(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.
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
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
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
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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