Friday Morning Tours


About SwRI:

"We are R&D problem solvers providing independent, premier services to government and industry clients. Our multidisciplinary nature allows us to rapidly assemble diverse teams to tackle problems from multiple directions. We push the boundaries of science and technology to develop innovative solutions that advance the state of the art and improve human health and safety. Operating as a nonprofit since our 1947 inception, we work in the public’s best interest and toward the betterment of mankind. And as a contract R&D organization, we are here when you need us."

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About SAOEM:

“The mission of the City of San Antonio Office of Emergency Management (SAOEM) is to coordinate activities of the City departments responsible for continued operations during disasters, coordinate agreements for the use of resources, communicate with State and Federal agencies, and provide education and training to citizens and municipal employees.”

Our Products:

  • Ready South Texas: Homeland security is no longer solely law enforcement's responsibility. It calls for a collaborative effort among citizens, corporations and the government. The City of San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas Division of Emergency Management and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security are working together to strengthen local and national security.
  • San Antonio Flood Emergency (SAFE) System: The potential for serious flooding continues to be present in San Antonio. The City of San Antonio has developed a flood public education and flood preparedness program called SAFE San Antonio Flood Emergency System. The mission of SAFE is to provide early flood notification during heavy rain events and educate the public on actions necessary to protect life and property.
  • Ready to Respond Video Series: Our Ready to Respond video series with ASL. Learn how to be Ready to Respond to the next natural disaster, active, threat, or emergency through watching these stories and videos. 


About UTSA:

TThe University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is a multicultural discovery enterprise institution with more than 32,000 students. It is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region.  UTSA has none colleges, three of which house UTSA's premier cybersecurity program:  College of Business, College of Sciences, and College of Engineering.  In addition, UTSA has If you are looking for an exciting and rewarding career in the increasingly high-tech world of the 21st century, UTSA is the right place to be.  One the tour today, you will see some of the new state-of-the-art engineering, geological sciences, and cybersecurity labs that are designed to support research and education at UTSA.

About the Tour:

  • UTSA Large-Scale Testing LaboratoryThe Large-Scale Testing Laboratory is a 15,000 square foot x 50-foot tall steel facility and has a 40x80 foot reaction floor. The thickness of the reaction floor ranges from 3-5 feet thick, and provides the capability to apply test loads up to four million pounds of force, making portions of the floor the strongest in the nation. The laboratory has dual cranes with 30-ton capacity to load, unload, and transport heavy specimens and has the capacity to test large-scale systems and components with spans of up to 70 feet. 
  • The Autonomous Control Engineering (ACE) LabThe ACE Lab has research in the following areas: Robotics, Machine Learning, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Autonomous Water Vehicle, Renewable Energy and Cloud Computing. The ACE Lab is active in undergraduate engineering and graduate research, as well as partnerships with local businesses, other universities, and government agencies.
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Research Lab: The Cyber Center for Security and Analytics is conducting funded research jointly with a National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC) partner to study malware propagation between IoT devices and PCs in both the closed laboratory environment and using the partner’s Global Research Network.   The research examines normal home or small business IoT devices and examines IoT malware and compares that to devices vulnerabilities.  It also tests exploits to determine how malware may propagate in a home or small business network.  The research also looks at other possible vulnerabilities in wireless communications channels such as Bluetooth which might function  as a vector for malware propagation.
  • Cyber Protective Operations Lab: The Cyber Center is conducting research to identify vulnerabilities in commercial security equipment and building automation IoT devices to develop methods to detect and prevent exploitation of these devices.  This research identifies vulnerabilities in the IoT software by detailed examination of the operating systems and by looking at standard services and communications between devices.
  • National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC): UTSA's NSCC brings together over 40 federal and industry partners to work with faculty and students to address emerging challenges in national security.  The NSCC facilitates collaboration through co-location of federal and industry partners on the UTSA campus and by hosting a wide variety of collaboration events. 
  • The Laboratory for Remote Sensing and Geoinformatics (LRSG): The LRSG was established in fall 2004. It was initially funded by UTSA with further support from the U.S. Department of Education through the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP). Additional funding supports to the lab include NASA, NSF, NOAA, ONR, USGS, and other agencies and institutions. The LRSG group is primarily working on projects related to four fields:
    • Arctic and Antarctic sea ice and its ecosystem and climate connection
    • Assessment of water resources in the Tibetan Plateau through studying change of glacier lakes, glaciers, and snow cover under climate change
    • Remote sensing of surface hydrology and modeling (precipitation, snow cover, soil moisture, land surface temperature, evapotranspiration, etc.)
    • Remote sensing of Martian minerals/rocks and surface processes