Center for Energy & Environmental Sustainability (CEES)
The Center for Energy & Environmental Sustainability (CEES) supports the rigorous and expanding program of research and teaching in the areas of renewable energy and environmental sustainability. The focus of CEES is on innovative technical solutions in the arena of energy. It will engage Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) students on research questions that lead to science and the technological breakthroughs needed to fill critical gaps in the future utilization of environmentally responsible and sustainable energy solutions.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded PVAMU a five-year, $5 million grant to establish the Center for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (CEES) under the Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program. Dr. Raghava R. Kommalapati, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering is the Principal Investigator and Director for the center. He works along with the 3 Co-PIs, Dr. Ananda Amarasekhara (Group lead for Biofuels), Dr. Ziaul Huque (Group lead for Wind energy) and Dr. Paul Biney (Technical Coordinator).
The Center consists of a diverse team of faculty and research scientists from two colleges (Roy G. Perry College of Engineering and the Brailsford College of Arts & Sciences) and five departments (Chemical, Civil & Environmental, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, and Chemistry and Physics). The center’s goal is to establish research and education programs that focus on energy engineering and significantly increase the number of underrepresented groups who earn their B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
The Senior Personnel team works closely with the Post-Doctoral and the student researchers. Some of the sub-project research topics include: optimization of biofuels production yields; development of optimization tools and their application to wind turbine research; and life cycle assessment of conventional, nuclear and renewable energy.
The Education and Outreach Team (E&O) consists of Dr. Raghava Kommalapati (integration), and Dr. Kelvin Kirby (College of Engineering Liaison). The E&O will spearhead a multi-level education and outreach strategy built on the development of an "energy engineering Learning community" at the University as well as develop an undergraduate minor in Energy Engineering and a master’s degree with an Energy Engineering focus.
CEES will work collaboratively with academic, industry and national laboratory partners on transitional and transformative global energy research that will address national and global challenges of energy and environmental sustainability.