Education & Outreach

Courses Taught

At present, Dr. Rinaldi serves as Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and his time is split between administrative duties and research. Unfortunately, this leaves little time to teach. In the past, Dr. Rinaldi has taught the following courses while at the University of Florida:

  • ECH6272 Continuum Basis – this is a graduate level course on transport phenomena covering diffusion and convection of mass, energy, and momentum. It is a required course in the Chemical Engineering graduate program.
  • BME 3060 Biomedical Engineering Fundamentals – this is an undergraduate level course that introduces students to the engineering fundamentals of the conservation laws of mass, energy, charge and momentum. It is a required course in the Biomedical Engineering undergraduate program.
  • BME 6938 Nanoparticle Nanomedicines – this is a graduate level elective that provides an introduction to the science, engineering, and biomedical applications of nanoparticles. Topics include development of the field of nanotechnology; synthesis and functionalization methods; physical and chemical properties; particle-particle and particle-surface interactions; and biomedical applications. The course is based on lectures, assigned reading of the primary literature, and preparation of a literature review on a recent nanomedicine topic of interest to the student.

Additionally, Dr. Rinaldi supervises students engaged in undergraduate and graduate supervised research (EGN 4912/6913) or in individual work (EGN 6905). Iterested students should refer to our Lab Opportunities page.

Mentoring, Diversity, and Inclusion

Dr. Rinaldi is committed to mentoring students interested in research and advanced studies in nanotechnology and engineering, particularly chemical and biomedical engineering. While opportunities are open for all students, we have been fortunate to make an impact in the education and professional development of many students from groups that are traditionally under-represented in science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM). This is in part because our lab started at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayag├╝ez, and in part because of Dr. Rinaldi’s Puerto Rican and Cuban heritage.

Dr. Rinaldi has served as research mentor for 111 undergraduate students, of which 83 (75%) are under-represented minorities, 57 (51%) are female, 33 (30%) have continued to pursue graduate studies in science and engineering, and 3 (3%) are currently in faculty positions.

Dr. Rinaldi has served as doctoral dissertation advisor for 24 PhD students (7 current) in Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering. Of these, 15 (62%) are women, 6 (25%) are under-represented minorities, and 7 (29%) are currently in faculty positions in the US and in Latin America.