Students

Ahmed Jenan Mostafa

Ahmed Jenan Mostafa

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | August 2016 | PhD. in Mechanical Engineering | University of Texas at San Antonio | August, 2013 | M.S. in Mechanical Engineering | University of Dhaka | August 2011 | M.B.A in Finance: Institute of Business Administration (IBA) | Bangladesh University of Engineering &Technology | June, 2007 | B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering

Professional Affiliations:


Student Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), Bangladesh Society of Mechanical Engineers (BSME)

What first inspired you to work in your field? 


I am very much interested in energy sector. I have worked in power plants before. Power shortage is one of the major problems in my country. Therefore having a knowledge that I can utilize later for renovating the power sector of my country will certainly be helpful. And the work environment of TSERI has also inspired me a lot to make the decision for working in the renewable energy field.

Current Work at the Institute:


Working under the Supervision of Dr. Roalndo Vega for the project “Probabilistic life estimation of  non-fail safe wind  turbine components for lifecycle design,  manufacturing, inspection and repair decisions” using my knowledge in mechanical behavior of materials and fracture and fatigue analysis.

Related Projects: Wind Energy Research


Angela Torres

Angela Torres

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Educational Background:

Colombian School of Engineering Julio Garavito  | August 2011 | Bachelor of Science, Industrial Engineering

Professional History:

I worked for Avianca, which is the largest airline in Colombia, as Schedule Specialist. My work was to analyze and propose scenarios to adjust the itinerary to the changing market and operational restrictions, always searching to optimize the company revenues. Look for the best combinations of equipment, schedule and routes to improve the network performance.


In my internship I worked for Cemex Colombia. I was responsible of the management indicators for logistics operation, ensuring the integrity of information and the management and analysis of performance measures in the dispatch area. I worked also identifying opportunities to improve the operation of concrete plants through simulation software, in order to make a diagnosis and suggest improvement alternatives aimed to optimize the process within the plant.

What first inspired you to work in your field?

I really like the business field and the project management area, and it has been a great opportunity to apply my knowledge and learn about all of the new technologies in the energy market. 

Current Work at the Institute:

I am working on a business plan project to group all technologies developing by the students in the institute, with the goal of creating a company that can comercialize in the future such projects in the energy market.

Related Projects: UTSA Solar Forecasting Research


OYINKANSOLA ADEOYE

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Educational Background:

University of Houston | Fall 2013 | Bachelors of Science in Chemistry
University of Texas at San Antonio | Fall 2016 | Masters of Science in Environmental Science

Professional History:

I worked as a deactivation technician at Albemarle Catalysts where operated and maintained multi-cycle deactivation units used to deactivate catalysts injected with crude oil. I worked as a petroleum product analyst at Petrotest Laboratories where I used several chemical analytical methods to characterize the composition of several types of petroleum products. I worked as a laboratory technician at Polyorganix  where I conducted several organic and inorganic chemical reactions to make chemical products using several chemical methods.

What first inspired you to work in your field?

I was first introduced into the idea of non-conventional energy sources through my witness of the success of Brazil’s sugar cane ethanol technology. This inspired me and motivated me to pursue an education with a strong scientific background and mathematics that could be applicable to gain problem-solving skills in .  My areas of interest include energy development, the environment and sustainability that can be applied in developing nations in the African continent.

Current Work at the Institute:

I work as graduate research assistant with Dr. Shephard and Dr. Lemus. I assist in research, reviewing relevant literature and meta-analysis.

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Rahul Nair

Rahul Nair

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Educational Background:

BS in Electronics and Communication Engineering, MS in Computer Engineering (December 2015)

Professional History:

Worked  for 4 years as a  Software Developer at Tata Consultancy Services, India

Professional Affiliations:

IEEE computer Society, IEEE communication Society

What first inspired you to work in your field?

I was interested in sustainable technologies and research from a very young age, especially on how technology can be used to connect the dots and understand how to make energy development, distribution environmentally sustainable.

Current Work at the Institute:

I work as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Institute working in Dr. Gomez and Dr. Nakats's team. My role involves, data analysis and extraction, literature reviews and assisting in research.

Related Projects: Energy Conservation & Residential Consumption


Rushan Wasim

Rushan Wasim

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Educational Background:

Bachelors of Science in Physics, University of Houston (December 2013)
Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering, UTSA (expected August 2015)

Professional History:


Research Assistant for two years at University of Houston, work included fabrication of PEM biofilms to be applied in hydrogen fuel cells. Conducting stress-strain tests of Nafion films with carbon fillers and ultimately finding the Young’s modulus of each material type. Testing heat conductivity of coconut shell based carbon-nafion compounds. Conducting structural analysis of biofilms. Assembling Polymer Nano Composite Batteries and fabricating flexible lithium-ion batteries for real world applications.

Professional Affiliations:

American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Society of Physics Students

What first inspired you to work in your field?

Engineering has always been a passion, from aircrafts to steam engines. I believe sustainable energy is the future of all energy demands. My research on fuel cells during my undergraduate years showed me that these devices will be a key player in the energy future.

Current Work at the Institute:

Working with Dwain Rogers on fuel cells that are used at a third-party office building. Doing calculations determining the feasibility and reliability of the cells and whether the project is possible in the long run.

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S M Mahbobur Rahman

S M Mahbobur Rahman

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Educational Background:

Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology | 2011 | Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering | University of Texas at San Antonio | December 2015 | Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Professional History:

I started my professional career in Production Department of Joongbo Multimode Chemicals Limited (Dhaka) in December 2011. Later I joined Engineering Department of Biotechnology Derived Product Facility plant of Incepta Pharmaceuticals Limited (Dhaka) on  February 2013 where my responsibilities were related to design and modification of HVAC system, Water Treatment Plant, Project implementation etc. Currently, I am a Graduate Research Assistant of UTSA Solar Forecasting Research Project starting from Fall 2013.

Professional Affiliations:

GRA at TSERI, ICME-Dhaka

What first inspired you to work in your field?

My undergraduate courses included Renewable Energy. Since then I know the global prospect of this field of Mechanical Engineering to solve the energy problem in the world utilizing the infinite potential of renewable energy. I want to contribute for a better world using cutting edge technology available today. Highly motivated professionals at Texas Sustainable Research Institute boosted my drive to work in this field.

Current Work at the Institute:

I am currently working on UTSA Solar Forecasting Research project to Forecast Building Energy Demand from Solar Irradiance. It involves better prediction of the amount of energy consumed in buildings in a wide region by incorporating the weather and irradiance information obtained from the solar irradiance forecasting tools. Here I am going to establish the correlations between solar irradiance and temperature with the energy demands from buildings using data analytic tools.

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Tania Hernandez

Tania Hernandez

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | May 2015 | Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering

Professional History:

I have been a summer intern at CPS Energy for 6 years. In high school, I was determined to study Business so I worked in CPS Energy’s Marketing department. Right before college, I decided to become a mechanical engineer. I was given the opportunity to work at the power plants for two summers and understand the cycle, components, daily tasks, and I also spent some time with the different crafts. My fifth summer I worked with the Integrated Resource Planning group and learned about long term generation planning. This summer I am working in the Energy Market Operations department and already see a connection with the work I have been doing at the Institute. I have found a passion in something that at one point I didn’t even know existed - the energy industry.

Professional Affiliations:

Women in Energy Network (WEN)

What first inspired you to work in your field?

I have always had an itch for business so this position has been perfect. As a mechanical engineering student, I am able to have an overall understanding of the different technologies being created to potentially join forecasting markets in the energy industry.

Current Work at the Institute:

I am currently working on a business plan that consists of the different forecasting technologies students from the institute have created and continue to create.

Related Projects: UTSA Solar Forecasting ResearchLarge Scale Photovoltaic Integration


Zhaoxuan Li

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Educational Background:

Shanghai Jiao Tong University | 2010 | Bachelor of Science in Mechanical | Engineering | Texas Tech University | 2012 | Masters of Engineering in Healthcare Engineering | University of Texas at San Antonio | 2015 | Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Professional History:

Half year experience in a PV corporation back to china

What first inspired you to work in your field?

My undergraduate study is in thermal and power system. I came to US to further study in HVAC system in healthcare application such as in hospital.  I realize that power system is so complex that it cannot be narrowed in one specific field. It needs professionals to have a broad view on consumption reductions and load predictions. I need to get more involved in the energy field with global concerns and newest technology developments. The high level faculties and research topics in TSERI offer me such chances and inspire me to work in this field.

Current Work at the Institute:

I am currently working with other members of load forecasting group on UTSA Solar Forecasting Research project. It involves better prediction of the amount of energy consumed in buildings by incorporating the weather and irradiance information obtained from the solar irradiance forecasting tools. Here I am going to test new methods to enhance current works done on establishing the correlations between solar irradiance and temperature with the energy demands from buildings.

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