(Nov. 9, 2009)--The University of Texas at San Antonio announced today the appointment of Les Shephard, a nationally recognized expert who often speaks before the U.S. Congress on energy and water issues, to head the UTSA Institute for Conventional, Alternative and Renewable Energy (ICARE). Shephard will assume his role as director on April 15, 2010.
"Les Shephard is an expert in his field. He is knowledgeable, well-respected and highly sought after by energy companies around the world," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "We are thrilled that he will be coming here to UTSA, where he will work with our faculty and our collaborative partners to build a world-class energy institute right here in San Antonio."
Shephard will be part of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering in the UTSA College of Engineering, where he will hold the USAA Robert F. McDermott Distinguished Chair in Engineering, an endowment that contributed greatly to his recruitment to UTSA.
"I am truly delighted to hear that Dr. Les Shephard is joining ICARE after many years of very distinguished leadership at Sandia, including his position as vice president for energy and critical global infrastructure," said David B. Prior, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Texas System. "I have known Les personally and professionally since his doctoral work at Texas A&M and know that he will undoubtedly contribute very substantially to new directions at ICARE and to the new strengths in energy-related research across the University of Texas System."
Shephard's hire comes at a crucial time for UTSA, which is competing with six other Texas universities to reach tier-one status. To achieve that goal, UTSA must significantly increase its annual federal research expenditures. Energy research is one of five strategic areas on which there will be a focus.
Under Shephard's direction, ICARE will bring together representatives from industry, government and academia to explore alternative energy sources. A focus will be on new policies and best practices for the energy industry in the region, state and internationally. Research will involve every college at UTSA and the university's Center for Water Research. ICARE also will support the Energy Research Alliance of San Antonio, developed earlier this year by UTSA, Southwest Research Institute, CPS Energy and San Antonio Water System. The alliance, which is in its infancy, will conceptualize, develop and commercialize technologies to meet San Antonio's current and future energy challenges.
Shephard joins UTSA from Sandia National Laboratories, which is managed by Lockheed Martin Corporation for the U.S. Department of Energy, where he served for more than 27 years. Most recently, Shephard was vice president of Sandia's Energy, Security and Defense Technologies Division, a multi-program, science-based engineering laboratory in Albuquerque, N.M.
Shephard's Sandia division has developed, deployed and commercialized technologies and capabilities that address many of the nation's most pressing national security challenges in energy, water, infrastructure and strategic nuclear materials. The division has pursued technology breakthroughs that will contribute to alternative transportation fuels, energy efficiency, responsible environmental stewardship and renewable energy options. Today, it works with representatives from more than 100 nations to pursue a principal mission of creating a peaceful and free world through technology.
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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