Marcel J. Castro-Sitiriche

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Assistant Professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez am a professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico in the Mayagüez Campus (Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez). My research efforts include academic, educational and service activities. Some of the research areas of interest include appropriate technology, engineering education, power electronics, computational intelligence, electric motor drives, and renewable energy systems. One of the current research projects combine most of my research interests and is based in the concept of appropriate technology. The project title is "Graduate Research and Education for Appropriate Technology: Inspiring Direct Engagement and Agency (GREAT IDEA)" and you can find more information in the following website:









Book Chapters:

  • Ahmed Rubaai, Paul Young, Abdul Ofoli, Marcel J. Castro-Sitiriche, "Fuzzy Logic Applications in Electrical Drives and Power Electronics, In: Muhammad H. Rashid, Ph.D., Editor(s), Power Electronics Handbook (Third Edition), Butterworth-Heinemann, Boston, 2011, Pages 1115-1137, ISBN 978-0-12-382036-5, DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-382036-5.00037-9.(


Journal Papers:

  • A. RubaaiM.J. Castro-Sitiriche, A. Ofoli; “DSP-Based Laboratory Implementation of Hybrid Fuzzy-PID Controller Using Genetic Optimization for High Performance Motor Drives”;  IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 44 pp. 1977-1986 Nov-Dec. 2008. PDF
  • A. RubaaiM.J. Castro-Sitiriche, A. Ofoli; “Design and Implementation of Parallel Fuzzy PID Controller for High Performance Brushless Motor Drives: An Integrated Environment for Rapid Control”;  IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 44 pp. 1090-1098 July-Aug. 2008. PDF
  • A. RubaaiM.J. Castro-Sitiriche, M. Garuba, and L. Burge; “Implementation of Artificial Neural Network-Based Tracking Controller for High Performance Stepper Motor Drives”;  IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 54, pp. 218-227 Feb. 2007. PDF
  • Tharakan, J., Castro, M., Trimble, J., Stephenson, B., and Verharen, C.(2005)  “Diversifying Engineering Education:  A Seminar Course on Ethics and Philosophy of Appropriate Teaching,”  Global Journal of Engineering Education , Australia, 2005, UICEE (1-7). PDF

Conference Papers:

  • Castro-Sitiriche, M., C. Papadopoulos, and H. Huyke, “WIP: Interdisciplinary Integration of Philosophy of Technology.” In Proceedings of the 40th IEEE/ASEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Washington, DC, October, 2010. PDF
  • Castro-Sitiriche, M., E. O’Neill-Carrillo, C. Papadopoulos, C. Pomales, A. Santiago, J. Seguel, “WIP: Leveraging on Accreditation Activities to Foster Innovation in Engineering Education.” In Proceedings of the 40th IEEE/ASEE Frontiers in Education Conference, Washington, DC, October 2010. PDF
  • Castro-Sitiriche, M.J., C. Papadopoulos and H.J. Huyke, “Creating Interdisciplinary Forums in Philosophy of Technology at UPRM”, Forum on Philosophy, Engineering & Technology (fPET 2010), Golden, CO, May 2010. PDF
  • Ortiz-Rivera, E.I. and Castro-Sitiriche, M.; “Integration of Hands on Laboratory Experience of Power Electronics and Renewable Energy Applications: Work in Progress”; In Proceedings of the 39th IEEE/ASEE Frontiers in Education Conference, San Antonio, TX, October 18-21, 2009. PDF
  • A. RubaaiM.J. Castro-Sitiriche, A. Ofoli; “DSP-Based Implementation of Fuzzy-PID Controller Using Genetic Optimization for High Performance Motor Drives”;  IEEE Industry Applications Conference, 2007, 42th IAS Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA. 23-27 Sept. 2007. PDF
  • A. Rubaai, A. OfoliM. Castro; “dSPACE DSP-based Rapid Prototyping of Fuzzy PID Controls for High Performance Brushless Servo Drives”; IEEE Industry Applications Conference, 2006, 41th IAS Annual Meeting. Tampa, FL. 8-12 Oct. 2006. PDF
  • A. RubaaiM. Castro; “Experimental Implementation of an Adaptive Neural Network Tracking Controller for Motion Control of Step Motors”; IEEE Industry Applications Conference, 2005, 40th IAS Annual Meeting. Conference Record of the 2005, Volume 1, 2-6 Oct. 2005 Pages: 693–699.PDF
  • Tharakan, J, M. Castro, J. Trimble, D. Schwartzman, B Stephenson, T Broome and C Verharen, “Broadening the horizons of student: An elective Seminar Course on the Ethics and Philosophy of Appropriate Technology,” Proc. 8th UICEE Ann. Conf. Engg. Educ, Kingston, Jamaica, February 2005. PDF