(March 15, 2012) -- Yilmaz Hatipkarasulu, UTSA assistant professor and coordinator of the UTSA Construction Science and Management (CSM) program, recently was named the 2012 Outstanding Educator by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) Education and Research Foundation. The award is one of the most prestigious national awards in the construction discipline.
Hatipkarasulu will receive the award at the AGC 93rd annual convention in Hawaii. As part of the award, two UTSA CSM students will receive $2,500 scholarships.
In the award letter, Hatipkarasulu was praised for his work as an educator, student mentor and colleague in the construction industry, setting him apart as an outstanding leader and role model for future industry leaders. The award acknowledges his work to develop the UTSA Construction Science Management program and his outstanding accomplishment in establishing a scholarship program for construction students.
"Dr. Hatipkarasulu has exhibited a high level of dedication to his students, the CSM program and to the education of future leaders in the construction industry," said John D. Murphy Jr., dean of the UTSA College of Architecture. "His ability to handle the administrative requirements of being the program coordinator while continuing to be available and present for his students has set him apart from others who were considered for the award."
Established in 2008, the CSM program offers a four-year Bachelor of Science in Construction Science and Management degree. With more than 200 undergraduate students and six faculty members, the CSM program is one of the fastest growing construction programs in the nation.
"Dr. Hatipkarasulu's commitment to excellence in both curriculum and instruction has led to exponential growth in this program, while other universities are struggling with enrollment," said Maryanne Guido, CEO of Guido Brothers Construction Co., president of the San Antonio Chapter of AGC and founding member of the UTSA Construction Industry Advisory Council. "His positive attitude, tireless efforts and infectious enthusiasm have propelled the UTSA program to unprecedented levels in a very short time."
Hatipkarasulu joined the UTSA faculty in 2009 as the first construction science and management faculty member. He holds a B.S. degree in civil engineering from Cukurova University, Turkey, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.
"It is a great honor to be recognized as an educator," said Hatipkarasulu. "It is also a humbling experience that encourages you to do better every time you enter the classroom."
Founded in 1918, AGC is a full-service national trade association with a nationwide network of chapters representing more than 30,000 firms including 7,500 of America's leading general contractors, nearly 12,500 specialty contractors and more than 13,000 service providers and suppliers. The AGC Foundation was established in 1968 by AGC members with the primary purpose of supporting construction education through scholarships, recognizing outstanding educators, sponsoring an annual student essay competition and providing a wide array of industry-related educational programs.
Since 1985, the AGC Education and Research Foundation annually has recognized an educator who makes a significant mark in the field of construction education. The Outstanding Educator award is based on a nominee's academic contribution as well as his or her work with students outside the classroom and involvement with colleagues in the industry. The San Antonio chapter of AGC was founded in 1923 and serves more than 425 member firms in 19 counties throughout South Texas. AGC San Antonio is a founding member of the UTSA Construction Industry Advisory Council.
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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.
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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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