(May 11, 2010)--When undergraduate electrical and computer engineering (ECE) major Gerardo Trevino '10 enrolled at UTSA in 2008 as a junior transfer student from San Antonio College, he had no idea that he was stepping aboard an unstoppable rocket.
In just two years, Trevino participated in some of the College of Engineering's most vital initiatives. His highlight? As a senior, he helped ECE faculty in the UTSA Autonomous Control Engineering Laboratory develop and submit a funding proposal to the state Energy Conservation office. That proposal was successful, netting UTSA $1.3 million to install solar panels on two Main Campus Buildings.
Additionally, Trevino has supported the College of Engineering's Interactive Technology Experience Center, an outreach initiative that offers hands-on activities to teach kids that careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are fun and accessible. Focusing on robotics, telecommunications, scanning electron microscope applications and design for manufacturing, the center is supported by the AT&T Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AT&T Inc.
Trevino chose to attend UTSA because it was close to his family that had relocated from Monterrey, Mexico, to San Antonio in 2001. But, the short drive to and from school is no longer the reason he recommends UTSA to others.
"I love how accessible the teachers are," said Trevino. "Once you get to your upper-division courses, the classes are small and we get to interact with the professors one-on-one. I mean, I got to help write a grant with my professors. Where else would you get to do that?"
And, although Trevino crossed the commencement stage last Saturday, he expects to return to his alma mater as a master's student focusing on renewable energy. He is eager to work with Les Shephard, USAA Robert F. McDermott Distinguished Chair in Engineering, who recently joined UTSA from Sandia National Laboratories to head up the university's Institute for Conventional, Alternative and Renewable Energy. To complement his education, Trevino already has pinpointed a series of renewable energy-related professional development opportunities in Texas, Mexico and Spain.
"I have a plan of action," said Trevino, considering his future. "A lot of things are going to happen at UTSA in energy research, so I'm making a calculated decision to pursue my master's degree here. My focus is to learn as much as I can. If I work hard here, I know the job offers will follow."
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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