Afamia Elnakat, Ph.D., R.E.M.

Afamia Elnakat, Ph.D., R.E.M.

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Occupation: Associate Professor of Research

Afamia is an associate professor of research at the UTSA Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute.  She is also teaching faculty of Environmental Science and Engineering at UTSA.

Afamia’s research is dedicated to emphasizing living sustainably while alleviating environmental impacts.  Utilizing her multidisciplinary knowledge and background in engineering, biology, geology, chemical fate and transport, and water resources, Afamia specializes in multidisciplinary approaches in assessing environmental policies and institutional barriers to facilitate cooperation between different entities. 

Dr. Elnakat’s current research focuses on big data analysis in the energy and water sector while coupling behavioral influence.  Her ultimate goal is bridging the gap between scientific knowledge and its application to environmentally sound public policy. With her private industry background in engineering consulting firms, and commitment to community initiatives, Afamia has gained experience in technical, political and socioeconomical aspects of resource management. Afamia currently serves as one of the tri-chairs on the SATomorrow planning effort. 

Educational Background:

Ph.D., Environmental Science & Engineering - 2002
University of Texas at El Paso

"The Use of Symmetric Triangular Linear Fuzzy Regression in Investigating Transectoral and Transboundary Water Allocation”
-NSF Scholar in Math and Engineering

Related Publications:

Elnakat, A. The C3 of conservation: The influence of cool, convenience and cash on residential household energy conservation, The Electricity Journal, Volume 29, Issue 2, March 2016, Pages 22-25, ISSN 1040-6190,


Elnakat, A., Gomez, J.D., and Booth, N. (2016) A zip code study of socioeconomic, demographic, and household gendered influence on the residential energy sector, Energy Reports, Accepted Jan 22, 2016, 10.1016/j.egyr.2016.01.003

Elnakat, A. and Gomez, J.D. (2016) The flame dilemma: A data analytics study of fireplace influence on winter energy consumption at the residential household level, Energy Reports, Volume 2, November 2016, Pages 14-20, ISSN 2352-4847, 

Elnakat, A. (2015) The Three Rs of Remediation: A Comparative Analysis of the Risk, Real Estate, and Regulatory Drivers Affecting Remediation Technology Applications. International Journal of Environmental Pollution and Remediation Volume 3, Year 2015 Journal ISSN: 1929-2732 DOI:10.11159/ijepr.2015.006 

Elnakat, A. Gomez, J.D. (2015). Energy Engenderment: An industrialized perspective assessing the importance of engaging women in residential energy consumption management. Energy Policy. 

Elnakat, A., Gomez, J.D., Roberts, J. and Wright, M. ‘Big data analysis of swimming pools’ impact on household electric intensity in San Antonio, Texas’, Int. J. Big Data Intelligence, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp.250–261, 2015 

Gomez, J., Elnakat, A., Wright, M. and Keener, J. Analysis of the Energy Index as a Benchmarking Indicator of Potential Energy Savings in the San Antonio, Texas Single Family Residential Sector. Energy Efficiency. DOI 10.1007/s12053-014-9310-6. October 2014 

Related Projects: Energy Conservation & Residential ConsumptionEnergy Efficiency Online OutreachUTSA SmartLiving CampusEnergy Water Nexus

Capri Schafner

Capri Schafner

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio 2017 Masters of Science in Business Administration

Texas A&M University 2008 Bachelor of Arts, English; Communication

Professional History:

In 2008 Capri Schafner started as the Senior Administrative Associate at the English Language Institute at Texas A&M University. There she was given the opportunity to work with international students representing over 25 different countries and be the key point of contact for students through admission processing, new student orientation, academic advising, event coordinating, and TOEFL preparation.  In addition to her work with students, Capri Schafner assisted 14 faculty members and coordinated three volunteer programs totaling over 300 volunteers each semester.

In 2011 she joined the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute where continues her work in higher education, but most importantly, allows her to have direct community impact as the communication specialist and event coordinator for the Institute. When she is not planning institute events Capri is often assisting grant proposal teams with the preproposal submission process to include grant writing, grant editing, proposal collaboration and preproposal management. 

Related Projects: Eagle Ford ShaleElectrification of TransportationEnergy Conservation & Residential ConsumptionEnergy Water NexusLarge Scale Photovoltaic IntegrationUTSA Solar Forecasting ResearchWind Energy Research

Juan Gomez, Ph.D., P.E.

Juan Gomez, Ph.D., P.E.

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Occupation: Interim Institute Director and Associate Professor of Research

Dr. Gomez is the Interim Director of UTSA's Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute.

He is also a Research Director and an Associated Professor of Research. Juan has over 14 years of professional experience in both private industry and academia. His areas of expertise include residential energy consumption, energy analytics, residential energy efficiency, sustainability, environmental systems, water treatment and supply, water supply economics, and infrastructure planning.
Prior to joining the Energy Institute, Dr. Gomez was part of the Global Technology Group for an engineering and consulting firm for over 9 years. He worked in projects throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Mexico, Singapore, and the Middle East

Professional Affiliations
Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas (Lic No. 95679)
American Water Works Association - Member
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Condioning Engineers - Member

Educational Background
Ph.D., Environmental Science and Engineering, The University of Texas at El Paso, 200

Related Projects: Carbon Capture, Storage, Sequestration and ReutilizationUTSA SmartLiving Campus

Linda M. Day

Linda M. Day

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Occupation: Associate Director of Operations

Linda joined the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute in January 2012.  She brings eight years of experience in higher education administrative management in both academic and research-focused environments.  
Linda holds a BBA in Management from Texas State University. Her background in financial  operations ranges from small business accounting to integrated corporate financial management systems.  In addition, she has managed multiple research grants funded by such agencies as the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and the National Aeronautics and Space 
Her goal is to advance the mission of the Institute as well as that of UTSA through the establishment of standards and processes that serve the unique needs of the organization and inspire innovative solutions at the university level. 

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