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Texas Engineering Experiment Station. Texas Center for Applied Technology Skip Mills – Director, San Antonio Operations skip-mills@tamu.edu Dean Schneider, Ph. D. , P.E. – Asst. Director, San Antonio Operations dschneider@tamu.edu Susan Stuver, Ph. D. – Environmental Lab, Manager

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texas engineering experiment station

Texas Engineering Experiment Station

Texas Center for Applied Technology

Skip Mills – Director, San Antonio Operationsskip-mills@tamu.edu

Dean Schneider, Ph. D. , P.E. – Asst. Director, San Antonio Operations


Susan Stuver, Ph. D. – Environmental Lab, Manager


Mike Martin, C.E.M. - Energy and Automation Lab, Manager




Texas A&M University

College Station



Prairie View A&M University

Tarleton State University

Texas A&M International University

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Texarkana

Texas A&M University-Central Texas

Texas A&M University-San Antonio

  • State Agencies
    • Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES)
    • Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)
    • Texas Transportation Institute (TTI)
    • Texas AgriLife Research
    • Texas AgriLife Extension Service
    • Texas Forest Service
    • Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab

Health Science Center

Texas A&M Health Center

texas center for applied technology mission statement
Texas Center for Applied TechnologyMission Statement

Providing quality research and practical engineering solutions to critical state and national needs.


  • To expand the research / technical expertise of The Texas A&M University System,
  • To establish partnerships / alliances with the Engineering Programs, industry, government agencies and other universities to promote the economic development of the State of Texas and the Nation and,
  • To bring together under the TAMUS umbrella a unique mix of academia, industry, federal and military expertise to achieve solutions to real-world problems.

Texas Center for Applied Technology

Aerospace, Manufacturing, & Systems Engineering

Computing & Information


Energy and Environmental


  • Core Competencies / Technologies:
  • Energy: Alternative / Renewables Energy and Water Assessments,
  • Smart Grid, anticipated fault evaluations
  • Environmental: Compliance, Pollution, Prevention, Permitting, Restoration, Impact Analysis, etc.
  • EMS (14001/18001) and Sustainability planning and workshops

Core Competencies / Technologies:

  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Training Systems
  • Command and Control Systems
  • Data Visualization Technologies
  • Networking
  • Agent Technology
  • Core Competencies / Technologies:
  • Technology Insertion for Operations/Maintenance
  • Process Flow Improvement
  • Lean Manufacturing/Six Sigma
  • Work Methods & Measurements
  • Planning & Inventory Control
  • Facility Layout
  • Environmental & Safety Issues

Application Domain

  • Energy and Environmental Sustainability
  • Medical/Health Care Systems Operational Reliability
  • Manufacturing Competitiveness
  • Modeling and Simulation to Support Training in all Focus Areas
  • Technology Insertion:
    • Preparedness (Military and Civilian)
    • Aging Infrastructure
    • Alternative Energy
    • Medical/Health Care Systems

Texas Center for Applied Technology

San Antonio Operations

TX Com. Env. Quality

Army Env. Command

State Energy Cons. Office

Dept. of Defense

Brooks City-Base

Marine & Naval Health


Community EmPOWERment through Transformational iGRIDs

  • TransformationalChange Agent
  • Attributes
  • Is Trans-disciplinary
  • Is Trans-institutional
  • Leverages Resources
  • Creates Synergy
  • Integrates

Needs to ConsiderTemporal Scale

Needs to ConsiderSpatial Scale



iGRID(Intelligent Grid)Site

DRIVERS(Pushing Us)

OUTCOMES(Pulling Us)

Social Value

Economic Value

Environmental Value



Needs to BeScalable& Flexible

Needs to BeReplicable& Adaptable


NewTechnology (From Us & Others)

ExistingTechnology (From Us & Others)

mission verde center sustainability one stop center
Mission Verde Center Sustainability One-Stop Center
  • Focal point for the local community, local and regional green jobs training, science and sustainability education, and green businesses
  • Physical location to build practical and validated techniques and applications for dwellings, neighborhoods and communities with the city, state and country
  • Living Laboratory that engages local workforce, businesses, community and students by positioning sustainable energy and water infrastructure projects on site
selected accomplishments remediation
Selected Accomplishments - Remediation

Ecological Risk Tool

    • A peer reviewed modeling tool that provides a quick and accurate assessment of ecological risk for wildlife and plants by utilizing default Protective Concentration Levels (PCLs) for ecological receptors.
  • Quickly determines when a full ecological risk assessment is required thereby saving thousands of dollars by reducing the need for full risk assessment
accomplishments sustainable growth
Accomplishments – Sustainable Growth

Karst Management Plan

    • East Campus Development at UTSA
    • Environmental Assessment uncovered endangered species
      • Circurina madla and Rhodini exilis
  • USFWS wanted to designate entire east campus as critical habitat.
  • TEES Karst Management Plan utilized GPS and GIS to develop an easement that protected endangered species while still allowing land development to continue.
accomplishments education enrichment
Accomplishments – Education Enrichment
  • Increase interest in sciences and engineering
  • Prepare high school students for college
  • Improve standardized test scores and GPA’s
  • Improve our communities 
energy assessments
Energy Assessments
  • Facility assessment/data analysis that provides the owner numerous options in the conduct of their energy or water-savings programs
    • Building system/component optimization
    • Appropriate energy and water conservation

M & O procedures or routines

    • Energy conservation measures and projects
    • Energy saving calculations, pay-back estimations
    • Strategies to implement the measures
  • Specification/design review, 3rd party oversight of projects
    • Validation of measures
    • Appropriate measurement and verification protocols
  • Introduction of new high efficiency technologies
    • Distributed energy generation
    • New materials
    • Alternative energy integration

Incorporate knowledge/technology into industry applications (rapidly adjustable technology transfer)

Texas Center for Applied Technology

Energy and Environmental

Energy Storage Evaluation

Fuel Cell Evaluation

Solar Thermal Evaluation

Wind Energy Education

Cool Roof Evaluation

advanced water desalination pilot project laredo
Advanced Water Desalination Pilot Project (Laredo)
  • Texas A&M Engineering licensed new high efficiency compression and heat exchanger technologies
  • TCAT working with licensee tobuild, install, and operate pilotplant for City of Laredo to demonstrate commercial viability
    • Funded by City of Laredo
    • Will provide 100,000 gal/day potable water from brackish ground water
    • Economic expectation: $2/thousand gallons(Reverse Osmosis is $4-5/thousand gallons)
temporary hybrid micro grid systems
Temporary Hybrid Micro-grid Systems
  • Some Colonias along Texas-Mexico are without basic services (includingelectric power)
  • TCAT funded by SECO to integrateexisting high efficiency storagetechnology to solve near term temporaryneeds for electric service
  • Currently serving ~40 families in the La Presa colonia south of Laredo
  • Pay-as-you-go at $0.25/kWh