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Office of Information Technology changes operation model

The Office of Information Technology has been renamed. Photo by Ellyson Ortega

Heather Montoya

October 16, 2019

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) will now be called University Technology Solutions (UTS). Kendra Ketchum, UTSA vice president for information management and technology, sent out an email announcing that the name change is effective as of Oct. 1. The office is not only changing its name, but...

Research improves plastic and petroleum production

Libo Li and Ruibiao Lin are researchers in this project.

Carlos Prado

November 28, 2018

UTSA’s chemistry department has made discoveries that could potentially change manufactures’ production of plastics and petroleum. Over 90 percent of the everyday products people use have a form of plastic in them. Plastic is made from oil deep underground that has been sitting for billions of ye...

Tiny bot rocks… UTSA makes Guinness World Record

Dr. Ruyan Guo and Dr. Amar Bhalla in their lab.
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Brandon Armstead

September 13, 2018

Researchers from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) were awarded a Guinness World Record for creating the smallest medical robot. The nanorobots were created by Ph.D student Soutik Betal and professors of the ECE department Ruya...

Campus Climate Team tackles bias on campus

This poster appeared at a communal UTSA activities board. A posting by the same organization last year prompted the development of the UTSA Campus Climate Team. Samantha Ceballos/The Paisano

Gaige Davila

April 10, 2018

The UTSA Campus Climate Team (CCT) has launched a website to report bias incidents on campus. A bias incident is an act that targets individuals and groups on the basis of protected characteristics such as race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability,...

Professor talks vote counting machine vulnerabilities

Former President Barack Obama votes on an the electronic voting system common in U.S. elections Photo Courtesy of Creative Commons

Heather Montoya

February 28, 2018

Since the inquiries of a potential hack of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) in the 2016 presidential election, suspicion of the reliability of the current voting machines has risen.   According to associate professor Max Kilger who does his research and publishing in cyber security, the inv...

UTSA faculty hopes to institute new online cybersecurity degree

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Danielle Throneberry

October 12, 2017

The UTSA curriculum committee reviewed two proposals and recommended them for approval by the faculty senate. The first is a Bachelor of Arts online degree in cybersecurity and the second is a minor in intelligence and security studies. The necessity for the programs is two-fold; there is a high job ...

UTSA civil engineering professor receives grant to help prevent earthquakes

Dr. Ghannoum (right) surveying earthquake damage in Haiti in 2010. Photo Courtesy of Wassim Ghannoum

Samuel De Leon

September 27, 2017

Dr. Wassim Ghannoum, associate professor of the department of civil engineering, recently received a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), valued at nearly $800,000. Ghannoum and his colleagues will use this grant to develop a software that can help prevent casualties in...

Cyber Security Professors receive Special Achievement Awards

Casey Luna

November 30, 2016

On Dec. 7, the San Antonio Business Journal’s third annual Tech Titans Awards will present two UTSA professors with special achievement awards for their integral work in developing UTSA’s cyber security program. Dr. Glenn Dietrich and Dr. Greg White will receive these awards in recognition of their ...

UTSA professor studies CPU user behavior and online dishonesty

Graphic by Tristan Ipock

Danielle Throneberry

November 10, 2016

Raymond Choo, associate professor of information systems and cybersecurity, is a new faculty member to the College of Business this year. Before coming to UTSA, Choo spent five years working at both the University of South Australia and the Australian Institute of Criminology. Choo, along with PhD student Ji...

UTSA debuts new emergency panic system: Alertus

All students will be able to access the alertus button on their task bar. Ethan Pham, The Paisano

Danielle Throneberry

October 12, 2016

Over the summer, UTSA’s Office of Business Continuity and Emergency Management (BCEM) and Office of Information Technology (OIT) collaborated to launch an emergency communication tool called “Alertus.” The new feature allows the UTSA community to utilize computers campus-wide to communicate quic...

Like it or not, new feature coming to Facebook

September 29, 2015

Cindy Hurtado, Paisano For years, Facebook has resisted creating a dislike button, fearing it might create a more negative environment on the social networking site. However, it seems that attitudes at the tech company have changed and buttons that allow users to show more emotions than liking i...

Cell Phone Kill Switch - The Ultimate Double-Edged Sword

March 22, 2014

Cell phones have changed the way Americans live. According to a study conducted by the Pew research center, 90 percent of all adults in the United States own one. Even more impressive than that, 98 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 29 own personal cell phones. To say that everyone owns a ph...