The mission of the Center for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (CEES) is to promote a multidisciplinary approach to learning, research, and the development of strategies to address the national and global challenges of energy and environmental sustainability.
CEES focused in three broad areas of energy research
1) Biofuels, 2) Energy and the Environment, and 3) Wind Energy.
The overarching goals of the Center are:
- Research focus on transitional and transformative technologies for global energy solutions
- Develop new national and international partnerships to form collaborative teams of researchers in three major areas: Biofuel Productions, Wind Energy, and Energy and the Environment
- Lead the development of “Energy Engineering Minor” and graduate level energy focus at PVAMU
- Increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who successfully complete BS, MS and PhD degrees in STEM fields
These goals are achieve through the following objectives;
- Significantly increase productivity in energy research
- Leveraging currently funded research, education and outreach activities
- Establish energy research infrastructure (both shared laboratory facilities and technical support personnel)
- Increase connections and collaborations among PVAMU energy research programs
- Strengthen current research collaborations and build new collaborations
- Provide national visibility for the center
- Provide well-rounded postdoctoral experiences
- Integrate CEES research into the curriculum
CEES will strive to encourage students to pursue careers in the Engineering industry, academia or national labs; particularly in the cutting-edge engineering field of renewable energy, bio-engineering and nuclear engineering. We will build a multi-disciplinary education and research community centered on energy engineering to provide new curricula, research experiences, multi-level mentoring and a host of professional development opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students.
The scope of the center is shown below. The center is administered under the guidance of Internal Steering Committee (ISC) which is made up of several university administrators and is chaired by vice-president for Research, Dr. Trotty. The center also gets feedback from its External Advisory Board (EAB), whose membership includes national leaders in the area of energy and environmental sustainability.