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Ahmed Jenan Mostafa

Ahmed Jenan Mostafa

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | December 2016 | Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Mechanical Engineering
University of Texas at San Antonio | August 2013 | Master of Science (M.S.) in Mechanical Engineering
Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology | June 2007 | Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Mechanical Engineering

Professional History:

Senior Engineer (Total 4.25 years in CATERPILLAR, Bangladesh), Graduate Student intern (4 month, LANCER Corporation, TEXAS), Independent Design Consultant (1 year in Seebeck Technology Inc., TEXAS)

Professional Affiliations: 

Student Member of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

What first inspired you to work in your field?

I was always interested in the power generation and renewable energy field. Wind is the fastest growing among all the renewable energy sources. Also within the scope of my research I will also be able to perform fatigue and fracture simulations which is very fascinating to me.

Current Work at the Institute

Currently working under the supervision of Dr. Rolando Vega for developing wind turbine technologies using the concepts of Fatigue and Fracture mechanics (using AFGROW, ANSYS, ABAQUS, MLIFE and MATLAB and Cluster computing). I am studying the effect of multiaxial fatigue on predicting the life cycle of wind farms. I am using FAST (Fatigue, Aerodynamics, Structure and Turbulence) which is the state-of art computing tool from NREL for estimating the fatigue load on wind turbines. Also, I am studying the influence of wake interference on the power generation of the wind turbines with the help of large eddy simulation models for full-field binary wind.

Related Projects: Wind Energy Research


Alex Trevino

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | Fall 2017 | Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Finance 

Professional History:

The Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute Feb 2016-Present
The Summit Group Advisors Aug 2015-Dec 2015
The Jenkins Group Jun 2008-Aug 2013

Alex has several years of private client services experience. In all areas of past or present work the ultimate goal for Alex has been to deliver the highest quality of service to clients along with working to identify and solve the key and pressing issues of the organization in an effective method.

Professional Affiliations:

Asociación De Empresarios Mexicanos Jovenes(AEM), Habitat for Humanity, National Society of Leadership and Success

What first inspired you to work in your field?

Alex aspires to work on the financial side of a large company that is a front runner in operating at the highest level of efficiency, all while actively in the pursuit of creating a positive impact on progress towards a higher level of consciousness in regards to both energy production and consumption. His brother Gerardo worked on landing a grant for the University that saw the installation of PV systems on both the main and downtown campus. Alex got to go through that process, and is what sparked his interest in the industry as he hopes he can pursue the ultimate goal of continuing to move in the direction of creating a more efficiently powered campus. 

Current Work at the Institute:

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Energy Finance & Analytics. Working on promoting the Bi-National Energy forum that will be taking place in the Summer of 2016. Funding and operations within the Research Institute. Actively working on engaging the student body and community on becoming activists in respect to sustainability and promoting the various projects and issues that the institute is most passionate about.

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Azas Ahamed Rifath

Azas Ahamed Rifath

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | May 2016 | Master of Science (M.S.), Electrical Engineering
Anna University | May 2013 | Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.), Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Professional History:

Currently working as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, University of Texas at San Antonio. I worked as an engineering intern in America Engineering Systems Private Limited, Chennai.

Professional Affiliations:

Member of Institute of Engineers

What first inspired you to work in your field?

The rapid advancements in renewable energy strata, especially over the past decade, have intrigued me inexplicably. I always wonder what the next phase of evolution would be. This curiosity, and an inherent fascination for energy systems, fuels my passion to know and develop the next generation, through research and innovation.

Current Work at the Institute:

I am a Graduate Research Assistant in a project funded by US Department of Energy under supervision of Dr. Krishnaswami. My role involves Analyze, Simulate the Dual Active Bridge (DAB) Converter used in photovoltaic systems; Fault analysis in cascaded Neutral Point Clamped (NPC) inverter and simulate its associated controls.  Simulate dynamic irradiance and temperature ranging, Ramp the voltage, temperature or irradiance level over a programmed time interval and Read back of voltage, current, irradiance level and temperature setting; Tests for inverter Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT).
 

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Gaelen McFadden

Gaelen McFadden

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | May 2016 | Master of Science (M.S.), Mechanical Engineering
Purdue University | May 2012 | Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Chemical Engineering

Professional History:

Worked as an undergraduate teaching assistant at Purdue. Has held a teaching assistant position at UTSA at TSERI. Working for TSERI was part of the Grid of the Future project working on turning LIDAR maps into models for buildings. Research internship at Tsinghua University in Beijing China working on the development of a new sensor for analysis on the flow of people through buildings.

Professional Affiliations:

Student Member of American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers and former secretary of the UTSA chapter. Student member of the International Building Performance Simulation Association.

What first inspired you to work in your field?

Energy is the stuff that allows us to do things! The more of it we have, the more stuff we can do! How society moves and deals with energy is one of the most interesting parts of our culture that we barely mention. I was inspired to work in this field because there are so many processes where a less than 1% increase in efficiency can vastly change the equation with how society deals with energy.

Current Work at the Institute:

Working with the Internet of Things and the Roadrunner Open Cloud specifically focusing on implementing MQTT, edge computing and big data solutions to provide real-time analysis of building energy consumption.

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Jennifer Duran

Jennifer Duran

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | December 2015 | Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Entrepreneurship 

Professional History:

Before working at the Institute I was a part-time bartender at Saltgrass Steakhouse. I have also completed a marketing research internship at Café Commerce SA, a resource center for entrepreneurs and small business owners, and also acted as a business consultant for a local food called Chela’s Tacos.

Professional Affiliations:

I have been involved in different student organizations at UTSA such as the Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization and Delta Sigma Pi professional business fraternity. Upon graduation I see myself becoming part of various organizations in the Energy industry.

What first inspired you to work in your field?

I have a vision of one day starting a multidisciplinary company that will integrate sustainable urban planning and sustainable technologies that can be embedded into architecture projects to produce alternative energy. I am so fascinated with technology and all things "green". However, I am no engineer, scientist, or architect, but I have a HUGE imagination and I love coming up with ideas and finding new applications for these technologies.

Current Work at the Institute:

My team is currently collaborating with Microsoft on investigating emerging technologies for data center applications. We are working on planning a pilot demonstration project at UTSA to explore financial feasibility of incorporating these technologies in a data center environment. My specific roles include conducting academic literature reviews, extracting data from online sources, and making recommendations for further research.

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Kristopher Williams

Kristopher Williams

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | August 2016 | Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Applied Statistics
University of Texas at San Antonio | December 2012 | Master of Science (M.S.), Applied Statistics
University of Texas at Tyler | December 2006 | Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Economics

Professional History: 

For the past two years I have been a PhD student in the Department of Management Science and Statistics at UTSA. During this time I have been a consultant for the UTSA Statistical Consulting Center. I have provided statistical consulting services including research design, data management and analysis, interpretation and reporting of results, and statistical programming to local businesses, professors at UTSA, and PhD students from UTSA and other universities. Prior to UTSA, I worked as a high school math teacher for six years.

Professional Affiliations: 

American Statistical Association (ASA)

What first inspired you to work in your field? 

With larger and more diverse amounts of data being generated all the time, statistical learning tools are needed to processes and analyze data in every industry and field of science. I was inspired to purse my PhD in Applied Statistics to better understand our ever changing world and be equipped to solve challenging computational problems. My research interest includes anomaly detection, density estimation, clustering, and various other supervised/unsupervised learning methods.

Current Work at the Institute:

I am currently working with a team to research circuit data from a large utility company. Our goal is to use data analytics and other computational methods to better understand energy consumption and efficiency.

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M A Moonem

M A Moonem

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | May 2016 | Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Electrical Engineering
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Techonology | April 2002 | Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Professional History:

Graduate Research Assistant at the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, University of Texas at San Antonio. Teaching Assistant, ECE Dept.,  at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Graduate Research Assistant, ECE Dept., at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Assistant Divisional Engineer at Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL), in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Assistant Manager of West Zone Power System Development Project in “Power Grid Company of Bangladesh Ltd. (PGCB)”.

Professional Affiliations:

IEEE student member, Member of Institute of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB0)

What first inspired you to work in your field?

As a student in Electrical Engineering, I chose the major of Power Electronics long back in 1998 as a part of my undergraduate degree. I like to learn and work on Power Electronics more than any other field in Electrical Engineering. I should mention the names of a few respected persons who inspired me to work in this particular field. First of all I like to mention the name Dr. Mohammad Ali Choudhury who was my supervisor and inspiration during my study at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). When I decided to pursue a PhD degree in this field, Dr. Hariharan Krishnaswami made it easier for me and he has been guiding and supporting me keenly throughout the way. In this regard I would like to thank Dr. Les E. Shephard, director of Texas Sustainable Energy Institute, because of his inspiration and sincere effort and for sharing the vision with us which leads the way to fulfill the mission of achieving secure and sustainable energy solutions.

Current Work at the Institute:

Everyone is aware of the importance of sustainable energy resources these days. I also wanted to be a part of this campaign contributing with my little knowledge and expertise. My present research topic is to design and build a Photovoltaic solar power converter that should be efficient, cost effective, compact in size, modular and having better control flexibility in comparison to the present state-of-the art.
Right now I am working as a Graduate Research Assistant in a project funded by US Department of Energy under supervision of Dr. Krishnaswami. I became a part of the TSERI group through this project.

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Marzieh Jafary

Marzieh Jafary

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | August 2017 | Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Environmental Engineering
Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University, Tehran, Iran | August 2012 | Master of Architecture & Environmental Design (M.Arch.)
Azad University, Tehran, Iran | August 2009 | Bachelor of Architectural Engineering (BArch)

Professional History:

I worked as an architect for 5 years back in Iran. I collaborated with design teams to promote sustainable strategies for projects. Also, I estimated building designs for joint families and suggested sustainable designs to trim down energy consumption.

Professional Affiliations:

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

What first inspired you to work in your field?

As an architect, I felt there is something missing to reach my goals concerning energy and sustainability issues. Having engineering in one hand beside my expertise will help me to be a particular problem solver in this field.

Current Work at the Institute:

I am a graduate research assistant at the Institute working with Dr. Shephard and Dr. Gomez. My role involves, analyzing and evaluating energy consumption data of buildings (campuses & residentials) and assisting in research.

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Matthew M. Benavides

Matthew M. Benavides

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Educational Background: 

University of Texas at San Antonio | August 2016 | Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Applied Statistics
University of Texas at San Antonio | Spring 2013 | Master of Science (M.S.), Applied Statistics
University of Texas at San Antonio | Spring 2011| Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Mathematics

Professional History: 

I have worked in signal processing, classification, and multi-dimensional analysis associated with the neuroscience field under Dr. Todd Troyer at UTSA. I have worked as a student consultant under the Statistical Consulting center at UTSA. Through these positions, I have provided statistical insights and evaluations including:  mixed linear modeling, clustering analysis, statistical reporting, hidden markov modeling, and programming associated with R, Matlab, SAS. I have also taught a Basic Statistics course for UTSA in the Spring 2015 with over 100 students. 

What first inspired you to work in your field?

Data analytics and statistics are vital for today’s business solutions. I am curious about how, as a statistician, I can solve large-scale problems using what tools I have learned and adopted. Big data analytics are becoming more common and the business community is currently adapting to this change. I want to be involved in this adaptation and contribute towards sound business solutions.

Current Work at the Institute:

I am currently working on becoming familiar with map reduce coding under the Hadoop framework. My goal is to use my statistical insight, as well as big data techniques, in order to compute methods to better understand the modeling of energy consumption. Also, I am interested in finding latent trends blanketed by the big data framework.

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Michael Cervantes

Michael Cervantes

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | May 2016 | Master of Science (M.S.), Electrical Engineering
University of Texas at Austin | May 2014 | Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Electrical Engineering

Professional History:

I worked as the Distribution Planning and Power Quality Intern (CPS Energy) and the Transmission Planning Intern (Electric Reliability Council of Texas: ERCOT).

Professional Affiliations:

Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

What first inspired you to work in your field?

I started engineering early on in my childhood. Ever since seventh grade I have been involved in summer engineering programs, even PREP (Pre Freshman Engineering Program). I found my passion after my internship with CPS Energy and my research experience at UT. Many influences throughout my college career helped create a path of focusing on the theory of the electrical grid and applying my knowledge for renewable energy applications.

Current Work at the Institute:

I am currently working on a project called Intra-hour Solar Forecasting Methodology for Distributed or Large-Scale Photovoltaic Generation Facilities. I also design and fabricate new solar forecasting imaging system and create new or apply up to date algorithms in image processing for solar irradiance forecasting. Also, I publish new research for prestigious engineering journals.
 

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Oyinkansola O. Adeoye

Oyinkansola O. Adeoye

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Educational Background:

University of Houston | December 2013 | Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Chemistry
University of Texas at San Antonio | December 2016 | Master of Science (M.S.), Environmental Science

Professional History:

I have professional experience as a laboratory technician at Polyorganix where I conducted several organic and inorganic chemical reactions to make chemical products using several chemical methods. I have also worked in the petrochemical industry, as a deactivation technician at Albemarle Catalysts where I operated and maintained multi-cycle deactivation units that were used to deactivate catalysts injected with crude oil. And also 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.

What first inspired you to work in your field?

My first introduction to non-conventional energy sources through Brazil’s sugar cane ethanol technology. I was inspired by how the nation was able to diversify its energy economy using its available resource. This motivated me to pursue an education with a strong scientific and mathematics background that could be applicable to gain problem-solving skills. As a result I developed interests in areas of energy development, the environment, innovative technology and sustainability.

Current Work at the Institute:

I work as graduate research assistant, reviewing relevant literature, performing data-analysis and assisting in research. I am currently working analyzing data on an Air to Water Technology system with Dr. Shephard. and assisting in research on indigenous energy resources in emerging nations in Africa and Latin America, with Dr. Shephard and Dr. Lemus.

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Shuang Xia

Shuang Xia

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) , Environmental Science & Engineering | August 2018
Hohai University | Master of Science (M.S.), Cartography and Geographic Information System | July 2013
Chuzhou University | Bachelor of Science(B.S.), Geographic Information System | July 2010

What first inspired you to work in your field?

I am interested in Energy sector, especially solar forecasting.  Solar energy has a great potential as an energy supplier in the next few decades. I have a passion to work in TSERI and contribute to this field using GIS techniques.

Current Work at the Institute:

I focus on cloud tracking and solar forecasting working as a Graduate Research Assistant under supervision of Dr. Rolando Vega.
 

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Sonia Madin

Sonia Madin

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | May 2019 | Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Biomedical Engineering

What first inspired you to work in your field?

What has inspired me to go forth in Biomedical Engineering is being able to work with machines or even develop your own machine. Devices specifically for the medical field now that technology advances are skyrocketing. I see Biomedical Engineering as a way of helping others. Even though I am not the doctor, I feel self-satisfaction in the sense that I was able to contribute to that device that found a patients’ diagnosis on time. Seeing energy efficient inventions contributed by employee’s of TSERI throughout the UTSA campus makes a student like me proud to go to a university that is thinking about everyone’s future like I am but in a slightly different way.

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Thilo Janssen

Thilo Janssen

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | May 2016 | Master of Science (M.S.), Electrical Engineering
University of Texas at San Antonio | August 2015 | Bachelor of Science (B.S.), (requirements complete within the Integrated BS/MS Electrical Engineering), Electrical Engineering
San Antonio College | August 2012 |Associates of Science in Engineering

Professional History:

In 2011, I retired as an Officer (Major) from the German Air Force. I flew 2,500 flight hours on the mighty F-4F Phantom at the Fighter Wing 71 “Richthofen” in Germany, where I complete a wonderful career. My personal progress started as an electronic combat officer in the squadron. A few years later I completed the instructor training, followed by the successful completion of the Fighter Weapons Instructor School (Air Force Title for “Top Gun”). My last years before retirement from the German Air Force I spend as director of combat training in a training squadron.

Professional Affiliations:

Member of IEEE-HKN, Alumni Association, and TATE at UTSA.

What first inspired you to work in your field?

After the retirement from the German Air Force, I picked up on a dream, I had before joining the Air Force. Since I was a child, I experimented on electronics, either by fixing and improving existing circuits, or by inventing new circuits. This lifelong hobby gave me the inspiration to achieve a M.S. in Electrical Engineering. Seeing the progress of solar technology in Germany, motivated me to become an expert in the solar/renewable energy field. After burning millions of gallons of fossil fuel in the fighter jet, I feel the need to create an opportunity to reduce emissions saving the environment.  Studying and doing research on a large scale solar power converter is the first step in achieving my goal.

Current Work at the Institute:

Currently, I am working as a Graduate Research Assistant under the supervision of Dr. Krishnaswami on the SOLAR DISTINCT PROJECT funded by the US Department of Energy.

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Turgay Duman

Turgay Duman

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | May 2019 | Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Electrical Engineering
University of Texas at San Antonio | May 2014 | Master of Science (M.S.), Electrical Engineering
Ataturk University, Erzurum, Turkey |May 2010 | Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Professional History:

Graduate Research Assistant at the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, University of Texas at San Antonio. 
Electrical Engineer at Information and Communication Technologies Authority, Erzurum, Turkey.

Professional Affiliations:

IEEE student member, The Chamber of Electrical Engineers, Turkey

What first inspired you to work in your field?

Generating energy has become an important topic for every nation that needs to be addressed. I did my internship in Turkish Electricity Distribution Company in Turkey and I have inspired to work in energy field. I was always curious about renewable energy technologies since they are clean sources of energy that have a much lower environmental impact than conventional energy technologies. Furthermore, it will not run out. Therefore, we need to implement renewable energy technologies as much as we can. Those aforementioned reasons are inspired me to work in renewable energy technologies.

Current Work at the Institute:

I am working as a Graduate Research Assistant at TSERI. I work on the SOLAR DISTINCT Project which is funded by US Department of Energy under supervision of Dr. Krishnaswami.
 

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Zhaoxuan Li

Zhaoxuan Li

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | May 2018 | Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D), Mechanical Engineering
Texas Tech University | May 2013 | Master of Engineering (M.E.), Healthcare Engineering
Shanghai Jiaotong University | May 2010 | Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Mechanical Engineering

Professional Affiliations:

ASHRAE

What first inspired you to work in your field?

I was in forecasting field long time ago since my undergraduate studies. I work now for TSERI at load forecasting part of the smart grid system including solar PV plants. I will be in transition to demand response program from CPS energy. These works are necessary needed and get more interests from renewable energy industries and utility companies.

Current Work at the Institute:

Providing building load forecasting solutions in cloud for smart grid system.

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