Current Projects

Title: Demonstration of Water Purification/Treatment/Recycling and Power Generation with Net Metering in a Commercial-Sized University Dairy Operated by the Dairy Industry
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: USDA-NRCS-CIG Grant, Washington, DC
Total Funding Amount: $783,283 Responsible for $633,283
Date: September 29, 2014 – September 30, 2016
Other PI’s./Co-PI’s: Co-PI: Mark Gillman, Global Restoration, Inc
Title: Determination of Cumulative PM2.5 Emission Factors for Agricultural Operations Using Primary PM2.5 Fraction and CMAC Modeling of Secondary PM2.5
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: State Initiative
Total Funding Amount: [$61,267/year for 2 years] Responsible for about $20,000/yr
Date: September 2015 – Present
Other PI’s./Co-PI’s: PI: Dr. Calvin B. Parnell, Jr.  Co-PI’s:  Sergio Capareda and Russell McGee
Title: Development of Small Wind Power Generation Systems for Rural Applications (Robert S. Conley Wind Energy Endowment)
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Robert S. Conley Wind Energy Endowment
Amount: [$50,000 Endowment+$68,907 Interest] Responsible for $68,907
Date: September 2005 – Present

 

Past Projects (Energy, Competitive)

 

Title: Sustainable Feedstock Production for Bioenergy
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Sungrant SouthCentra Region
Total Funding Amount: $162,000: Assigned to SCC: $25,000
Date: October 2012-September 2015
Other PI’s./Co-PI’s: PI: Clyde Munster
Title: Optimizing the Logistics of a Mobile Fast Pyrolysis System for Sustainable Bio-Crude Oil Production
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: SUNGRANT Initiatives, North Central Region
Amount: $890,862 Responsible for ($306,199+$306,199=$612,398)
Date: July 2009 – December 2012
Other PI’s./Co-PI’s: Co-PI: Clyde Munster, Tony Provin, Don Vietor, Marco Palma, Sandun Fernando
Title: Production of JP-8 (Aviation Fuel) from Lignocellulosic Biomass
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: US Department of Defense (DOD)
Amount: $2,300,916; Responsible for ($189,221+$186,498=$375,719)
Date: January 2008 – December 2011
Other PI’s./Co-PI’s: PI: Mark Holtzapple
Title: Development of Skid Mounted Gasification System for Heat and Power Generation
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: SUNGRANT Initiatives, South Central Region
Amount: $279,368: Responsible for ($140,488+$93,726+$45,154)
Date: September 2007 – August 2010
Other PI’s./Co-PI’s:  Co-PI: Dr. Farmer (Texas Tech) and Dr. Theegala (LSU)
Title: Root Cause Analysis of Changes in NOx Emissions Due to Biodiesel Combustion in Diesel Engines
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)
Amount: $600,000: Responsible for $169,758
Date: October 2007 – September 2009
Other PI’s./Co-PI’s: PI: Dr. Tim Jacobs, ME, TAMU
Title: Demonstration of an Advanced Thermal Gasification and Digestion of Animal Manure to Useful Fuel
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: USDA/NRCS/CIG Grant
Amount: $60,000; Responsible for $17,142
Date: July 2007 – May 2009
Other PI’s./Co-PI’s: Co-PI: Dr. Mukhtar and Dr. Engler
Title: Economic Viability of Alternative Bioenergy Feed stocks and Ethanol Production Systems in Texas Under Alternative Policy Provisions 
Role: Collaborator
Funding Agency: Texas Agri-Life Research/Texas Legislature
Amount: None to Co-PI
Date: March 2008 – February 2009
Other PI’s./Co-PI’s: PI: Dr. James Richardson

 

Earmark Research Projects

 

Title: Renewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability Using Biomass from Dairy and Beef Animal Production Facilities.
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: DOE
Amount: $3M/yr spread over 5 years: Responsible for $328,994
Date: 2005-2010
Other PI’s./Co-PI’s:  PI: Dr. Annamalai
Title: Bioenergy Alliance High-Tonnage Bioenergy Crop Production and Conversion into Conventional Fuels
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: USDOE
Amount: $3,000,000 for 3 years: Responsible for ($65,251+$88,567+$81,243 = $235,061)
Date: June 2008 – May 2011
Other PI’s./Co-PI’s:  PI: Dr. Mark Holtzapple

 

Air Quality Project, Multi-Institutional/Multi-PI: Competitive

 

Title: Air Quality: Odor, Dust and Gaseous Emissions from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in the Southern Great Plains
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: USDA-CSREES
Amount: Total:$2.1M: Responsible for ($22,106+$30,806+$23,123+$29,900 +$30,000+35,000+$23,968=$194,903)
Date: 2005-2010 and 2013
Other PI’s./Co-PI’s: PI: Dr. John Sweeten
Title: Improvements of PM10 Emission Factors for Almond Harvesting
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Almond Board of California
Amount: $24,337 (2003); $28,000 (2004) $38,365 (2005); $83,174 ($40,592, 2006); $83,861 ($27,384, 2007); 82,151 ($41,612, 2008); (05-09 total = $200,290)
Date: July 2003 – 2009
Other PI’s./Co-PI’s: Co-PI: Dr. Parnell, Jr.

 

Past Research Project (Mixed Sources; Industry, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, etc.)

 

Title: Integrated and Consolidated Processes for Biofuel Using Low Lignin Sorghum Feedstock
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Texas A&M AgriLife Research Seed Grant
Amount: $200,000 Responsible for $20,000
Date: September 2013 – August 30, 2015
Other PI’s./Co-PI’s:  PI: Dr. Joshua Yuan, TAMU
Title: Gasification of Dairy Manure for Power Generation
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Texas A&M AgriLife Research Seed Grant
Amount: $100,000
Date: September 2013 – August 30, 2014
Title: Pyrolysis of Biosolids (Wastewater Sludge)
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Arriba Energy, Houston, Texas
Amount: $5,000
Date: 2013-2014
Title: Development of Refinery-Grade Biooil with Consistent Properties Using Blended Feedstocks
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Texas Agri-Life Research Bio-energy Initiatives Program
Amount: $200,000 Responsible for ($85,000+85,000)
Date: September 2011 – August 2013
Other PI’s./Co-PI’s: Co-PI: Drs. Sandun Fernando, Clyde Munster, Tony Provin, and Marco Palma
Title: Gasification of Municipal Solid Wastes (MSW) Demonstration
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: SDL Citadel Global, LLC, Dallas, Texas
Amount: $6,000
Date: 2012 – 2013
Title: National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bio-Products (NAABBP)
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: USDOE
Amount: $44 Million: Responsible for $148,988
Date: January 2010 – December 2012
Other PI’s./Co-PI’s: PI: Dr. Jose Olivares
Title: Fluidized Bed Gasification of Urban Waste (Municipal Solid Wastes MSW) for Electrical Power Production
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: SDL Citadel Global, LLC, Dallas, Texas
Amount: $318,597 Responsible for ($318,597)
Date: September 2011 – August 2012
Title: Enhancing the Quality of Marketable Products from Mobile Fast Pyrolysis of Ligno-Cellulosic Biomass
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Texas A&M AgriLife Research Bioenergy Initiatives Program
Amount: $100,000 (2009-2010); $100,000 (2010-2011) Responsible for

$43,000 YR1 + $45,000 YR2

Date: September 2009 – August 30, 2011
Other PI’s./Co-PI’s: Co-PI: Dr. Munster, Dr. Fernando
Title: Development of Switchgrass and Rice Cultivars for Bio-energy Feedstock
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Texas Agri-Life Research Bio-energy Initiatives Program
Amount: $198,119 Responsible for ($14,000)
Date: September 2009 – August 2011
Other PI’s./Co-PI’s: PI: Dr. Rodante E. Tabien
Title: Benefits of Onsite Energy Production (from Cotton Gin Trash)
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Cotton Incorporated
Amount: $50,000 Responsible for ($30,000)
Date: September 2010 – August 2011
Other PI’s./Co-PI’s: PI: Calvin B. Parnell, Jr.
Title: Upgrade of BETA Lab Online Gas Analyzers
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Permanent University Funds (PUF-COALS)
Amount: $12,500
Date: Sept 2008 – August 2010
Title: Development of Mobile Fast Pyrolysis Technology
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Permanent University Funds (PUF-COALS)
Amount: $70,000
Date: Sept 2009 – August 2010
Title: Upgrade of Beta Lab Ethanol Fermentation System
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Permanent University Funds (PUF-COALS)
Amount: $25,000
Date: Sept 2008 – August 2009
Title: Gasification of Rice Straw
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Chevron, CA
Amount: $38,700
Date: 2009-2010
Title: Upgrade of BAEN Dynamometer Lab
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Permanent University Funds (PUF-COALS)
Amount: $15,000
Date: Sept 2007 – August 2008
Title: Gasification of Cotton Gin Trash for Heat and Power Generation
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Cotton Foundation
Amount: $15,000; 15,000; 11,250
Date: Sept 2005 – August 2008
Title: Manufacture of Biodiesel and Biodiesel Blends from Cottonseed Oil and Evaluation of Exhaust Emissions and Improving Cold Flow Properties
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Texas Department of Agriculture
Amount: $11,690 Responsible for ($8,240)
Date: September 2006- August 2007
Other PI’s./Co-PI’s: PI: Dr. Muhammad S. Alam (FPRDC)
Title: Upgrade of Waters High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Permanent University Funds (PUF-COALS)
Amount: $6,000
Date: Sept 2006 – August 2007
Title: Gasification of Wood Chips
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Mississippi State University c/o Dr. Lester Pordesimo
Amount: $2,000
Date: 2008-2009
Title: Oil Seed Press for Biodiesel Project
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Bruce Roth
Amount: $2,000
Date: 2007 –2008
Title: Gasification of Chicken Manure
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: American Heat and Power, LLC c/o Dr. Dareen Habetz
Amount: $5,000
Date: 2007 –2008
Title: Development of an Innovative Protocol to Determine Reactive Organic Gases (ROG) in Animal Farms
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA)
Amount: $16,000
Date: October 2004 – December 2005

 

Teaching Related Projects

 

Title: Preparing Underrepresented Scholars for Challenges in Bioenergy Systems Engineering and Sustainability – A Research and Leadership PhD Program
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: USDA, Washington, DC
Amount: $234,000+$58,500
Date: September 2012 – August 2013
Other PI’s./Co-PI’s: Co-PI: Drs. Clyde Munster, Sandun Fernando, Don Vietor, Tony Provin and Manuel Pina
Title: Sloan Fellowship for Underrepresented Minorities
Role: Mentor and Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Sloan Foundation, New York
Amount: $34,000/student x 3 students
Date: September 2012 – August 2013
Other PI’s./Co-PI’s: Co-PI: Dr. Clyde Munster and Dr. Patricia Smith

 

 

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