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S PECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST :
W HEN THE D UST S ET TLES E XPLOSIVE G ROWTH ON UT C AMPUSES
Upon return from Winter Break, you were sure to notice significant construction activity in all corners of our school-yard. This is status quo for most of our Orange cousins at other UT System facilities across the State. A recent report from the UT Office of Planning and Construction indicates $3.9B worth of current and active construction projects at UT System schools; 11% of which belong to our Alma Mater, at just over $400M in all phases of development (design, construction, and substantially complete). Of the 13 schools tracked, we are 2nd in line to UT Austin only, who has $1B worth of active projects. If you include UTHSC (undergoing ~$400M worth of upgrades itself), San Antonio catches up even faster (see http:// www.utsystem.edu/FPC/ CurrentProjects.htm). Much visible are the fruits of UT leadership decisions, which have slated us to receive the following improvements:
Recreation and Wellness Center Upgrades University Center: Phase III Expansion
Laurel Village Housing: Phase II Expansion Thermal Energy Plant And Garage And a new $74M engineering building which is in the design phase. When the dust settles, these projects will add more that 350,000 SF to UTSA facilities. Visit Construction updates at: http://facilities.utsa.edu/ constupdates.htm
Since the fall of 2000, total enrollment at Texas public and private institutions has increased by 21 percent. More than a million people in the state are now pursuing college degrees (SABJ, 11 July 06).
the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board recently approved our 20th Doctoral Program. The new degree is a marketing concentration in business administration, to be housed in the College of Business. The Vision. "As an emerging research university, UTSA is committed to educating the scholars and business leaders who will help ensure that Texas is a leader in the global, knowledge-based economy of the 21st century." - UTSA President Ricardo Romo. Submitted by ACG, 03 Feb 07
Expansion of UT System Facilities Many thanks to Dr. Hogenauer Next week is E-Week! A letter from President George Bush Texas A&M is coming to town Technology and Featured Job Announcements
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And as they say, “If you build it ... they will come.”
G RANTS AND S CHOLARSHIPS
This is an exciting time of unprecedented growth for our University. New facilities are attracting and enabling explosive academic growth, evident at UTSA;
TCEQ AND E-W EEK
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Architectural rendition of completed University Center upgrades
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T O Y OUR C OMMITTED S ERVICE
D R . D AN H OGENAUER A NNOUNCES H IS R ETIREMENT F ROM 30+ Y EARS OF T EACHING
Dear Members of EESE, I want to thank you all for allowing me to be a part of your enterprise and excitement, for letting me participate in your plans and your projects. In fact, I have been involved with graduate education at UTSA for over thirty-one years. And so it is now my time to
step down … [I’ve] packed my kit and caboodle and retired. I have no idea whether there is a category in EESE for retired folks, but I would like to continue to get your Newsletter and to follow your collective progress. Keep the faith, Dan Received: 23 January 2007
Civil Engineering Engineering Ethics Engineering Education
I NDEBTED T HANKS , S IR . T ESTAMENT FROM A F ORMER S TUDENT .
Many moons ago, I took EGR 2203 from an interesting young professor: Dr. Dan Hogenauer.
found ourselves immersed in a rigorous study of matrix algebra, materials, and vector calculus. It was an exciting time.
Before class, Dr. Hogenauer would occasionally grace us with captivating stories of his weekend’s adventures. At that time, he and a group from the Bexar Grotto were exploring submerged sections of one of the longest cave systems in Texas: Honey Creek Cave.
The enthusiasm and zest, the concern he carried for his students, and well-administered discipline … fueled in us the desire to persevere in a curriculum that offered few and far-off rewards.
But … (on the clock) when the short hand showed eight, and the long hand was straight upand-down … it was game time!
I should be ashamed that I’ve never conveyed this fact to Dr. Hogenauer in person … but meeting him is one of the reasons I continued my education (and am still learning today).
Formally, Dr. H was teaching Statics … but we students
Thousands of engineers across the globe carry and implement
tools passed on by this man. Dr. Hogenauer’s service currently enables, through his former students, the solving of complex problems ... building of civil nations … and teaching. His students will, in turn, perpetuate the engineering craft to innumerable future generations. In response to his message (above): we’d be honored to include Dr. Hogenauer on future newsletter distributions. We also hope he’ll take an occasional break from caving and traveling the world to drop in at school or at our EESE meetings. We are indebted. Thank you, sir. - Submitted by: Andrew Gayley
“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” - Sir Isaac Newton, 05 February 1675 Letter to Robert Hooke
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F OUR $1,000 AIPG SCHOLARSHIPS AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL GEOLOGISTS
Geologist. The subject of the article must be related to a timely professional issue.
Up to four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to declared undergraduate geological sciences majors who are at least sophomores. Scholarships are to be used to support tuition and/or room and board.
American Institute of Professional Geologists Attn: Education Committee Chr. 1400 W. 122nd Ave., Suite 250 Westminster, CO 80234 For questions regarding the application process call (303) 412-6205 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants must: Submit a letter of interest, proof of enrollment, and an original one-page essay on why the applicant wants to become a geologist Each student who is awarded a scholarship will agree to prepare a professional article for publication in The Professional
We’re on the web at: www.aipg.org
Competence. Integrity. Ethics.
- Submitted by: Jim Clary, PG Program Manager at CH2MHILL. Thanks Jim!
AIR FORCE NAMES ENVIRONMENTAL WINNERS 12/20/2006 - WASHINGTON, AFPN
The Air Force Civil Engineer announced the winners of the Gen. Thomas D. White Environmental Awards for 2006. Maj. Gen. Del Eulberg named nine installations and one individual as winners of this year's awards. The 2006 winners are:
Environmental Quality Award: - Tinker Air Force Base, OK - Bangor International Airport - Misawa Air Base, Japan Restoration Award: - Dover Air Force Base, DE Pollution Prevention Award: - Luke Air Force Base, AZ - Tinker Air Force Base, OK Natural Resources Conservation Award: - Arnold Air Force Base, TN
National Environmental Policy Act: - Seymour-Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. Cultural Resources Management Award: - Mr. Gary M. O'Donnell (individual) - Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii - Eglin Air Force Base, FL A ceremony and reception to honor the Air Force winners will take place at the Pentagon on April 19.
The winners are eligible for the Secretary of Defense environmental awards and will goforward as the Air Force nominees. To their credit, the Air Force also previously captured three of nine Secretary of Defense environmental awards in 2005. Congratulations are in order. - from the Air Force Portal Website
Air Force Environmental Programs are managed from AFCEE Headquarters at Brooks City-Base
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NINE UNIVERSITIES TEAM UP ON BORDER ISSUES (From Texas A&M Engineering Website)
TUCSON - Nine research universities in Southwest border states announced the formation of the Southwest Border Security Consortium, an alliance that will develop and promote scientific and policy solutions to issues affecting the U.S.-Mexico border region. “The SBSC is a collaboration of universities with unique expertise and a broad range of assets that can be leveraged to address the challenges facing the public and private sectors on both sides of our border,” said Elyse Golob, director of The University of Arizona’s Office of Economic and Policy Analysis. “We expect this consortium to be a national asset in security research, education and training.” SBSC member institutions are Arizona State University, The University of Arizona, New Mexico State University, New Mexico Tech, The University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, Texas A&M Engineering, The University of Texas at El Paso and The University of Texas at San Antonio. “As state universities located in these four border states, we have a deep-rooted commitment to the safety and prosperity of our region,” said Robert Silver, senior strategic director at New Mexico State University’s Physical Science Laboratory. “This strategic collaboration will enable us to use our collective resources in an integrated, seamless approach to research and development, testing and evaluation, and training. We also will be able to interface with Mexican stakeholders on border issues.” Capabilities of the SBSC institutions span a broad range of areas relevant to border and homeland security issues, including:
Agricultural and supply-chain security
Behavioral and social aspects of terrorism and counterterrorism
Bioscience, biotechnology and public health
Critical infrastructure and natural resources protection
Cyber and information security
Detection and surveillance
Educational outreach, training and technical as-
Emergency management and response
Energetic materials research and testing
Intelligent transportation design and traffic surveillance
Multimodal transportation security
Regional and cultural issues
Transborder economic, legal, political, policy and trade issues
Social modeling and analysis
Bob Welty, director of homeland security projects for the San Diego State University Research Foundation, said this wide array of capabilities will allow the SBSC to take a leadership role in providing solutions to border security issues at the local, state, regional and national levels. “Through this consortium, the expertise of these nine research universities can be focused on providing quickresponse analysis and solutions to technical and policy challenges,” Welty said. Lawson Magruder, executive director of the Institute for the Protection of American Communities at UTSA, said the SBSC expects to play a national leadership role in addressing border issues by offering a comprehensive, multi-institutional set of capabilities to relevant agencies such as the U.S. departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Energy and Transportation. “The issues are complex and by no means limited to security concerns,” he said. “Maintaining a free flow of commerce, sustaining our natural resources, addressing the unique health and educational needs of our border region - these are concerns on both sides of the international boundary. By drawing on the resources and expertise of nine research universities located in the border region, we believe we can become a leading resource on these issues.” The SBSC also will serve as a national clearinghouse for information on border security issues and conduct seminars, workshops and conferences.
For more information, contact Bill Stockton, (979) 8459947, email@example.com
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G EAR R OBOTICS : G ET E NGAGED IN T ECHNOLOGY ! From: Pam Colby
GEAR Mission –
The GEAR 2006 pilot program was a huge success! SA BEST is proud to announce the return of this innovative and worthwhile program for elementary and middle school students.
In today's world, science and technology are at the forefront and are a major driving force in our economy. It is vital that students understand how these fields help shape the world.
This program is possible because of the support from all of you. Thank you for contributing to the development of San Antonio’s next generation of Engineers! Pam
The answer to today's problems (medical, environmental, technological, etc.) will be solved by the next generation of scientists and engineers. College enrollment trends in the U.S. indicate that there is a significant drop in students enrolling in engineering, science and technology related fields. Research indicates that students perceive these fields as too difficult and involves extensive course studies. GEAR was created in order to foster interest among school aged (mainly primary schools) students in the fields of engineering and science. More importantly we want to show our youth that these fields can be a fun and rewarding career option.
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CPS Energy has three Engineering and Science type positions:
Environmental Lab Technician
GIS Support Analyst
Power Plant Engineer Learn more at: http://
The challenges are designed to make students think at a higher level and show them how everyday math and science apply to the real word in the relative safety of a classroom lab environment. Throughout the challenge students are exposed to various aspects of design and engineering principles, as well as, gain valuable time management, team leadership, and problem solving skills. Critical thinking and conflict resolution also play a major role It is vital that today's youth understand how science and technology are shaping the world of tomorrow. After all the future of our country’s economy will depend on a skilled and technologically literate workforce. - gearrobotics.org
( S UBMITTED BY P AM C OLBY . T HANKS P AM !)
The National Science Foundation is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Program Director or Associate Program Director for the EarthScope Program within the Division of Earth Sciences (EAR), Directorate for Geosciences (GEO). Qualifications Required: Ph.D. in Earth Sciences or a closely related field 6 or more years of experience (for Program Director) 4 or more years of experience (for Associate) Learn more at: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2007/
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SPACE S UMMER GIS W ORKSHOPS SPATIAL PERSPECTIVES ON ANALYSIS FOR CURRICULUM ENHACEMENT About the SPACE program:
UCGIS is part of the consortium that supports SPACE (along with UCSB and Ohio State) The 2007 workshops are scheduled for 1823 June (OSU) and 15-20 July (UCSB) SPACE targets social scientists who are instructors in undergraduate courses Weeklong workshops focus on pedagogic approaches to introducing GIS and spatial analysis in undergrad teaching Scholarship support is available Members are encouraged to spread the
word to faculty in the social sciences (and related subdisciplines) at their institutions Candidates can apply online at: http://www.csiss.org/ SPACE/workshops/2007/apply/ and can learn more about SPACE at: www.csiss.org/SPACE NSF and UCGIS Sponsored.
- Submitted by Pam Colby. Thanks Pam!
GIS S UMMER I NSTITUTE IN F LORENCE , I TALY The IGERT Program in Geographic Information Science at the University at Buffalo invites applications from U.S. doctoral students to attend the 2007 Vespucci Summer Institute on Geographic Information Science, in Fiesole (near Florence), Italy. Deadline: March 9 2007
Applications must include:
Financial support will include: Accommodations in Fiesole Tuition and fees for the Institute Up to $1500 in travel expenses
Additional information may be found at:
We anticipate funding about 4-6 applicants under this competition.
1-page statement of background and interest 1-page CV, including dissertation topic and expected PhD completion date Letter from the student's Ph.D. advisor OR department chair
- Submitted by Pam Colby. Thanks Pam!
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G RANT O PPORTUNITIES The following solicitations were announced through the UTSA Office of Research Development (UTSA-ORD). ORD offers grant and scholarship notification services, and searchable databases. Learn more about UTSA-ORD here: http://www.utsa.edu/research/ and access more UTSA ORD services here: http://www.utsa.edu/research/get_Started/funding.htm Subject
EPA: Disappearing Diporeia in the Great Lakes
$200k for 4 awards over 3-yrs
EPA: Pollution Prevention, P2
est. $20k to $180k over 3-yrs
NIST: Building Research and Cooperative Agreements
est. $5k to $150k over 3-yrs
http://www.grants.gov/search/ search.do? oppId=12347&mode=VIEW
NSF: Arctic Research Opportunitiesâ€” Arctic Research and Education
NSF: Geobiology and LowTemperature Chemistry
$4M for up to 30 awards
NSF: Geomorphology and Land Use Dynamics
$2.5M for up to 30 awards
NSF: Hydrologic Sciences
$7.4M for up to 30 awards
NSF: Interdisciplinary Training for Undergraduates in Biological and Mathematical Sciences
NTE $1M over 5-yrs
A ND M ORE S CHOLARSHIP O PPORTUNITIES Subject
Crop Science Society of America
Alaska Conservation Foundation
$4,000 for 12-wk internship
Dept of Agriculture: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Up to $10k / yr
American Society of Agronomy: Congressional Science Internship
$53k for 1 yr. plus travel.
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T HE O THER G UYS A RE M OVING
INTO T OWN … A&M SYSTEM REGENTS AUTHORIZE NEGOTIATIONS FOR SAN ANTONIO CAMPUS SITE College Station, February 2, 2007 The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents today authorized Chancellor Michael D. McKinney to enter into negotiations with Triple L Management and/or the City of San Antonio to select a site in South San Antonio for the permanent campus of Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Triple L Management will donate the land that is identified for the university and the city will continue to be a key player in the final negotiations and the financing and construction of the campus. The Board reached its decision after considering a combination of six primary criteria used in reviewing the sites: access, size, physical characteristics, restrictions, infrastructure and image. “There is not a bad choice among any of the four sites proposed, which has made our decision very difficult,” said John D. White, Chairman of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. “After many months of careful consideration and thoughtful discussion, we are extremely pleased to be entering into these negotiations, which will enable us to take another giant leap forward in making Texas A&M University-San Antonio a reality.” “City of San Antonio officials have been extremely helpful in working with us to bring quality higher education to the south side of the city,” said Regent Lowry Mays, longtime San Antonio resident and chairman of the board of Clear Channel Communications. “We look forward to a continuing partnership with the City as we work together to support our community and increase enrollment in our state’s colleges and universities.”
Since 2000, courses have been offered at the juniorand senior-levels at the Texas A&M UniversityKingsville-System Center-San Antonio, which ultimately will become Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Current enrollment at the center is the equivalent of 545 full-time students. Graduates receive degrees from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, which manages the center. In 2003, the Texas Legislature approved the creation of Texas A&M University-San Antonio. In 2006, the Legislature authorized $40 million in tuition revenue bonds for development of the new campus, contingent on enrollment reaching the equivalent of 1,500 full-time students before 2010. The proposed campus is expected to eventually serve about 25,000 students and stimulate economic development in the region. “We are committed to growing the San Antonio campus well beyond the 1,500 full-time students needed to obtain the tuition revenue bonds provided by the Legislature,” said Chancellor Michael D. McKinney. “As we add new course offerings and hire additional faculty, our student population at the center in South San Antonio continues to increase. The A&M System will continue to tell students throughout the state that South San Antonio’s A&M campus has something very exciting to offer young people seeking a good education.” (see TAMU, page 9)
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TAMU C ONTINUED . A&M SYSTEM REGENTS AUTHORIZE NEGOTIATIONS FOR SAN ANTONIO CAMPUS SITE
COLLEGE STATION, FEBRUARY 2, 2007 The Texas A&M University-San Antonio campus also will serve as headquarters to the Irrigation Technology Center (ITC), a center established in 2002 by the Texas Water Resources Institute and administered through two A&M System agencies, Texas Cooperative Extension and the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station. Plans are to construct a major, state-of-the-art ITC facility on the A&M-San Antonio campus site for education, testing and applied research promoting efficient irrigation, water conservation, profitable agricultural production and quality urban landscapes. The Palo Alto College campus has served as the sole location of the Texas A&M UniversityKingsville-System Center-San Antonio since its inception. In December, the Board voted to lease additional building space from the South
San Antonio Independent School District (ISD) to serve as an interim location prior to the development of a separate, permanent campus and to more than double the existing classroom capacity currently available on the Palo Alto campus.
About The Texas A&M University System The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $2.6 billion. Through a statewide network of nine universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 103,000 students and makes more than 15 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research brings in $600 million every year and helps drive the state’s economy. (it’s a great thing … we want to make them feel welcome! Source: http://sago-news.tamu.edu/releases/?p=223)
2007 TCEQ Environmental Trade Fair COMING SOON. YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS THIS ... Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas May 1-3, 2007 (Ask your professors to coordinate a field trip) View exhibitor information and the floor plan at: http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/assistance/events/etfc/etf.html
2007 Engineers Week. Feb 18-24: E-Week is a formal coalition of more than 75 engineering, professional, and technical societies and more than 50 corporations and government agencies It was founded in 1951 by the National Society of Professional Engineers. The program is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by: 1) increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students, and 2) by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. Co-chairs for 2007 are the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and Tyco Electronics. Visit www.eweek.org for complete information on Engineers Week.
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Presidential Message for National Engineers Week February 18-24, 2007
EESE Affiliations 2005 â€“ 2006 EESE Officers
EESE membership is easy â€“ there are three ways to join: 1) by email, 2) at the next meeting, or 3) registering with the listserv. Currently, EESE is loosely affiliated with the following organizations:
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Section Director and Parliamentarian Gwen Young
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firstname.lastname@example.org DSC Student Representative
email@example.com ASCE Committee Chair
firstname.lastname@example.org A&WMA Committee Chair
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