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Dumitru Caruntu, Ph.D., P.E.

Associate Professor

Mechanical Engineering Department

UT Pan American

My strong belief is that teaching engineering has to be exciting and inspiring.

Discovering new engineering challenges, problems and solutions is the main focus of instruction. Students have to get from their professors the enthusiasm and the tools for succeeding in their careers and becoming long-lasting engineering learners. It is amazing how they learn to be creative, yet very analytical in their approaches, and passionate, yet careful and rigorous in their conclusions. I always thought that if the students are excited about the material I teach and understand it, then they can perform and they like it.