(March 18, 2013) -- Ed Whitacre, former chairman and CEO of General Motors and chairman emeritus of AT&T Inc., will present the keynote address of the inaugural UTSA College of Engineering Game Changer lecture.
>> The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be 1 p.m., Friday, March 22 in the Main Building Auditorium (0.106) on the UTSA Main Campus.
The new lecture series will present highly successful engineers and community leaders to share their knowledge and experiences with students and others in the university and engineering communities. Whitacre's lecture, "Lessons in Leadership" will touch on his rise to prominence and how, as an engineer, he successfully navigated the business world.>/p>
"Each lecture in this series is meant to inspire students and give them a role model they can use as a guidepost for their own career paths," said Mauli Agrawal, dean of the UTSA College of Engineering. "Mr. Whitacre is known for his diligence, attention to detail and decisive management style, and we are very excited that our students will be able to witness what makes a great leader tick."
A native Texan, Edward E. Whitacre Jr. began his career with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in 1963 as a facility engineer in Lubbock, Texas. Today, he is known worldwide for his leadership at AT&T Inc. and General Motors.
As chairman and CEO of AT&T from 1990 until retiring in June 2007, Whitacre led then-SBC Communications (SBC) on a disciplined growth strategy and rebuilt AT&T into the largest telecommunications company in America and the world. Forbes magazine named AT&T "Company of the Year" for 2006.
Based on his success at AT&T, Whitacre was tapped to be chairman and CEO of General Motors Company (GM), when the new company launched in July 2009. Whitacre overhauled GM's management and brands and within one year of the company declaring bankruptcy, it earned $1.3 billion and prepared to pay back the government's $50 million bailout. He stepped down as CEO of GM in September 2010 and retired as chairman of the board on December 31, 2010.
In recognition of his commitment to business and community, Whitacre was named one of the Top 25 Executives of the Year by BusinessWeek in 2010. He also has earned a number of awards for his contributions to business and civic affairs including the Corporate Leadership Award from the National Minority Supplier Development Council and the Obelisk Leadership Award.
His book, "American Turnaround -- Reinventing AT&T and GM and the Way We Do Business in the USA," written with Leslie Cauley, was released in February 2013. Whitacre graduated from Texas Tech University in 1964 with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering.
For more information, visit the UTSA College of Engineering website.
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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