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UTSA Commencement Close-Up: Kathlene Hurt, College of Engineering

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(Dec. 13, 2013) -- Meet Kathlene Hurt. She's had so many amazing opportunities as an undergraduate computer engineering student at UTSA, she's decided to stick around for a little while longer.

Hurt will graduate this month with a B.S. in computer engineering and start right back at it again as a master's student in computer engineering this spring. Once she finishes graduate school, her goal is to have a career as a processor architect at a company like Samsung. Down the road, she may pursue her love for teaching and research by becoming a college professor. She sees infinite potential in academia.

"The changes I've seen over the four years I've been [at UTSA] have been huge including all the research funding I've been personally impacted by. It's really great to see we're becoming Tier One," she said.

Hurt serves as president of the UTSA chapter of Eta Kappa Nu, an honor society recognizing personal, academic and professional excellence among electrical and computer engineers around the country. She also heads the Electrical and Computer Engineering Learning Lounge, which ensures that any student is able to get tutoring assistance.

One piece of advice that has made a big impact on her life was to take advantage of every opportunity.

"Don't pass anything up," she says. "Even if you fail and it is a disappointment, at least you went for it. Some of the best experiences I've had at UTSA have been kind of a risk going in, but it ended up being worth it."

Electrical and computer engineering professor Eugene John has served as one of Hurt's research mentors during her undergraduate years at UTSA and will continue as her graduate adviser.

"I have seen Kathlene transform from an undergraduate student to a serious researcher," said John. "She is a very hard-working, intelligent, motivated and determined student. In fact, she is one of the best undergraduate students I have ever taught here at UTSA. It will be a joy to have Kathlene as one of my graduate students."


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Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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