(Dec. 11, 2013) -- Meet Michael D. Knoell. He's not your average graduate student.
Employed by the U.S. Navy as an active duty healthcare administrator, Knoell will graduate this month with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree with a concentration in project management after just one year and one semester in the program.
In January, he will begin his new job at the Navy Medicine Information Systems Support Activity (NAVMISSA) right here in San Antonio where he will manage enterprise level IT projects.
"After looking at all the universities in the area, it turned out that the project management-focused M.B.A. here at UTSA clearly beat all the other universities for my needs and my future employers' needs," said Knoell.
In addition to his project management classes, the electives he took allowed him to concentrate on a few additional areas of analytics including big data, that he knows will make a big impact on his career.
He credits his adviser, Tammy McDaniel, for helping him navigate the administrative aspect of the program to complete it so quickly.
"Michael is one of the most positive students I've met, and he put a lot of energy into completing his degree as quickly as he did," said McDaniel. "On average, our M.B.A. students take between two-and-a-half and four years to get their degree."
At age 46, Knoell has traveled around the world through his career in the military including several deployments out to sea and a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan where he managed strategic communications and IT services for the country's preeminent Level I trauma facility.
Father of two children, Knoell is "stoked" to be graduating and starting the next chapter of his life with Navy Medicine. Down the road, he anticipates that he might get the opportunity to work for the newly formed Defense Health Agency.
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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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