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Team Seeking to Develop and Market Gastric Bypass Technology Wins UTSA Entrepreneurship Competition

Competition takes student entrepreneurship beyond the classroom

UMDI, a team comprised of four engineering students and three business students who developed a prototype electrolytic gastric leak detector (eGLD) and wrote a business plan to market the technology, triumphed this weekend at the $100,000 Student Technology Venture Competition, presented by the UTSA Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE). The technology, a smart drain with electricity detecting sensors, monitors and reports the balance of electrolytes in patients undergoing gastric bypass surgery.

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UTSA Undergrads Vie for $100,000 in Cash & Prizes at Technology Start-up Competition

Winning team could launch its start-up before graduation

CITE LogoTen University of Texas at San Antonio teams comprised of business and engineering students will compete for $100,000 in cash and business-related services this Saturday at the $100,000 Student Technology Venture Competition, hosted by UTSA’s Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE). Competitors will be scored on the viability of their proprietary new technologies and the business plans they developed to market those technologies.

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NASA Internship, Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities Available

Undergraduate and graduate students interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematics can apply to NASA internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities through NASA’s Student On-Line Application for Recruiting (SOLAR) system

To be eligible to apply through SOLAR, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • At the time the opportunity begins, students must be accepted/enrolled full-time in an accredited junior college, four-year college or university
  • Grade Point Average must be 2.8 or higher

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2011. Good luck!

Dr. Amita Shah: Operating with a New Perspective

Amita ShahTalk about busy …

Early on Tuesday, June 1, Dr. Amita Shah, already a medical doctor, dropped off her doctoral thesis at the UTSA Department of Biomedical Engineering. Later that evening, she gave birth to her first child, a son. A week later, she defended her dissertation.

“I can’t believe I did that,” she recalls incredulously.

But she did, and on Saturday at 1 p.m., she crosses the commencement stage to receive her doctoral degree in Biomedical Engineering. The occasion marks the end of a 10-year journey.

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Jami Delgadillo, a freshman majoring in electrical engineering, is Great Minds in STEM™ Scholar of the Week. A native of El Paso, Jami is a recipient of the 2010 HENAAC-NASA Johnson Space Center scholarship.
Each week on their website, Great Minds in STEM™ individually features select students who have won a 2010 HENAAC scholarship. In addition to being highlighted on the website, scholars become role models to elementary, junior and high school students at outreach programs organized by Great Minds in STEM™. 

Jami Delgadillo, a freshman majoring in electrical engineering, is Great Minds in STEM™ Scholar of the Week. A native of El Paso, Jami is a recipient of the 2010 HENAAC-NASA Johnson Space Center scholarship.

Each week on their website, Great Minds in STEM™ individually features select students who have won a 2010 HENAAC scholarship. In addition to being highlighted on the website, scholars become role models to elementary, junior and high school students at outreach programs organized by Great Minds in STEM™. 

AET Library Hiring Undergrad Student Assistant for Spring

AET Library

The AET Library is hiring an undergraduate student to work as a library assistant for the spring 2011 semester. If you’re interested, please follow the application instructions listed on the AET Library Undergraduate Student Assistant Position Announcement.