Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Dr. Ruby Mehrubeoglu

An Outstanding Islander

Outline photo of Dr. Ruby Mehrubeoglu

Inspiring Our Engineers

After watching her father tinker with oscilloscopes and analog meters as an electrical engineer, it was only a matter of time before Dr. Ruby Mehrubeoglu would follow the same path and inspire others. At 17, she earned a scholarship to study electrical engineering in the United States. Years later, she has contributed to the success of University’s Mechanical Engineering Program, which began in fall 2009, and now has 165 students. The associate professor and former program coordinator for Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Technology says the recent name changes to both the College of Science and Engineering and the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences reflect the future goals and mission of both the College and the program, and she is thrilled to be part of these exciting times. After receiving her Ph.D. and teaching at Texas A&M University, Mehrubeoglu came to the Island University in fall 2005. Her research includes machine vision and image processing applications, instrumentation, applications in biomedical engineering, and effective teaching pedagogies. (In the photo she holds a thermal imaging camera used to detect object and defects invisible to the eye.) She is in the process of developing a lab-based hyperspectral imaging system for determining hyperspectral and optical properties of various materials to support cancer research, investigate coral health, and monitor the environment as part of a National Science Foundation grant for instrument development for biomedical and environmental research. She has also received NSF funding for innovative approaches to peer mentoring in engineering technology laboratories. But what she finds most rewarding is passing knowledge onto students. As faculty advisor for the Engineering Technology Society and Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Mehrubeoglu mentors undergraduate and graduate students in multidisciplinary research. She is involved with high school summer camps and outreach efforts and is a Coastal Bend Science Fair judge. She also serves as associate editor for the Journal of Real-time Image Processing, and is past chair of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Corpus Christi Section. For her third straight year, she was selected as a fellow for the Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Research Program at the SPAWAR Systems Center-Pacific in San Diego, Calif., in an effort to bridge the University’s needs with that of the Navy and explore collaborative research opportunities in UAV centered research and collabatorium in virtual environments.

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