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UTSA students to show off their big ideas at Fall 2017 Tech Symposium

UTSA students to show off their big ideas at Fall 2017 Tech Symposium

(Nov. 27, 2017) -- More than 30 student teams from The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Engineering will present their projects and ideas for a chance to win cash prizes at the Fall 2017 Tech Symposium from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28 in the H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104) on the UTSA Main Campus. The competition, a snapshot of the university’s discovery ecosystem, will showcase projects and research that students have been working on throughout their senior year.

“We’re excited to show our project at the Tech Symposium so everyone attending can see the work we’ve put together,” said Stephen Kapp, UTSA engineering senior and team leader for the Highlander Technology team. “We want the satisfaction of answering people when they ask, ‘Are you sure it’s going to work?’ and being able to say ‘Yes, we’ll prove it right here.’”

The senior design teams will display their technologies and talk about their designs from 9 a.m. to noon while judges assess their work. They will compete for cash prizes of $4,000, $3,000 and $2,000.

In another category of the competition, students will present their research on posters featuring early stage electrical, computer and mechanical engineering senior design projects. The top three students will earn $1,000 each. The awards presentation begins at 2:15 p.m.

In conjunction with the Tech Symposium, the UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) will be holding its “What’s your Big Rowdy Idea?” Business Model Competition. This competition, open to all UTSA students, faculty and staff, prepares them to launch scalable ventures while simultaneously pursuing their degree program at UTSA. CITE will offer a first place prize of $5,000 cash and $5,000 investment, second place prize of $1,500, and a third place prize of $1,000. Additionally, all winners will be offered in-kind services to help start their scalable new ventures.

These biannual showcases provide a public venue giving students a chance to present their innovative projects and research to the university community, family members, representatives from industry and government, and the general public. The opportunity to network with professionals from the San Antonio engineering community, which could lead to job opportunities, provides students with an added benefit.

At last year’s spring 2017 Tech Symposium, the first place winner, Team Halberd, developed a device to detect and prevent the formation of pressure ulcers in immobilized patients. The winner of the CITE competition, Team Chiron, developed ColdClot, a hemostatic wound bandage that combines hemostatic gauze, super absorbent polymers, and an endothermic reaction to reduce overall rate of bleeding across a large wound surface area.

“My favorite thing about the Tech Symposium is being able to talk to our senior design students about the engineering innovations that they have been working on throughout the semester,” said JoAnn Browning, dean of the UTSA College of Engineering. “Our students work countless hours on their designs, and it is so gratifying to see them demonstrating their projects to not only friends and families, but to leaders in the industry and members of the local business community."

- Monica Sierra

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