bourns Hall A345
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521

Telephone: 951-827-7717
Facsimile: 951-827-2899
E-mail: gaguilar@engr.ucr.edu

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Professor Guillermo Aguilar received his Bachelors degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1993, and his Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1995 and 1999, respectively.

Research Topics

Dr. Aguilar's research focuses on the experimental and numerical modeling of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and thermal processes relevant to biomedical optics and medical laser applications. This includes the combined use of cryogen cooling and laser irradiation for the therapy of various dermatologic conditions, drug perfusion, cryosurgeries, and cartilage reshaping, among other applications. Other research interests include droplet and spray atomization dynamics for heat transfer applications as well as laser processing and optical characterization of advanced materials.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Society of Lasers in Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS)
    • Member since 2001
    • Fellow since 2003
    • Former Board Member (Bioengineering Representative: Served 04/2008-04/2011.)
  • International Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems (ILASS)
    • Member since 2000
    • Editorial Board Member since 2011
  • International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE)
    • Member since 1999
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
    • Member since 1993
  • Society of Hispanic Professionals and Engineers (SHPE)
    • Member and Faculty Advisor since 2004
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
    • Member since 2005
  • Sociedad Mexicana de Fisica (SMF)
    • Member since 2007

Selected Publications

  • G. Aguilar, B. Majaron, W. Verkruysse, Y. Zhou, J.S. Nelson, and E.J. Lavernia, "Theoretical and Experimental Analysis of Droplet Diameter, Temperature, and Evaporation Rate Evolution in Cryogenic Sprays", Int. J. of Heat and Mass Transfer, 2001, V.44, N17, pp. 3201-3211.
  • S.H. Diaz, G. Aguilar, E.J. Lavernia, and B.J.F. Wong, "Modeling the thermal response of porcine cartilage to laser irradiation", IEEE J. of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, 2001, 7(6), pp. 944-951.
  • G. Aguilar, W. Verkruysse, B. Majaron, L.O. Svaasand, E.J. Lavernia, and J.S. Nelson, "Measurement of heat flux and heat transfer coefficient during continuous cryogen spray cooling for laser dermatologic surgery", IEEE J. of Selected Topics in Quantum Electronics, 2001, 7(6), pp. 1013-1021.
  • G. Aguilar, S.H. Diaz, E.J. Lavernia, and J.S. Nelson, "Cryogen spray cooling efficiency: Improvement of port wine stain laser therapy through multiple-intermittent cryogen spurts and laser pulses", Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 2002, 31, pp. 27-35.
  • G. Aguilar, G.X. Wang, and J. S. Nelson, "Dynamic Cooling Behavior during Cryogen Spray Cooling: Effects of Spurt Duration and Spray Distance", Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 2003, 32, pp.152-159.
  • M. Childers, W. Franco, J.S. Nelson, G. Aguilar, “Laser surgery of port wine stains using local vacuum pressure: Changes in skin morphology and optical properties (Part I)”, Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 2007, 39, pp. 108-117.
  • W. Franco, M. Childers, J.S. Nelson, G. Aguilar, “Laser surgery of port wine stains using local vacuum pressure: Changes in calculated energy deposition (Part II)”, Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 2007, 39, pp. 118-127.
  • H. Vu, O. García-Valladares, G. Aguilar, “Vapor/liquid phase interactions in flare flashing sprays” in press Int. J. of Heat and Mass Transfer, 51, pp. 5721-5731, 2008.
  • F. Sun, A. Chaney, G. Aguilar, “Thermal modeling and experimental validation of human hair and skin heated by broadband light”, Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 41, pp. 161-169, 2009.
  • J. E. Alaniz, F. Perez-Gutierrez, G. Aguilar, J. E. Garay, “Optical properties of transparent nanocrystalline yttria stabilized zirconia”, Optical Materials, 32, pp.62-68, 2009.
  • J. Liu, H. Vu, S.S. Yoon, R. Jepsen, G. Aguilar, “Splashing phenomena during liquid droplet impact”, Atomization and Sprays, 20(4), 297-310, 2010.
  • F. G. Pérez-Gutiérrez, S. Camacho-López, R. Evans, G. Guillén, B.S. Goldschmidt, J.A. Viator, G. Aguilar, “Viability of Melanoma Cells Irradiated with Nanosecond Laser Pulses”, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 38(11), 3521-3531, 2010.
  • L. Martínez-Suástegui, B. Duperray, F. Godinez, G. Guillén, A. Slade, G. Aguilar, “Laser-Assisted Cryosurgery in ex vivo Mice Hepatic Tissue: Viability Assays Using Green Fluorescent Protein”, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 39(2), 636-648, 2011.

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