(Nov. 23, 2009)--A team of UTSA students, faculty and staff from the Autonomous Control Engineering (ACE) Laboratory in the UTSA College of Engineering visited James Madison High School on Friday, Nov. 13 to talk with aspiring engineers from the San Antonio region. The UTSA lectures were part of Madison High School's annual Engineering Day, an event that educates San Antonio students about careers in engineering and related disciplines.
"Engineering is an exciting profession with a lot of opportunity," said Mo Jamshidi, UTSA Lutcher Brown Endowed Chair of Electrical Engineering and director of the ACE Lab. "It is important to go to high schools, to talk with students, so they understand the careers that are available to them and the preparation those careers involve."
While at Madison High School, UTSA's ambassadors presented lectures about robotics, cloud computing, unmanned aerial vehicles, renewable energy and system-of-systems engineering. Presenters included UTSA electrical and computer engineering (ECE) doctoral students Peyman Gazi and Kranthi Manoj, ECE master's student Aldo Jaimes and ECE undergraduate student Gerardo Trevino, as well as Jamshidi.
"The students attending Madison's engineering day were very interested in what we had to say," Jamshidi said."Many of them inquired about attending UTSA or joining the ACE Lab as a summer co-op student."
Money magazine's 2009 Best Jobs list ranks four ECE disciplines among the top 30 careers with "great pay and growth prospects." Systems engineering tops the list, while computer/network security consultant, software developer and telecommunications network engineer are ranked eighth, 12th and 30th, respectively. More than 1.5 million people are employed as engineers in the United States.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
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.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
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.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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