UTSA Discover
UTSA Discover

2007 VOL.1, NO 1

The Road to Excellence
First Edition
Feature Stories
A Deadly Foe

Look Who's Talking—
In Two Languages

Tracking Transportation

Destroying to Protect

After the Dissertation
About Us


Romo Welcome to the inaugural issue of UTSA Discovery magazine. This annual publication was created to share news about the exciting research and creative endeavors being conducted at The University of Texas at San Antonio.

As the fifth-largest public university in Texas, and the fastest-growing university in the state, UTSA is on a rocket ride to become the next premier public research university in Texas and to be among the top-100 in the nation.

At UTSA, we are undergoing a transformation. Over the past several years, we have embraced our research mission by increasing our doctoral programs to 20 and hiring world-class faculty to work alongside both undergraduate and graduate students to explore problems and create solutions. We have strengthened our collaborations with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the U.S. Air Force, Southwest Research Institute and other private and public entities. Last year alone, we increased research expenditures by 37 percent.

In the following pages, you’ll see just a few of the many outstanding achievements being accomplished campuswide. I hope you will take a few minutes to glance through the magazine, and return to it again as you have the opportunity.

Thanks for letting me share this good news about UTSA. I’d love to hear what you think. Please feel free to drop me a line at president@utsa.edu.
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Ricardo Romo, President

Gracy UTSA is accelerating toward its vision of becoming a premier public research institution at an exciting and challenging
time. Academic research is no longer limited to the creation and dissemination of knowledge and the training of the next generation of researchers. In the 21st century, “premier research” connotes a much more extensive concept.

Today’s complex research problems require collaborations of interdisciplinary teams involving universities, health science centers, industry, the military, research institutions, governments and others. This is clear from the research road maps of most funding agencies. Furthermore, research does not end with discovery. There are additional obligations to take those discoveries through the next steps of development into meaningful products and services for society. This often involves joint ventures with the additional metrics of intellectual property, workforce development and economic development.

UTSA has strategic advantages in meeting these new challenges. These include its vibrant multicultural population and exceptional opportunities for collaboration, which are of paramount importance in our ability to recruit and retain world-class faculty and outstanding students and staff.

The specific research projects profiled in this issue exemplify these multidisciplinary, collaborative approaches to complex problems. You will note the involvement of many of our external research partners. Further, you will observe that these programs carry discoveries forward into meaningful applications for society.

UTSA’s climb toward premier public research status will be fueled not only by its phenomenal growth of students, faculty and facilities, but also by these dramatic changes in the scope of our global collaborative research.

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Robert Gracy, Vice President for Research


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