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Alex Trevino

Alex Trevino

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | Spring 2018 | 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 to continue moving in the direction of creating a more efficiently powered campus. 

Current Work at the Institute:

Undergraduate Research Assistant. Research for a large public company on using a series of flow batteries to provide ancillary services to the grid and analyzing the potential economic upside of investing in flow battery technology. Engagement of the student body at UTSA and community at large on sustainability and promoting the various ongoing projects at the institute.

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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


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.

Related Projects: UTSA Solar Forecasting Research


Karen Apellaniz

Karen Apellaniz

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | Spring 2017 | B.S. in architecture

Professional History:

Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute | May to Present

Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity | 2014 to Present

What first inspired you to work in your field?

Being an undergraduate student in architecture I have been very interested in how to create sustainable buildings for the past few years. It came as a surprise to realize that a lot of people, includying me, do not have knowledge of the sustainable efforts and technology occurring in our own campus. I only found out about the solar panels on campus recently even though I have been at UTSA for 3 years now. This job allows me the opportunity to learn more about sustainability and apply it to my architectural designs as well as informing UTSA’s community of the efforts made towards sustainability on campus and hopefully inspire them to be part of these steps towards a healthier use of resources.

Current Work at the Institute:

In charge of keeping social media and the official website up to date with news about green technology, and information on projects or events students have been involved in recently. I also help organize events in the office and around campus.

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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.

Recent Scholarships:

Alvarez PhD’s Research Competitive Scholarship                                                                          
Lead SA - North Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute Endowed Scholarship              
UTSA Graduate School Professional Development Award (Travel Award)

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Prasanthi Akella

Prasanthi Akella

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | May 2017 |Master of Science (M.S),  Computer Science

Vardhaman College of Engineering, Autonomous |May 2014 | Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech), Information Technology

Professional History:  

Graduate Research Assistant at TSERI Oct 2015 - present

Software Engineer at NTT DATA, Global IT Innovator  July 2014 -July 2015

During this period I worked for a Supply Chain Management project, HNI Corporation, the second largest manufacture company in the world. I was part of the development, support, and maintainance teams under different flavours of Mainframes and Java technology. HNI operated by GFR system (Goods for Revenue) is designed in three modules Order Management, Production and Scheduling, and Manufacture and Logistics. My responsibility involves to co-ordinate among these modules and ensure that they function properly.

What first inspired you to work in your field?

Having Bachelors in the field of IT, I was passionate to learn about IT market, the techniques used in every day challenging world. I am interested to learn about the lastest and upcoming technologies that are involved in making the world a better and more smarter place to live in.   

Current Work at the Institute:

My work at TSERI involves to analyse the factors that influence the energy consumption of buildings and recognize the key patterns followed by these buildings from large dataset. In the past, worked on Carbon project for CPS energy which involes a study on the price to be enforced by the utilities to bring the carbon emissions to minimum.

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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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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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Ying Haw (Anson) Lee

Ying Haw (Anson) Lee

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | December 2016 | Master of Science (M.S.), Applied Statistics
State University of New York at Buffalo | May 2012 | Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemical & Biological Engineering

Professional History:  

Manufacturing Quality Engineer (2 years and 3 months in Hospira, Austin, TX)

Professional Affiliations:

American Statistical Association (ASA), Toastmaster International

What first inspired you to work in your field?

Since my undergraduate years, I found great interest in sustainable energy field which inspired me to participate in Chem-E car competition in which we designed a small mechanical car which is run by battery cells. In future years, the development of sustainable energy will become more and more critical as the limited fossil fuel resource being exhausted. Working in the energy institute allows me to combine my passion in renewable energy with both my engineering knowledge as well as statistical knowledge to draw valuable insights from the data and turn them into practical engineering solutions.

Current Work at the Institute:

Our team is working with Microsoft to investigate emerging technologies for data center applications. My role in this project is to study ancillary energy market data and build economic models to assess the financial feasibility of the technologies in different regions of the United States.

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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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