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Coordinating Board approves UTSA degrees in mechanical, biomedical engineering


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(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.



Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m.

The Impact of the 84th Texas Legislative Session on Public Schools: Any Rain in Sight or Are Those Smoke Clouds on the Horizon?

Join the College of Education and Human Development's Center for Educational Leadership, Policy and Professional Development for a discussion about what passed and what didn't in the last legislative session and what it means for Bexar County Public Schools. 
Durango Building Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (2.03.15-18), Main Campus

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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