Arturo Pacheco-Vega

Dr. Pacheco-Vega
Engingeering, Computer Science and Technology
Mechanical Engineering
Office Location: ET A-410
Phone: (323) 343-4492 Email:


Welcome to my Faculty page. For additional information please visit my biographical page, here


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, 2002

  • University of Notre Dame
    Notre Dame, IN, USA 

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2000

  • University of Notre Dame
    Notre Dame, IN, USA 

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, 1996

  • Universidad de Guanajuato
    Salamanca, GTO., Mexico 

B.S. Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, 1988 

  • Universidad Iberoamericana 
    Leon, GTO., Mexico 


Fall 2018 (August 20 - December 15)
ME 4090 - Mechanical Engineering Analysis MW 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm ET A226
ENGR 4970 - Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering (Seminar Series)  F     1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET A126
Office Hours (drop in)  W    3:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET A410
Advising Hours (drop in) 

MW 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

ET A410




  • Heat Conduction
  • Heat Convection
  • Energy Systems
  • Mechanical Engineering Analysis


  • Dynamics I
  • Thermodynamics II
  • Control of Mechanical Systems
  • Fluid Mechanics I and Laboratory
  • Heat Transfer I
  • Matrix Algebra for Engineers
  • Introduction to Numerical Methods for Engineers I



  • Simulation and control of thermal systems
  • Soft computing technologies
  • System and process optimization
  • Heat and fluid flow data analysis
  • Nonlinear dynamical systems
  • Analytical and numerical methods for PDEs
  • Micro-scale fluid flow and heat transfer
  • Electronic cooling
  • Fractional differential equations and applications
  • Biological and biologically-inspired systems

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS* (only included those of last four years)

Journal Papers and Book Chapters  

Li, K.M., Sen, M., and Pacheco-Vega, A., 2018, "Fractional-Derivative Approximation of Relaxation in Complex Systems," Submitted for review to: Complexity.

Silva-Arellano, J., Gonzalez-Potes, A., Ibarra-Junquera, V., Szederkenyi, G., Pedroza, A., Pacheco-Vega, A., Escalante-Minakata, P. and Ornelas-Paz, J.J., 2018, "Reachability Analysis for Fed-Batch Bioreactors: A Generalized Solution," Submitted for review to: International Journal of Chemical Reactor Engineering.

Pacheco-Vega, A., Diaz G., Sen M., and Yang K.T., 2018, “Applications of Artificial Neural Networks and Genetic Methods in Thermal Engineering,” in: CRC Handbook of Thermal Engineering, 2nd Edition, R.P. Chhabra (Ed.), CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, Section 4.27, pp. 1217-1269.

Wu, A. and Pacheco-Vega, A., 2017, "Cooling System Optimization for a Terahertz Radiation Detector via Parametric Analysis of the Fluid-Solid Interaction Problem," Applied Mathematical Modelling, Vol. 45, pp. 1044–1066.

Pacheco-Vega, A., Dugast, F., Renault, P. and Tohid, U., 2017, "Numerical Investigation of Engineering Systems: Analysis of Accuracy Reduction Due to Mode Oversimplification," Heat Transfer Engineering, Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 26–36.

Romero-Mendez, R., Lara Vazquez, P., Oviedo-Tolentino, F., Duran-Garcia, H.M., Perez-Gutierrez, F.G. and Pacheco-Vega, A., 2016, "Use of Artificial Neural Networks for Prediction of the Convective Heat Transfer in Evaporative Mini-Tubes." Ingenierıa Investigacion y Tecnologia (Engineering Research and Technology), Vol.XVII, No. 1, pp. 23–34.

Cobian-Iñiguez, J., Wu, A., Dugast, F., and Pacheco-Vega, A., 2015, "Numerically-Based Parametric Analysis of Plain Fin and Tube Compact Heat Exchangers," Applied Thermal Engineering, Vol. 86, pp. 1–13.

Baghdasarian, M., Pacheco-Vega, A., Pacheco J.R., and Verzicco, R., 2014,“Mixing in Thermally Stratified Nonlinear Spin-Up With Uniform Boundary Fluxes,” Physics of Fluids, Vol. 26, Article No. 096602, pp. 1–15.

Romero-Mendez, R., Hidalgo Lopez, J.M., Duran-Garcia, H.M., and Pacheco-Vega, A., 2014, "Use of Artificial Neural Networks for Prediction of Convective Heat Transfer in Evaporative Units," Ingenierıa Investigacion y Tecnologıa (Engineering Research and Technology), Vol. XV, No. 1, pp. 93–101.


Conference and Symposium Papers (Refereed)   

Moon, J., Pacheco, J.R., and Pacheco-Vega, A., 2018, "Heat Transfer Enhancement in Wavy Micro-Channels Through Multiharmonic Surfaces," Accepted in: 2018 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.

Li, K.M., Sen, M., and Pacheco-Vega, A., 2018, “Fractional-order-based system identification for heat exchangers,” in: Proceedings of the 3rd World Congress on Momentum, Heat and Mass Transfer (MHMT’18), Budapest, Hungary, Paper No. ENFHT 134.

Baltazar, J., Yarian, A., and Pacheco-Vega, A., 2018, "Development of P- PD-and PID-fuzzy SISO controllers of a sub-scaled multi-room building test-bed,” in: Proceedings of the 3rd Thermal and Fluids Engineering Conference (TFEC), Tampa, FL, USA, Paper No. TFEC-2018-21805.

Gomez, H., Tohid, U., and Pacheco-Vega, A., 2017, “Geometrical effects of channel configuration on the performance of membraneless fuel cells,” in: Proceedings of the 2017 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition, Tampa, FL, USA, Paper No. IMECE2017-72235.

Gomez, H., and Pacheco-Vega, A., 2016, “Parametric analysis of membraneless fuel cells,” in: Proceedings of the Conference on Advances in Mechanical Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey, pp. 376–383.

Grajeda, E., Dugast, F., Gauthier, C., Pacheco, J.R., and Pacheco-Vega, A.2015, “Conjugate heat transfer analysis of multi-harmonic wavy-channels,” in: Proceedings of the International Conference on Energy Systems, Istanbul, Turkey, pp. 1–8.

Baghdasarian, A., Ramos, O., Ruvalcaba, J., Talome, S., Wang, F., Sabatier, L., and Pacheco-Vega, A., 2015, “Design and instrumentation of an experimentaltest-bed for research in energy efficiency in buildings,” in: Proceedings of the 2015 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition, Houston, TX, USA, Paper No. IMECE2015-50098.

Wu, A., Pacheco-Vega, A., and Cobian, J., 2015, “Thermal convection and stress analysis of the cooling system for a terahertz radiation detector,” in: Proceedings of the 13th Intl. Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels, San Francisco, CA, Paper No. ICNMM2015-48373.

Rodriguez-Nikl, T., Won, D.S., Menezes, G.B., Pacheco-Vega, A., Sharif, A., and Ragusa, G., 2015, “Integrated project for sophomore-level engineering course contextualization,” in: Proceedings of American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition 2015, Seattle, WA, June 14–17, Paper No. 13717.

Menezes, G.B., Sharif, A., Pacheco-Vega, A., Won, D.S., Rodriguez-Nikl, T., Ragusa, G., and Khachikian, C.S., 2015, “Sophomore Unified Core Curriculum for Engineering Education (SUCCEEd) at Cal State LA,” in: Proceedings of American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition 2015, Seattle, WA, June 14–17, Paper No. 13705.

Tohid, U., Genger, C., Kaiser, J., Accorsi, I., and Pacheco-Vega, A., 2014, “Parametric Analysis of a PULSCO Vent Silencer,” in: Proceedings of the 2014 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition, Montreal, Canada, Paper No. IMECE2014-36420.

Cobian-Iniguez, J., Dugast, F., and Pacheco-Vega, A., 2014, “Numerically-Based Parametric Study of a Compact Fin-Tube Heat Exchanger,” in: Proceedings of the10th International Conference on Heat Transfer, Fluid Mechanics and Thermodynamics, Article No. 1569879895, pp. 1864–1873.


*Additional publications and presentations on my personal website. 


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