October 23, 2013
One of the best things about being a university president is having the opportunity to interact with students. Without question, UTSA students are incredibly talented and motivated, and they have great stories to share.
Just the other day, I heard about a UTSA student who is taking advantage of exceptional opportunities while working toward her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. Alyssa Schaefbauer is a 21-year-old Houston native who grew up watching her father build space suits as a NASA engineer. Talk about a hard act to follow.
Alyssa came to UTSA with plans to stay for just one year and then become a Longhorn. But a great opportunity changed everything.
One of our mechanical engineering professors invited her to conduct research in his laboratory. She accepted and joined a team of students researching computational bioengineering.
The students worked with their professor to create a football kicking simulator that can help athletes significantly improve their performance. They even brought one of the UTSA football kickers into the laboratory to make the simulator as realistic as possible. Recently, they filed a patent application for their invention.
Think about that. These undergraduates had the chance to work side-by-side with a top UTSA researcher on a project with tremendous potential for the commercial market. At most universities, that kind of experience wouldn't come until they were graduate students. But at UTSA, they got a top-tier research experience as undergrads.
That opportunity – that access to excellence – transformed Alyssa into a loyal Roadrunner. She realized the opportunities she wanted to pursue were right here at UTSA.
As supporters of UTSA, you are helping to create opportunities for students in every discipline. And your support is changing the course of their lives.
As UTSA continues to recruit top faculty, open top-tier research labs and build a top-tier institution, let's keep in mind the reason why we're all here. We're here for students like Alyssa. We're here to prepare them for successful careers. And we're here to change the world one student at a time.
The University of Texas at San Antonio
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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