(Dec. 2, 2011) -- During a recent visit to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Washington, D.C., Mo Jamshidi, UTSA Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, briefed thousands of patent examiners employed by the federal government on new research in System of Systems Engineering (SoSE). SoSE occurs when systems programmed to do a task combine to form a complex system that can do more than the sum of its smaller components.
The scholar's presentation focused on cyber-physical SoSE research that Jamshidi conducted since 2006, resulting in three books. After presenting the basic concepts of the technology, Jamshidi surveyed its current and potential applications.
"This technology has vast implications for the patents of the 21st century from future combat missions and the smart energy grid to health-care systems and air-ground-marine transportation," said Jamshidi. "It also has applications to Earth observations and disasters such as hurricanes and tsunamis."
Jamshidi's engineering career spans more than four decades and includes time in academic, professional and government positions both in the United States and abroad. Throughout his career, he has conducted research on a variety of topics for the U.S. Air Force, Department of Energy, NASA and Sandia National Laboratories. His research has offered significant contributions to the research and development of large-scale complex systems, systems of systems and autonomous control.
Highlights include his work on the first generation of adaptive optics for the Hubble telescope, the engineering of nuclear breeder reactors, the Mars Pathfinder Project and the applications of robotics for energy efficiency. In 2009, the European Union invited Jamshidi to help launch System of Systems research programs among the European Union's 27 countries. The engineering professor's recent visit to the USPTO was sponsored by the National Intellectual Properties Society of Iranian-Americans, which builds bridges between American researchers and the USPTO to train and educate examiners on a timely basis.
UTSA researchers are exploring matter at the atomic level with Helenita. It's one of the most powerful microscopes in the world, with the ability to operate near the theoretical limit of resolution. At 9 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing more than two tons, Helenita can dissect almost anything. With Helenita's resolution, researchers can study particles atom by atom to see how they behave.
That's critical in developing nanotechnology that will help diagnosis early-stage breast cancer or make helmets that are uber strong. Moreover, the detail that Helenita provides will allow nanotechnology researchers to create new therapies and treatments to fight a wide range of human diseases.
Did you know? Helenita can magnify a sample 20 million times its size, which would make a strand of human hair the size of San Antonio.
Join AIA San Antonio’s Women in Architecture group for their networking and happy hour event, where all design professionals are welcome.
Liberty Bar, 1111 S. Alamo St.
This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
Victor Cyrus, Jr will see his first book of poetry published this fall
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