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UTSA engineering professor Mo Jamshidi addresses European Union conference

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In Belgium, Professor Mo Jamshidi (right) with Jose Cotta, director general of the European Commission Systems and Control Division

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By Christi Fish
Public Affairs Specialist

(Oct. 28, 2009)--Internationally recognized engineering professor Mo Jamshidi, holder of the UTSA Lutcher Brown Endowed Chair of Electrical Engineering, served as keynote speaker at a European Union World Program Consultation on system of systems engineering Oct. 6 in Brussels, Belgium.

System of systems engineering (SoSE) combines simple systems to form "super systems" that are capable of completing tasks more complex than the sum of their smaller components. The discipline has applications in the defense, energy, environmental and health-care industries.

Jamshidi addressed 50 scientists at the headquarters of the European Commission of the European Union on the second day of a two-day conference focusing on the monitoring and control of large-scale systems. The European Commission, which serves 27 European nations, is the European equivalent of the U.S. National Science Foundation and National Institute of Standards and Technology. The commission's annual budget is approximately 52 billion Euros ($76 billion).

With a career spanning more than four decades, Jamshidi is known internationally as a leader in system of systems engineering. He has conducted research for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Energy, NASA, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories. He worked on the first generation of adaptive optics for the Hubble Telescope, the engineering of nuclear breeder reactors, the Mars Pathfinder Project and the applications of robotics for energy efficiency. His current research, conducted in UTSA's Autonomous Control Engineering (ACE) laboratory, focuses on the applications of system of systems engineering to land, sea and air robots, and solar-wind energy systems.

In addition to his academic duties at UTSA, Jamshidi is organizing a network of system of systems engineers in the United States. Already, he has received commitments from partners at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Purdue University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Old Dominion University, Stevens Institute of Technology, George Mason University, Naval Postgraduate School, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, International Council on Systems Engineering and UTSA. The European Commission plans to create a similar network of engineers in Europe.

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m.

The Impact of the 84th Texas Legislative Session on Public Schools: Any Rain in Sight or Are Those Smoke Clouds on the Horizon?

Join the College of Education and Human Development's Center for Educational Leadership, Policy and Professional Development for a discussion about what passed and what didn't in the last legislative session and what it means for Bexar County Public Schools. 
Durango Building Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (2.03.15-18), Main Campus

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As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

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Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

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