(Dec. 18, 2013) -- Meet Humayun Zafar, Ph.D., '10. Simply put, this guy is a rock star.
A graduate of the Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security in the UTSA College of Business, Zafar is now a tenure-track professor in information security at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.
At the age of 33, he is not only an up-and-coming researcher in his field, he is the top-ranked marathon runner for the entire state of Georgia. In fact, this November he placed third out of 380 runners in his age division at the Atlanta Half Marathon.
He's found a creative way to prove that academics and running can go hand-in-hand.
"To get extra credit in my classes, I challenge my students to beat me in a half marathon," he says. "It takes a student a few months of training to complete a half marathon, let alone beat me. This is where discipline and the right attitude come into play. By the time a student runs the race, the effort made will assist him or her in many other areas. After all, discipline and following through on a plan are all very useful traits."
So far, no student has ever beaten him.
Zafar credits his time at UTSA for helping him get to where he is today and reflects upon his experience with fond memories. In fact, he remains closely connected with many of his former professors including Yoris Au, professor and chair of the UTSA Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security.
"Dr. Zafar is one of the more successful graduates of our Ph.D. in Information Technology program," says Au. "He is intelligent, hardworking and has shown significant accomplishments in his young career."
As a relatively recent graduate who has already achieved success, Zafar shares this advice with the UTSA students graduating this month:
"In order to succeed, you need to truly believe in what you are doing and be willing to deal with the ups and the downs."
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Chat with members of the Downtown Campus Initiative Task Force about changes taking place as the Downtown Campus grows and transforms to offer a comprehensive living and learning experience. Table topics will include curriculum changes, orientation updates, transportation, food and living options.
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Various locations, Main Campus and Downtown Campuses
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Business Building Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
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H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104), Main Campus
This exhibit highlights the UTSA Special Collections, which includes historic photographs from Texas, San Antonio and UTSA history.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
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Business Building University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
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