(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.
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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