(Jan. 14, 2010)--UTSA engineering professor C.L. Philip Chen recently was awarded the distinction of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellow. Through December and at the time of the award, Chen was a professor and the chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, where he also served as an associate dean.
As part of the AAAS Section on Engineering, Chen was elected to be an AAAS fellow "for distinguished contributions to research on integrated automated systems design and planning, and for leadership and service to professional organizations and engineering education."
Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. UTSA Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Mo Jamshidi, who is a fellow in six professional organizations, served as Chen's nominator and a reference for the AAAS distinction.
"When I joined UTSA in 2005, one of my objectives was to promote my colleagues," said Jamshidi. "When an institution desires to move to a Tier One level, quality is the key, be it faculty, student, staff, education or research. I am very happy that Dr. Chen has been recognized for his scientific contributions."
"Dr. Chen is an example of the outstanding faculty we have in the College of Engineering at UTSA," said engineering dean Mauli Agrawal. "He was not only a leader within his department but within his profession both nationally and internationally. I am delighted that Dr. Chen received this honor."
An electrical and computer engineering alumnus of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and Purdue University, where he received his master's and doctoral degrees, respectively, Chen has authored more than 160 technical publications in health monitoring, networking, neural networks, soft computing, robotics, intelligent systems and control, systems and cybernetics, and CAD/CAM.
Chen holds two U.S. patents for technology he developed while conducting research for the U.S. Air Force. He is an elected fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) for his scientific contributions. Serving as vice president of an IEEE society, Chen has promoted UTSA's reputation around the world.
Last year, 531 members were awarded the honor of fellow by the AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The new inductees will be presented with an official certificate and a rosette pin Feb. 20 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2010 AAAS Annual Meeting in San Diego.
Other AAAS fellows actively serving on UTSA's faculty include Mo Jamshidi, Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Electrical Engineering; Joseph L. Martinez Jr., Ewing Halsell Distinguished Chair in Biology; George Perry, dean of the College of Sciences; Ravi Sandhu, Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security; Miguel Yacaman, professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy; and David J. McComas, senior executive director of the Space Science and Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute and a UTSA adjoint professor of physics.
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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