Letter from the Director

The Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute was created to develop citizen leaders for the global community committed to transform the energy future of San Antonio, Texas and the nation. The Institute integrates scientific discovery, engineering innovation and policy deliberations with pragmatic implementation and a commitment to our multicultural traditions to realize the promise of tomorrow's America as a global energy leader. The Institute also serves as a center of intellectual creativity that promotes socioeconomic development regionally, nationally and globally. We provide systems solutions that pursue novel opportunities for technology insertion to reduce costs, improve reliability and assure responsible environmental stewardship that contributes to our energy future. Our impact will drive San Antonio's economic future, coalesce our intellectual capital, serve as a magnet for thought leaders from around the nation and the globe and secure a foundation for enhanced prosperity for south Texas and the Alamo region for decades to come.

The Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute strives to become an integrating force that connects our faculty, staff and students from across the University and each of its colleges, institutes and centers to address the most pressing energy challenges of our time. The Institute is involved in a broad set of research activities that span the breadth of the energy, water and sustainability domain and that remains active in emerging issues of national and global importance. We emphasize a holistic systems approach that strives to inform policy with sound, credible science and engineering and an ability to project plausible outcomes of policy decisions based on current understanding and an assessment of future scenarios. These outcomes are used to enhance communication, inform interested constituencies, and identify areas where additional information is required.

The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in Texas and the second largest of nine academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution of access and excellence, UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment. UTSA serves nearly 29,000 students in 64 bachelor's, 49 master's and 21 doctoral degree programs in the colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and Graduate School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond. UTSA has distinguished itself as a Hispanic-serving institution ranking third in the total number of undergraduate degrees awarded to Hispanics in the United States and eighth in the nation for research expenditures among Hispanic-serving institutions.

About the Director
Les Shephard joins UTSA from Sandia National Laboratories, which is managed by Lockheed Martin Corporation for the U.S. Department of Energy, where he served for more than 27 years. Most recently, Shephard was vice president of Sandia's Energy, Security and Defense Technologies Division, a multi-program, science-based engineering laboratory in Albuquerque, N.M.