Research Centers

College of Agriculture and Human Sciences

Cooperative Agricultural Research Center (CARC)

College of Architecture

Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture (TIPHC)

College of Arts and Sciences

Prairie View Solar Observatory (PVSO)

Radiation Institute for Science and Engineering (RaISE)

College of Business

Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

College of Engineering

The Center for Radiation Engineering and Science for Space Exploration (CRESSE)

The Center for Digital Battlefield Communications (CEBCOM)

The Center for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (CEES) 

The Center of Excellence for Communication Systems Technology Research (CECSTR)

Computational Biology and Bioengineering Research Lab

Information Communication and Cyber Security (ICCS) Research and Education. : Pending

The Future Aerospace, Science and Technology (FAST)

The Texas Gulf Coast Environmental Data (TEXGED) Center

Center for Advancing Innovations in Smart Microgrid:Pending

The Thermal Science Research Center(TSRC)

Minority Achievement, Creativity, and High Ability Center (MACH-3)

College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology

Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center

College of Nursing

Prairie View Center for Nursing Research (PVCON): Pending

Undergraduate Medical Academy

Undergraduate Medical Academy (UMA)

RESEARCH CENTER DESCRIPTIONS:

College of Agriculture and Human Sciences

The Cooperative Agricultural Research Center (CARC) is the unit within the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences that plays an important role in agriculture, natural resources and life sciences. The CARC component helps Prairie View A&M University fulfill its land-grant mission of teaching, research and service.

Agricultural research in the Cooperative Agricultural Research Center is divided into the following areas: Animal Systems, Plant Systems, Food Systems, Natural Resources and Environmental Systems and Social Systems and Allied Research.

College of Architecture

The mission of the Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture (TIPHC) - Cultural Center is to collect, preserve, study, and make available research information, records, documents, artifacts, and other items relating to Texas history and culture.  The Center places special emphasis on collecting, preserving, and studying the role and contributions of African Americans in Texas history and culture.  This is an important mission because the documents, artifacts, and resources collected by the Center will serve as the primary source materials for research on the black experience in Texas.

College of Arts and Sciences

Prairie View Solar Observatory (PVSO) The primary instrument at PVSO is a 35-cm Gregorian vacuum telescope, equipped with a Daystar H-alpha filter (0.5Å FWHM) and a SBIG ST-7 CCD camera. We use this configuration for our routine observations and the resulting images are 6 arcminutes by 8 arcminutes (high resolution mode).

Currently the observatory undergoes a modernization, including H-alpha filter and CCD camera replacement. We are also about to bring online the Full Disk Solar Telescope and the upgraded Magneto Optical Filter.

The research interest of the solar group include solar active regions, erupting prominences and small solar magnetic fields. Apart from images acquired at our observatory, we also use the satellite data (SOHO, Hinode) and data from other ground-based observatories.

The Radiation Institute for Science and Engineering (RaISE)will utilize research expertise in both sciences and engineering disciplines to establish unique research opportunities with world renowned scientific personnel. Radiation biology includes experimental studies and theoretical modeling of space radiation biology studies for NASA conducted on the International Space Station, on the surface of Mars (Curiosity), at the Brookhaven National Labs, at Loma Linda University Medical Center, at Los Alamos National Labs, and at International Facilities (Japan, Germany, and Italy).

College of Business

The Prairie View A&M University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides free business consulting and affordable training seminars for small and medium-sized business owners and managers. The PVAMU SBDC is a business consulting and training center of the SBDC Network.

College of Engineering

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 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.

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 Computational Biology and Bioengineering Research Lab builds strong capabilities in the exciting emerging research area of computational biology and bioengineering, which is a national priority. By utilizing funds from the Chancellor’s Research Initiative, renowned researchers and leaders are brought to PVAMU to leverage existing research by faculties from Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Agriculture and Biology. The facility will provide the infrastructure for commercialization of products, training and research space for faculty and students.

Pending:Information Communication and Cyber Security (ICCS) Research and Education. ICCS is perhaps the most important area of information and communications technology (ICT) in this decade. It is used in everything from consumer electronics to industrial equipment, military systems and communications networks. It is influencing almost every aspect of our lives and bringing about changes in our businesses, defense, society and the way we live, work and entertain ourselves. This research will change ways in which we defend our homeland and fight wars. It will create new markets, moving us from the information age to the knowledge age where we are able to obtain useful information. In that age our world will converge to form a single universe of experience.

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.

Pending: The Prairie View A&M University Center for Advancing Innovations in Smart Microgrid will expand the research capacity of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and to increase the production of doctoral degrees in electrical engineering. The research goal is to make the future power grid reliable, sustainable and secure by solving the technical challenges involved in the use of Microgrids that have distributed energy sources and loads. The education goal is to train MS and PhD students to do cutting-edge research in smart grid, specifically microgrids. This research will help create a multitude of smart microgrids in the world that are reliable, sustainable, secure and more environmentally-safe. The energy sources in the microgrid will be either renewable or non-renewable sources. The microgrids will be integrated together to form the future smart grid. This project will provide educational training to students through research and hands-on experience. Furthermore, it will help increase the production of qualified doctoral graduates to enter the workforce for future smart grid which is of national priority.

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.

College of Education

Pending: The tripartite focus of the Minority Achievement, Creativity, and High Ability Center(MACH-3) is on the critical populations in the P-20 setting: administration, faculty, and students. Unique to this focus is the Center’s goal of producing cutting-edge best-practices and scholarship that will speak to the contemporary issues impacting these cohorts across the P-20 spectrum and into critical workplace contexts. The MACH-3 Center will serve as a crucible to facilitate combinations of key elements from multiple disciplines and fields required to understand minority achievement, creativity and high ability. Additionally, the Center will expand on and redefine the term “minority” in an effort to set the stage for engaged scholarship that speaks to the assets and potential inherent among populations of color (African American, Latina/o, Native American) and other marginalized groups (women) who are by no measure ‘minor’ in their intellectual capacities, but potentially minor in their presence and representation in certain fields of endeavor, particularly in certain education and professional enclaves.

College of Juvenile Justice and Psychology

The Texas Juvenile Crime Prevention Center is committed to the reduction of juvenile delinquency and crime in the State of Texas.  Through the creation of the Center and the College, Prairie View A&M University supports this mission as it strives to attain national recognition in the areas of education, research, and service in doing the following:

  • conducting, coordinating, collecting, and evaluating research in all areas relating to juvenile crime and delinquency;
  • providing a setting for educational programs relating to juvenile delinquency and crime, including degree programs at Prairie View A & M University and other educational programs such as continuing education and in-service training for criminal justice and social service professionals;
  • serving as a state and national resource for information on juvenile delinquency and crime; and
  • in connection with its research and educational programs:
    • develop programs, policies, and strategies to address juvenile delinquency and crime and related social problems; and
    • create partnerships, collaborative efforts, or outreach, public service, or technical assistance programs to assist communities, governmental agencies, or private entities to implement programs, policies, and strategies that address juvenile delinquency and crime and related social problems.

College of Nursing

Pending: The Prairie View Center for Nursing Research (PVCON) seeks to establish a research-intensive health equities research program which will integrate and test the effect of virtual simulation technology pedagogy as a curricular method of lessening health disparities as well as conduct exploratory health equity research and the influence of health policy. PVCON believes that lessons learned in Houston — the fourth largest and most diverse city in the nation — and selected rural communities can be applied to Texas as a whole and nationwide to ensure health equity for all Americans.

Undergraduate Medical Academy

The mission of the Undergraduate Medical Academy (UMA) is consistent with the overall mission of Prairie View A & M University and the Texas A & M University System. The UMA is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, service and professional development. The UMA emphasizes the integration of leadership development and pre-medical science education, without sacrificing concern and compassion for the community.

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