(Dec. 16, 2010)--UTSA business and engineering students responsible for developing and marketing a marksmanship training aid and a parachute shock absorber tied for first place at the UTSA $100,000 Student Technology Venture Competition on Dec. 4 at the UTSA Downtown Campus. Organized by the UTSA Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE), the business planning competition offers UTSA students the chance to test their entrepreneurial skills and receive coaching from members of the Harvard Business Club.
The first-place Team Dead-eye developed a prototype and marketing plan for a basic rifle marksmanship training aid. The technology reduces operator error and ensures minimal barrel movement when a rifle fires. It was developed by engineering students Ahmed Alsheri, Susana Caballero, Zachary Hamilton and William Tirado and marketed by business students Jason Strawn, Brad Feltner and Erika Leija.
The competition's other first-place winners, Team Chute Damper, developed a technology that reduces the shock felt by a racecar driver when the car's parachute is deployed. Engineering students Ryan McDonnell and Brian Moczygemba and business students Mary Brown, Alex Quiroz and Amy Hermes developed the technology and business plan, respectively.
Additionally, competitors included Team Fire Suppression, which placed third with an original fire-suppression system designed to reduce vehicle fire fatalities and property damage; Team Back Brace, which offered an electromechanical orthopedic device to correct back problems; Team Static Dynamic, which designed a quad copter which can transport a system containing a video feed back to its user; and Texas Solar Energy Concepts, which developed a flat-plate solar collector for residential power generation.
Together, the six teams will split more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.
UTSA's biannual $100,000 Student Technology Venture Competition promotes student entrepreneurship by pairing engineering students who create viable new technologies with business students who create business plans to market those technologies through a start-up.
The competition is sponsored by the Texas Research and Technology Foundation, Cox | Smith, Harvard Business School Club of San Antonio, San Antonio Technology Center, UTSA College of Business, UTSA College of Engineering and UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research.
CITE established the competition when it was observed that UTSA engineering students were developing new technologies and business students were writing business plans, but neither group of students cultivated their projects after receiving a grade. With the competition in place, UTSA students now develop marketable technologies and launch viable new companies based on those technologies before they graduate.
The Center for Innovate and Technology Entrepreneurship is an interdisciplinary center in the UTSA College of Business and College of Engineering. The center fosters the growth of entrepreneurs and new technology-based ventures through education, experiences, resources and support.
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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