Dr. Andres Rubiano

Instructional Assistant Professor
Address MAE-B 307 Phone: 352-273-2823


Andrés Rubiano (PhD, University of Florida; MSc, Universidad de los Andes) is an Instructional Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of Florida. He currently teaches Mechanical Engineering Design 1 and 3 (Capstone Design). He has over 12 years of combined experience in teaching high school Physics and Calculus, GRE and GMAT prep courses (Quantitative Reasoning sections), and mechanical engineering undergraduate and graduate courses, including Advanced Heat Transfer, Combustion, Computer Aided Design, Mechanics of Materials, Fluid Mechanics, and Mech Design.

Dr. Rubiano’s non-academic work experience includes the patient-specific, biocompatible and structural integrity design of cardiovascular occluders, thermal-structure Finite Element Analysis for blow-molded High-Density Polyethylene seats, countercurrent fixed-bed gasification of biomass (palm tree and coffee husk), motion-capture-based biomechanics studies for robotics applications, and most recently, heart and liver microphysiological systems (organs-on-a-chip) at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


Ph.D. University of Florida – Mechanical Engineering with a graduate minor in Biomedical Engineering
M.Sc. (Thesis) Universidad de los Andes – Mechanical Engineering (Energy Conversion track)
B.S. Universidad de los Andes – Mechanical Engineering

Teaching Interests

Mechanical Engineering core courses: Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Mechanics of Materials, Statics, Dynamics, Thermodynamics, CAD, and Mech Design. Particular interest in Combustion, Renewable Energy, and Biology for Engineers.

Research Interests

Microphysiological systems, tissue engineering, biomechanics, organs-on-a-chip, mechanobiology, renewable energy systems, gasification, and regenerative medicine.