(July 2, 2012) -- Heather Shipley, UTSA assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, has been awarded the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) New Faculty in Teaching Award. The award was established by the ASCE Excellence in Civil Engineering Education (ExCEEd) project and the ASCE Committee on Faculty Development to recognize and reward outstanding new faculty with five years or less of teaching experience. UTSA civil engineering student Jessica George nominated Shipley for the award.
"It is truly an honor to be recognized for this award," said Shipley. "Having an opportunity to have an impact on my students is what it is all about for me. I am committed to creating a learning environment that is both rigorous and engaging and empowers students to learn and apply it to their community."
Shipley is a graduate of Rice University where she earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil and environmental engineering and was a recent nominee for the University of Texas Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award. She joined the UTSA faculty in 2007. Three years later, she was named an American Society of Civil Engineering ExCEEd Fellow and received the North American SETAC Travel Endowment Award. She currently is a reviewer for journals such as Environmental Science and Technology, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and Chemosphere and served as the faculty adviser for the UTSA chapter of Engineers without Borders.
The ASCE was founded in 1852 and represents more than 140,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide. It is America's oldest national engineering society. The organization's mission is to provide essential value to its members and partners, advance civil engineering and serve the public good.
As the fasting growing engineering college in Texas, the UTSA College of Engineering provides world-class engineering education and research opportunities to the region's diverse community, the nation and beyond. Students are prepared for lifelong learning and careers in the engineering profession and research leading to innovative technologies.
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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