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UTSA Meet a Roadrunner: Humayun Zafar is a rock star in two arenas

Humayun Zafar

UTSA alumnus Humayun Zafar

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(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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Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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