College of Engineering Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee

In cooperation with the UTSA Office of Inclusive Excellence, the UTSA College of Engineering Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee was created to advocate for equality and inclusion of all students, faculty, staff, and university guests on the UTSA Campus. Our mission as representatives of the College of Engineering is to encourage a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion, and allows every person to excel. We strive for a community where respect for diversity and inclusion is ingrained in the fabric of communication, recruitment, hiring, promotion, and retention. 

 

David Akopian, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Inclusive and Research Excellence
Brian Kelley, Ph.D., Chair
Nehal Abu-Lail, Ph.D., Committee Member
Ruben Arciniega, Committee Member
Cayla Jimenez, Committee Member
Julie Paulson, Committee Member
Liang Tang, Ph.D., Committee Member

 

Researchers' nanodisk could restore function for Lou Gehrig's disease patients

To help individuals afflicted by motor neuron disease, UTSA has embarked on revolutionary research that uses magnetic nano-sized disks and magnetic fields to individually modulate functionality to crucial neurons. This research could open the door to reversal of degenerative conditions to restore the quality of life for about 1 million adults across the globe. Read more...

Bizios named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Rena Bizios, Lutcher Brown Chair and professor of biomedical engineering at UTSA, has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
The honor recognizes Bizios for demonstrating a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society. Read more...

Researcher studies osteoporotic bone fractures to rethink treatment

About half of all women in the U.S. will suffer a bone fracture due to osteoporosis. For women, the incidence of this condition is greater than that of heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined. Now, researchers at UTSA have received multimillion-dollar funding to reexamine bone mineral density, a measure of bone fracture risks, and another critical component in bone known as proteoglycans.  Read more...
Additional press coverage can be found at News Medical Life Sciences.

First UTSA students invited to premier NASA competition

For the first time in school history, UTSA engineering students have been invited to participate in the 20th NASA Student Launch competition. Two student organizations in the College of Engineering—the Aeronautics and Rocket Club and Advanced Robotics teams—will join forces to represent the university. Read more...

Exploring space, travel, and colonization at SpaceATX

The University of Texas at San Antonio Professor Arturo Montoya will present on designing and operating resilient deep space habitats that can adapt, absorb and rapidly recover from expected and unexpected disruption. Christopher S. Combs, Dee Howard Endowed Assistant Professor of Aerodynamics at UTSA, will overview the significance of hypersonic flight, from impacts on missions to the Moon and Mars to potential breakthroughs in air travel. Read more...

Undergrad tested his biomedical research skills at an MIT internship

The acceptance rate for MIT is 7.9%. That’s less than one in 10 students who apply and get in. Yet, Favour Obuseh, a junior this fall at UTSA, managed to snag a prestigious research internship position at the highly competitive institution.
At MIT, Obuseh tapped the research experience he gained in a UTSA biomedical engineering lab, where he worked on solutions to help with bone tissue regeneration by building blood vessels in scaffolds. Read more...

SwRI and UTSA collaborate to better understand metal degradation

Southwest Research Institute and The University of Texas at San Antonio are working together to understand the susceptibility of additively manufactured materials to hydrogen embrittlement, a common problem that can lead to mechanical hardware degrading and losing functionality. The project, led by W. Fassett Hickey of SwRI's Mechanical Engineering Division and Brendy Rincon Troconis of UTSA's College of Engineering, is supported by a $125,000 grant from the Connecting through Research Partnerships (Connect) Program. Read more...
Additional press coverage can be found at World Industrial Reporter.

 

Girl code power: Middle schoolers explore STEM during summer camps on the Westside

UTSA is training the next generation of female computer scientists on San Antonio’s Westside.
Through the Girl CodeRunners summer camp, middle school girls are exploring computer programming and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). With fun activities and new friendships, these girls are being empowered to code at an early age. Read more...

Students build battery-powered mobile generator, win $100,000 UTSA contest

The team of engineering and business students earned $100,000 in in-kind donations and technical advice by winning the UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship's annual Student Technology Venture Competition. The group, whose fledging company is called EnVault, will use the prize pool to obtain certifications from governmental organizations, including the United Nations, and to file its full patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Read more...
Additional press coverage can be found at UTSA TodayEurekAlert and Start Up San Antonio.

UTSA's vision for next-generation engineers is to build innovative collaborators

JoAnn Browning, dean of the University of Texas at San Antonio's College of Engineering, wants the next generation of engineers to know that collaboration can yield impressive results.
"Engineers don't work in a vacuum with other engineers [in the business world]. They collaborate with construction project managers, government, and architects," Browning told the Business Journal in an exclusive interview. Read more... 

Computational researchers and oncologists develop protein cancer atlas to accelerate personalized medicine for leukemia patients

Only about one in four people diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) survive five years after the initial diagnosis. To improve that survival rate, researchers at UTSA and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center created an online atlas to identify and classify protein signatures present at AML diagnosis. Read more...
Additional press coverage can be found on ScienceDailyScience Codex, Medical Herald, Clinical OMICs, Biocompare, LabMedica, Medical Health News, and Medical Laboratory Observer

Four UTSA faculty each receive the National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Four UTSA researchers have each been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, totaling $2 million in new research funding for San Antonio’s largest public research university. CAREER Awards, one of the NSF’s most prestigious programs, helps UTSA advance closer to National Research University Fund (NRUF) eligibility. College of Engineering 2019 CAREER Award recipients include: Bing Dong, assistant professor, mechanical engineering; Nikolaos Gatsis, assistant professor, electrical and computer engineering; Teja Guda, assistant professor, biomedical engineering. Read more...
Additional press coverage can be found on San Antonio Business Journal, India West, and EurekAlert.

UTSA researchers track brain health to combat Alzheimer's disease

Researchers at the University of Texas at San Antonio have embarked on an ambitious project that combines behavioral data with cellular testing, work they hope will shed light on the development of diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer's.  The research, called the Quantu Project, seeks to predict the progression of neurodegenerative disease by tracking individuals' day-to-day behaviors and physiological indicators. Read more...

Additional press coverage can be found at KSAT 12, KLRN, Texas Standard, and Texas Public Radio.

Intelligent automation brings benefits for petroleum refining, healthcare, finance, and more

The critical role of industrial safety, and automation's role in modernizing safety practices, took center stage at the Intelligent Automation Week (Dec. 3-6; Austin, TX) with a presentation by Adel Aleaddini, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and Krishnan Krishnaiyer, the director of enterprise business improvement at Marathon Petroleum Corp., entitled "Keep Humans Safe - Predicting Safety Incidents." Read more...

UTSA recognizes faculty for innovation

This year's startup Rehabilit8-TwAS, an alternative treadmill design to be used for rehabilitation, was awarded $50,000 in September for the NSF I-CORPS project. The treadmill design adjusts the stiffness of the walking surface during exercise in hopes to offer an alternative for those in treatment. The principal investigator for the project is Amir Jafari, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at UTSA. Read more...

Unique filament extruder takes top prize at UTSA engineering competition

FilaWorks, one of 40 student-led design teams, won the top prize at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Fall Tech Symposium.  The challenge, sponsored by the UTSA College of Engineering showcased innovative student projects and research across multiple engineering disciplines, preparing participants to launch scalable entrepreneurial ventures. Read more...

Meet a Roadrunner: Abhijit Majumdar is the prototype king

Abhijit Majumdar is an electrical engineering graduate student at UTSA. Not only does he mentor students and teach the fundamentals of robotics, but he also works in the Autonomous Controls Engineering (ACE) Lab on campus which develops capabilities for self-driving vehicles. Read more...

2018 HENAAC Award Winner: Dr. Krystel Castillo

Dr. Krystel Castillo, Director of TSERI, was counted among 27 outstanding scientists, engineers, and other STEM professionals as Great Minds in STEM 2018 HENAAC Award Winners at the 30th Anniversary HENAAC Conference. Read more...

Kiran Bhaganagar elected AIAA Associate Fellow

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) has elected Kiran Bhaganagar, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, to the grade of Associate Fellow. Read more...

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