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SACCESS Announces SITEtrek, a Bus Tour of San Antonio Sites of Innovation, September 20, 2003; Public Invited To Take Part In Day Long Bus Tour.

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SAN ANTONIO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 17, 2003

The San Antonio Council for the Cooperation of Engineering and Scientific Societies (SACCESS) today announced that it has organized a day long bus tour of San Antonio sites of scientific, engineering, and medical innovation. On Saturday, September 20, 2003, the public is invited to join members of the council's affiliated societies for a tour in four chartered buses. Departing from Central Park Mall, the tour includes stops at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Southwest Research Institute, and KellyUSA, where luncheon will be served.

Speakers at these locations include Professor Susan Naylor, Human Genome Project pioneer, Mr. J. Dan Bates, President, Southwest Research Institute, The Honorable Nelson Wolff, Bexar County Judge, Mr. Ramiro Cavazos, Economic Development Department, City of San Antonio, Mr. Robert Peche, San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, and Dr. Billy E. Welch and Col. John Hargreaves, Ret. USAF, pioneers of aerospace medicine at the former Brooks Air Force Base. An overview of KellyUSA will be provided the Mr. Joe Saenz, Director of Engineering at KellyUSA. Mr. Tom Rumora, Executive Director of the Brooks Development Authority, will provide an overview of the Brooks City-Base project. The buses will drive though Brooks City-Base and return via Downtown San Antonio. More than 200 participants are anticipated.

Tickets ($25 for SACCESS members, $30 for members of the public) are limited and must be purchased no later than Wednesday, September 17; requests for tickets are being handled by Bea Moreno, (210) 522-2260. Children must be at least 12 years of age.

Recognizing San Antonio innovation "firsts"

Called SITEtrek (Science, Innovation, Technology, and Engineering), the tour focuses on San Antonio "firsts" in science, engineering, medicine and technology. Four Certified Professional Tour Guides, one in each bus, will narrate episodes from the local history of innovation.

Details of this history have been compiled by SACCESS, and much of the information will doubtless be new to most participants. The tour, itself a "first" in San Antonio, will present a view of the city that is seldom recognized, or thought of in the world of innovation and technological development. Though San Antonio is generally perceived as a tourist destination, an impressive number of technological innovations and scientific discoveries originated here.

To list only a few, these include the first U.S. military air flight, work on the design and architecture of the 8086 computer chip, invention of the "glass teletype" (electronic computer terminal), creation of ARCNET the first commercial computer Local Area Network, the first air-conditioned high-rise office building in the U.S., invention of the balloon-expandable stent used today in heart surgery, pioneering contributions to the Human Genome Project, invention of the technology that allows open-air freezers to be used in food markets, relocation of the heaviest building ever moved on pneumatic tires through city streets first VLSI implementation of WiFi, and the development and commercialization of one of the first humanized monoclonal antibodies approved for cancer treatment in the U.S. Highlighting the significant legacy of scientific and technological accomplishment in San Antonio, the tour will invigorate the city's rapidly enlarging culture of innovation in information technology, biomedicine and hi-tech fields.

SACCESS was founded in 1989 for the purpose of facilitating communication among its present 24 member organizations, encouraging high standards of professional ethics, and recognizing, honoring and preserving the legacy of San Antonio pioneers in technological and scientific fields. SITEtrek serves as the council's annual joint societies meeting. More information about SITEtrek and SACCESS can be found at http://www.saccess.us.

Sponsors of the event include: Karta Technologies, Inc., Frost Bank, ILEX Oncology, Inc., Alan Weinkrantz and Company, Regnier, Valdez & Associates, Southwest Research Institute, VentureRAMP, Inc., Business Wire and ContractTECH Staffing.

Editor's Note: Members of the media wanting to attend the tour may contact Cindy Ahumada, Alan Weinkrantz And Company at 210-820-3070 ext.105 or email: cindya@weinkrantz.com.
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