College of Engineering Student Support

The College of Engineering and Integrated Design Student Success Center is here to support our students, both virtually and in person. Please reach out to us at COE.StudentSuccess@utsa.edu or visit our office in the Engineering Building (EB 3.04.04)

RESOURCE TABS

Ask your professor and/or TA for help early. Visit their office hours or check in with them before or after class.

If you are struggling, let your professor know your situation as well as where you are in their class. This is a good time to give gratitude towards their efforts in the classroom. It is also helpful to bring in specific problems or assignments that you are struggling with to aid them in answering your questions. Here are some example questions you can ask:

  • What can I do to bring my grade up in this short time?
  • Is there extra credit?
  • Could you give me an extension on certain H.W's?
  • Will you drop a test?
  • Can you curve a test?
  • Is it possible for me to pass your class before the school year is over?
  • Will you give extra credit for the course evaluation?

Helpful Skills

  • SolidWorks
  •  Python
  • Arduino
  • Cloud Computing
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Google Suite
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • MATLAB
  • AutoCAD
  • 3D printing software

Learning Resources

 

  • Check or ask your advisor if you can get any prerequisite classes done in the summer, so you
    can enroll in some of your core classes in the fall.
  • If you see an error message while registering for a class, check the days of the week for the section you chose. For example,
    • General Chemistry exams are typically given on Fridays. so, if you see an error message while registering for the class it may be because you do not have the Friday section for the class.
  • Check financial & registration holds: Check on ASAP whether you have any financial or registration holds. You can contact financial aid or your advising office for assistance to clear holds.
  • Have a plan B for some of the classes you want to take in the fall and check with your adviser
    to see if your plan B will still keep you on track and not slow you down.
  • Plan ahead when you can. You can check degree works.
  • Ask questions whenever you are confused no matter how simple they may sound.
  • Read the text book the night before on the lecture that will be taught tomorrow
  • Study or look at your notes 30 mins right after class
  • Go to the professors office hours
  • Go to the TA's office hours
  • Speak to the professor about your situation if you are falling behind.
  • Ask for extra credit opportunities
  • Start a study group or get with one
  • Ask for an extension on missed H.W
  • Create a daily checklist the night before
  • Find some type of accountability system that works for you, where you will get the work done.

FAQ

General Questions

  • Career services: resume reviews, mock interviews, internships, and networking
  • UG Research: undergraduate research applications are sent out each semester, and undergraduate students can work on various projects with a faculty mentor
  • Student Orgs: we help organize events and provide support to engineering student organizations
  • Recruitment: provide tours and information for prospective students
  • Engineering Ambassador program

The Student Success Center helps students with professional development, career planning, and engineering-related events and organizations. Advisors assist with degree planning, navigating academic resources, and academic progress. The Advising Center is currently supporting students virtually and in person at the new SSC building between the McKinney Humanities and North Paseo buildings and can be reached at 210-458-4900 or EngineeringAdvising@utsa.edu

For more information on advising, please visit: https://www.utsa.edu/advising/index.html.

Please contact us or come into the Student Success Center to reserve space for student organization meetings or guest speakers, tabling, or other similar purposes. If you need to borrow tables & chairs or tablecloths, please ask for assistance at the Student Success Center. To make a reservation come by our office, call, or email

COE SSC spaces:

  • Student org room (EB 2.04.12)
  • Programming room A (EB 2.04.26A)
  • Programming room B (EB 2.04.25B)
  • EB 2nd floor Hallway

You can view the College of Engineering Student Success Center’s website here: https://engineering.utsa.edu/ssc/

Student Success Center E-mail: coe.studentsuccess@utsa.edu

The CEID SSC office is located on the 3rd floor of the Engineering Building, EB 3.04.04, (just to the right of Mechanical Engineering)

Undergrad Research

An email will be sent out at the beginning of each semester (Fall, Spring and Summer) with the application form and instructions. Fill out the application and have your Faculty Mentor complete their portion of the form, complete with signatures.

Deadlines for each semester are included in the email sent out to undergraduate engineering students.

A $1000 stipend is awarded to students accepted into the COE undergraduate research program, paid in two payments of $500 during the semester. Stipend requests are processed through the Business Service Center, then forwarded to the Stipends office. Stipends are scheduled to be paid at the beginning of October and December for Fall, and at the beginning of March and May for Spring. 

Faculty mentors are assigned, and can be looked up in Degreeworks. You can do your undergraduate research with any professor, it doesn’t necessarily have to be your assigned Faculty Mentor. Faculty members will assign you a project to work on based on your major & area of interest. Engineering faculty for each department can be found at: https://engineering.utsa.edu/ (look under Department, then Faculty & Staff).

Student Organizations

You can look up student organizations in RowdyLink by searcher and then request to join: https://rowdylink.utsa.edu/organizations

Student organizations and contact information is also listed here: https://engineering.utsa.edu/ssc/student-orgs/

For more information on student organizations, please contact Keri Axelrod: keri.axelrod@utsa.edu or 210-458-5195.

You can choose an organization or multiple organizations based on your major, interests, and what you want to do with your engineering career. For example, a mechanical engineering major could choose IEEE if they’re interested in robotics, or ASME, or any others that relate to their area.

The College of Engineering Ambassador Program is a leadership program for undergraduate engineering students. Students assist with on-campus events, recruitment, and robotics programs at nearby schools. Students must apply, interview and be accepted into the program, have a 3.0 GPA, and complete required service hours. For their time, students receive a stipend each semester.  

For more information on the Ambassador Program, please contact Jennifer McDaniel at Jennifer.McDaniel@utsa.edu or 210-458-6498

 

Internships

There are multiple opportunities for internships, and postings are emailed out regularly. Various engineering companies recruit UTSA students.

For more information on internships, please contact Ruben Mercado at Ruben.Mercado@utsa.edu or 210-458-6882. or visit: https://engineering.utsa.edu/ssc/internship-and-co-ops/ 

Yes, talk with your Advisor and fill out the appropriate form. 

https://www.utsa.edu/advising/advisor/engineering.html

Career & Professional Development

WIN Wednesday (Work, Intern, Network) is a series of workshops and seminars for engineering students. Through the WIN series, engineering students can build their soft and technical skills, and connect with industry professionals. It is open to all engineering students and includes free lunch! For more information, visit: https://engineering.utsa.edu/ssc/professional-development/

The COE Student Success Center provides resume reviews for engineering students. You can ask for assistance with your resume and get tips for improving it and including engineering related experience and activities. We also offer mock interviews and advice on cover letters. You can make an appointment or ask for Ruben Mercado when you come in.

Our resume drop-ins are on Tuesdays at 2 - 4 pm in the Student Org Room (EB 2.04.12), provided by Jeff Patten with the Career Center. You can also get assistance from Career Center: https://careercenter.utsa.edu/

Events

Events are typically posted by the COE SSC or the student orgs in RowdyLink: https://utsa.campuslabs.com/engage/events

Upcoming events are included in our CEID weekly student update, and posted on our social media channels: Twitter @UTSACenter and Instagram: @coessc.socialmedia

Events can be created in RowdyLink. You can also contact Keri Axelrod for assistance with your event. 

You are welcome to come to the COE SSC office to ask about upcoming events, or to request assistance with planning an event. We typically send out event information via email and by posting flyers in the engineering buildings (BSE, EB, and AET).

Academics

The College of Engineering has two tutoring centers housed in the Engineering Building. Tutoring sessions are offered Monday-Friday in a variety of courses and no appointment is necessary. Currently, our tutoring center is offering remote learning. For more information visit: https://engineering.utsa.edu/ssc/tutoring/ 

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