Afamia Elnakat, Ph.D., R.E.M.
Occupation: Environmental Sustainability Outreach and 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.
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.
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 Scholarship in Math and Engineering
University of Texas at San Antonio 2017 Masters of Science in Business Administration
Texas A&M University 2008 Bachelor of Arts, English; Communication
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 IntegrationSan Antonio Clean Energy IncubatorUTSA Solar Forecasting ResearchWind Energy Research
Dwain Rogers, J.D.
Occupation: Transportation and Policy Research Director
Dwain Rogers attended the University of Texas at Austin, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1990, and went on to receive his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 1993. He practiced law at the firms of Thompson & Knight and Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr and worked as in-house counsel for Solectron Corporation in Austin. Dwain’s law practice focused on intellectual property, funding early stage tech companies, litigation and commercial real estate. Beginning in 2003, Dwain worked for the Texas General Land Office as a litigation and real estate attorney and as Special Counsel. In early 2008, Dwain was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the GLO’s Renewable Energy Division, working to locate renewable energy projects on state-owned lands and to encourage the development of the renewable energy industry cluster in Texas. The Renewable Energy Division was created by Commissioner Jerry Patterson to develop a new revenue stream for the Permanent School Fund, an endowment fund which benefits K-12 public education. The division has overseen the execution of the first offshore wind leases in U.S. history and the first utility scale solar lease in Texas history. Since the spring of 2012, Dwain has worked as Transportation Research Director for the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute at the University of Texas at San Antonio. As part of the CPS – UTSA Energy Research Alliance, the Institute performs cutting edge research on a wide variety of energy issues, challenges and opportunities facing the San Antonio community.
Juan Gomez, Ph.D., P.E.
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
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
Ph.D., Environmental Science and Engineering, The University of Texas at El Paso, 200
Linda M. Day
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 Administration.
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.