Associate Agency Director for Strategic Initiatives and Centers
Dr. Narasimha Reddy
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 3-D scientific visualization.
Co-director: Dr. Swaminathan Gopalswamy
Co-director: Dr. Srikanth Saripalli
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 Texas A&M University 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.
Director: Dr. Aniruddha Datta
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.
Director: Dr. Zachary Grasley
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.
Director: Dr. J.N. Reddy
The threefold mission of the Center for Innovation in Mechanics for Design (CiMDM) and Manufacturing is: research; education and training and global collaborations; and industry and governmental lab outreach (provide consultancy and expert technical services to industry and also collaborative in research with government labs). The center aims to solve the need for mechanics support for early stage design and subsequent manufacturing. This is complementary to the advances in manufacturing techniques, sensor-based manufacturing process prognostics, supply chain innovations, and quality control measures. Developments and advances in mechanics are essential to gaining insight into the physics of these processes.
Director: Dr. Amine Benzerga
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.
Director: Dr. Jim Morel
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.
Director: Dr. Gerard L. Cote
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.
Director: Jeff Spath
Associate Director: Duane McVay
The goal of the Crisman Institute for Petroleum Research is to produce significant advances in upstream petroleum engineering technology through the combined efforts of faculty, post-doctoral researchers, and highly qualified graduate students, in close cooperation with industry. One of the unique features of the Crisman Institute has been that all member companies get the lifetime, paid-up, irrevocable license to use any intellectual property developed during any of the projects funded by Crisman. Currently, the Crisman Institute is cooperating in a join research effort with the Berg-Hughes Center for Petroleum and Sedimentary Systems.
Director: Dr. David E. Claridge
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.
Director: Dr. Nimir Elbashir
Managing Director: Dr. Mahmoud El-Halwagi
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.
Director: Dr. Karan L. Watson
The Institute for Engineering Education's mission is to serve as a focal point and academic resource for engineering education research for faculty and administrators in order to advance the practices of engineering education in the The Texas A&M University System and worldwide.
Director: Dr. Satish Bukkapatnam
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.
Director: Dr. Stephen Cambone
The Institute for National Security and Cybersecurity Education and Research (INSCER) is a joint institute among TEES, AgriLife and Texas A&M University. It began in 2007 and was reorganized and renamed at The Texas A&M University System level in 2017 to focus on its mission to enhance national and international security through research and education. Under the direction of Dr. Stephen Cambone, associate vice chancellor for cybersecurity initiatives, exciting and important work is taking place through the institute. INSCER’s broad reach is now helping form relevant new systemwide partnerships with national defense and intelligence agencies and industries.
Director: Dr. Sunil Chirayath
The Center for Nuclear Security Science and Policy Initiatives (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.
Director: Dr. Paula deWitte
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.
Executive Director: Jerry Hendrix
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.
Acting Director: Dr. James Holste
Acting Director of Operations: John Pappas
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.
Director: Dr. Zivko Nikolov
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.
Director: Dr. Sean McDeavitt
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.
Director: Dr. Sean McDeavitt
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.
Director: Dr. Richard Mercier
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.
Director: Dr. Mian N. Riaz
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.
Director: Dr. Mladen Kezunovic
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.
Director: Dr. Stratos Pistikopoulos
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.
Director: Dr. Nick Duffield
The Texas A&M Institute of Data Science (TAMIDS) serves and fosters collaborations across the university and its affiliated agencies. TAMIDS is a joint undertaking of Texas A&M University with the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station and Texas A&M AgriLife Research. TAMIDS is an inclusive umbrella organization for data science and will facilitate interactions between researchers in diverse application areas and those with expertise in core methodologies, promote education in data science across the university, and pursue outreach to commercial and governmental organizations in the wider data science ecosystem.
Executive Director: Dr. Jim Wall
The Texas A&M 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.
Director: Dr. F. Barry Lawrence
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.
Director: Dr. Eric L. Petersen
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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