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


Alejandro Camargo

Alejandro Camargo

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Educational Background:

University of Texas | 2010 | Bachelors in Electrical engineering | University of Texas at San Antonio | 2014 | Masters in Electrical engineering

Professional Affiliations:

GRA at TSERI, UTSA department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) 5 years experience in machining and welding

What first inspired you to work in your field?

While I was a member of DATA (design and technology academy), a magnet school here in San Antonio, I became very interested in programming. This discovery led me to enroll in UT Austin to become an Electrical and Computer Engineer. While in UT Austin, I took an electromagnetic engineering class and fell in love with power engineering. Ever since then I've been very interested in Power and energy systems, especially sustainable and renewable energy.

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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


Carlos Contreras

Carlos Contreras

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Educational Background:

Industrial University of Santander, Colombia – December 2014 – B.Sc. In Computer Engineering, Minor Systems and Informatics

Professional History: From February 2011 and for two years I worked as an Assistant in the Networks Lab, school of Computer Engineering at Industrial University of Santander, Colombia, where my duties included software and hardware maintenance, operative system management and software's incidents management, support and solution, then since the very beginning of 2013 I turn my eyes to the exciting world of mobile apps, and over the entire year I participated in a couple of mobile software development competitions and as a team won two of them, this experience help me to improve my team work on the side of software development, and gave me wild vision of the software industry, that is where I want to go now.

What first inspired you to work in your field?

For my bachelors thesis I'm working in the development of a prototype software platform that might help little entrepreneurs or research projects in the implementation of a complete web based telemetry system that could be used in the energy industry, banks, big infrastructure, agricultural projects or any field related to automation of processes and remote control, so, when I realize that the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute was committed to research on the side of energy efficiency and then realize the great academic environment that the institute provide, full of remarkable people and by the way, the opportunity to travel to the States for the very first time to achieve experience in research and improve my English, then I was compelled to take the challenge and show all my potential.

Current Work at the Institute:

Currently I'm involved with the energy efficiency and smart living research team, as a short term research scholar, my work is focused in programing some of the visualization templates for the analysis of the residential energy consumption in the Bexar County area through a billing tracking and relating the effect of weather with the building characteristics.

Related Projects: Energy Conservation & Residential ConsumptionEnergy Efficiency Online Outreach


Christopher Perkes

Christopher Perkes

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | May 2015 | Bachelor of Science-Environmental Science, Minor-International Studies

Professional History:

Christopher has worked as a Legal Office Assistant in Corpus Christi, TX; a Research Assistant in Marine Biology for Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; an Intern for TREE (Teaching and Research in Environmental Ecology) for UTSA’s Programs in Conservation and Natural Resources, and works currently as an Undergraduate Research Assistant for the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute.

What first inspired you to work in your field?

I love the outdoors and science, so Environmental Science is a natural fit for my interests and skills. I like facing the unknown and asking questions. Most of science is a best guess:  the challenge of discovering more definitive answers about energy and the environment is my way of making a difference in the world. Transportation and policy shape the environment of cities. When it comes to new and innovative technology, effective policy is a major deciding factor on what is successful and what is abandoned.

Current Work at the Institute:

I am currently assisting with the Electrification of Transportation project for Dwain Rogers, J.D., transportation and policy research director for the Institute.

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Jason Roberts

Jason Roberts

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Educational Background:

North Carolina State University | May 2007 | Bachelor of Science, Forestry | North Carolina State University | May 2009 | Master of Arts, Environmental Anthropology | University of Texas at San Antonio | May 2016 | PhD, Environmental Anthropology

Professional History:

Duke University – Forest Management Assistant 2010 and 2011; Utah Division of Forestry, Fire, and State Lands – Wildland Fuels Mitigation Technician 2008; Upper Neuse River Basin Association – Watershed Management Intern 2007; North Carolina State University Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources – Research Assistant for the Aspen FACE climate change study 2006-2007

Professional Affiliations:

Lambda Alpha Anthropological Honor Society Member, Xi Sigma Pi Forestry Honor Society Member

What first inspired you to work in your field? 

I was looking for a more holistic approach to the analysis of complex environmental phenomena, and I believed that anthropology would provide a valuable framework from which to ask, and thoughtfully answer, the many questions of sustainability and equitability confronting our world. The close attention paid to the complex interactions between both nature and culture, and the range of theoretical bases for research, in my mind, makes anthropology a powerful tool for understanding the numerous factors involved in environmental change.

Current work at the Institute: 

I am working with Dr. Elnakat and Dr. Gomez on a social analysis of residential energy consumption patterns among San Antonio households in order to better determine ways to promote energy efficiency and conservation.

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Karen McGill

Karen McGill

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Educational Background: 

University of Texas at San Antonio | December 2011 | Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering | University of Texas at San Antonio | December 2013 | Masters of Science, Mechanical Engineering

Professional History:

Karen McGill is a graduate research assistant working with the Texas Sustainable Research Institute.  She has had a passion for engineering and science from a young age and has tutored math and science at the middle school, high school, and college level for several years. During her undergraduate studies, she served as an intern at an aircraft maintenance/overhaul/repair facility located at Port San Antonio. There she gained knowledge about C-130 engines as well as professional engineering experience. 

Professional Affiliations:

Karen is a member of ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) and AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics). 

What first inspired you to work in your field?

Karen loved math and science at a very young age.  She is inspired by change, innovation, and the need for constant problem solving.  She wants to be a part of creating a better, smarter planet.

Current Work at the Institute:

Karen is currently working on the Energy Efficiency and Conservation project which aims to understand energy consumption based on demographic data within the CPS Energy service areas.

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Mubin Maredia

Mubin Maredia

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | Spring 2015 | Bachelor of Science, Biology

Mubin Maredia is a student assistant with the Texas Sustainable Research Institute.  His current work includes: helping the Faculty, Staff, and Research Students with their administrative needs. As a Student Assistant Mubin’s duties include maintaining contact lists, posting advertising for events, creating power point presentations for the Director, and handles the proper filing, scanning, and copying of important paperwork.

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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


Terrence Nwokorie

Terrence Nwokorie

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Educational background:

University of Texas at San Antonio| December 2014 | Bachelors of Science in Electrical Engineering

Professional affiliations:

I have worked over 2 years at the University Center of UTSA as Student Manager in Operations.

What first inspired me to work in this field:

Knowing the danger`s of current power generating procedures, I wanted to have a positive impact on tomorrow's environment.

My current work at the institute:

My current work involves researching photovoltaic cells to improve overall efficiency.

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Tuan B Le

Tuan B Le

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Educational Background:


Doctorate of Philosophy in Environmental Science and Engineering - 2014
The University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas
Concentration: Hydrologic Modeling (Surface Water & Groundwater), Climate Change Studies

Masters of Science in Environmental Science - 2008 Hue University, Vietnam
Concentration: GIS and Remote Sensing for Environmental Studies

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology - 2007 Hue University, Vietnam

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science - 2005 Hue University, Vietnam

Professional History:


Graduate Research Assistant (2011-2013)
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering - UTSA

Graduate Research Assistant (2009-2011)
Center for Water Research – UTSA

Faculty (2005-2009)
Department of Environment - Hue University, Vietnam

Current Work at the Institute:


Develop high resolution GIS-based citywide maps for San Antonio using 10m DEM and LiDAR data to characterize solar resource potential. And develop GIS interface that automatically uploads calibrated satellite imagery for San Antonio.

Related Projects: UTSA Solar Forecasting Research


Yashar Sahraei Manjili

Yashar Sahraei Manjili

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Educational Background:  

Tehran Polytechnic | 2004 | Bachelors of Science, Electrical Engineering | Petroleum University of Technology | 2007 | Masters of Science, Automation and Control | University of Texas at San Antonio | 2014 | PhD., Electrical Engineering

Professional History:

From 2008 to 2010 Yashar S. Manjili worked with National Iranian Oil Engineering and Construction Company (NIOEC), automation and instrumentation division. There he was in charge of reviewing and endorsing the sequential control methods and piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID) designed for oil refineries and pump stations. Yashar started his career at the UTSA at 2010 as a research assistant in the department of electrical and computer engineering. His research interests are intelligent control, network control systems, and energy management in smart grid. In 2012 he joined the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute (TSERI) as a graduate research assistant (GRA) to continue his career in touch with energy industry. This is an opportunity for Yashar to do his research on intelligent energy management in smart grid network at a professional environment with high standards, enhance his doctoral thesis with practical experience, and add realistic taste to theoretical aspects of his research in conjunction with the current energy market. He is expected to graduate by August 2014.

Professional Affiliations:

GRA at TSERI, student member IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), UTSA department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

What first inspired you to work in your field?

My passion for conserving energy and saving nature has led me to consider environmental protection through reducing the amount of air pollutants, produced due to conventional electricity generation methods, by using smart energy management approach. Besides, non-stop increasing demand for electrical energy was the other chief motivation for me to choose this field of research. The outcomes of my thesis will also help reduce the electricity consumption costs, and increase reliability of the power network itself.

Current Work at the Institute:

PhD research on intelligent energy management in smart grid network, Solar forecast with Dr. Vega.

Related Projects: Large 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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