(Feb. 18, 2011)--The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved a Doctor of Philosophy degree in mechanical engineering and a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Both programs will begin this fall.
"San Antonio is home to nearly 1.4 million people, five Fortune 500 firms and numerous companies in the biotech, manufacturing, aerospace and energy industries," said Mauli Agrawal, dean of the UTSA College of Engineering. "There are many opportunities for engineering graduates in the region. Yet until now, San Antonio institutions have not offered a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering and you couldn't find a doctoral program in mechanical engineering anywhere in South Texas. We expect there to be a great demand for these programs of study. "
Mechanical engineers integrate engineering design, physics, mathematics, systems theory and materials science principles to design, develop, produce and operate mechanical systems as diverse as machinery, rockets, aircraft, cars and air conditioning systems.
UTSA's doctoral program in mechanical engineering will prepare students and professionals to become scholars and leaders in the industry by introducing them to advanced mechanical engineering concepts offering research opportunities. The program's curriculum will be delivered by 18 tenured or tenure-track faculty members in the UTSA Department of Mechanical Engineering, nine UTSA support faculty and nine Southwest Research Institute support faculty, and will culminate in a written, research-based dissertation and an oral exam.
Biomedical engineers address topics at the intersection of engineering and biology to advance human health and solve challenges caused by the interaction of living and nonliving materials and systems.
UTSA's undergraduate biomedical engineering program will prepare students for industry and government jobs, and for graduate and health profession education. The biomedical engineering curriculum will be delivered by 10 UTSA tenured or tenure-track faculty and 12 clinicians/scientists from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
In addition to the degree program's required courses in science and engineering, UTSA biomedical engineering undergraduates will uniquely be required to take "Clinical Internships in Biomedical Engineering" and "Biomedical Engineering Technology and Product Development." The classes, in combination with the other biomedical engineering classes in the program, will prepare graduates to be innovative, forward-thinking and workforce-ready.
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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