C. Mauli Agrawal, David and Jennifer Spencer
Distinguished Chair for the Dean of Engineering
Governor appoints UTSA dean to tech committee
By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist
(Sept. 25, 2008)--Gov. Rick Perry has appointed C. Mauli Agrawal, UTSA's David and Jennifer Spencer Distinguished Chair for the Dean of Engineering, to serve on the Emerging Technology Fund (ETF) advisory committee. The committee recommends projects to be considered for ETF funding to the governor, lieutenant governor and speaker of the house.
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ETF is a $200 million initiative established by the Texas Legislature to attract top researchers and scientists to the state and to support technology-based start-up companies. To date, the ETF has awarded more than $110 million.
"I am honored by the trust placed in me by Gov. Perry and I look forward to working closely with the exceptional members of this committee to help make the state of Texas more competitive in the technology arena," said Agrawal.
Agrawal has authored more than 265 scientific publications, and his work has resulted in several patents licensed to commercial entities. He also is a founder of Xilas Medical Inc. (now Diabetica Solutions), a San Antonio-based medical device company working in the area of diabetic foot problems. Xilas was selected in 2006 as the first company in Texas to be funded by ETF. More recently, Agrawal co-founded companies with the goal of taking new technologies for drug-eluting cardiovascular stents and bone repair to market.
In 2007, he was awarded the Chancellor's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award from the University of Texas System and the Healthcare Hero Award for biomedical research by the San Antonio Business Journal.
Agrawal joins San Antonio resident and UTSA alumnus Bill Morrow as an ETF representative for Bexar County. Morrow is the ETF advisory committee chairman, chairman and CEO of CSIdentity, and founder of Grande Communications.
The UTSA College of Engineering is one of the fastest growing colleges at UTSA with a 101-percent increase in student enrollment in the last seven years in addition to being one of the nation's leading producers of Hispanic engineers. The undergraduate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and the college's faculty members are national and international leaders in areas such as manufacturing, communications, security, biomedical engineering, water resources and transportation. The college is a leader in helping propel UTSA to become one of the nation's leading research-intensive institutions.