Iris Rivero

Iris Rivero

Associate Professor
Associate Chair
Director of Graduate Education

Research Lab

Interdisciplinary Manufacturing Engineering and Design

Research Interests

Dr. Rivero’s general area of research is manufacturing, and her particular focus is on designing bulk fabrication approaches of novel material systems or structures. A wide array of materials and structures with extraordinary properties have been designed, fabricated, and characterized in laboratory environments. However, the transition of these materials from a laboratory to an industrial environment poses considerable challenges related to preserving the materials characteristics while achieving fabrication efficiency. Therefore, the aim of Dr. Rivero’s Interdisciplinary Manufacturing Engineering and Design (iMED) Laboratory is to design manufacturing processes that will support the transition of advanced materials fabrication from the laboratory to large-scale manufacturing processing facilities. In doing so, traditional fabrication procedures are explored and their capabilities characterized to assess their viability for reproducing laboratory designed materials systems and structures. In her laboratory, Concepts derived from her research primarily emphasize biomedical applications, such as scaffolds for the replacement of cartilage, and material systems for local drug delivery. Her work has also been applied to the development of material systems for aerospace and automotive components. Prior to joining ISU, Dr. Rivero was a member of the Industrial Engineering faculty at Texas Tech University (TTU) from 2002 to 2012. During 2010-2012 Dr. Rivero was President of the Manufacturing & Design Division of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. She has received the TTU Alumni Association for 2007, the 2009 SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award, and Hispanic Association of Women (Lubbock, Texas) 2012 Woman of the Year Award.

Recent Journal Publications

  1. Allaf, R.M., Rivero, Iris V., Abidi, N. and Ivanov, I.N. (in print), Porous Poly(ε-caprolactone) Scaffolds for Load-Bearing Tissue Regeneration: Solventless Fabrication and Characterization. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research B.
  2. Das, S., Wajid, A.S., Wilting, M.D., Rivero, Iris V., Green, M.J., (2012) “Electrospinning of Polymer Nanofibers Loaded with Noncovalently Functionalized Graphene,” J. of Applied Polymer Science, doi: 10.1002/app.38694.
  3. Das, S., Wajid, A.S., Wilting, M.D., Rivero, Iris V., Green, M.J., 2012, “Electrospinning of Polymer Nanofibers Loaded with Noncovalently Functionalized Graphene,” accepted in J. of Applied Polymer Science.
  4. Allaf, R.M. and Rivero, Iris V., 2011, “Fabrication and Characterization of Interconnected Porous Biodegradable Poly(ε-caprolactone) Load Bearing Scaffolds.” Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine 22(8): 1843-1853.
  5. Allaf, R.M., Rivero, Iris V., Spearman, S.S., and Hope-Weeks, L.J., 2011, “On the Preparation of As-Produced and Purified Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Samples for Standardized X-ray Diffraction Characterization.” Materials Characterization.  62(9): 857-864.
  6. Levitas, V., Pantoya, M. Chauhan, G., and Rivero, Iris V., 2009, “Effect of the Alumina Shell on the Melting Temperature Depression for Aluminum Nanoparticles,” Journal of Physical Chemistry C.  113 (32): 14088-14096.
  7. Hatamleh, O., Rivero, Iris V., and Swain, S.E., 2009, “An Investigation Residual Stress Characterization and Relaxation in Peened Friction Stir Welded Aluminum-Lithium Alloy Joints,” Materials & Design.  30 (9): 3367-3373.
  8. Rivero, Iris V., Pantoya, M., Rajamani, K., and Hsiang, S., 2009, “Correlation of Reactant Particle Size on Residual Stresses of Nanostructured NiAl generated by Self Propagating High-Temperature Synthesis,” Journal of Materials Research.  24 (6): 2079-2088.
  9. Hatamleh, O., Rivero, Iris V., and Maredia, A., 2008, “Residual Stresses in Friction Stir Welded 2195 and 7075 Aluminum Alloys,” Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A.  39 (12): 2867-2874.
  10. Rivero, Iris V., and Ruud C. O., 2008, “Determination of the Accuracy of Phase Analysis Measurements on Spherical Surfaces through X-Ray Diffraction,” NDT & E International41 (6): 434-440.

IMSE Courses Taught

  • IE 501/601          Research Basics and Communication
  • IE 502X/602X      M.S./Ph.D. Research Conduct
  • IE 547X                 Biomedical Design and Manufacturing

TTU-IE Courses Taught

  • IE 3351                 Manufacturing Engineering I
  • IE 4352                 Manufacturing Engineering II
  • IE 3301                 Engineering Economic Analysis
  • IE 3341                 Engineering Statistics
  • IE 5331                 Fundamentals of Nondestructive Testing
  • IE 5351                 Advanced Manufacturing Processes
  • IE 5353                 Lean Tools for Manufacturing
  • IE 5356                 Biomedical Design and Manufacturing


Office: 3021 Black Engineering
Phone: 515-294-7944
Fax: 515-294-3524


B.S. The Pennsylvania State University, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, 1996

M.S. The Pennsylvania State University, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, 1998

Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, 2002