The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) as they launch a new bachelor’s degree program in chemical engineering. This program is supported by a $1 million donation from The Klesse Foundation. This brings UTSA closer to its goal of becoming a nationally recognized Tier One university, which would have a major impact on economic growth for the city of San Antonio.
The UTSA College of Engineering is currently recognized as the leading engineering program in South Texas, with more than 3,300 students enrolled, and is growing every year. Studies have shown that cities hosting a Tier One university have greater influence in attracting large corporations, leading to job growth, higher paying wages, and an increase in quality of life for citizens. With the high demand for chemical engineering jobs for our region, and an established lead in engineering research, UTSA was an obvious choice for a generous gift from Bill Klesse, founder of The Klesse Foundation. The $1 million donation will provide a new two-story distillation column, new equipment, and will help to support the newly founded Margie and Bill Klesse Endowed Scholarship in Chemical Engineering. UTSA students will now have the option of specializing in environmental engineering, petroleum and energy systems, materials engineering, technology management, or bioengineering.
Keeping these graduates in our demanding job market is a priority. This new program supports our community by providing a top-tier place to study, live, and remain working so that our city retains the talent we have right here at home.
At this time, UTSA is preparing for up to 30 chemical engineering students and has already received more than 70 applications for the 2017 fall class.