Texas Tech University
AFRL ML-RCPP Partner Institution Strengths & Capabilities Survey
Name: Cui Romo
Title: Senior Director
1. Please select the research areas in which your institution currently engages.
Sang-Wook Bae; Civil, Environmental & Construction Engineering (CECE), firstname.lastname@example.org
Yanzhang Ma; Mechanical Eng., email@example.com
Support for Operations
Bryan Norman; Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering (IMSE), firstname.lastname@example.org
Timothy Matis; IMSE, email@example.com
Radio frequency sensing
Functional materials & applications
Control, power, & thermal management systems
Training & decision making
2. Please note, in detail, any research areas of strength not listed above. This may include fundamental sciences (e.g., math, physics, biology, etc.).
Combustion Lab, Michelle Pantoya, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wind Engineering – National Wind Institute, John Schroeder, email@example.com
Institute of Genomics for Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance (IGCAST), Luis Herrera- Estrella, firstname.lastname@example.org
Global Lab for Energy Asset Management & Manufacturing (GLEAMM), Argenis Bilbao, email@example.com
3. Are there any emerging areas of research your institution is actively seeking to develop?
4. Does your institution have any internal research centers or participate in any research consortia?
NSF Engineering Research Center - Center for Advancing Sustainable and Distributed Fertilizer Production, Gerri.firstname.lastname@example.org
GLEAMM – Global Lab for Energy Asset Management and Manufacturing, email@example.com
Center for Pulsed Power and Power Electronics, firstname.lastname@example.org
Obesity Research Institute, email@example.com
Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC), James.Yang@ttu.edu
DOE Rapid Advancement Process Intensification Deployment “RAPID” Manufacturing Institute, Chauchyun.Chen@ttu.edu
Vertical Lift Consortium (VLC), Dy.D.Le@ttu.edu
Naval Surface Technology and Innovation Consortium (NSTIC), Dy.D.Le@ttu.edu
Maritime Sustainment Technology and Innovation Consortium (MSTIC), Dy.D.Le@ttu.edu
Texas Hydrogen Alliance (THA), Qingwang.Yuan@ttu.edu
5. Please provide a list of relevant facilities and equipment.
Whitacre College of Engineering has dedicated computing and data infrastructure for research and education. For example, the CS department has a 40-node, 800-core compute cluster infrastructure supported by the National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation program. Additional computing resources are provided by the High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) at Texas Tech. HPCC resources include the RedRaider cluster, with over 50,000 cores, 6.9 petabytes of data storage and approximately 2.2 PFLOPS (1015 floating point of operations per second) of raw peak computing power.
Advance Manufacturing and Materials Lab:
Laser Deposition – Additive Manufacturing Machine (laser engineered net shaping LENS 450)
Rotary Ultrasonic Machine
Nano-mechanical Testing Machine
Two Universal Testers
Materials Characterization Center:
Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)
Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)
Focused Ion & Electron Beam (FIB-SEM) System
Sputter & Carbon Coater
Atomic Force Microscopy (MFP-3D-SA AFM)
Atomic Force Microscopy (Dimension Icon)
Spinning Disk Confocal System
Optical (Visible-Light) Microscopy
Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy/Infrared (IR) Microscopy
Fourier Transform Raman (FT-Raman) Spectroscopy/Fourier Transform Raman (FT-Raman) Microscopy/Dispersive Raman Microscopy/Spectroscopy
Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectroscopy (GC-MS)
X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS)
Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (SEM-EDS)
Transmission Electron Microscopy with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (TEM-EDS)
Focused Ion & Electron Beam System with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (FIB-SEM-EDS)
Particle Size Analysis (Zetatrac)
Particle Size Analysis (API Aerosizer)
Zeta Potential Analysis
Thermogravimetric Analysis (TGA)
Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC)
X-ray Diffractometry (MiniFlex 6G)
X-ray Diffractometry (SmartLab 3kW XE)
Biosafety BSL2 Hood
Commercial III-nitride Metal Organic Chemical Vapor Deposition reactors
AFM; High resolution AFM
SEM and e-beam lithography
STS Multiplex Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition (PECVD) system or the deposition of high quality dielectric mirrors and passivation layers, etc.
Production scale e-beam evaporation system for the deposition of metal contacts as well as dielectric materials
Research scale e-beam evaporation system for the deposition of metal contacts as well as dielectric materials
SEM (LEO-440) based e-beam lithography system for nano-scale device patterning with a line resolution of about 30 nm (60 nm) for conducting (insulating) substrate
A deep UV photolithography systems for sub-micron device patterning (0.25 micron line resolution)
Plasma-Therm Series 790 Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) etching system for dry etching and device pattern transfer
Single-wafer rapid thermal annealing furnace (reaches 1200 C in 5 seconds)
Multi-wafer thermal annealing furnace (up to 900 C).
High temperature thermal annealing furnace (up to ~1900 C).
A laser-lift-off (LLO) system for sapphire substrate removal. A unique feature of our LLO system is that it is able to remove the whole 2” wafers aligning free.
Flip-chip bonding system (RD Automation) is used for device packaging and for bump-mounting individual or arrays of devices onto sub-mounts or other driving/read-out circuits.
Automated wafer scribe/dicing system (Dynatex).
Sapphire wafer lapping/polishing systems.
Pulse source meters, LED and laser diode drivers.
Probe stations, wire bonders, micromanipulators, optical microscopes with digital cameras for LED and laser diode characterization.
Tektronix programmable curve tracer and 45 GHz analog and digital oscilloscopes.
Ocean Optics spectrometers for electroluminescent emission characterization for deep UV, UV, and visible emitters.
High sensitivity spectrometers for electroluminescent emission characterization of IR emitters.
Optical transmission/reflectance spectroscopy measurement setup.
Standard AM1.5 solar simulator for determining external efficiencies of various solar cells.
GLEAMM and National Wind Institute Resources:
Three high-resolution load banks: Two 500 kW and one 500 kVAR programmable load banks with various load profile programming capabilities.
Back-up Generators: 570 kVA Diesel generators, a traditional microgrid component with various control options, are available for microgrid integration efforts.
DC power supplies: GLEAMM’s DC power capability includes a 150-kW PV, 1600Ah UPS Battery in both existing controls, and reconfigured inverter testing.
AC Power supplies: GLEAMM’s DC power capability includes Sandia’s 3x300kVA Wind Turbines and 36 kVA Regenerative 4-Quadrante AC Load for EV testing.
3 Clusters of High-Performance Computing Nodes as critical load
OPAL-RT real-time simulation platforms for running power systems and cyber models concurrently with actual hardware at power, in real-time.
FTIR: Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy - The spectrometer has a spectral range from 15 cm-1 to 28,000 cm-1 from the very far IR, through the mid and the near IR up to the visible and ultraviolet.
TEM: Transmission Electron Microscopy - Hitachi H-9500 transmission electron microscope equipped with EDAX energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectrometer. Point-to-point resolution of 0.18nm and lattice resolution of 0.1nm. A stable 5- axis eucentric goniometer stage. Field-proven 10-stage accelerator gun design; Compatible specimen holder for use with Hitachi TEM, FIB and STEM systems.
SEM: Scanning Electron Microscopy - Hitachi S-4700 field emission scanning electron microscope equipped with EDAX energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectrometer. Resolution of 1.5 nm at 15 kV is guaranteed at 12 mm working distance. EDAX SAPPHIRE detector has a 20,000 : 1 peak-to-background ratio, and 128 eV resolution maintained at high throughputs. EDAX Phoenix microanalysis system contains the EDAM III data acquisition module, which allows for flexibility and enhanced performance through Digital Signal Processing for spectral and image acquisition and data reduction.
XPS: X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy - Analyzer input lens with 2-3 times higher sensitivity for all analysis conditions. Multi-channel detector for faster elemental and chemical imaging. Angle dependent technology for +/- 5 degree solid angle collection for ADXPS measurements. Hot/cold stage providing temperatures of -140° C to +600° C. Dedicated hot sample platen operating up to 800° C. 4-contact transferable sample mount for in-situ controlled potential experiments. UPS design for increased sensitivity and improved energy resolution. Auger performance providing higher energy resolution and better signal to noise.
6. Does your institution have a relationship with any other academic institution or research organization(s) that enables your access to their facilities and equipment?
7. Has your institution collaborated with the ML-RCP in the past?
8. Is your institution involved in any federal STEM funding efforts?
9. This program requires documentation (i.e., theses, dissertation, presentations, etc.) to go through the AFRL public affairs review process. Would this present a challenge for your institution?
Research Administration and Compliance
10. Does your institution have an office of sponsored programs?
11. Does your institution have an approval process for seeking extramural funding?
12. Does your institution accept federal award dollars and manage standard fiscal reporting, and compliance requirements?
13. Does your institution provide guidance to PIs for budget development?
14. Does your institution offer proposal development services?
15. Does your institution offer research development services, e.g., assistance with finding research funding, proposal management, team formation/development, etc.?
16. Does you institution offer research compliance training and education, i.e., roles and responsibilities of principal investigators?
17. Does your institution have a designated Export Control Officer?
18. Is your institution registered with the US State Department Directorate of Defense Trade Controls?
19. Does your institution currently perform Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI/ NIST 800-171 compliant) research?
20. Does your institution currently perform research subject to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations?
21. Does your institution have a DoD Facility Security Clearance (FCL)? If Yes:
a. What is the FCL’s classification level? Secret
b. What is the FCL’s authorized safeguarding level? None – TTU is a “non possessing” FCL
c. How many safeguarding-approved spaces do you manage? None
d. What is your facility’s CAGE Code(s)? No response available. 7B144
ML-RCP Program Expectations
22. The objective of the AFRL ML-RCP is to enable and enhance the research capabilities of the HBCU’s/MSIs through collaborative research efforts with AFRL. What would be necessary for you to receive to meet this objective?