(June 14, 2010) -- Arjun Sanga, has been named executive director of South Texas Technology Management, a regional technology transfer office that serves four University of Texas institutions (the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, UT San Antonio (UTSA), UT Brownsville and UT Pan American).
Sanga also was appointed assistant vice president for technology transfer effective Aug. 2, announced by Brian Herman, vice president for research at the UT Health Science Center, and Robert Gracy, UTSA vice president for research. Sanga will take over the day-to-day operations of South Texas Technology Management (STTM) from John Cole, who served as interim director while a national search was conducted. Cole will return to his role as special assistant to the vice president for research at the Health Science Center.
Sanga is associate vice chancellor for research and technology transfer with the University of Texas System. In this capacity, he provides leadership, coordination and facilitation of major technology transfer initiatives and policy including development and implementation of strategies to expand and enhance technology transfer and research funding to UT System institutions.
Before coming to the UT System, Sanga served as corporate counsel for the University of Kansas Center for Research, a nonprofit corporation charged with managing research administration for the Lawrence campus of the University of Kansas. In that role, he provided advice for the full range of university research and technology transfer issues by working with researchers, faculty, administrators and external stakeholders on a wide variety of business, legal and policy matters.
Sanga is an active participant in several important local and national organizations. He is an executive committee member of the Commission on Competitiveness, Innovation and Economic Prosperity of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities. He also is an assistant vice president for metrics and surveys of the Association of University Technology Managers and is an editor of the association's annual licensing survey. In Texas, he is an advisory board member of the Austin Technology Council.
Sanga received his juris doctor of law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and his bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from the University of Washington with an emphasis in chemistry and computer science. He is a registered patent attorney and a member of the Texas, Kansas and Missouri bars.
"I am extremely excited about coming to this position," said Sanga. "The UT Health Science Center at San Antonio has experienced exponential growth in research in the last five years and has recruited faculty stars from around the country. UTSA is on an accelerated path toward Tier One status and is doing a great job of hiring outstanding faculty. UT Pan American and UT Brownsville are making important contributions to the Valley, and we have an opportunity to partner with them to continue to create companies and to spin off products that will be of benefit to the region.
"We have outstanding faculty and researchers coming to us from all these institutions who are making great discoveries with the potential to save lives. These discoveries are the raw materials which, through technology transfer, can be turned into real-world benefit to the citizens of Texas."
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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