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Engineering Seminar Series Fall 2012

S T.   M A RY ’ S U N I V E R S I T Y School of Science, Engineering, a n d Te c h n o l o g y

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S T. M A R Y ’ S U N I V E R S I T Y FA L L 2 0 1 2 E N G I N E E R I N G SEMINAR SERIES This series features thought-provoking presentations delivered by a variety of experts as a service to the University and the San Antonio community. For more information, visit

www.stmarytx.edu/engineering or call 210-436-3305.


Adventures in Process Improvement Derek Contreras (M.S. ’11)

Regional Process Improvement Engineer Bimbo Bakeries USA Friday, Oct. 12, 2012 — 1:30 p.m. AT&T Center for Information Technology, Room 108 Contreras will discuss his successful implementation of improvement techniques such as Lean and Kaizen in the food industry. Bimbo Bakeries USA is the largest baking company in the nation and produces a broad array of baked goods under a variety of brands, including Sara Lee. Contreras is an adjunct professor in St. Mary’s University Engineering Department.


Electric Transportation: An Industry Overview and What’s Happening in San Antonio Julia Jones

Research Manager-Technology Transfer CPS Energy Friday, Oct. 19, 2012 — 1:30 p.m. Moody Life Sciences Center, Room 102

Jones will present an overview of the evolution of the electric transportation movement and how the recent high-demand for plug-in vehicles could affect utilities, the economy and the environment. Her talk will probe these issues and pose questions for future investigation.

Engineering at Alcoa Luis Jimenez

Plant Manager Alcoa Inc. and

Gavin Wyatt-Mair, Ph.D. Director of Technology Alcoa Inc.

Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 — 1:30 p.m. AT&T Center for Information Technology, Room 108 Jimenez and Wyatt-Mair will provide general information about the unique characteristics of the San Antonio Alcoa plant which features a strong emphasis on technological innovation. The speakers will present a description of the various types of engineering applications conducted at their plant (mechanical, electrical software, industrial management and metallurgical engineering).


SPRING 2013 EVENTS Three Engineering Seminars in the spring semester (dates to be announced) Engineering Senior Project Final Presentations April 26, 2013 — 1 p.m.


St. Mary’s University, as a Catholic Marianist University, fosters the formation of people in faith and educates leaders for the common good through community, integrated liberal arts and professional education, and academic excellence.

One Camino Santa Maria San Antonio, Texas 78228 www.stmarytx.edu/engineering A Catholic and Marianist Liberal Arts Institution


Engineering Seminar Series -- Fall 2012