(Nov. 30, 2018) -- FilaWorks, one of 40 student-led design teams, won the top prize at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Fall 2018 Tech Symposium. The challenge, sponsored by the UTSA College of Engineering (COE) showcased innovative student projects and research across multiple engineering disciplines, preparing participants to launch scalable entrepreneurial ventures. The event also included winners from Engineering Senior Design Projects and the second annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) Big Rowdy Idea Competition.
FilaWorks was formed by UTSA students Sarah Robinson, Roberto Orrostieta, Blake Walthall and Jeremy Goldstein. The group created an extruder that turns plastic pellets into various types of filament for 3D printing applications. The team will receive $4,000 in a cash prize.
The second prize at UTSA’s Tech Symposium Competition went to AMU Engineering for its Harch Environment Mass Spectrometry backpack. The product was developed by UTSA students Zachary Roussel, Diane Robertson, Nolan Erickson and Divyaansh Dandona and offers modifiable features, such as CF flanges for universal instrument mounting, portability features such as a light-weight and safety-regulated on-board power supply and an on-board touch screen for GPS location capabilities.
Third place was awarded to TNT Engineering, Chuck Norris, formed by UTSA students Craig Guttierez, Jonathan Delacruz, Eduardo Morales and Erick Rangel. This team developed a tube notching and cutting machine that can be used in the production of handrails and tubular structures.
In all, five competing teams competed in the Big Rowdy Idea competition by delivering seven-minute business pitches.
First place at UTSA’s Big Rowdy Idea OTTRS (Oil Tital Technology Retention System) formed by Nicolas Ballesteros-Velasco,Antonio Terrazas, Alex Groves and Jesus Almanza. Created an engineered mechanism that uses oil separating technology and other oil collection devices that can assist response teams when cleaning up large amount of oil spills in the ocean. Awarded $24,400 in cash, investments and services.
Second place was awarded to C-CAM Technologies for developing a novel oxygen-blowby intubation device that will decrease intubation failures. Formed by UTSA students Albert Keam, Caleb Haeussler, Carlo Castaneda and Matthew Burgess. Awarded $11,600 in cash, investments, and services.
Third place was awarded to Daedalus for developing a new weapon detection software system using CCTV technology that will improve security and police response time. Formed by UTSA students Allen Herrera, Justice Montes, Miles Martinez and Rembrandt Bukowski. Awarded $10,950 in cash, investments and services.
Established in 2007 and held annually, the competition offers UTSA undergraduates in business, science and engineering with an opportunity to build a technology, patent it, create a business around it and launch it in a rigorous incubator program. The top three teams have access to win cash prizes and in-kind services to launch their new companies.
Since the competition's inception, two winning teams from previous competitions, Leto Solutions and Invictus Medical, have demonstrated steady progress toward commercializing their products. Along with Novothelium and Vertipro are among those companies that advance further past the CITE competition. A previous winner, InfraVein, has since received a $50,000 NSF grant to commercialize their product.
The Fall 2018 Symposium also featured a poster competition for Design I students. The top three winners were Daniel Mendez, Joel Gomez, Stanley Nzeadible and Juan Garduno, Wise Guys, Roof Fastening Cart; Daniel Mancera, Javier Gonzalez, and Yenjea Jung, DYS Solutions, Short Box; and Victoria Wahlen, Sabrina Hamdan Shepard, Jordan Traxler and Karen Aradillaz, Bug Off, Insect Elimination Device. Each team will receive $1,000, respectively.
“During this semester long, experiential learning program, the students learn the process of starting a technology company following the lean startup methodology, which includes business and technical concepts,”, said Diego Capeletti, Center Coordination of UTSA College of Engineering. “The students can apply this methodology to any entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial project in the future. The students also improve their soft skills, including their ability to pitch to investors and to professionally communicate with business mentors.”
Through the month of February, the UTSA community is invited to join student organizations, colleges and departments at events that commemorate the African American people, places and events that have paved the way for racial equality.Various locations
Diploma Dash is a fast, certified 5k course for runners and a scenic route around Main Campus for walkers, strollers and dogs! There are individual and team prizes. Benefits UTSA students through the UTSA Alumni Association scholarship program.UTSA Main Campus
Enjoy music, food and socializing during this fundraising event benefiting the San Antonio Symphony League for the Youth Concert Series and the ITC for its ongoing educational mission.UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
UTSA Libraries will host Robert Rico, M.P.A., Department of Criminal Justice, for his presentation "Restorative Justice: A Relational Approach to Civic Discourse." Pizza will be provided to students while supplies last.Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 2.309), Downtown Campus
Spend an evening stirring your curiosity during these monthly talks featuring some of UTSA’s most renowned faculty, and learn how the latest research in their fields applies to our daily lives. This month's speaker is Francine Romero, UTSA associate professor and associate dean of the College of Public Policy.The Historic Guadalupe Theatre, 1301 Guadalupe St., San Antonio
Meet with 60+ representatives from Texas and out-of-state schools to get information on becoming a competitive health professions applicant and information about the application and transition process.Student Union Denman Ballroom (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
UTSA master's of fine arts student Lauren Riojas-Fitzpatrick showcases her thesis through an art exhibit.Terminal 136, 136 Blue Star, San Antonio
Hundreds of students, faculty, staff and alumni will roll up their sleeves to volunteer at nearly 20 service agencies throughout San Antonio.Convocation Center, Main Campus and service projects throughout San Antonio
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