Center for Applied Radiation Research (CARR) is a comprehensive National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research center at Prairie View A&M University. The Center is focused on developing capabilities and techniques that will lead to a better, more fundamental understanding of space radiation effects on devices, materials and the human crew environment. The research emphasis is on tasks related to human space flight in conjunction with the missions and strategic plan of the Human Exploration and Development of Space (HEDS) strategic enterprise. However, the research is fundamentally cross-enterprise in nature since all aerospace activities take place in a potentially hostile radiation environment. CARR is funded by NASA.
Center for Materials, Microdesign and Microfabrication
Center for Materials, Microdesign and Microfabrication (CM3) shares with CARR a common human resources and facility base, but addresses a broader range of challenges. It serves as an umbrella structure for various projects in electronic materials, materials synthesis, radiation testing and microelectronics.
Center of Excellence for Communication Systems Technology Research
Center of Excellence for Communication Systems Technology Research (CECSTR) is a comprehensive research center with the capabilities of seeking an understanding of all aspects of communication systems, DSP Solutions, Image Processing, Mixed Signal Systems and High Speed (Broadband) Communication Systems. The Center seeks to answer relevant questions concerning various strategic enterprises and explores the means to use the knowledge acquired to benefit mankind and increase the State of Texas and the nation’s economic competitiveness. CECSTR occupies some 2,100 square feet of laboratory and classroom space. The Center has four teaching and research laboratories: Tellabs & Hewlett Packard Communications Systems Lab, Texas Instruments, Inc. Mixed Signal Systems Lab, DSP Solutions Lab and the Spring Broadband Access Technologies Lab. The laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and instruments. CECSTR is funded by Texas Instruments, Sprint, Tellabs and Hewlett-Packard.
Future Aerospace, Science and Technology (FAST) Center on Lightweight Structural Materials Processing conducts research in line with the needs of the U.S. Air Force, industry and the U. S. government. Researchers use the center to process and characterize composites for both military and civilian use. The FAST Center strives to position PVAMU as a national leader in the development of lightweight, high-temperature polymer matrix composites. The FAST Center is funded by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
Thermal Science Research Center
Thermal Science Research Center (TSRC) allows researchers to conduct both basic and applied research, development and design in the broad engineering area of thermal science. Much of the work in the TSRC includes both experimentation and engineering modeling and simulation. Project collaboration links center researchers with their counterparts in such places as the European Community, Japan and the former Soviet Union. The TSRC is funded by the U. S. Department of Energy, NASA, the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Sandia National Laboratories and the Center for Space Power.
Computational Fluid Dynamics Institute (CFDI) is involved in two ongoing projects with NASA Marshall and the Rocketdyne division of Boeing North America. The Marshall grant focuses on developing computational fluid dynamics technology for supersonic ramjet/scramjet combustion. The Rocketdyne project involves performing detailed analysis of an air augmented rocket. The CFDI was established in partnership with the Rocketdyne division of Boeing North America.
Texas Gulf Coast Environmental Data
Texas Gulf Coast Environmental Data (TEXGED) Center collects data from space through TRW Space and Technology and establishes database systems giving the researchers and decision-makers information needed to plan and assess the environmental problems along the U.S. Gulf Coast’s southern region. The information serves as a tool for predicting environmental changes in the region and for producing methodology for risk assessment of the ecosystems. The TEXGED Center enriches the state with knowledge regarding environmental problems, such as alteration and loss of habitats, introduced species, water pollution, water supply, air pollution, flooding and hurricanes, global climatic changes and its impact on the region, ozone layers thinning, radiation, solid wastes, soil systems and its contamination, degradation and loss of open spaces, parks and forests. The TEXGED Center is funded by NASA.
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