University of California, Riverside

Bourns College of Engineering

Guillermo Aguilar

Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

Guillermo Aguilar

Professor and Department Chair, Mechanical Engineering
Guillermo Aguilar

Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara, 1999

Bourns Hall A345
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521

Telephone: 951-827-7717
Facsimile: 951-827-2899
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Former Institution: University of California, Irvine


Professor Guillermo Aguilar received his Bachelors degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1993, and his Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1995 and 1999, respectively.


  • B.Sc. Mech. Engineering 1993 Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
  • M.Sc. Mech. Engineering 1995 University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB)
  • Ph.D. Mech. Engineering 1999 University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Research Areas

  • Laser tissue interactions
  • Thermal processes in biomedical optics and medical laser applications
  • Thermo-mechanical response of human tissue
  • Laser-assisted cryosurgery
  • Photopneumatic therapy
  • Droplet deposition, thermodynamics, and heat transfer induced by atomized sprays.

Selected Publications

  • 1. F. G. Pérez-Gutiérrez, S. Camacho-López, R. Evans, G. Guillén, B.S. Goldschmidt, J.A. Viator, and G. Aguilar, “Plasma membrane integrity and survival of melanoma cells after nanosecond laser pulses”, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 38(11), pp. 3521-3531, 2010.
  • 2. F. Sun, R. Anderson, G. Aguilar, “Stratum corneum permeation and percutaneous drug delivery of hydrophilic molecules enhanced by cryopneumatic and photopneumatic technologies”, J. of Drugs and Dermatology, 9(12), pp. 1528-, 2010.
  • 3. L. Martínez-Suástegui, B. Duperray, F. Godinez, G. Guillén, A. Slade and G. Aguilar, “Laser-Assisted Cryosurgery in ex vivo Mice Hepatic Tissue: Viability Assays Using Green Fluorescent Protein”, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 39(2), pp. 636-648, 2011.
  • 4. F. G. Pérez-Gutiérrez, S. Camacho-López, and G. Aguilar, “Time-resolved study of the mechanical response of tissue phantoms to nanosecond laser pulses”, Published online in J. of Biomedical Optics, November 2011.
  • 5. H. Vu, D. Banks and G. Aguilar, “Examining Viscosity and Surface Wettability on Lamella Lift Dynamics and Droplet Splashing”, invited paper, Atomization and Sprays, 21 (4), 303-315, 2011.
  • 6. C. Lengsfeld and G. Aguilar, “REVIEW Paper: Targeted medical sprays stimulating therapeutic effects”, Atomization and Sprays, 21 (4), pp. 327-348, 2011.
  • 7. G. Aguilar, B. Choi, M. Broekgaarden, O. Yang, B. Yang, P. Ghasri, J.K. Chen, R. Bezemer, J.S. Nelson, A.M. van Drooge, A. Wolkerstorfer, K.M. Kelly, M. Heger, “REVIEW Paper: “An overview of three promising mechanical, optical, and biochemical engineering approaches to improve selective photothermolysis of refractory port wine stains” Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 40 (2), pp. 486-506, 2012.
  • 8. J.K. Chen, P. Ghasri, G. Aguilar, A.M. van Drooge, A. Wolkerstorfer, K.M. Kelly, M. Heger, “REVIEW Paper: An overview of clinical and experimental treatment modalities for port wine stains”, submitted to J. of American Academy of Dermatology, 67 (2), pp. 289-304, 2012.
  • 9. J.P. Padilla-Martínez, D. Banks, J.C. Ramírez-San-Juan, R. Ramos, F. Sun and G. Aguilar, “Towards the enhancement of transdernal drug delivery through thermocavitation”, Photonics in Lasers and Medicine, 1 (3), pp. 183-193, 2012.
  • 10. G.R. Castillo-Vega, E.H. Penilla, S. Camacho-López, G. Aguilar and J.E. Garay, “Waveguide-like structures written in transparent polycrystalline ceramics with an ultra-low fluence femtosecond laser”, Optical Materials Express, 2 (10), pp. 1416-1424, 2012.

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