(Feb. 25, 2013) -- University of Texas at San Antonio student Paul Martinez has been named one of the 2013 New Faces of Civil Engineering -- College Edition by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Martinez is one of only 10 college students across the nation to receive this recognition.
Martinez, a first-generation college student in his third year in the UTSA civil engineering program, was selected from a field of talented college students nationwide whose academic and extracurricular achievements demonstrate their promise as future engineers and leaders in their profession.
"Paul is not only a very good student but also a natural-born leader," said UTSA civil engineering professor Albert Arroyo.
In addition to being strong academically, Martinez recently was inaugurated as president of the UTSA ASCE chapter and is an active member of the UTSA ASCE Steel Bridge team that won first place at the Texas-Mexico regional steel bridge competition in January. He also is interning at the San Antonio office of Terracon, a national firm of consulting engineers and scientists.
Martinez recently became a member of the UTSA McNair Scholars program, which prepares students for doctoral studies by experiencing graduate work and faculty-led research. As part of the program, Martinez will participate in a 10-week summer research-intensive session, during which he will conduct research on a topic of his choice and work extensively with a faculty mentor.
Additionally, Martinez is a member of the UTSA Wrestling Club and instructs students in wrestling, no-gi jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts as a coach at Evolution Combative Sports in San Antonio.
"To be recognized by ASCE as a future leader in engineering is an honor almost beyond belief for me," said Martinez. "I credit my hard work ethic to my parents. Engineering, just like sports, requires perseverance and a never-give-up mentality."
After high school, Martinez almost joined the Navy out of his desire to serve his country. His cousin, however, who had graduated with an electrical engineering degree, encouraged him to pursue a college degree and study engineering.
"By becoming an engineer, I realized that I could apply science and research to the complexities of today's world and really make an impact on humanity," said Martinez. "In essence, it feels like I'm fulfilling my dream to serve my country by being an engineer."
As an ASCE New Face, Martinez is eligible for selection as ASCE's representative for the national New Faces of Engineering -- College Edition recognition program, sponsored by the National Engineers Week Foundation. If chosen, he will be recognized along with the top students from other engineering disciplines in a national media campaign and receive a $500 cash scholarship from ASCE. The announcement will be made April 1.
Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 140,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. ASCE received its student chapter charter at UTSA in 1989 and has since been one of the most active organizations in the College of Engineering.
The UTSA chapter's goal is to promote interest and participation in civil and environmental engineering by interacting with professionals and faculty as well as facilitating involvement in student team competitions. UTSA ASCE actively participates in regional and national student engineering competitions such as the steel bridge and concrete canoe competitions.
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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