Senior Personnel

 

Raghava R. Kommalapati, PhD, PE, BCEE is the director and PI for the NSF CREST Center for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (CEES). He is a Professor and Interim Department Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In addition, he serves as group leader for Energy and Environment subgroup. His research is in the air quality impacts of conventional and alternate energy technologies. Study of air quality using photochemical modeling and life cycle analysis of emissions from various energy technologies are the two focus areas of the energy and environment subgroup. Dr. Kommalapati also manages an outreach program for high school students called Summer Transportation Institute (STI), which is sponsored by FHWA. Dr. Kommalapati is currently involved in various grants from NRC, NSF, FHWA and US Department of Education Title III Program.
Ananda Amarasekara, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics & Chemistry, and serves as group leader for the biofuel research group in CEES. His research interests are in application of chemical catalysis in the production of renewable fuels, and polymeric materials from lignocellulosic biomass. He has published over 75 research papers in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Amarasekara’s research is currently funded by NSF, USDA, and Petroleum research fund of the American Chemical Society.
Paul O. Biney, PhD, PE is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering and serves as the Technical Coordinator and Co-PI for CEES. He is also the Coordinator of Assessments for the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering and the Director for the Future Aerospace Science & Technology (FAST) Center. His research at the CEES is in the thermochemical conversion of biomass into biofuels and upgrading of biofuels into transportation fuels as part of the Biofuels research subgroup. Dr. Biney is also active in research relating to processing, fabrication and characterization of advanced lightweight composites, nano-composites and graded composite materials.
Michael Gyamerah, Ph.D., AMIChemE (UK) is a member of the bio-fuels research group in CEES.  He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the department’s Freshman Advisor. His research is in (i) bio-oil production and characterization, stabilization and catalytic upgrading to transportation fuel, (ii) bio-ethanol and biodiesel production from renewable feedstock’s and (iii) solvent tolerant enzymes and microbial systems for aryl oxidations.
Ziaul Huque, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and is a Co-PI in the CEES. In addition, he serves as group leader for Wind Energy subgroup. His research is in the aerodynamic load calculation, structural analysis and fluid-structure interaction of wind turbine blades. He is also involved in the design optimization of the blades. Dr. Huque is also the Director of the CFD Institute. He was involved with several research grants from NSF, NASA, DOE and Air Force.
Felecia M. Nave, PhD is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and serves as the Education and outreach liaison for CEES. Dr. Nave is the Associate Provost & Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. Her research interests include: issues impacting the Recruitment, Retention, and Persistence of African-American Students in STEM; faculty development; selective separation using functionally specified membranes and thin films; and water purification. Dr. Nave has successfully received funding from a variety of sources such as NSF, DOD, ExxonMobil, Engineering Information Foundation, and Title III to name a few. She has invested extensively in K-12 Outreach, serving as the Summer Programs Coordinator for a number of programs offered by the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering for more than 8 years. Dr. Nave also participates in various speaking engagements, demonstrations, and mentoring of students, post-docs, and other STEM faculty.
Kelvin Kirby, D. Eng is Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and member of the Education and Outreach group in CEES. He also serves as the deputy director for NASA Center for Radiation Engineering and Science for Space Exploration (CRESSE). He served as the Program Manager of the National Science Foundation, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Enhancement Program.

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