(July 30, 2012) -- More than 1,300 middle and high school students will participate in the closing ceremony for the 34th San Antonio Prefreshman Engineering Program (SA-PREP). Chris Nielsen, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas Inc. (TMMTX) in San Antonio will provide the keynote address at 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 31 in the Convocation Center at the UTSA Main Campus.
Founded in 1979 at The University of Texas at San Antonio by mathematics professor Manuel Berriozabal, the seven-week summer program encourages students, especially minorities and females, to pursue careers in the STEM fields -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Ninety-eight percent of the students who complete one summer of SA-PREP go on to enroll in college. Three-fourths of last year's participants were minorities.
"I am honored to speak at this summer's PREP closing assembly," said Nielsen. "PREP challenges the minds of our young people to become the engineers of tomorrow."
As president of TMMTX, Nielsen oversees a plant that assembles Tundra and Tacoma pick-up trucks and employs more than 2,800 team members. Before his current role, Nielsen served as vice president of purchasing, vehicle parts and materials for Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America in Erlanger, Ky. His responsibilities included approving vehicle parts and materials procurement as well as supplier production preparation. The plant supports Toyota's growing research and development, engineering and manufacturing operations in North America.
In 2003, as chief production manager, Nielsen led the overall manufacturing preparation for the Tundra and Sequoia vehicles and the establishment of TMMTX. He joined Toyota in 1987 as a buyer at the Georgetown, Ky., plant and progressed through a series of positions in purchasing. He was the first American to participate in the management expatriation program, a yearlong management development assignment with Toyota Motor Corp. in Japan.
Nielsen earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from Kettering University in Flint, Mich. A native of Warren, Mich., Nielsen serves on the board of trustees for Kettering University and chair of the Southwest Minority Supplier Development Council advisory board.
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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