(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.
UTSA Associate Dean/Associate Professor Francine Romero will sit down with San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg for a wide-ranging conversation about the Mayor's vision for the City's future. Seating is at capacity but the San Antonio Express-News will stream it live.
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
The sympoisum will focus on the interface between aging and neurodegenerative diseases, will educate the wider research community about advancements in this fast-paced field and stimulate collaborative research in this area. Register online for this free event.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.106), Main Campus
The 23rd International Conference on Historical Linguistics is offering four special panels open and free to the San Antonio public July 31-Aug. 3 to mark the tricentennial next year. The event is co-sponsored by UTSA Research.
Hotel Contessa, 306 W. Market St., San Antonio
Orientation marks a major step toward becoming a Roadrunner. It is a unique experience designed to welcome freshmen and transfers to UTSA and ensure a successful transition into college. They will learn about UTSA, prepare for their first semester and have fun meeting other students. There is also a special Family Orientation program too.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
The UTSA community welcomes students to their on-campus home! Laurel Village, Chaparral Village and Alvarez Hall are home for 2,300 students during the academic year, and Move-In event kicks off the start of Roadrunner Days.
Laurel Village, Chaparral Village, Alvarez Hall, Main Campus
The College of Engineering hosts this seminar featuring Jeff Adams, Southwest Zone Quality Manager, Siemens Building Technologies Division. The event is free and open to the public.
Engineering Building (EB 3.04.30), Main Campus
After a day full of moving and getting settled into their new UTSA home, students and their families can have some refreshments and snacks at the Welcome Back Reception. The event tops off with the premiere performance of the Spirit of San Antonio, UTSA's Marching Band.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
Can you survive the library wilderness? As a part of Roadrunner Days, UTSA Libraries is hosting a mobile adventure for you to play and find out more about the library!
John Peace Library, 2nd floor, Main Campus
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