(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.
For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.
Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.
Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.
All campuses will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.
Cheer on the UTSA Roadrunners at their home-opener against the Kansas State Wildcats.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St.
As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales will share personal stories that have influenced her work as an author and illustrator.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
Love of theater, history leads Lee grad to pursue anthropology degree
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