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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 History:

2 years in Hard Tissue Bio Mechanics Lab
Advisor: Dr. Xiaodu Wang, Professor of ME, UTSA (Hard Tissue Bio-Mechanics LAB)
Worked in the following areas:
• The principal aim of my research was to develop bone implant model to study the effect of AGE’s (Advanced Glycation Endproducts) on bone formation in rats. I developed the entire protocol for photo-curing of the samples and analyzing the fluorescent images for calculating the bone formation rate. Finally with the help of nano-indentation technique I evaluated the mechanical properties of newly formed bone.
• Evaluated the ultra-structural behavior of bone due to different loading scheme (progressive compression and tension, monotonic etc.) with the help of Synchrotron X-ray Diffarction Technique.
4.25 years in CATERPILLAR, Bangladesh

  •  Senior Engineer- Design Application & Installation   (1.5 year :   Jan 2010 – Aug 2011)

  •  Project Engineer -Design Application & Installation   (2 years :    Dec 2007 – Jan 2010)

  • Trainee Engineer- Overhauling, Trouble Shooting, Commissioning (6 months : June 2007-Dec 2007)

1 year in SEEBECK TECHNOLOGY INC, San Antonio, Texas

  • Independent Design Consultant: Thermal Electric Generator ( 1year: September 2012- August 2013)

Field of Experience:

  • Grid Power plant -Medium Voltage (local grid 6 kV, 11kV ) and High Voltage (132kV) fueled by Natural gas, Diesel and HFO (Heavy Fuel Oil)

  • Utility power plants at heavy Industries (Cement, Steel, Glass, Paper Mill, offshore gas drilling), Textile Spinning Mills, Tea and Tobacco (British American Tobacco) etc.

  •  Waste Heat Recovery (Exhaust gas fired boilers, Cogeneration, Heat extraction from Engine Jacket water)

  • Thermal electric generators that are modular and scalable to an arbitrary heat energy flow based on Seebeck Effect

  • Ventilation system (induction fan, blower fan, ducting system), Cooling system (radiator, cooling tower, heat exchanger), Noise and vibration control (Spring and rubber isolators), Water treatment plant, Compressed air system, Emission control, Fluid machineries, Medium voltage (11000V) switch gears, Transformers (High voltage and Medium voltage)

Responsibilities:

  • Leading junior engineers and installation engineers in development of project drawings such as P&IDs, General Layouts, Piping Plans & Elevations, Piping Isometrics, Structural, Auxiliary Mechanical Systems (Pumping, Cooling Tower, Ventilation, Fuel, Exhaust), Electrical drawings (Power and Control systems)

  •  Providing field support during fabrication, commissioning, and start-up of designed systems and traveling to fabrication sites, installation sites, and customer facilities as needed to support project requirements, usually with or for Project Manager.

  • Reviewing and approving the requisitions for quotation (BOQ) turnkey offers and purchase of all engineered equipment on a project

  • Communicating with project managers, site engineers, supervisors, internal departments (sales, product support, commissioning, trouble-shooting), vendors, sub-contractors and thereby completing the assigned projects and proposals on budget and schedule.


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.

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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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Alex Gardyasz

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | May 2015 | Bachelor of Environmental Science

Professional History:

Prior to working for the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute I worked as a pharmacy technician in a compounding pharmacy

What first inspired you to work in your field?

My inspiration for environmental science and hydrology comes from my passion of being active outdoors. I grew up on a ranch in central Texas and loved being outdoors; enjoying everything it had to offer. I compete and participate in numerous outdoor recreational activities including motocross, snowboarding, mountain biking, paddle boarding, and rock climbing. My hobbies made me come to the realization of how much our environment has to offer. In essence preserving the environment is also preserving a way of life for future generations to come.Current 

Current Work at the Institute:

Currently I am working under Dr. Les Shephard studying brackish water aquifers. Specifically trying to evaluate the potential this water could have for uses in our society.

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Allan Onufrei

Allan Onufrei

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Educational Background:

Portland Community College | May 2014 | Associate of Applied Science - Facilities Maintenance Technology | University of Texas at San Antonio | May 2014 | Bachelor of Electrical Engineering

Professional history

10 years experience in the HVAC/R field. I have repaired everything from a 300 ton chiller to a small refrigerator, and everything in between.

Professional affiliations

Member of RSES - Refrigeration Service Engineers Society

Inspiration

I have always had an affinity for anything related to electricity and/or science. Since starting school many have asked me what particular field of study would I be interested in with respect to electrical engineering.  My answer has always been that I would like to pursue a job in the energy field.  I feel that the energy sector is going through a metamorphosis right now, and any innovation that could come from this field might profoundly change how we as humans choose to produce, distribute, and utilize energy.  I want to be a part of that.  Becoming a member of the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute has given me a first step into becoming a part of that, and I am very grateful for the opportunity.

Current Work

My current work at the institute involves the production and implementation of a new sky imaging system, as part of the Solar Forecasting group here at TSERI.

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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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Dennise Castillo

Dennise Castillo

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Educational Background:

Texas Woman's University | May 2008 | Degree in Psychology | University of Texas at San Antonio | May 2014 | Masters of Architecture

Professional History:

As an undergraduate student I served as a research assistant for the Psychology Department and was also a part of a program called G-Force, which mentors high school students from inner cities to encourage and assist them in the college application process. After moving to San Antonio I worked as a leasing manager at an apartment complex and later accounting assistant for a local CPA firm. During my graduate career I have gained experience in the architecture field through various projects with local historic districts and assistantships. This will be my first year at the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute.

Professional History:

Historic Preservation Association President

What first inspired you to work in your field?

A drawing class as part of an elective during my undergraduate career sparked an interest in architecture I though I had lost in childhood. After completing an internship and gaining acceptance to an early master program in Occupational Therapy, I realized the field was not for me. I made the decision to move to San Antonio and seek a degree in Architecture from UTSA, which combines my two original passions in life: art and science. Through architecture I have found a way to make an impact on the way people live and experience spaces by designing structures with smarter building practices and materials. Older buildings are of great interest to me because not only will demolishing a building take more energy than rehabilitating or repurposing a building, but it will also affect the character of a historic streetscape. It is estimated that about 25-40% of landfill waste comes from new construction, of that amount about 20% can be recycled or reused.

Current Work at the Institute:

I work in a team under Dr. Gomez to asses energy consumption in commercial buildings by taking field measurements, creating digital models and finding viable retrofits that will help promote energy conservation efforts for both owners and occupants.

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George Rosenbaum

George Rosenbaum

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Education Background

University of Texas at San Antonio | May 2015 | Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering 

Professional History

Designed the lighting and microcomputer switching for a light installation in downtown San Pedro Springs Park.

What first inspired you to work in your field?

I already knew from a pretty early age that I wanted to be an engineer. I wanted to use math and science to build things with real application, rather than just study the subject in theory. I was in the 6th grade when I learned that such a field actually existed. That was the moment in my life where I decided that I would rather be an engineer than a scientist.

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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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Jennifer Kennedy

Jennifer Kennedy

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | 2013 | Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art; concentration in Painting and Digital Media

Jennifer Kennedy was hired in the Fall of 2010 as the first student employee of the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute.  She is an undergraduate perusing a BA in Studio Art with a double concentration in Painting and Digital Media.  Jennifer designed the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute website that launched in March 2012, and acted as sole liaison between the Institute and website developers. She is designing a university-wide touch screen interface to engage and educate the UTSA community on the sustainable energy research being conducted at the University. As a graphic designer, she has worked closely with Dr. Shephard, director of the Institute, in designing numerous presentations, posters, banners and reports. She is also the Institute photographer and videographer, and has served as student leader liaison, events coordinator and events promoter. In the spring of 2011, Jennifer co-founded the Institute’s student organization, R3, Roadrunners for Renewable Resources with Martha Wright and Michelle Garza. Jennifer served on the Earth Week planning committee as one of two student representatives in 2011 and lead committee efforts as Planning Committee Chair in 2012. Her Earth Week Green Fund Proposal was the 2nd proposal ever passed at UTSA. In the spring of 2012 she was awarded 5th place with Clare Cloudt and Jay Gomez for their rooftop garden design in the Campus Greening Idea Contest.  She is also a multiple scholarship recipient and holds membership in the Honors College, Honors Alliance, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. 

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Jourdaine Keener

Jourdaine Keener

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Educational Background:

University of Texas at San Antonio | Spring 2014 | Bachelor of Science Environmental Science

Professional History:

Currently employed by Costco Wholesale as a cashier and also work for UTSA Campus Recreation as a Trip Guide for Outdoor Pursuits

Professional Affiliations:

Wilderness Medicine Institute (First Responder certification-May 2015)

What first inspired you to work in your field?

I have always had an affinity for nature and resource conservation. Involvement in the Boy Scouts of America for ten years developed my appreciation for the great outdoors and led to my decision of pursuing my degree in Environmental Science. Through my education I hope to share with others the true wonders of our environment and simple ways they can personally make a difference.

Current Work at the Institute:

Sustainability intern for Dr. Afamia Elnakat

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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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Megha Udayshankar

Megha Udayshankar

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Educational Background:

Bangalore University, India | 2006 | Bachelors’ in Civil Engineering | The University Of Texas at San Antonio | May 2014 | MS in Civil Engineering

Professional History:

After graduating with a Bachelors’ degree, I worked in the Construction Industry in India for around 4years where I worked as an Engineer in the field of Construction Management. My work included preparing estimates for the project on the receipt of structural and architectural drawings, planning of work schedules for construction activities, monitoring and tracking the progress of project site and inspection of construction activities at project site for contractors’ billing and payment. This gave me a good exposure on working with software tools used in Civil Engineering which is AUTOCAD, REVIT ARCHITECTURE, PRIMEVERA p6. Overall, as a Civil Engineer, my work experience helped me understand the various practical aspects of the industry, however there’s lot more to explore.  I hope by getting a Masters’ Of Science degree in Civil Engineering at UTSA and the experience I gain at TSERI will give me a better opportunity to become a successful professional in future.

What first inspired you to work in your field?

Although I worked in the area of Construction Management, I was always passionate about working on Water Energy, Water / Waste water treatment and at UTSA I was inspired by the work that Dr. Les Shephard and his team at TSERI was involved in and I soon realized that by being a part of this institute I can contribute my small effort in creating a better world for tomorrow.

Current Work at the Institute

Graduate Research Assistant. I look forward to working with Dr. Shephard on improving the water quality and recycling water after Hydraulic fracturing process, which is a procedure of extracting natural gas out of shale formation.

Related Projects: Eagle Ford Shale


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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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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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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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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