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UTSA Engineers Without Borders project in Peru

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(June 6, 2012) -- This summer, the UTSA student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-UTSA) will take its third trip to the earthquake stricken area of Viña Vieja, Peru, to support its ongoing effort to provide access to clean drinking water for those living in the region. The primary goal of the Viña Vieja water project is to facilitate the construction of a reliable, locally sourced water system owned and operated by the residents.

The EWB-UTSA conducted an assessment trip last spring and established the main objectives of the project. Beyond the construction and operation of a universal water system for the 110 families in the community, EWB-UTSA will assist with the election of a water system committee and educate the residents so they are able to sustain the work completed by the EWB-UTSA.

"Through the assessment trip, we definitely saw the need for our help in improving the overall quality of life for the people of Viña Vieja," said Steven Byers, UTSA civil engineering major and EWB-UTSA design lead. "We have been lucky enough to have support of the Texas Partners of the Americas, Peru Partners of the Americas and the UT Health Science Center San Antonio in our efforts."

The EWB-UTSA chapter was established in 2007 and has student members from multiple disciplines including mechanical and civil engineering, finance and geology. Together with their faculty adviser Heather Shipley, a UTSA assistant professor in the College of Engineering, and professional mentors John Joseph and Ann Marie Spexet, the members are involved in design, fundraising and outreach.

"Through the design and implementation of sustainable engineering projects, our students are making a significant impact on an entire community," said Shipley. "At UTSA, we make a point of encouraging our students to take their knowledge beyond the classroom and apply it for the betterment of communities -- whether it be at a local, national or international level.

For more information on how to support the group's mission, visit the UTSA Engineers Without Borders website.

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

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.

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