(Oct. 10, 2011) -- The UTSA Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute invites the public to attend "The Path to Zero Net Energy: Taking Buildings to the Limit," a free lecture by engineer Craig Christensen, principal engineer of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The lecture is 4-5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11 in the Main Building Auditorium (0.104) on the UTSA Main Campus.
In 1979, Christensen joined the NREL. He currently serves as a principal engineer, leading the energy analysis efforts of the Residential Buildings Team. Previously, he led projects related to buildings, active solar systems, passive solar design, energy conservation and energy modeling.
Christensen originated the concept of the unglazed transpired solar collector at the NREL and participated in research leading to an R&D100 Award and the Popular Science "Best of What's New" Award. He initiated and leads development of the BEopt software program for residential building analysis and optimization and was involved in the early development of the concept of net-zero energy buildings beginning in 1999.
Additionally, Christensen was co-designer of the Habitat for Humanity Zero Energy Home in Denver, Colo., built in 2005. Currently, he lives in a low-energy solar house in Boulder, Colo. Designed and built in 1985, a recent addition to the home is a 2 kilowatt photovoltaic system that achieves net-zero energy use.
Seating for the lecture is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more at the UTSA Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute website.
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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