HESTEC Science & Engineering Symposium recognizes student research
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Posted: 09/28/2010
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The University of Texas-Pan American College of Science and Mathematics and the College of Engineering and Computer Science hosted the 10th annual Science and Engineering Symposium on Sept. 27 as part of Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology (HESTEC) week. In honor of contributions from the former dean of the College of Science and Engineering, Dr. Edwin LeMaster, both colleges designated the symposium to be called, "Dr. Edwin LeMaster Science Symposium. This year's event highlighted recent advances in science and engineering research and featured a list of distinguished speakers such as, Dr. Luis Hurtado from Texas A&M Biodiversity Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT), Rajender Varma from the Environmental Protection Agency, and Blaine Leonard, national president of The American Society of Civil Engineers. Several sessions and roundtables regarding science and engineering were also held. Approximately 150 high school students, and undergraduate and graduate students from UTPA had the opportunity to present their projects and findings regarding electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, biology, chemistry, among other subjects, during the symposium. Entries were then judged and winners announced. Pictured left to right are the graduate and undergraduate engineering symposium poster winners Codie Cobb, Bobby Sheline, Leonel Aguilera, Alex Martinez, Jorge Ortegon and Andoni Zagouris. All first place winners received a $250 check. Student posters will be displayed in the engineering lobby throughout the week. The College of Education also held an Education Symposium Sept. 27. The symposium brought leaders in education and future teachers together to discuss experiences in the classroom and the art and passion of teaching. The symposium consisted of a six person panel, which included astronaut Ellen Ochoa, the first female Hispanic to go into space.