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UTSA Project Management Students Receive Professional Development Assistance
The UTSA College of Business and the Alamo Chapter of the Project Management Institute have partnered to form Operation Career Launch, a program to help UTSA students and recent graduates launch careers in project management.

The Alamo Chapter of the Project Management Institute will provide 5-8 participants with a one-year membership in the Project Management Institute as well as membership in the local Alamo Chapter. Additionally, the chapter will assign a certified mentor to each student and pay the exam fee for students to take the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam.

The UTSA College of Business will support the program by providing exam preparation materials, conducting CAPM review sessions and administering a diagnostic exam to aid students in their test preparation.

This program is open to any UTSA student who has successfully completed either Introduction to Project Management (MOT 4143) or Project Management (MS 4333). Selected participants will be required to attend two Alamo Chapter meetings and contribute five hours of service to the project management profession.

Students can apply for Operation Career Launch by submitting a résumé and cover letter describing how this program will contribute to their career goals; and writing a one-page essay discussing the project management discipline and current trends within a specific industry of choice.  All application materials should be submitted as a PDF by Thursday, May 1 to outreach@alamopmi.org.

For more information contact Kevin P. Grant PMP, associate professor in the College of Business, at kevin.grant@utsa.edu or by phone at (210) 458-7101.

 

Prototype Labor Monitoring System Team Wins UTSA Technology Entrepreneurship Competition

Claresta Solutions, a team of six business and engineering students triumphed at the $100,000 Student Technology Venture Competition, presented by The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE). The UTSA students developed a prototype electronic labor monitoring system and wrote a business plan to market the technology.

UTSA competitors In Line Innovations and INI Technology respectively placed second and third in the business planning competition, held Saturday, Dec. 7 at the UTSA Main Campus. The top three winning teams receive a cash prize and in-kind business services such as marketing, consulting and office space totaling $100,000 to support the launch of their new companies.

Claresta Solutions offers the LaborGuard Monitoring System, which uses wireless technology to capture and track the electronic impulses created by the fetal heart rate and uterine contractions during labor. Capitalizing on advances in data processing capabilities paired with Bluetooth technology, the LaborGuard system was designed as a completely electronic solution. Claresta Solutions includes undergraduate business majors Somer Baburek, Margaret Mayfield, Servando Quinones and Alejandro Sosa, undergraduate engineering major Nolan Manteufel and biomedical engineering Ph.D. candidate Steven Solis.

Each competing team received guidance from an experienced professional within the San Antonio technology business community. Ian Clements, managing partner at Targeted Technology Fund II and CEO of ViroXis Corporation, mentored Claresta Solutions.

In all, six teams entered this semester’s competition. The additional teams included:

  • Mind Controlled Wheelchair, which uses a wireless electroencephalography headset to control the use of a wheelchair. Student team includes Graham Cull, Tanner Daniel, Yousef Failakaw, Analysa Gonzales, Nathan Gonzalez, Daniella Lerma and Carel Long.
  • In Line Innovations, which offers a way to locate water pockets within an oil and gas pipeline in order to prevent undesirable corrosive effects caused by acid buildup in the water pockets. Student team includes Samantha Block, Cassie Constanzo, Nick Goodwin, Robert Hampton, Kasi Holifield, Zachary Moses, Raquel Stark and Nick Taylor.
  • INI Technology, which offers a hand-held mechanical surgical instrument devised to remove all or part of the uterus of a patient during a hysterectomy procedure. Student team includes Cellan Caverte, Ryan Garcia, Josue I. Cruz-Lambert, Anne Margaret, Adolfo Mijares, Pablo Pardo, Rani Putri and Ta’Mara Williams.
  • Trench Winch, a towable trenching device that attaches behind a riding lawnmower. Student team includes Clark Carpenter, Frank Duran, Efrem Holley, Garth Morrison, Eduardo Rivera, Kevin Schielack and Johnathan Vela.
  • U-Cane, a device that enhances the function of the white cane used by a blind person by using ultrasonic waves to increase the detection of obstacles, particularly eye-level obstructions. Student team includes William Cochran, Moses Duggirala, Leonardo Espinoza, Ana Munoz, Cliff Paul and Ryan Waugh.

Established in 2007 and held semi-annually, the $100K Student Technology Venture Competition at UTSA offers the largest award of all undergraduate business planning competitions in the nation. It offers UTSA’s undergraduate senior business and engineering students the opportunity to build a technology, patent it, create a business and launch it in a rigorous incubator program.

Financed by the Texas Research & Technology Foundation, the competition also receives support from Cox|Smith, the San Antonio Technology Center, Rackspace, the Whittington Group, the UTSA colleges of Business and Engineering and the UTSA Vice President for Research.

For more information about the UTSA Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship, visit http://business.utsa.edu/cite.

--KC Gonzalez

MSMOT Degree Offers New Concentrations

The Master of Science in Management of Technology (MSMOT) degree is now offering two concentrations as part of the major.  Students can choose to specialize in Leading Technological Change or Technology Entrepreneurship.  The first concentration focuses on leadership issues and skills required to stimulate and manage technological innovation and creativity. The entrepreneurship concentration focuses on helping entrepreneurs bring valuable technological ideas, goods and services to the marketplace.
The MSMOT degree is an interdisciplinary degree involving faculty from both the College of Business and the College of Engineering. Offered by the Department of Entrepreneurship and Technology Management, the program develops technology leaders with strong management skills and a broad knowledge of emerging technologies.

Classes provide a living laboratory for solving management of technology challenges with team projects forming an essential component. Students learn from each other by sharing their professional experiences and expertise. Small class size and class interaction provide business networks for students. To meet the needs of busy professionals, classes are offered in the evenings. Distance learning provides students with the opportunity to participate in the learning process offsite.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the department to learn more about this innovative degree program at (210) 458-5782.

--Wendy Frost


Project Management Program Internationally Ranked

The college's MBA concentration in project management was ranked #31 in North America by Eduniversal International. The rankings were based on an 18-month survey of 12,000 master's and MBA programs in the top 1,000 business schools in nine geographical regions.  The ranking is based upon three criteria: (1) reputation of the program; (2) salary of the first employment of the graduates; and (3) satisfaction of the students. 

Established in 2003, the MBA with a concentration in project management has rapidly grown into the second largest MBA concentration.  This degree program provides students with a solid business foundation and specialized expertise in project management. 

Graduates lead many types of projects including software development, construction and new product development.  Recent graduates have been placed with such organizations as Southwest Research Institute, the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) and City Public Service.  

If you’re interested in a career in project management, contact the department at (210) 458-5782 for additional information about this major.
--Wendy Frost


 

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