UTSA College of Business Newsletter
August 8, 2013
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Evan Pena
IT Alumnus Presents at Defcon Hacking Conference

Presenting at the world’s largest hacking conference might be intimidating for some, but not for Evan Pena, ’11, an information assurance and security graduate from the UTSA College of Business. Pena presented this month at Defcon, a hacker convention in Las Vegas with over 10,000 attendees ranging from hackers to cyber security experts. Pena credits the faculty in UTSA’s program with preparing him to be successful in the security industry. In particular, courses with Nicole Beebe, assistant professor, and Robert Kaufman, senior lecturer and director of the Air Force Information Operations Center. Pena is an associate consultant in the D.C. area at Mandiant, a leader in the cyber security industry.

NSHMBA Conference and Career Expo
College Named Academic Sponsor for NSHMBA Conference and Career Expo

The UTSA College of Business has partnered with the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) to be the Lead Academic Sponsor of its 25th Anniversary Annual Conference & Career Expo to be held this year in San Antonio. The NSHMBA career expo will offer students and recent graduates the opportunity to interview with more than 2,000 human resource recruiters from top employers. “We are excited to serve as the academic lead for the 2013 NSHMBA Conference because it allows us to showcase our talented students to top national employers, spread awareness about the strength of our students and build upon current employer relationships,” said Dean Wm. Gerard Sanders.

Alumni Gala Recipients Albert Estrada and Jim Bodenstedt
Two Business Alumni Recognized by UTSA Alumni Association

Business alumni Jim Bodenstedt, ’96 and Albert Estrada, ’83 were honored at the annual UTSA Alumni Association Gala this summer. Estrada was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award. A finance alumnus, he is senior vice president in commercial lending with PlainsCapital Bank, where much of his focus has been on providing banking services to health care professionals. Bodenstedt, president and CEO of MUY!, was named the UTSA Alumnus of the Year. An accounting graduate, he recently established the Bodenstedt Chair for the Dean of the College of Business with a $1 million gift. MUY! is one of the largest private restaurant employers in the nation.

Data center
Data Center Program Prepares Students to Work at NSA

In response to the growing need for highly-trained data center employees, the UTSA College of Business now offers a minor in network and data center management. In 2010, the National Security Agency (NSA) approached the college to help it build an academic program that would prepare students to work at any of the NSA’s data centers across the country, including the one in Northwest San Antonio. “Running a data center takes more than knowledge of computers,” said Professor Glenn Dietrich. “We train students to become experts in electricity and power management, cooling, facilities management, cyber security and other skills necessary to protect a data center.”

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