(April 29, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has received a $250,000 gift from the Catherine and Francis Burzik Foundation to establish the Burzik Professorship in Engineering Design in the UTSA College of Engineering. The position will support the research and teaching of engineering design to nurture student-developed technology ventures and train the next generation of engineering business leaders.
"The Burzik Professorship in Engineering Design will have a tremendous influence by focusing on the impact that engineering design plays in the entrepreneurship experience," said UTSA engineering dean Mauli Agrawal. "We are so grateful for the Burzik's support of innovation in education."
"Finding innovative solutions to life's opportunities and challenges is at the heart of engineering and business," said Ms. Burzik. "UTSA is a hotbed for innovation and we want to help create the environment in which young talent can explore and test their ideas."
Catherine (Cathy) M. Burzik is an industry-recognized senior executive in the health care field. Most recently, she served as president and CEO of Kinetic Concepts Inc. (KCI), a wound care company whose stock price doubled as she led it through significant product innovation and global expansion. Currently, Burzik advises several venture capital-backed biotech companies in San Antonio and San Francisco and has joined forces with a local venture capital group to form Targeted Technology Fund II, which plans to raise $50 million for biomedical and biotechnology start-ups, mostly in the San Antonio area. She has extensive public and not-for-profit board experience and currently serves as board chair of VitaPath Genetics Inc., board member of Becton Dickinson and member of the San Antonio Branch of the Dallas Federal Reserve Board.
In 2012, Burzik founded the Catherine M. and Francis N. Burzik Foundation dedicated to furthering higher education and the performing arts.
With the Burzik gift, UTSA has 59 endowed faculty positions across the university.
(Rev. 7/12/13) Nationally ranked and recognized, the UTSA College of Engineering provides world-class education and research opportunities to the region's multicultural community, to the nation and beyond. The college offers 16 different graduate and undergraduate degrees to its 2,500 students within the departments of biomedical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, and mechanical engineering. The college's undergraduate programs in civil, electrical and mechanical engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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