Complete List of Centers

Advanced Scientific Computing Center  

Dr. Narasimha Reddy, associate agency director for strategic initiatives and centers

The Advanced Scientific Computing Center, a joint center between the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and Texas A&M University at Qatar, brings together a multi-disciplinary group of faculty and researchers from a variety of engineering and science disciplines to take on complex computational problems. The center’s overall mission is to become a local and global leader in computational science and engineering, conduct research academic activities that enable broader scientific discoveries and enhance capacity building. The center has four main areas of interest: high performance computing, computational material sciences and chemistry, computational physics and biology and 3D scientific visualization. 

AeroSpace Technology Research & Operations (ASTRO)

Dr. Gregory E. Chamitoff, director
(979) 862-3413

The mission of AeroSpace Technology Research & Operations is to advance research ideas and concepts to practical application and space flight. It does this by helping to advance researcher concepts to Technology Readiness Levels suitable for adoption by government and industry users, while infusing industry and government needs into the research and education process at one of the top universities in the world. 

Center for Autonomous Vehicles and Sensor Systems

Dr. John Valasek, director
979) 845-1685

The mission of the Center for Autonomous Vehicles and Sensor Systems (CANVASS) is to unify research and development of autonomous vehicles and systems for the purpose of better serving the state and nation. CANVASS is joint venture of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and the Texas A&M University Dwight Look College of Engineering. CANVASS is a multi-laboratory center with investigators in various departments within the college administered through the aerospace engineering department. CANVASS facilitates engineering education and is a major conduit for the autonomous-systems engineering workforce of Texas. Its primary research interest is unmanned aircraft systems.

Center for Bioinformatics and Genomic Systems Engineering (CBGSE)

Dr. Aniruddha Datta, director
(979) 845-5917

The TEES-AgriLife Center for Bioinformatics and Genomic Systems Engineering (CBGSE) functions in the general areas of bioinformatics, computational biology, and systems biology, serving communities both internal and external to Texas A&M University. As a cooperative effort between Texas A&M AgriLife and TEES, it serves as an active research group and a cross-institution graduate student-training program. 

Center for Emergency Informatics (CEI)

Dr. Robin R. Murphy
(979) 845-8737

The Center for Emergency Informatics (CEI) brings together 30 engineering faculty members at Texas A&M University and TEES researchers who have been working together since 2008 to create unmanned systems, new sensors, wireless networks, data mining, simulation and visualization, social networking, and other technologies that can revolutionize response and recovery. The center is unlike any other in the United States, because it focuses on how new and evolving information technologies can be improved, integrated, and put to use for disaster prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

Center for Infrastructure Renewal

Dr. Bjorn Birgisson, director
(979) 845-6039 

The Center for Infrastructure Renewal (CIR), a joint center between the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, will be the leading global source for the development of transformative infrastructure solutions. Through cross-industry and government agency collaboration, CIR will facilitate the creation of state-of-the-art methods, technologies and solutions that society needs for infrastructure renewal. Construction began September 2016 on the 138,000-square-foot research, testing and training facility, which will be the first new facility on the RELLIS Campus. Once completed, CIR will house researchers who are developing advanced and sustainable materials and structural systems that will reduce cost and extend infrastructure life, safety, resiliency and durability.

Center for Intelligent Multifunctional Materials and Structures (CiMMS)

Dr. Amine Benzerga 
(979) 845-1602

The Center for Intelligent Multifunctional Materials and Structures consists of some of the top researchers in Texas and the world, including a Nobel laureate and several members of the National Academies, in biotechnology, nanotechnology, biomaterials and aerospace engineering to develop the next generation of bio-nano materials and structures for aerospace vehicles. CiMMS is a collaborative effort of professors and researchers from six universities: Prairie View A&M University, Rice University, Texas A&M University, Texas Southern University, University of Houston, and The University of Texas at Arlington. 

Center for Large-scale Scientific Simulations (CLASS)

Dr. Jim Morel, director
(979) 845-6072

The Center for Large-scale Scientific Simulations (CLASS) advances the state-of-the-art in large-scale scientific simulations and develops educational programs to train students for careers in modern scientific computation. Since its establishment, CLASS has built multi-disciplinary teams of faculty members and graduate students from several departments in the College of Engineering and the College of Science to work collaboratively, along with key researchers at national laboratories, on education and research relevant to computational multiphysics simulations. 

Center for Remote Health Technologies and Systems

Dr. Gerard L. Cote, director
(979) 845-4196

The Center for Remote Healthcare Technologies and Systems' mission is serve the state, nation and global community by addressing critical needs in healthcare, and in particular, in emergency and other situations where there is no doctor in close proximity but it is essential that timely care can be provided remotely. The center promotes fundamental research in medical devices and information systems that efficiently and reliably gather, process and convey medical and diagnostic data to physicians so they are able to provide care at a distance. The center performs fundamental research in both biomedical sensors and wireless systems to reliably and efficiently communicate information, and develops prototype systems that incorporate the results of the research and engages the medical device industry, state and federal agencies, and the medical community in design, development, testing and deployment of those systems.

Crisman Institute for Petroleum Research

Dr. Dan Hill, director
(979) 845-2244

The Crisman Institute for Petroleum Research identifies and solves significant research problems of major interest to industry and government. The Institute conducts it efforts in four research Centers: the Halliburton Center for Unconventional Resources, the Chevron Center for Well Construction and Production, the Schlumberger Center for Reservoir Description and Dynamics, and the Center for Energy, Environment, and Transportation Innovation. 

Energy Systems Laboratory (ESL)

Dr. David E. Claridge, director
(979) 845-9213

The lab focuses on energy-related research, energy efficiency and emissions reduction. Some specialized areas are optimization of commercial and industrial building operations, known as Continuous Commissioning®; enhancing overall energy efficiency in buildings through research, simulation, data analysis and outreach; conducting research and calibrated testing on HVAC systems; measurement and verification of energy savings for commercial buildings; and energy efficiency in industrial facilities. 

Gas and Fuels Research Center (GFRC)

Dr. Nimir Elbashir, director

The Gas and Fuels Research Center (GFRC) is a multidisciplinary research center led by Texas A&M University at Qatar involving 19 professors from Texas A&M’s main campus in College Station and the Qatar campus. The center’s key objective is to lead the integrated research activities and the resources of Texas A&M to support shale gas and natural gas exploration, production and monetization activities both in the United States and in Qatar.  

Global Petroleum Research Institute (GPRI)

David Burnett, director
(979) 845-2272

The Global Petroleum Research Institute is the managing partner of a cooperative effort to conduct critical research in the development of petroleum technology. Research findings will lead to the application of new and innovative technologies in petroleum exploration and production to address the increasing demand for cost-effective production and enhanced recovery. 

Institute for Engineering Education and Innovation (IEEI)

Dr. Bonnie Dunbar, director
(979) 845-4286

The Institute for Engineering Education and Innovation engages in engineering education research to advance the practice in pre-kindergarten through professional education. The Institute creates, synthesizes and disseminates research leading to development of engineering learning environments that are transformative and inclusive. The institute catalyzes activities across the Texas A&M System engineering entities.

Institute for Manufacturing Systems

Dr. Satish Bukkapatnam, director
(979) 458-2348

The Institute for Manufacturing Systems was formed to provide coordination of research and education in the broad area of manufacturing systems. The institute serves as a focus for manufacturing research. The term “manufacturing” is used in its most broad sense and encompasses all aspects related to the production and distribution of goods, including product and process design and engineering, operations, marketing and sales and product life cycle management.

Institute for National Security Education and Research( (INSER)

Dr. Marvin L. Adams
(979) 845-7092

The Institute for National Security Education and Research (INSER) develops and implements graduate-level education programs targeted at national security professionals. INSER also organizes and implements multidisciplinary research and development programs that are relevant to national security.

Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence and Innovation

Jerry Hendrix, executive director
(361) 825-4103

The Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence and Innovation is a joint TEES/Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi center. The center conducts research, development, testing and evaluation of technologies enabling commercial use of remotely-piloted aircraft in the national airspace system of the United States. The mission of the center is to bring unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to America’s skies.  The center collaborates on state and federally funded research programs that address key FAA UAS research areas and provides services to the civil UAS aviation sector, including the use of 11 test ranges across Texas.   

Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center (MKOPSC)

Dr. M. Sam Mannan, director
(979) 845-3489

The Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center focuses on research to enhance safety in the chemical process industry. The center conducts research and develops undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs. Its services to government and industry include independent accident investigation and analysis services, particularly for accidents suggesting new phenomena or complex technologies. 

National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing (NCTM)

Dr. Balakrishna Haridas, director 

The National Center for Therapeutics Manufacturing (NCTM) is a first-of-its-kind, multi-disciplinary workforce education institution and biopharmaceutical manufacturing center, located at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The NCTM's workforce development mission is to provide education, training, and outreach programs to produce a highly skilled workforce for the vital U.S. and global pharmaceutical industry. 

National Corrosion and Materials Reliability Center

Dr. Homero Castaneda, interim director
(979) 458-9844

The National Corrosion and Materials Reliability Center focuses on corrosion science research and technology. Corrosion is the natural deterioration that occurs with all materials because of a reaction of the material with its environment. This degradation process affects the assets of nearly every industrial sector and government agency and has direct impact on the economy, health, safety, infrastructure, environment and national security.

Nuclear Power Institute (NPI)

Dr. Kenneth L. Peddicord, director
(979) 845-5828

The Nuclear Power Institute (NPI) develops the necessary workforce for the new nuclear power plants that will be developed in Texas and to sustain a vibrant new, clean industry in the state. NPI is a statewide partnership led by the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and headquartered at Texas A&M University. The partnership includes universities, community colleges, the nuclear power industry, state agencies and local organizations. 

Nuclear Science Center (NSC)

Dr. Sean McDeavitt, director

The Nuclear Science Center seeks to improve the health, wellbeing and environment of mankind through the application of nuclear technology. The center provides services to researchers and/or faculty from Texas A&M University, other colleges and universities, government agencies and private industry. The center is recognized primarily for providing radioisotopes and other nuclear irradiation services for research, academic, medical and industrial applications and as a teaching and nuclear training facility. 

Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI)

Dr. Sunil Chirayath, interim director
(979) 862-2616

The Nuclear Security Science and Policy Institute (NSSPI) is a joint TEES/Texas A&M center housed in the Nuclear Engineering Department and in collaboration with the George Bush School of Government and Public Service. The mission of NSSPI is to work collaboratively with national laboratories and other partners to develop and apply science and technology to detect, prevent, and reverse the proliferation of nuclear and radiological weapons and guard against nuclear terrorism; educate the next generation of leaders in the field of nuclear security sciences; and to study the policy implications of deploying new technologies. 

Offshore Technology Research Center (OTRC)

Dr. Richard Mercier, director
(979) 845-6000

The Offshore Technology Research Center is a graduated National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center, and is a joint venture between Texas A&M University and The University of Texas at Austin. Headquartered at Texas A&M, the center brings together engineering and science faculty and students from both institutions with benefits from strong industry input. The major research areas are deepwater platforms, slender and large body hydrodynamics, non-traditional materials and deep ocean seafloor engineering. 

Polymer Technology Center (PTC)

Dr. Hung-Jue Sue, director
(979) 845-5024

The Polymer Technology Center (PTC) at Texas A&M University encompasses faculty members from chemistry, chemical engineering, civil engineering, engineering technology and industrial distribution, and mechanical engineering whose research topics are in the area of polymers and plastics. Two industrial consortia support operations of the PTC. Members of the consortia sponsor research projects both individually and jointly. 

Process Engineering R&D Center

Dr. Mian N. Riaz, director
(979) 845-2741

The Process Engineering R&D Center develops processes for converting agricultural crops and biological materials into functional food, feed and industrial ingredients, and for using these materials in industrial and consumer products. The center also conducts research in recovering valuable components from by-products and in the treatment of processing waters and wastes. 

Smart Grid Center (SGC)

Dr. Mladen Kezunovic, director
(979) 845-7509

The Smart Grid Center brings together several smart grid electric energy efforts already under way in the A&M System and will position the system as a leader in education, research and public service in the modernization of the electricity system. The center will bring together interdisciplinary research teams to develop more innovative and effective smart grid solutions. The SGC aims to transform the electrical grid infrastructure in the United States to meet the demands of the 21st century.  

Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center

Dr. Daniel Ragsdale, director
(979) 845-7398

The Texas A&M Cybersecurity Center is dedicated to combating adversaries who desire to harm American citizens, government entities or corporate America through cyber attacks. The center seeks to advance the collective cybersecurity knowledge, capabilities and practices through groundbreaking research, innovation and education. Working with researchers, faculty and industry leaders, the center prepares a corps of well-educated cybersecurity professionals to pave the way to a cybersecure future.  

Texas A&M Energy Institute

Dr. Stratos Pistikopoulos, associate director
(979) 458-1644

The Texas A&M Energy Institute pursues and supports new approaches for multi-disciplinary energy research, education and external partnerships. These approaches cross departmental and college boundaries and address all facets of the energy landscape that naturally connect engineering, sciences, technologies, economics, law and policy decisions. Its interdisciplinary research program focuses on the interacting themes of fossil and non-fossil based technologies for energy; multi-scale energy systems engineering; materials, catalysis and separations for energy; and energy economics, law, policy and societal impact. The four interconnected themes are further classified into 10 research areas and 65 research topics. The Texas A&M Energy Institute has more than 205 affiliated faculty from multiple disciplines (e.g., Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Engineering, College of Geosciences, College of Sciences, Bush School of Government and Public Policy, Mays Business School, College of Liberal Arts and School of Law) who work together with the best in industry to address the complexity and challenges of important energy problems. 

Texas Center for Applied Technology (TCAT)

Dr. Jim Wall
(979) 458-0250

The Texas Center for Applied Technology (TCAT) pursues enterprising research projects that fulfill client needs while inserting new technologies into society that promote economic growth and an improved quality of life. The TCAT team consists of employees with experience in academia, military, and industry, which gives TCAT the ability to cross interdisciplinary academic boundaries and to couple research strengths with experiences and successes of private industry, military, and other governmental agencies. 

Thomas and Joan Read Center for Distribution Research and Education

Dr. F. Barry Lawrence, director
(979) 845-4984

The center brings distributors, manufacturers, professional associations, trade publications, faculty and students together to solve distribution problems and to discover new ways of productively and profitably servicing the needs of the market place. 

Turbomachinery Laboratory (TL)

Dr. Dara W. Childs, director
(979) 845-7417

The Turbo Lab conducts theoretical and applied research on the reliability and performance of turbomachinery – rotating machinery that extracts or adds energy to fluids. The Turbo Lab’s acclaimed Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia (TPS) is held annually in Houston, Texas, and its sister event, the Asia Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia, biennially in Singapore. Both feature a world-class exhibit hall and cutting-edge technical program.


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