Manuel Hernandez

Manuel Hernandez

PhD and MS Mechanical Engineering, Univ of Florida BS Mechanical Engineering, Univ of the Philippines Chairman, Department of Mechanical Engineering Univ of the Philippines '84-'87 Pilot, Single Engine Airplanes, Hang gliding, Sky Diving- Hobbies

Gainesville, Florida, United States
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1983 University of Florida , PhD , Mechanical Engineering
1979 University of Florida , MS , Mechanical Engineering
1975 University of the Philippines , BS , Mechanical Engineering

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Consultant (Balik Scientist Program) in the Department of Science and Technology of the Philippines- involved in the development, engineering, design/redesign of machinery, components and systems in the research and development projects of the Department. Noted projects: mass transit systems(automated guideway, hybrid road trains, hybrid railway trains), food processing equipment, packaging equipment, water hyacinth harvester, water filtration, weather buoys and agricultural machinery. 2011 to present in 2-3 month stints about 2-3 a year

Consultant to the Vice president for Manufacturing of the Universal Robina Corporation, a food manufacturing conglomerate.  Involved in the engineering, review/redesign of machinery for  production and operation requirements. July 2010-Jan 2012

 Adjunct Faculty in Mathematics at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida.  Taught College Algebra and Calculus for Business. 2008-2009

 Instructor to Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering,  University of the Philippines. Taught engineering science courses(statics, dynamics, hydraulics, strength of materials, engineering drawing), mechanical engineering courses(laboratory subjects, machining and manufacturing courses, kinematics and dynamics of machinery, machine design series, internal combustion engines, heat transfer, powerplants, refrigeration and air conditioning, fluid machinery, aerodynamics) and graduate courses(advanced machine design, advanced mechanisms, gas dynamics, adv strength of materials and composite materials)  June 1976 to July 2005

 Chairman, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of the Philippines.   October 1984 – July 1987


Technical and Management Consultant for Engineering, Maintenance and Special Projects for several companies namely ACME Tools Company(forged and machined steel products), Bal-Asia  Spice Corporation(plant and machinery design, cold storage design) ARGO Steel Fabrications(structural steel fabrication and erection), Holcim Cement Plant(maintenance issues), Green Carbon Corp.(design and fabrication supervision of the activated carbon kilns and processing equipment), and Orthopedic International Inc.(formed and machined  orthopedic implants).    2000-2005

 Head of Engineering, NorthWest Steel Company, Steel Mill Division(Reinforcing bar mill project-we dismantled the Birmingham Steel Mill in Seattle, shipped and built with modifications in the Phil) and Steel Fabrication Division (formed and welded steel poles & structural steel members). Designed and fabricated the bending machines, presses and punchers, automatic welding machines and materials handling equipment.  August 1997-June 2001

Vice President for Engineering and Special Projects – SteelAsia Manufacturing Corporation,. Project Manager for the construction of a Modern Steel ReBars Rolling Mill. Responsible for the plant design, engineering, construction and preparation for operations.  August 1994 – July 1997

Head of Engineering and R & D, MK Screens,  company manufacturing  well–screens and Gabion wire mesh.  Major projects were upgrading of the well screen making machine, design and construction of CNC machine tools, wire drawing machinery, wire galvanizing line and the Gabion wire mesh weaving machines.  August 1992 –July 1994

Vice President for Engineering and Maintenance, H. M. Montenegro Group of Companies – Pacific Activated Carbon, Filipinas Activated Carbon, Titan MegaBags, Titan Mega Tiles, Pexcor Shipping and  Pacific Flora.  Project manager for  a) Capacity expansion and machinery upgrading of the activated carbon plants, b) First supersack (bulkbags) manufacturing plant in the Philippines, c) Vinyl Tiles plant, d) Construction of 5 marine cargo vessels, e) Prawn and Fish farms and f) Cut flowers farm.  August 1988 – July 1992

 Designer and Fabricator  Stainless Steel Kalamansi (Philippine Lemon) Juice Extractor for MLM Foods, October 1986 – January 1987.

 Project Manager and Contractor for the Design, Fabrication, Installation and Testing of the Electrical/Electronic and Mechanical Systems of the Audio-Visual Equipment for 30 Agri-Vans of the Ministry of Agriculture.  March – September 1984.

 Project Engineer/Manager in Jamar Industrial Company, a steel fabrication and machine shop serving coconut oil mills, industrial plants, chemical and food manufacturing companies, 1977 – 1978.

 Third Party Inspector for Mobil Oil Company(Philippines) for the fabrication of LPG Bulk Tanks by Engineering Equipment Incorporated, 1977

 Project Team Member – design and fabrication of the hydraulic turbines and mechanical equipment, Mini-Hydro Plant Development Project of the National Water Resources Council of the Philippines,  August 1977 – July 1978.

 Established a  Business - manufacturing bent tubings for bicycle handlebars, backrests and heat exchanger coils. 1977.

 Maintenance Manager, Toilet Soap Department, Procter & Gamble Philippine Manufacturing Company. Manager of a maintenance group(17 technicians/mechanics) servicing automatic packaging machines, processing equipment,  refrigeration systems, electrical and electronic systems. 1975 – 1976.

 Visiting Exchange Professor, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan in the study of composite materials, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Program    March – April  1988

 Study tour in Energy Engineering in the USA. Visited and studied the Altamonte Windfarms in California, Solar Energy and Mini-hydro Installations in California, Oregon and Wisconsin.  

August - September 1987


 Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science,Mechanical Engineering, April 1983, Aug. 1979 University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, U.S.A.

 One semester work (MSME), Fall 1978, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A.

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, April 1975

University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City



Flew single engine airplanes and gliders. Also had a skydiving experience