Senior Personnel


Raghava R. Kommalapati, PhD, PE, BCEE, F.ASCE is the Director and PI for the NSF CREST Center for Energy and Environmental Sustainability (CEES). He is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. In addition, he serves as group leader for Energy and Environment subgroup. His research is in the air quality impacts of conventional and alternate energy technologies. Study of air quality using photochemical modeling and life cycle analysis of emissions from various energy technologies are the two focus areas of the energy and environment subgroup. Dr. Kommalapati also manages an outreach program for high school students called Summer Transportation Institute (STI), which is sponsored by FHWA. Dr. Kommalapati is currently involved in various grants from DOE, NRC, NSF, FHWA and US Department of Education Title III Program.
Ananda Amarasekara, Ph.D. Ananda Amarasekara, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Physics & Chemistry, and serves as a Co-PI and group leader for the biofuels research group in CEES. His research interests are in application of chemicalcatalysis in the production of renewable fuels, and polymeric materials from lignocellulosic biomass. He has published over 75 research papers in peer reviewed journals. Dr. Amarasekara’s research is currently funded by NSF, USDA, and Petroleum research fund of the American Chemical Society.
Paul O. Biney, PhD, PE Paul O. Biney, PhD, PE is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering and serves as the Technical Coordinator and Co-PI for CEES. He is the Director for the Future Aerospace Science & Technology (FAST) Center. His research at the CEES is in the thermochemical conversion of biomass into biofuels and upgrading of biofuels into transportation fuels as part of the Biofuels research subgroup. Dr. Biney is also active in research relating to processing, fabrication and characterization of advanced lightweight composites, nanocomposites and graded composite materials.
Michael Gyamerah, Ph.D Michael Gyamerah, Ph.D., AMIChemE (UK) is a member of the bio-fuels research group in CEES. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. His research is in (i) bio-oil production and characterization, stabilization and catalytic upgrading to transportation fuel, (ii) bio-ethanol and biodiesel production from renewable feedstock’s and (iii) solvent tolerant enzymes and microbial systems for aryl oxidations.
Ziaul Huque, PhD Ziaul Huque, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and is a Co-PI in the CEES. In addition, he serves as group leader for Wind Energy subgroup. His research is in the aerodynamic load calculation, structural analysis and fluid-structure interaction of wind turbine blades. He is also involved in the design optimization of the blades. Dr. Huque is also the Director of the CFD Institute. He was involved with several research grants from NSF, NASA, DOE and Air Force.
Kelvin Kirby, D. Eng Kelvin Kirby, D. Eng is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and member of the Education and Outreach group in CEES. He also serves as the deputy director for NASA Center for Radiation Engineering and Science for Space Exploration (CRESSE). He served as the Program Manager of the National Science Foundation, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Enhancement Program.