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Jose MuzquizJose Muzquiz ’17

Cyber Security
San Antonio

Meet Jose Muzquiz, a class of 2017 cyber security major from San Antonio.

Growing up, Jose Muzquiz was always fascinated by technology—taking apart electronics and (hopefully!) putting them back together again.

By the time he was in high school, he was learning how to build computers and earning IT industry certifications. Participating in the Air Force’s CyberPatriot youth competition helped him focus his academic goals: he wanted to get a degree in cyber security, and UTSA’s reputation for cyber security made it an easy choice.

And he’s excelled. Last year he was named to the UTSA College of Business’ Distinguished Business Students, reserved for the top 1.5 percent of undergraduate business majors at UTSA.

Jose likes how his classes are fun, exciting and very hands-on. After all, his professors are industry experts who bring a lot of experience to the classroom. He’s found that what they teach is what’s current in the field.

In the summer of 2016, Jose went to Spain with the College of Business and gained exposure to a different country and how they approach information technology. He’s also been a part of the Business Scholars Program, which is targeted to help first-generation students by providing workshops, mentoring and personalized support. More than anything else, Jose credits the BSP for getting him to where he is today.

Jose has interned with Rackspace and has worked in enterprise network security. His internship mentor taught him a lot about business account management and how to establish relationships between clients in different cultures.

After graduating, Jose plans to work in a corporate environment.

“One of the great things about my degree is you not only learn the technical side but also the business side—how to work with customers, engineers, network administrators and managers,” said Jose. “Companies are looking for technical people but they’re also looking for people who understand the business world and what the company’s needs are.”