Energy Systems and Services

Texas A&M Energy Institute

Director: Dr. Stratos Pistikopoulos
Email: stratos@tamu.edu
Phone: 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.

Crisman Institute for Petroleum Research

Director: Jeff Spath
Email: spath@tamu.edu
Phone: 979-845-2278

Associate Director: Duane McVay
Email: mcvay@tamu.edu
Phone: 979-862-8466

The Crisman Institute for Petroleum Research identifies and solves significant research problems of major interest to industry and government. The Institute conducts its 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

Director: Dr. David E. Claridge 
Email: claridge@esl.tamu.edu
Phone: 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

Director: Dr. Nimir Elbashir
Email: nelbashir@tamu.edu

Managing Director: Dr. Mahmoud El-Halwagi
Email: el-halwagi@tamu.edu
Phone: 979-845-3484

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.  

Smart Grid Center

Director: Dr. Tom Overbye
Email: overbye@tamu.edu
Phone: 979-458-5001

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.  

Turbomachinery Laboratory

Director: Dr. Eric L. Petersen
Email: epetersen@tamu.edu

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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