Texas A&M-Kingsville to Launch New Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering Doctoral Program

KINGSVILLE - January 23, 2015

Contact: Adriana Garza-Flores
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A new doctoral program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville aims to promote the development of innovative sustainable energy systems in the region and beyond, while preparing students for emerging careers in energy and technology.

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the Ph.D. program in Sustainable Energy Systems Engineering Thursday, January 22. The new program will begin admitting students in the fall of 2015.

The new program is the only such multidisciplinary degree with an energy focus in the state.

“The new Ph.D. program in energy systems engineering will give Texas A&M-Kingsville College of Engineering faculty and students the opportunity to be on the cutting edge of the new energy future, which will require integrating energy sources, storage and transmission facilities, and distribution networks in increasingly complex ways,” Dr. Stephan Nix, Dean of the College of Engineering said.

The interdisciplinary program will focus on four areas:

  • Production, including renewable sources, bio-fuels, solar cells, wind and natural gas.
  • Sustainability, including shale gas production and reduced environmental impact.
  • Efficiency & Conservation, including green building and industrial efficiency.
  • Conversion Storage Distribution, including fuel cells, gas hydrates and smart grids.

Graduates of the program will be able to serve as entrepreneurs who can contribute to the economic development of the region, state and nation; researchers who can address the complex issues in sustainable energy systems engineering; educators who will help train engineers for the 21st century; and government leaders who help shape energy policy.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs that require a master’s or doctoral degree are expected to increase through 2018. The new doctoral program will help address the need for a highly-skilled workforce needed to move the nation’s energy industry forward.

“As an institution of higher learning, we are charged with anticipating the needs of the future and preparing our students to meet those needs,” Texas A&M-Kingsville President Dr. Steven Tallant said. “The Ph.D. program in sustainable energy systems allows us to educate students who will be the innovators and leaders of industry in the 21st century.”

Dr. Mohamed Abdelrahman, Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, said the pioneering research of the program will have a significant impact on both the university and the region.

“This program is designed to effectively use the intellectual capacity and resources existing at A&M-Kingsville to deliver an impactful program with minimal cost,” Abdelrahman said. “Support of the president and provost and the collaborative efforts and persistence allowed us to effectively establish the institutional commitment and the need for this innovative Ph.D. program, with dozens of support letters from industry and educational institutions throughout Texas and the U.S. We expect it to further the research culture at A&M-Kingsville and boost the interdisciplinary research efforts in engineering and sciences.”