The Tech Symposium, produced by the college’s Student Success Center, is one of the many key aspects of the college’s commitment to helping students build their pathways from classrooms to careers. Other key initiatives include career guidance, tutoring services, guest speakers from leading employers, personal and professional development workshops, resume and interview preparation and more.
“We’re dedicated to helping our students achieve great things,” said Jill Ford, assistant dean of the college and director of its Student Success Center. “From our students’ very first day on campus, throughout their college career and beyond graduation, we are here to ensure our Roadrunners can access all needed resources to excel in the classroom and stand out when applying for employment or further educational opportunities.”
Beginning in fall 2022, the college will require all incoming students to complete a Signature Experience prior to graduation. Students will choose between an internship, a study abroad experience, a research project or a service-learning project. These opportunities promote hands-on experiential learning that sees students challenged to apply skills and knowledge beyond the classroom and preparing them for real-world application of their desired professions.
In one example of a project partnership on display at this year’s symposium, mechanical engineering students Talley Barnes, Evan Forester, Bosco Madassery and Garrett Parker teamed up with San Antonio-based Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to develop their Advanced Mobility Crawler (AMC). The AMC is a remote-controlled device developed to remotely maneuver through and maintain dark, cramped and dangerous locations that would otherwise require a human to physically access. Their project was inspired by the need to maintain buoyancy chambers in naval vessels, which must be cleaned regularly to reduce accumulated debris and water.
The UTSA Unmanned Systems Lab sponsored a project by electrical engineering student Joshua Barron; computer engineering student JD Wilson and Ruben Castillo, who is doubling in both majors. They are developing a modular drone named Modi-Fly. They developed the system with customization in mind, allowing users to quickly and easily adjust the components to meet their specific-use and case needs.
Additional project sponsors at this semester’s event include H-E-B, the San Antonio Water System, the San Antonio River Authority and many engineering firms.