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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.

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Feb. 5, 6:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory

Feb. 6, All Day

10th annual San Antonio Writing Project Teachers' Conference

This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus

Feb. 9, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 6 - 9 p.m.

Rowdy Gras 2016

The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning 2015-16 Speaker Series

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus

Feb. 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

29th annual Asian Festival - Year of the Monkey

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Feb. 13, 1 p.m.

2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium

Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016  Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium.  The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.

African-American Social Welfare Pioneers Responding to Community Needs

The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Feb. 23, 7 p.m.

Presentation and Book Signing with Luis Carlos Montalvan

Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

12th Annual Black Heritage Gala

The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Feb. 27, 9 a.m.

Cultural Contrasts in Latin America

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)


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