TEES Annual Research Conference Collaboration Award Winners

At the 2018 TEES Annual Research Conference, researchers came together to create and pitch multi-institution research collaborations to a panel of judges at the end of the conference. TEES awarded $20,000 for the first place collaboration and provided $2,500 in seed funding to 10 additional collaborations.

$20,000 Award:

CIRI TARC Grand Prize - Web

CIRI: Community Infrastructure Resiliency Index
Principal Investigator: Hua Zhang, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi 
Team Members: Ed Brickley, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service; Lee Clapp, Texas A&M University-Kingsville; William Kitch, Angelo State University; Emmanuel Nzewi, Prairie View A&M University

CIRI will provide a decision support system allowing communities to both identify projects and quantitatively determine the ability of the given project to improve community resilience and guide capital investments. 

$2,500 Awards
(sorted by TEES thematic areas):

Cybersecurity     Energy     Healthcare     Information Systems & Sensors     Materials & Manufacturing


Cybersecurity Curriculum Development
Principal Investigator: Sarhan Musa, Prairie View A&M University 
Team Members: Paula deWitte, Texas A&M University; Camille Gibson, Prairie View A&M University

This collaboration will develop a curriculum based on the human aspects of cybersecurity resulting in a well-trained cybersecurity workforce for the state and nation.


Advanced Vehicle Technologies
Principal Investigator: Annette von Jouanne, Baylor University 
Team Member: Prasad Enjeti, Texas A&M University; Kwang Lee, Baylor; Le Xie, Texas A&M University; Alex Yokochi, Baylor

This project will research extreme fast charging of electric vehicles (350KW or higher) where multiple vehicles are charging simultaneously at a single charging station of at least 1 MW with a focus on local energy storage and direct connections to the MV distribution grid.

FESI: Free Emission Smart Infrastructure
Principal Investigator: Marty Yaqub, Texas A&M University-Commerce 
Team Members: John Attia, Prairie View A&M University; Eddy Oh, Texas A&M University-Commerce

This team will provide a solution with state-of-the-art photovoltaic (PV) technology for PV roof material and LiOn battery storage and grid integration with an ultimate goal of providing energy that is integrated with the grid with no reliance on subsidies.


P-GAMA: Forwarding Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) Diagnosis through Linking Mechanical and Genetic Markers
Principal Investigator: Nabila Shamim, Prairie View A&M University 
Team Members: Ariful Bhuiyan, Prairie View A&M University; Aniruddha Datta, Texas A&M University; Bridgette Kirkpatrick, Collin College & Carole Twichell, Collin College

The research team will analyze samples of cervical-vaginal secretions from patients with and without PCOS using the flow metric die swell ration to determine elasticity. The samples will then be assayed for PCOS-specific gene expression using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). The team will attempt to correlate gene expression levels with viscosity in the hope this method will lead to an effective and non-invasive diagnosis of PCOS. 

Real FIT
Principal Investigator: Jose Baca, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi 
Team Members: Melissa Grunlan, Texas A&M University; Christopher Kocmoud, TEES Texas Center for Applied Technology 
& Shannon Ydoyaga, Del Mar College

This team will explore different ways to motivate rehabilitative patients to follow therapy routines and exercise programs through mixed reality technology so patients maintain their fitness levels. 

Information Systems & Sensors

Aggie System Swarmers
Principal Investigator: Burchan Aydin, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Team Members: Dale Cope, Texas A&M University; Suxia Cui
, Prairie View A&M University; Michael Starek, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi & Junefei Xie, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

The team will innovate real-time remote sensing of static and dynamic objects using swarm technology for geospatial intelligence. They will also intelligently manage and distribute a swarm of unmanned aircraft systems to acquire data and then merge and process the data in real time. This team will continue the work of the 2017 Fire Busters team to extend the remote sensing capabilities for real-time intelligence.

Aqua Smart
Principal Investigator: Fawad Rauf, Texas A&M University-Texarkana 
Team Members: Tianxing Chu, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; Jun Kameoka, Texas A&M University; Mohamed Morsy, Texas A&M University-Texarkana

The team will design and develop a smart water control system using wireless, self-powered, autonomous sensors with four specific project milestones: design of component, system level integration, real environment testing, and commercialization.

Materials & Manufacturing

Adaptive Coatings for Extreme Environments
Principal Investigator: Samir Aouadi, University of North Texas 
Team Member: Jeff Cunion, Tarleton State University

The team will create a smart composite material whose surface chemistry changes depending on the environment to reduce friction and wear in extreme environments.

SWAP: Sea Water Advanced Plastics
Principal Investigator: Gary Stading, Texas A&M University-Texarkana
Team Members: Gina Chiarella, Prairie View A&M University; Greg Gammon, TEES Turbomachinery Laboratory & Nedal Shheber, Del Mar College

The team will develop a biodegradable polymer that uses the acidic pollutants in seawater as a catalyst of decomposition.

Transformative Metals for the Next Century

Principal Investigator: Sundeep Mukherjee, University of North Texas 
Team Members: Amine Benzerga, Texas A&M University & John Vickers, NASA

This team will create a smart composite material whose surface chemistry changes—depending on the environment—to reduce friction and wear in extreme environments.

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