Awards and Recognitions


Congratulations to our Ph.D. students Juan Sebastian Rincon Tabares, Juan Camilo Velasquez, and our undergraduate student Hayden Bilbo for winning the student poster competition at the Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) 2021 virtual meeting with the work entitled: “A Novel Cardiac Patch for Treating Myocardial Infarction.”


Dr. Restrepo received the Best Professor of The Year Award in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Course: ME 5453 Advanced Strength of Materials. 


Our very own Joshua Gale received the "best in college" award in the College of Engineering research showcase. He presented the work that he is developing in my lab to improve bandages for treating chronic wounds.


Our lab exhibit about materials was voted as one of the favorite exhibits by high school students during the Engineering Week UTSA. The ME department got a nice trophy to showcase!!

Presentations and Publications with Undergraduate students

Tabares, J.S.R., Velásquez, J.C., Bilbo, H., Han, H.C. and Restrepo, D., 2021. Novel Architected Material for Cardiac Patches. JOM, pp.1-9.

Berard, D., Navarro, J.D., Bascos, G., Harb, A., Feng, Y., De Lorenzo, R., Hood, R.L. and Restrepo, D., 2021. Novel expandable architected breathing tube for improving airway securement in emergency care. Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 114, p.104211.

Hernandez-Hinojosa, E., Nawn, C.D., Abbott, C., Astorga, D., Jain, P., Restrepo, D. and Hood, R.L., 2020. Bioinspired robotic exoskeleton for endotracheal intubation. Journal of Materials Research and Technology, 9(6), pp.12167-12176.

Enebechi C. N., Zhang Y., Restrepo D., Zavattieri P.D. Modelling of Phase Transforming Cellular Materials (PXCM).

Jarrold G.F, Restrepo D., Mankame N.D., Zavattieri P.D. Cylindrical Shell based Phase Transforming Cellular Materials: Designing a Recoverable Energy Dissipating Material. (August 3, 2017). The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Symposium. Paper 9. 

Cleveland J.M., Restrepo D., Zhang Y., Zavattieri P.D., Mankame N.D., Mechanical Investigation of Phase-Transforming Cellular and Origami Materials. (August 4, 2016). The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Symposium. Paper 30.

Aljabi N.N., Zavattieri P.D., Restrepo D., Phase Transforming Cellular Materials (PXCMs) Design and Assembly.  The Journal of Purdue Undergraduate Research: Vol. 6, Article 21