Research Centers


The Center of Excellence in Research and Education for Big Military Data Intelligence (CREDIT), funded by the US DOD, consists of a multidisciplinary team of faculty and research scientists from the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering. The center’s mission is to accelerate research and education in predictive analytics for science and engineering to transform our ability to effectively address and solve many complex problems posed by big data. The CREDIT Center will engage students in cutting-edge big data research and provide training for them to become next generation data scientists and engineers that are critical to the nation.

The Center for Computational Systems Biology at Prairie View A&M University (CCSB@PVAMU) will build strong capabilities in the research areas of computational biology and bioengineering, by utilizing the initial seed funding from the Texas A&M Chancellor’s Research Initiative (CRI). The CCSB contains faculties from Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Agriculture and Biology. As part of the CCSB, a Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) facility will be established in the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering at PVAMU. This facility will provide the infrastructure support for biomedical informatics research, students training, and potential commercialization using high-throughput technology. In addition, the CCSB will pave the way to establish a Computational Biology and Bioengineering program at PVAMU as well as help forge collaboration with the team at Texas A&M University led by Professor Edward Dougherty. The alliance will take advantage of the complementary capabilities of both teams, foster close collaborations, and boost research and education in both institutions.

The Center for Digital Battlefield Communications (CEBCOM) works to achieve national excellence in telecommunication, research, and technology. It transfers and focuses education by collaborating with US DOD, Texas state and industry. On education, it helps evolve graduate programs to achieve national preeminence; encourages high standing students to work in the center, and enables the department to recruit well qualified faculty and provide opportunities for pursuing research in the center. It will also further its research and development focus and to achieve self-sustenance.

The Center for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (CEES) at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) supports rigorous and expanding program of research and teaching in the areas of renewable energy and environmental sustainability. The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded PVAMU a five-year grant to establish the CEES under the Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program. CEES promotes research in the areas of biofuels, energy & environment and wind energy and will focus on innovative technical solutions in the energy arena. For more information about the CEES, please visit center’s website at

The Center of Excellence for Communication Systems Technology Research (CECSTR) conducts comprehensive research in the selected aspects of communication systems, Wavelets and Wavelet Transforms, Compressed Sensing/Compressive Sampling Systems, DSP Solutions, Signal/Image/Video Processing, Mixed Signal Systems, Communication Control Systems and High Speed (Broadband) Communication Systems. Among other emerging areas of research, it also seeks solutions to the problems that plague both military and commercial satellite and radar-based communication systems. The CECSTR is the only academic center of its kind in Texas, filling a gap in educating the state’s future leaders in emerging high-technology areas. It supports specially undergraduate and graduate students of electrical and engineering technology Departments. CECSTR is funded by various industries and government agencies.

 The Center for Radiation Engineering and Science for Space Exploration (CRESSE) focuses primarily on supporting the International Space Station and future Mars missions. Its research is concentrated on science and technology related to radiation protection and the effects of space radiation on electronics and biosystems. CARR’s goal is to significantly contribute to NASA’s vast technology base, providing enabling technologies—such as new materials, electronics, shielding and radio-protectorates for humans—that will make major NASA missions even more successful, safer and less costly. CARR is funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

 The Future Aerospace, Science and Technology (FAST) Center on Lightweight Structural Materials and Processing conducts research in line with the needs of the Air Force, industry and the government. Researchers thus use the center to process and characterize composites for both military and civilian uses. The FAST center strives to place Prairie View as a national leader in the development of lightweight, high-temperature polymer matrix composites. The FAST Center is funded by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

The Texas Gulf Coast Environmental Data (TEXGED) Center is a key player in supplying researchers and decision-makers with the information they need to plan and assess environmental problems along the U.S. Gulf Coast’s southern region. The TEXGED Center collects data from space through TRW Space and Technology and transfers it to a database system. This information serves as a tool for predicting environmental changes in the region and for producing methodology for risk assessment of the ecosystems.

 The Thermal Science Research Center (TSRC) allows researchers to conduct both basic and applied research, development and design in the broad engineering area of thermal science. Much of the work in the TSRC includes both experimentation and engineering modeling and simulation. Project collaboration links center researchers with their counterparts in such places as the European Community, Japan and the former Soviet Union. The TSRC is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Sandia National Laboratories and the Center for Space Power.

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