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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

Professional Affiliations:

The Investment Society, UTSA Mens Soccer Team, Green Society, Student Government, Asociación De Empresarios Mexicanos Jovenes(AEM), Habitat for Humanity, National Society of Leadership and Success

What first inspired you to work in your field?

My interests have always leaned towards the area of clean technology and sustainability. During my time at UTSA I have had the privilege to work for the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute where I have been able to see where my major in Finance will connect in helping address the challenges that society will face in the future in order to sustainably meet the demands of a growing population who inherently consumes at an exponential rate. My brother Gerardo now a research engineer at the Southwest Research Institute here in San Antonio worked on landing a grant for the University that led to the installation of solar panels on both the main and downtown campus back in 2011, be part of that journey at an early age led to my desire to create a path of my own and see where I best contribute to helping furthering the ubiquity of renewable technology. 

Current Work at the Institute:

Undergraduate Research Assistant. In a partnership with Microsoft, NRG, Microsoft, Redflow, and Gildemeister I alongside a team of students will have the opportunity to explore what the economic benefit of investing in flow battery technology is in order to accomplish Microsoft’s goal of imroving their data centers energy efficiency worldwide. In addition currently improving the level of 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


Ben Honer

Ben Honer

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Educational Background:

B.S. Geophysics Texas A&M University ’15

M.S. Mechanical Engineering UTSA ‘17

Professional History:

Volunteer at the U.S. Geological Survey

Professional Affiliations:

Society of Exploration Geophysicists

What first inspired you to work in your field?

Although graduating with a degree in geophysics, my initial focus was aimed toward engineering during my first two years of college. Having built a strong foundation in mathematics and science made it a simple choice to pursue a degree in either science or engineering. After touring several engineering departments of Texas A&M, I initially decided to major in mechanical engineering. However after taking a geology course as a science elective, I was immediately intrigued and wanted to pursue a discipline that was based around relevant courses. This led me to transfer into the geophysics program at the start of my junior year. Now having graduated in December of 2015 with a degree in geophysics, my desire is to return to my initial interest of mechanical engineering by pursing a Master of Science degree in this discipline from UTSA.

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Brian Bendele

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Educational Background:

BFA Texas State University; BS Electrical Engineering UTSA

Professional History:

Spent time in Los Angeles working on the technical side of the film industry at multiple post-production studios.  Transitioned into the field of Electrical Engineering receiving my baccalaureate in the Fall of 2014.  In 2013 I worked for Standard Aero where I built an electrical harness test station based in LabVIEW, as well as a high definition camera station used to detect microscopic damage on turbine wheels.  In 2014 I worked for Frozen Beverage Distributors (FBD) where I had the opportunity to continue development of a system to control, integrate, and customized an environmental stress performance platform.  In 2015, I began civilian work at Lackland AFB and enrolled at UTSA to complete my MS in Electrical Engineering.

Professional Affiliations:

IEEE, HKN, SAG/AFTRA

What first inspired you to work in your field?

The time I spent in Los Angeles working under Electrical and Computer Engineers inspired me to move into this field.

Current Work at the Institute:
I recently developed a MQTT publisher in LabVIEW, designed to gather and distribute sensor data from a solar site deployed at Ft Sam in San Antonio.  Currently I am working on a project to gather sensor data from the solar panel systems located at 3 different sites on both UTSA campuses.  I am also working on a project testing reliability and security of communication protocols used in the transfer of senor network data from remote sites to the end user.

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Jeffrey Anderson

Jeffrey Anderson

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Educational Background:

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering – University of Arkansas – Fayetteville (May 2010)

Graduate Certificate Technology Innovation – University of Arkansas - Little Rock (May 2014)

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering – University of Texas – San Antonio (May 2016)

Professional History:

In the past, I worked for Slider, A Schlumberger company, as a field engineer. We would install our units that would automate the directional drilling process, increasing drilling speed by up to 10x.  I would visit oil rigs across the state I was in and making sure that directional drillers were properly trained and troubleshoot any problems that rose up.  Before that, I had an internship with Continental Airlines working as an Avionics Intern.  My main duties there revolved around the Flight Data Recorder (FDR). I would analyze and interpret data, and coordinate with maintenance to look into any potential issues that was reported by the FDR.

Professional Affiliations:

IEEE

What first inspired you to work in your field?

My father and brother are both engineers, and growing up, I was given a lot of opportunities learning how to program, building and playing around with electronics, etc. I loved learning how things work, tinkering with electronics and breaking them down. While at times, it could be very frustrating trying to get something to work, it becomes extremely rewarding once I’ve solved the puzzle. Family encouraging my curiosity is what I would say really drove me to go into this field.

Current Work at the Institute:

I currently work on the Energy Storage project working with flow batteries. Flow batteries are being used for different applications, such as storing renewable energy and as backup energy for data centers. I am working on simulation and modeling of the batteries to simulate a variety of conditions. 

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Jorge Bastidas

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Educational Background:

M.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio (expected: December 2016)

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, EAFIT University. Medellin, Colombia (December 2005)

Professional History:

Graduate Research Assistant, TSERI at University of Texas at San Antonio (Sept. 2016 – present). Responsible for develop a model that represents an economic analysis of Zinc-Bromine Battery Energy Storage.

Field Sales Manager, Samsung (May. 2014 – Jan. 2016). Responsible for driving sales and maximizing retail success, build brand awareness and advocacy with both retail sales personnel and consumers.

Project Engineer, INDISA. Medellin, Colombia (Jan. 2006 – May. 2008). Development of conceptual, basic and detailed engineering for a wide range of services as a design of production facilities, mathematical models and simulations, selection and specification of equipment, safety process studies and design of service and process lines.

What first inspired you to work in your field?

I’ve always admired people who design, build, fix, and improve things. I have always wanted to be part of this group of people that makes our life extremely interesting. Solving problems is a challenge that seduces me, and by being an engineer allows me to be part of the solution.

Current Work at the Institute:

I am currently working in the testing of battery performance and developing a model that represents an economic analysis of Zinc-Bromine Battery Energy Storage.

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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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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

Professional History:

In the past I worked as a Student Assistant at The Institute and I was responsible for keeping The Institute’s website and social media up-to-date. I also helped with social events that The Institute held for students, faculty, and the community. 

What first inspired you to work in your field?

My inspiration to work in the Biomedical Engineering field is the future. Medicine and biomechanics have improved throughout the years just like everything else in life. As the backbone in the medical field, I will feel the self-satisfaction in the sense that I was able to contribute to that device that found a patient’s diagnosis on time. Seeing energy efficiency being encouraged by The Institute throughout the UTSA campus makes a student like me proud to go to a university that is thinking about the future like I am, but in a slightly different way.

Current Work at the Institute:

As a new Undergraduate Research Assistant, I will be working along side bright Graduate Research students and professionals. I will be assisting on new and on-going projects associated with CPS Energy.

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William Dennis

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Educational Background:

B.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2015

M.S. Mechanical Engineering - Thermal/Fluids, May 2017

Professional History:

Sales, customer service, professional athlete

What first inspired you to work in your field?

My inspiration to become an engineer came from a physics professor who made the subject really interesting and enjoyable to me.  I was a pre-physical therapy major at the time, but switching to engineering came after taking physics and being encouraged by my mother to pursue engineering. 

It is exciting to have the opportunity to be part of a great team at the TSERI that is researching cutting edge technology that will benefit society.  As energy consumption and the need for renewable energy increases, this technology could play an important role so learning about the field and making a contribution is very worthwhile.

Current Work at the Institute:

Responsibilities include obtaining flow battery data through testing, and analyzing the data and effects of specific flow battery parameters on battery performance.  The research conducted has the aim of contributing new beneficial information concerning flow battery technology.

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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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Yuliana E.  Martinez

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Educational Background:

The University of Texas at San Antonio | Master of Science, Environmental Science | December 2017

University of Santander UDES, Bucaramanga, Colombia | Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering | August 2012

Professional History:

Environmental Engineer, Corporation Construir, July 2013 – January 2014

Environmental Engineer, Cimelec Ltd, September 2012 – July 2013

Environmental Comptroller, Exicol American S.A.S, January – August 2012

Trainer in solid waste management, Educational Institution El Castillo, June 2010 – November 2011

Professional Affiliations:

Engineers without Borders EWB : Project Manager

Water with blessings : Director Amazon Project 2017

What first inspired you to work in your field?

What motives me to work as environmental engineer is that this field give me the opportunity to help people that don’t have appropriate living conditions and at the same time protect our environment for future generations.

Current Work at the Institute:

Graduate Research Assistant for Air to Water Project 

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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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