UTSA student conference April 27 highlights research, accomplishments

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(April 26, 2010)--UTSA students from the architecture, business, engineering and sciences colleges will convene Tuesday, April 27 in the Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE) Building for the 2010 UTSA Architecture, Business, Engineering and Science Student (ABES) Conference. The fourth annual ABES conference will spotlight UTSA student research projects and other significant accomplishments. The conference will include five keynote presentations open to the UTSA community.

With the theme "Promoting Engineering, Science, Business and Architecture for a Green Energy Texas," the conference will be opened at 9 a.m. in BSE Room 1.112 by UTSA Provost John Frederick and Robert Gracy, UTSA vice president for research.

Throughout the day, participants will gain professional presentation experience, network with their peers and faculty, and learn about graduate education and professional opportunities. The event also will include a session on career building, organized by a panel of faculty and industrial individuals.

To learn more, visit the ABES Conference website or contact Roberta Bauer at 210-458-5664.

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Keynote presentations

  • 9:30 a.m., "Alzheimer as the Disease of Our Times," George Perry, dean, UTSA College of Sciences
  • 10:30 a.m., "Protecting the Smart Grid," Corey D. King, manager, Southwest Research Institute System Security and High Reliability Software Section
  • 1 p.m., "The Institute for Conventional, Alternative and Renewable Energy (ICARE) -- A Systems Perspective," Les Shephard, ICARE director
  • 3 p.m., "Wind Turbine Arrays for Improved Efficiency and Reliability," David Ransom, principal engineer, Southwest Research Institute System Security and High Reliability Software Section
  • 7 p.m., "Photovoltaic Solar Energy Systems in the Renewable Energy Economy Factors in Design, Best Practices in Engineering," Charles Farmer, vice president, Meridian Solar