Gannon Adds Second Visiting Academic to Engineering School

Posted: September 6, 2013

ERIE, Pa. - Gannon University is hosting a visiting professor from Mexico for the 2013-14 academic year. Antonio Cardenas, Ph.D., will be conducting research and teaching classes in the mechanical engineering department of Gannon's College of Engineering and Business.

Cardenas joins Zhong Hui (China, electrical and computer engineering) as Gannon's second visiting academic from abroad this year.

While conducting research on vision-based control for non-holonomic robots, Cardenas will also teach classes such as strength of materials and materials science.

Cardenas earned his bachelor's degree from the University of San Luis Potosi and his master's degree in computer science from the Technological Institute of Monterrey, campus Cuernavaca. He also earned his master's and doctorate in mechanical engineering in 2001 and 2003, respectively, at the University of Notre Dame where he was a classmate of Karinna Vernaza, Ph.D., current Gannon associate professor in mechanical engineering and the College of Engineering and Business's interim associate dean.

"I am very excited to see Gannon expand our visiting professors program," Vernaza said. "This supports our new strategic plan by providing a global perspective to our teaching and scholarly exchanges from which our students will benefit."

Prior to coming to Gannon, Cardenas was a researcher and professor in the Research and Graduate Studies Center (CIEP) at the University of San Luis Potosi.