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John P. Jordan Jr.

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(June 26, 2012) -- John P. Jordan Jr. from Corpus Christi, Texas, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Louise and Michael Beldon Doctoral Scholarship.

Jordan's interest in engineering began in the fourth grade. "I received a K'NEX building set for Christmas," he said. "With a completion height of over five feet, the Big Ball Factory stood taller than me. I was fascinated by the design and construction."

Today, Jordan's interests have evolved beyond construction sets to biomechanics. He hopes to use his skills to help cancer patients.

Jordan has already made substantial contributions to the fight against cancer through research and practical application. He was invited to present his thesis research, "Simulation-Based Design and Optimization of Surgical Device for Lymphatic Tissue Removal in Humans," at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Additionally, he worked with an oncological urologist, Robert Svateck, to design an efficient surgical device.

"Surgeons have certain needs in the operation room that they cannot pursue because of the lack of resources and free time," said Jordan. "Dr. Svateck believes it [the device] will allow him to ultimately save more lives."

Jordan earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from Texas A&M University at Kingsville in 2008 and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from UTSA in 2012. He currently works in the UTSA SiViRT Computation Center under the direction of Yusheng Feng, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering.

Jordan will begin his doctoral program in fall 2012. According to Jordan, the choice to pursue a doctorate in mechanical engineering at UTSA was simple because of the great research opportunities, renowned faculty, high-tech laboratories and the collaborations with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

"Based on what professionals have described, having a Ph.D. allows you to work on the cutting edge of research. That is what I strive for," said Jordan. "I understand the Beldon scholarship is a highly prestigious award, and I am honored to be selected. It is outstanding that dedication and rigorous work at UTSA is recognized and rewarded, and I am extremely thankful for this opportunity."

Michael Beldon and his wife Louise Beldon are longtime San Antonio residents, serving on various boards and volunteering for community causes. They created the merit-based scholarship in 2007, which provides $5,000 to a Texas resident entering a UTSA doctoral program. Michael is chairman and CEO of Beldon Enterprises, a third-generation, family-owned commercial roofing business.



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

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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.
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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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