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Reflections: UTSA Engineering celebrates 30 years of teaching, research

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From left are Alberto Arroyo, C. Mauli Agrawal and Amir Karimi at the UTSA College of Engineering 30th anniversary celebration.

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(Dec. 3, 2012) -- 2012 marks the 30th anniversary of the UTSA engineering program, one that has changed the face of UTSA and put San Antonio on the map in attracting industry. In 1982, engineering split from the College of Sciences and Mathematics to become its own division, and, for the first time, the university offered a four-year, undergraduate engineering degree.

Today, the UTSA College of Engineering is the fastest growing engineering program in Texas and is making great strides in providing world-class education and research opportunities to the region's multicultural community and beyond.

Civil engineering professor Alberto Arroyo and mechanical engineering professor Amir Karimi led the first engineering classes on the UTSA campus in 1982 and are still on the faculty today.

"I have devoted the last 30 years to my students and to the development of the engineering program," said Arroyo. "I feel proud to have been part of a group of pioneering faculty who were able to envision and plan the creation of the graduate programs and change our university from a teaching institution to a research institution."

"Graduates of the engineering program have made major contributions to the economic development of the San Antonio region, the state and the nation," said Karimi. "It is a great joy to see that your former students have succeeded in their professional careers."

Mario Gonzalez played an integral role in the engineering division's formative years as its first director. "There were so many outstanding faculty then, just as there are now." reflects Gonzalez. "UTSA has grown enormously. Without engineering, the university would not be what it is today."

Current dean C. Mauli Agrawal is similarly proud of the accomplishments of the college and is focused on leading UTSA toward Tier One status. In fact, Agrawal was recently appointed to a new UT System Task Force on Engineering Education for Texas in the 21st Century that will determine the current state of engineering degree programs in Texas, study current and future demand for engineers, and identify strategies that will foster student success in the field of engineering while supporting the economic growth across the state.

The San Antonio metro area is one of the fastest growing in the nation and with growth comes demand for engineers from various disciplines.

"There is no question that Texas leads the country in economic strength and San Antonio plays a large part in this," said Agrawal. "It is important that UTSA develops highly capable engineering leaders to meet not only the demand created from new business, but also to create a lasting impact to our community's quality of life."

>> Read more about the UTSA College of Engineering's 30-year history in the anniversary issue of "Innovations."

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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Aug. 4, 6 - 8 p.m.

Free Teacher Tuesday: Los Tejanos Workshop

Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 6, 5 - 7 p.m.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

6th Annual Texas Higher Education Symposium

This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
Downtown Campus

Aug. 9, 12 - 5 p.m.

Vaquerocation 2015

This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.

Aug. 17, 11:30 p.m.

Midnight Light

Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus

Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Plaza

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus

Aug. 18, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

President's BBQ on the Lawn

Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus

Aug. 22, 6 p.m.

UTSA Alumni Gala

The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.


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