(March 9, 2011)--C. Mauli Agrawal, the UTSA David and Jennifer Spencer Distinguished Chair for the Dean of Engineering and Peter Flawn Professor in Biomedical Engineering, has been appointed to a second two-year term on the advisory board of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (ETF). Agrawal's new term will expire Aug. 31, 2012.
"At the recommendation of Governor Rick Perry, the Texas Emerging Technology Fund was established in 2005 by the Texas Legislature to strengthen the state's economy by providing $200 million in funding to support promising technology start-up companies in Texas and promote innovation by recruiting outstanding scientists to Texas' universities," said Agrawal. "This is a very exciting time for Texas, and I am honored to serve on the fund's advisory board for a second term."
A mechanical engineer and materials scientist by training, Agrawal is recognized internationally as a scholar in orthopedic and cardiovascular biomaterials. His career spans approximately two decades, during which his research has generated nearly 300 scientific publications and conference papers. Additionally, he has edited or co-edited four scientific books, served on the editorial boards of several leading scientific journals and delivered more than 75 scientific lectures on four continents.
In 2008, Agrawal was inducted a Fellow of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials. He also is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, an honor reserved for those representing the top 2 percent of their field. In 2010, he was honored by BioMed SA with the Julio Palmaz Award for Innovation in Health Care and the Biosciences. The award is given to the one individual each year who makes the most significant contributions to advance biomedicine.
In addition to his scholarly accomplishments, Agrawal is an entrepreneur who has been issued and has pending 18 U.S. patents for technology he created or to which he contributed during the course of his research. Some of those patents are licensed commercially, resulting in the formation of three biomedical start-ups in San Antonio including Xilas Medical Inc. (now Diabetica Solutions), which offers products to resolve diabetic foot problems and was the first company in Texas to be funded by the ETF. More recently, Agrawal and his colleagues co-founded GenOsteo, a company that soon will commercialize products to regenerate large defects in bone. The intellectual property supporting GenOsteo garnered UTSA its first commercial license.
Agrawal's professional affiliations include the Society for Biomaterials, Orthopaedic Research Society, Tissue Engineering Society, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Biomedical Engineering Society.
He earned his doctorate in materials science from Duke University and master's and bachelor's degrees in mechanical engineering from Clemson University and the Indian Institute of Technology, respectively.
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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