(March 17, 2011)--The UTSA Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute and the San Antonio Clean Technology Forum invite the public to attend "The Role of Wind Energy: Today and Tomorrow," a free lecture featuring renewable energy expert Jose R. Zayas Sr., senior manager of the Renewable Energy Technologies group at Sandia National Laboratories.
Free and open to the public, the lecture will be from 4 to 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 22 in the Main Building Auditorium (0.104) on the UTSA Main Campus. A 15-minute Q&A session will close the lecture. (View a campus map.)
Zayas contributes to a variety of national initiatives to promote the expansion of additional clean energy technologies in the United States. He also is leading a federal interagency research program to address barriers affecting the continued deployment and acceptance of wind energy systems across the nation. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Mexico and a master's degree in mechanical and aeronautical engineering from the University of California at Davis.
"Wind energy has made significant contributions to the renewable energy portfolio across Texas, within the U.S. and elsewhere over the last two decades," said Les Shephard, director of the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute and professor of civil and environmental engineering. "Technology has advanced considerably over this time and challenges associated with reliability, intermittency and transmission are being addressed and mitigated. Intelligent turbine blades coupled with advanced, more efficient blade designs, higher reliability gearboxes, larger turbines and improved efficiency with lower wind conditions have all had significant impact. Innovation will continue to play a critical role in the future of wind energy as we move offshore and as the size of the wind energy systems continues to increase."
Reservations are not required to attend the March 22 lecture, however seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. The lecture will begin promptly at 4 p.m.
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
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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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