Dr. Jose Garcia graduated with PhD and MSc. degrees from the Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE) department at Purdue University West Lafayette. He worked as a Research Assistant Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) from 2011 to 2012. While at IIT, he started a fluid power laboratory for instructional and research use and was teaching and developing the curriculum for engineering courses in fluid power and data acquisition and instrumentation. Dr. Garcia authored funded proposals for research in fluid power and tribology.
As a graduate student at Purdue he was involved in several local and statewide recruitment events, where he was able to develop short workshops in fluid power and STEM fields for promoting the department among middle and high school students. Additionally, he has relevant mentoring experience with undergraduate students (18+ students). He was recognized in 2009 with the “Graduate Student Mentor of the Summer” award and nominated for the same award in 2010. His most significant contribution to outreach and education in engineering was his involvement in the design of a robotic water hydraulic arm for fluid power instruction in the classroom.
At the present his current research in fluid power focuses on electric-hydraulic hybrid vehicles, and the application of hydraulic drive-trains for middle and small sized wind power turbines. He is also working on the development of a new generation of hydraulic components and systems that can operate using environmentally friendlier fluids. Dr. Garcia has plans to actively continue the development of practical teaching tools that bring industry applications to the classroom.