The Center for Electric Power was established in 1985. The name of the Center has now been changed to Center for Energy Systems Research in order to reflect the broadening of activities. Over the years several funding agencies have sponsored projects. These include 20 major electric utilities, EPRI and Federal Agencies such as DOE, NASA, NSF, and ONR. In addition, several other industries have sponsored research projects.
CESR operates within the TTU System. The Center draws upon the expertise from the Engineering College faculty as well as from other faculty on campus. Participating faculty and faculty associates represent Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing and Industrial Technology. Support in the form of travel money and graduate student support is provided to faculty members to encourage them to submit proposals through the Center, where needed support for marketing research concepts is also provided.