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.
College of Arts and Sciences
The Radiation Institute for Science and Engineering (RaISE) 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 Engineering
The Center for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (CEES) 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 Computational Biology and Bioengineering Research Center 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.
The 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 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.
College of Education
The Minority Achievement, Creativity, and High Ability Center (MACH-3) 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.