My passion has always been to build things. "Making something from nothing" is my talent; "Engineering". I have pieces that I have saved over the years because they mean something to my parents.
I never really called it "Art," it was just an outlet for me to think. I have a distinct skill for seeing through something, and finding the components of a particular structure that will make it better, stronger, and more efficient.
To me, it's just how my mind works. I don't have the normal worries of failure that most have when venturing into an unknown project. Failure is a word that eludes me, because I grew up knowing that there is a Solution to every problem. It's up to me to find it.
I have had the distinct opportunity to work with all types of people in my career as a student. In High School and in College. Everyone has a talent for doing something. However, Fear holds many back from taking chances and diving right into their full potential in life.
I was taught to NEVER give up. Keep trying, so that is what I do daily.
I have helped others while in competition and have been asked, "Why would you help them, they are your competition?" To me it's the right thing to do. If I can see the fix for a problem, then it is my duty to share the solution with others. It's just who I am.
Engineering metal art Hunter Prinz, a junior mechanical engineering major at The University of Texas at San Antonio, demonstrates the moving parts of a scorpion he made completely out of scrap metal at his home in Converse, Texas. “My father always worked with cars, and I was always with him so I picked up welding from him,” said Prinz. “Last year, I wanted to make one of my best friends a birthday gift. He loves music so I used some of the scrap metal we had around the house and welded him a guitar. I got a lot of positive feedback about that piece, so I started doing more metal art, including this scorpion.” Prinz has partnered with a local company, Bracken Recycling, where he now gets the majority of his scrap metal for his welding projects. “We call it ‘upcycling’ instead of ‘recycling,” Prinz said. Prinz’s scorpion took about ten days to design, three days to weld, and the piece weights about 150 pounds, moving components and all. Prinz explained that while he is studying at UTSA, he doesn’t have a lot of time or money to design bigger things like car suspensions, but he would like to work on those projects in the future. “I have a lot of ideas in my head but I can’t do them until I have the money for it,” he said. “This metal art is a good outlet for me, it is a great way to get my designs out of my head so I am not constantly overwhelmed with them. I don’t want to be constantly studying books all the time, I really like to get out and work with my hands.”
COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING Dean JoAnn Browning Associate Dean for Research Harry Millwater Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs Mark Appleford Associate Dean of Administration and Graduate Studies Anson Ong Assistant Dean of Finance Kirstin Wilsey Director of Development Lindsay Land Communications Coordinator Innovations Managing Editor Deborah Silliman Contributors Joanna Carver, Courtney Clevenger, Raul Tutiven, Marissa Villa, and Deborah Silliman Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing Joe Izbrand Mailing Address The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Engineering One UTSA Circle San Antonio, TX 78249 Visit us on the Web engineering.utsa.edu ON THE COVER Biomedical engineering senior Jasmine King conducts research in a University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Engineering (COE) laboratory dedicated to biomedical research. King is one of two UTSA COE undergraduate students who won prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Read more on pages 16 and 17 on this issue of Innovations. (Photo by Deborah Silliman/ College of Engineering)