(June 23, 2010)--The University of Texas at San Antonio has joined 14 universities from across the nation to form the Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC), an initiative to develop and train a pipeline of diverse and highly-qualified students at all levels to meet the Navy future workforce needs. Over the next six years, UTSA is slated to receive $1.6 million from the consortium, dependent on the consortium receipt of $50 million from the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). NAVSEA designs and builds the Navy fleet of ships.
"We are very pleased to join the naval engineering community in this effort," said Brent Nowak, UTSA associate professor of mechanical engineering and the principal investigator for the UTSA NEEC initiative. "UTSA has a strong tradition in education and research, and we are proud to have this opportunity to support the Navy. We are eager to begin working with our partners to develop the next generation of naval engineers."
The NEEC will be led by faculty at the University of Michigan and includes the nation top engineering universities. As such, UTSA will join Virginia Tech, MIT, Penn State, Georgia Tech, Webb Institute, Florida State University and others. The consortium also will team with the U.S. Navy Center for Innovation in Ship Design (CISD) at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division.
NEEC will pursue a variety of initiatives to prepare the next generation of Naval engineers. Engineering students participating in NEEC will receive tuition scholarships and stipends in return for Navy service. Faculty from NEEC universities will collaborate to develop new engineering curricula tailored to the Navy training needs.
Additionally, NEEC undergraduates, graduates and faculty will work with practicing NAVSEA engineers to address some of the Navy most prominent challenges. Those projects will focus on the use of alterative energy sources, energy conservation, reduction in total ownership costs, use of unmanned vehicles, advanced ship design methods and reduction in vessel maintenance.
In addition to partnering with NAVSEA, the consortium will partner with the Department of Defense highly competitive Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) program, which supports students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and will include an outreach component for K-12 schools.
UTSA researchers are exploring matter at the atomic level with Helenita. It's one of the most powerful microscopes in the world, with the ability to operate near the theoretical limit of resolution. At 9 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing more than two tons, Helenita can dissect almost anything. With Helenita's resolution, researchers can study particles atom by atom to see how they behave.
That's critical in developing nanotechnology that will help diagnosis early-stage breast cancer or make helmets that are uber strong. Moreover, the detail that Helenita provides will allow nanotechnology researchers to create new therapies and treatments to fight a wide range of human diseases.
Did you know? Helenita can magnify a sample 20 million times its size, which would make a strand of human hair the size of San Antonio.
Join AIA San Antonio’s Women in Architecture group for their networking and happy hour event, where all design professionals are welcome.
Liberty Bar, 1111 S. Alamo St.
This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
After graduation, Queretaro native founded a music label recognized by SXSW
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