Joel Carlos Huegel West



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Currently, Dr. Joel C. Huegel is tenured professor of mechanical and mechatronics engineering at the Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Guadalajara. He became a member of the prestigious National System of Researchers (S.N.I. Level 1) In 2016. Also in 2016 he received the “Inspiring Professor” award at Campus Guadalajara and was a finalist in the national award. Huegel completed his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in 2009 at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Previous to both Rice and four years of teaching experience at the Tecnológico, Huegel obtained a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington.
Now, as researcher at the Tec de Monterrey, Huegel develops technology for underprivileged communities and basic industrial biomechatronic applications. Under his leadership, his team of undergradute and graduate students have published over 30 journal and conference publications including 7 Patents pending. Huegel’s passion for teaching engineering with excellence in the developing world has taken him to live and travel in countries across the americas, Asia United States and Mexico.


  • Bionics
  • Biomedical engineering