(June 26, 2012) -- John P. Jordan Jr. from Corpus Christi, Texas, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Louise and Michael Beldon Doctoral Scholarship.
Jordan's interest in engineering began in the fourth grade. "I received a K'NEX building set for Christmas," he said. "With a completion height of over five feet, the Big Ball Factory stood taller than me. I was fascinated by the design and construction."
Today, Jordan's interests have evolved beyond construction sets to biomechanics. He hopes to use his skills to help cancer patients.
Jordan has already made substantial contributions to the fight against cancer through research and practical application. He was invited to present his thesis research, "Simulation-Based Design and Optimization of Surgical Device for Lymphatic Tissue Removal in Humans," at the Cancer Therapy and Research Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Additionally, he worked with an oncological urologist, Robert Svateck, to design an efficient surgical device.
"Surgeons have certain needs in the operation room that they cannot pursue because of the lack of resources and free time," said Jordan. "Dr. Svateck believes it [the device] will allow him to ultimately save more lives."
Jordan earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from Texas A&M University at Kingsville in 2008 and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from UTSA in 2012. He currently works in the UTSA SiViRT Computation Center under the direction of Yusheng Feng, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering.
Jordan will begin his doctoral program in fall 2012. According to Jordan, the choice to pursue a doctorate in mechanical engineering at UTSA was simple because of the great research opportunities, renowned faculty, high-tech laboratories and the collaborations with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
"Based on what professionals have described, having a Ph.D. allows you to work on the cutting edge of research. That is what I strive for," said Jordan. "I understand the Beldon scholarship is a highly prestigious award, and I am honored to be selected. It is outstanding that dedication and rigorous work at UTSA is recognized and rewarded, and I am extremely thankful for this opportunity."
Michael Beldon and his wife Louise Beldon are longtime San Antonio residents, serving on various boards and volunteering for community causes. They created the merit-based scholarship in 2007, which provides $5,000 to a Texas resident entering a UTSA doctoral program. Michael is chairman and CEO of Beldon Enterprises, a third-generation, family-owned commercial roofing business.
The Spring Research Conference offers graduate and undergraduate students pursuing majors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts the opportunity to present their original work in a forum of interested and critically engaged minds that is at the same time welcoming and inclusive.
Various locations, Main Campus
Mimi Marziani, executive director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, will speak about civil rights advocacy, political campaigns, election law and nonprofit management.
SAWS Headquarters, 2800 U.S. Highway 281 North, San Antonio
Join the Center for Military Families for a panel on Politics in the Service of Military Families, featuring Cedric Leighton, David Splitter, Steve Huerta, and the Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Street Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
UTSA Dance classes will take the stage and share their talents and passion for dance! Come support our growing dance program! $10 admission
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
This panel presentation will look at the history of the YWCA and the impact the organization has had on women in the San Antonio community.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 2.02.10), Main Campus
The Demography Lecture Series continues with Dr. Barbara Bird of American University. Her topic focuses on Insights Into a Hard to Find Population: Latino Entrepreneurs in Metro Washington, D.C. Event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the pay stall spaces of the Monterrey surface lot.
Monterrey Building (MNT 3.240), Downtown Campus
This video tells the story of four Latina lesbians who fought for exoneration after being wrongfully convicted of sexually assaulting two girls during the Satanic Panic witch-hunt era of the 1980s and 1990s.
North Paseo Building (NPB 1.114), Main Campus
Tejana/Indígena author Ire'ne Lara Ailva will read from her latest work and discuss her approach to reimagining Tejan@ myths.
Main Building (MB 2.404), Main Campus
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