Dr. Krystel Castillo

Academic Positions

September 2017 – Present

August 2012 – August 2017

  • Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in the Mechanical Engineering Department.
  • Co-director of the Manufacturing Systems and Automation Laboratory at UTSA.
  • Core Faculty of the Center of Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems.
  • Faculty of the Center for Simulation, Visualization, and Real-Time Prediction

Research Interests

My main research interests are mathematical modeling of supply chains; logistics; optimization of large-scale scenarios (meta-heuristics); statistical quality control and reliability. In summary, the application of Operations Research as well as statistical methods to model, analyze, and solve complex decision problems.

Curriculum Vitae

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Curriculum Vitae (Extended)

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Research Lab

Manufacturing Systems and Automation Laboratory (MSA) is a state-of-the-art facility for teaching, research, and development in: Modeling and optimization of supply chain and logistics problems with applications in bioenergy, sustainability, defense, manufacturing and healthcare. Heuristics and metaheuristics for solving large-scale and complex engineering problems. Statistical Quality Control and Reliability.

Latest News

News Archive

Fall 2018Spring 2018Fall 2017Summer 2017Spring 2017Fall 2016Spring 2016
November 1 USGBC:Big Red State Big Green Market-TSERI has a vision for a new energy future—one born of a partnership with San Antonio’s greater community
 October 22  Receive 2017 INFORMS MIF Early Career Award at the INFORMS Annual Conference in Houston Texas.
October 12  Sue Stankus successfully defended his dissertation and graduated from the Ph.D. in ME with concentration in Manufacturing
 September 22 TSERI Receives Support from CPS Energy to conduct Sustainable Energy Research

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September 10 Recipient of NSF Assist Travel Support to attend SACNAS Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah from October 18-21, 201
July James Stadick successfully defended his thesis and graduated from the M.S. in AMEE program
May Hernan Chavez successfully defended his dissertation and graduated from the Ph.D. in ME with concentration in Manufacturing program
 May Dr. Krystel Castillo was appointed as Director of the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute (TSERI)
 April 13 Recipient of 2017 President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for Research Achievement
 March 14 Recognized as 2017 Outstanding Young Faculty by the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) –Gulf South West Region at the University of Texas at Dallas, TX.
 February 16-17 Brittany Schier presented her research poster in Albuquerque, NM.
February 16 Dr. Castillo announced as a winner of the San Antonio Business Journal 2017 40 under 40 Award
 February 15 Dr. Castillo was one of the winners of the San Antonio Business Journal 40 under 40 Award

San Antonio News Article 

 October 28-30 Students attend HACU Conference at San Antonio Texas
October 25 Mario’s paper “A Principal Component Analysis in Switchgrass Chemical Composition” was accepted in Energies.
October 25 The summer internships conducted by our fellow students was featured in the Innovations Magazine 
 October 22  Andres and Alex (undergraduates) were coauthors with USDA mentors. Their work from the 2015 summer internship was accepted in the Industrial Crops and Products.
 October 5-9 Recipient of NSF Assist Travel Support to attend the Engineering Early-Career Faculty Development Symposium in the 28th HENAAC Conference in Anaheim CA
 September 14-16 A paper titled “Improving Radio Frequency Identification Accuracy in a Warehouse Setting”authored by several lab students won the third place in the 2016 IIE Engineering Lean and Six Sigma Conference.
 May 21-24 Won the best track paper award in collaboration with Hernan Chavez (graduate student) in the Manufacturing and Engineering Design at the 2016 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) at Anaheim, California
 January 21 Hernan’s paper “Simulation-based multi-objective model for supply chains with disruptions in transportation” was accepted in the Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing Journal
 January 21  Dr. Castillo receives GreenStar Endowed Professorship in Energy