Research Centers and Institutes
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.
The International Goat Research Center (IGRC) conducts research projects on value-added processing, food safety, and nutrition for the Cooperative Agriculture Research Center focusing on physio-chemical characterization of goat meat and milk products and fruits and vegetables, product development, sensory and rheological modeling, dairy technology and chemistry, food flavors, post-harvest storage and preservation, and functional food properties and structure-functionality relationships in food proteins and lipid complexes.
College of Arts and Sciences
The Radiation Institute for Science and Engineering (RaISE), established with funds from the Chancellor’s Research Initiative (CRI) of the Texas A&M University System, utilizes 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 Education
The Minority Achievement, Creativity, and High Ability Center (MACH-3), supported by the CRI, focuses 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 Engineering
Secure Center of Excellence, a CRI-Center, is focused on developing novel protocols to ensure cybersecurity in multiple environments—communications and networks, power grid, social networking in virtual space, cloud computing, and video analytics. It is also engaged in developing sensitive techniques for malware and virus detection and elimination. As part of its educational mission, the Center has developed undergraduate and graduate courses in cybersecurity.
Smart Microgrid Advanced Research and Technology (SMART) Center, supported by the CRI, is dedicated to making the future power grid reliable, sustainable, secure, and environmentally safe by solving the technical challenges involved in the use of microgrids that have distributed energy sources and loads. The microgrids will be integrated to form the future smart grid. The Center provides educational training to students through research and hands-on experience.
The Center for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (CEES) supports rigorous and expanding the 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 Center of Excellence in Research and Education for Big Military Data Intelligence (CREDIT), established in 2015 with $5 million funding from the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OASD(R&E)), is dedicated to accelerating research in predictive analytics for science and engineering to effectively address and solve many complex problems posed by big data. Its mission includes training students to become next generation of data scientists and engineers. CREDIT has a multidisciplinary team of faculty researchers, research scientists, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate research assistants. The core facilities include the Deep Learning Lab and the Cloud Computing Lab.
The CRESSE is focused on developing materials and technologies that would keep astronauts and their critical electronic equipment safe from the effects of harmful space radiation. The Center carries out research in the area of developing space radiation detection systems in testbed zones during exposures at particle accelerator facilities and obtaining detailed dosimetry data and particle spectroscopy data for use in prediction of risks of space radiation in environment and health.
The Computational Biology and Bioengineering Research Center is a multidisciplinary center to study complex biological processes such as cancer, head injury in football, Parkinson’s disease, pulmonary hypertension, and herbicide-resistant weeds, by employing state-of-the-art computational and engineering skills. External collaborations include Translational Genomics Research Institute, Salk Institute, University of Pittsburg Medical Center, and the University of Cambridge. The Center is supported by funds from the CRI, NCI/NIH, Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), NSF, and Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF).
The FAST Center is dedicated to the development, processing, and characterization of lightweight and high-temperature structural materials and nanomaterials with emphasis on research, education, and technology transfer. Research activities include the processing, characterization, and environmental simulation of nanocomposites for use in both military and civilian applications.
The TEXGED Center collects data from space through NASA for predicting environmental changes in the region and for developing a methodology for ecosystem risk assessment. The Center also uses remote sensing data in detecting the sea surface temperature in the Gulf of Mexico to study its impact on biological activities. The TEXGED Center aims at collecting and analyzing data regarding environmental problems such as alteration and loss of habitats, water pollution, air pollution, flooding and hurricanes, climatic changes and degradation and loss of green spaces.
The TSRC is focused on the design and development of physical models to couple heat transfer measurements and modeling, single-phase and two-phase flow measurements and correlation development, interdisciplinary design and development of enclosed natural convection modeling and measurements, and mixed convection modeling. Research results are of importance to fusion reactions, cooling of electronic components, and other high heat flux applications, such as magnetic fusion plasma-facing components, rocket and propulsion systems.