(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.
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.
All campuses will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.
The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series begins Sept. 9 with Toshiko Mori, the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and principal of Manhattan-based Toshiko Mori Architect.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
Cheer on the UTSA Roadrunners at their home-opener against the Kansas State Wildcats.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St.
As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales will share personal stories that have influenced her work as an author and illustrator.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus
Biomedical engineering alum and professor is working to regenerate tissue
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