J. Abulencia

Associate Professor

Chemical Engineering

J. Patrick Abulencia’s graduate work focused on examining the effects of fluid shear stress on physiological systems. He joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Manhattan College in February 2007, and is currently an associate professor primarily teaching material and energy balances, thermodynamics, fluids, and unit operations laboratory. 


  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Manhattan College
  • Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Johns Hopkins University 

Courses Taught

  • CHML 205 - Introductory Thermodynamics
  • CHML 207 - Process Calculations
  • CHML 208 - Chemical Engineering Principles I
  • CHML 403 - Chemical Engineering Laboratory I
  • CHML 404 - Chemical Engineering Laboratory II


  • Research
    • Water filtration in rural communities
    • Engineering pedagogy
  • Publications and Scholarly Activities

    Journal Articles: 

    • J.P. Abulencia, S. O’Brien, S. Gallardo, and F.N. Tanala, “A Sustainable Water Purification Solution for Rural Communities,” International Journal of Environmental Pollution and Remediation, 1:75-81, (2013)
    • N.S. Abraham and J.P. Abulencia, “Use of LITEE Lorn Manufacturing Case Study in a Senior Chemical Engineering Unit Operations Laboratory,” Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, 12:9-16, (2011)
    • J.P. Abulencia, S. Gallardo, N. Abraham, A. Caraccio, N. Ruffini, K. McDonnell, F. Tanala, “Sustainability of Water Resources for the Poor,” Consilience – The Journal of Sustainable Development, 4 (2010)
    • D.J. Griffon,  J.P. Abulencia, G.R. Ragetly, L.P. Fredericks, and S. Chaieb, “A Comparative Study of Seeding Techniques and Three-Dimensional Matrices for Mesenchymal Cell Attachment,” Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, 5:169-179 (2010)
    • O.J.T. McCarty, J.P. Abulencia, S.A. Mousa, K. Konstantopoulos, “Evaluation of Platelet Antagonists in In-Vitro Flow Models of Thrombosis,” Methods of Molecular Medicine 93:21-34, (2004)
    • J.P. Abulencia, R. Gaspard, Z.R. Healy, W.A. Gaarde, J. Quackenbush, K. Konstantopoulos, “Shear-Induced Cyclooxygenase-2 via a JNK2-Dependent Pathway Regulates Prostaglandin-Receptor Expression in Chondrocytic Cells,” Journal of Biological Chemistry 278(31): 28388-28394, (2003)
    • S.A. Mousa, J.P. Abulencia, O.J.T. McCarty, N.A. Turner, K. Konstantopoulos, “Comparative Efficacy Between the GPIIb/IIIa Antagonists, Roxifiban and Orbofiban, in Inhibiting Platelet Function in Flow Models of Thrombosis,” Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology 39:552-560, (2002)
    • J. P. Abulencia, N. Tien, O.J.T. McCarty, D. Plymire, S.A. Mousa, K. Konstantopoulos,  “Comparative Antiplatelet Efficacy of a Novel Nonpeptide GPIIb/IIIa Antagonist (XV454) and Abciximab (c7E3) in Flow Models of Thrombosis”, Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis & Vascular Biology. 21(1):149-156, (2001) 


    • J.P. Abulencia and L. Theodore, “Open-Ended Problems for Chemical Engineering,” Scrivener Publishing, (2015)
    • J.P. Abulencia and L. Theodore, “Fluid Flow for the Practicing Chemical Engineer,” Wiley, (2009)

    Professional Activities:

    • Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, Manhattan College
  • Honors, Awards, and Grants


    • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - “A Solar Powered Sustainable Hybrid Electrodialysis/Reverse Osmosis Desalination System for Rural Areas of Developing Countries.” 2011 – (with G. Nossoni and N. Braxtan) 
    • National Science Foundation (NSF TUES) - “Using Video Media to Enhance Conceptual Learning in an Undergraduate Thermodynamics Course.” 2010 – (with M. Vigeant and D.L. Silverstein)
    • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - “Novel Natural Water Filters for Nagcarlan, Phililppines.” 2009 – (with S. Gallardo)
    • National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) - “Development of a Personal Water Purification Solution in the Philippines.” 2008 – (with S. Gallardo)
    • Manhattan College Summer Grant - “Beginning Research Innovation Development and Growth to Engineers: The BRIDGE Program.” 2008