Academic Credentials
  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Riverside, 2022
  • B.A., Physics, Pomona College, 2016
Academic Appointments
  • Lecturer, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Pomona College, 2021
Professional Honors
  • Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, 2018
Professional Affiliations
  • Optica, SPIE, SHPE
  • Spanish

Dr. Robles' expertise lies at the intersection of thermal fluid sciences and experimental optics. At Exponent, Dr. Robles assists clients with optical safety analysis, optical material characterization, and the implementation of complex optical solutions. He is well versed in fluorescence thermometry, high-speed imaging, atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and UV-Visible absorption spectroscopy. With a diverse optical skillset applicable to intersecting multidisciplinary fields, Dr. Robles provides solutions to issues relating to failure analysis, as well as safety and risk assessment in biomedical and consumer electronics products.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Robles performed his Ph.D. work at the University of California, Riverside in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His research focused on mechanical effects arising from liquid-laser interactions that result in shockwave emission and vaporization. Specifically, his research focused on investigating the dynamics of continuous-wave and pulsed laser-induced cavitation bubbles. This work was then applied to investigating more complex dynamics of a double-bubble interaction which results in formation of micro-jets for effective "needle-free" perforation of soft materials.