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UTSA professor offers professional development training for patent examiners

Mo Jamshidi

Mo Jamshidi (left) with Bijan Tadayon, president of National IP Society of Iranian Americans

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(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.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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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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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