Bird's-eye View



• Drones under water, on land, and in air are learning to communicate and coordinate with each other.
• Theater students take shows into community for performances at primary schools.
• Students broaden their educational horizons via international study program.

UTSA’s Autonomous Control Engineering Center includes a lab for underwater drone testing.

By Land, Sea, Air

With a new location for UTSA’s Autonomous Control Engineering Center that includes a lab for underwater drone testing, College of Engineering professor Mo Jamshidi and his students in the electrical and computer engineering department are steps closer to creating an autonomous drone army for the land, sea, and air. The drones would all communicate with each other and interact accordingly, so a drone in the air could react to what a drone in the sea is doing. Much of the work on this underwater drone has been done by Australian Ph.D. student Ben Champion, the fourth Australian doctoral student to come to UTSA through a 10-year partnership between the ACE Center, Jamshidi, and Deakin University in Melbourne.

UTSA Lyric Theatre’s Opera on the Run program

The Arts on the Go

Each summer as part of the UTSA Lyric Theatre’s Opera on the Run program, a small cadre of students, faculty, and staff travel to elementary schools to give kids a glimpse into the world of opera. This year’s 40-minute version of Little Red Riding Hood was performed more than 30 times at 20 different San Antonio schools. Nationally recognized, Opera on the Run has performed for close to 200,000 students and has become so popular that there’s a waiting list. Roadrunners and the public can see the Lyric Theatre and UTSA orchestra each spring when they present a fully staged opera, operetta, or musical in either the Downtown or Main Campus.

Students Without Borders

Students Without Borders

Kristiana Paman ’15 snapped this photo at the Buddhist temple Wat Arun, which sits along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand. After she and a friend climbed the temple’s steps they looked back to see two monks gazing out across the river toward the city.

Each year UTSA sends hundreds of students to more than 35 countries in study abroad programs. Find out more about the international opportunities available at the fall study abroad fair on September 8 in Sombrilla Plaza. And for more photos from fellow Roadrunners be sure to check out Sombrilla Magazine’s inaugural all-digital issue in November, in which we’ll have an interactive feature on reasons to study abroad.


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