The NSF sponsored Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology has been established atTexas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) under the CREST program for establishment of the Center forResearch for Environmental Sustainability of Semi-Arid Coastal Areas (RESSACA). Center research and research/education integration activities have been organizationally integrated into the South Texas Environmental Institute in the College of Engineering.
This has promoted the capacity of the Center to benefit from the sharing of knowledge, research resources, and capacity building partnerships with institutions throughout South Texas and the border region.Dr. Kuruvilla John, Interim Dean for the College of Engineering is serving as the Project Director (PI). Dr. Kim Jones, Dr. Venkatesh Uddameri, Dr. Jennifer Ren andDr. David Ramirez are Co-PIs for the Center. Dr. Lee W. Clapp, Dr. Yifang Zhu, Dr. Al Martinez, and Dr. Patrick Mills (ChemEng) and are Senior Investigators for the project
The Center fosters fundamental research and development for promoting the concepts of sustainability of ecological and environmental systems in the semi-arid coastal areas of South Texas and the border region. It promotes basic and applied research, technology development and transfer, research/education integration, and environmental education in both formal and informal domains.The Center has developed integrative research partnerships with institutions along the U.S./Mexico border from Texas to California and seek binational partnerships with counterpart researchers in Mexico.The Center structure also promotes a synthesis of interdisciplinary research and knowledge transfer among researchers, public policy and planning agencies, and the public to address the critical issues of environmental sustainability of semi-arid coastal areas along the border, a critical zone of binational trade driven by NAFTA and one undergoing dramatic economic growth that places enormous, and often competing demands, on infrastructures and the environment.The CREST RESSACA II Center is structured around three major research initiatives: Environmental Modeling and Informatics (EMI), Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (EMA), and Sustainable Technologies for the Environment (STE).