Dr. Stratos Pistikopoulos, associate director
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.
Dr. Dan Hill, director
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.
Dr. David E. Claridge, director
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.
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.
David Burnett, director
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.
Dr. Mladen Kezunovic, director
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.
Dr. Dara W. Childs, director
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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