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UTSA community members to be honored at 40 Under 40 Awards Feb. 6

John T. Foster
40 Under 40 Awards

UTSA's John T. Foster

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(Feb. 4, 2014) -- The San Antonio Business Journal will host the 40 Under 40 Awards event Feb. 6 at the Westin Riverwalk hotel. Among the winners is John T. Foster, UTSA assistant professor of mechanical engineering. The keynote speaker at the 18th annual awards luncheon will be Graham Weston, Rackspace chairman of the board.

Because this year brought many extraordinarily talented entries, the Business-Journal also will honor the 22 runners-up. Among them are two UTSA community members: Christi Fish, director of communications, and Sedef Doganer, assistant professor of architecture.

Each winner was asked the question, "What's your schtick?" They provided two answers in the form of "Aptitude" -- one word or phrase that described their career skills -- and "Attitude" -- one word or phrase that characterized their personality.

According to the Business-Journal, John T. Foster responded to the questions this way – Aptitude: Compute and Attitude: Scholarly.

Foster said the first part of his career was spent building expertise in high-performance computing and engineering simulations. This involved self-education and learning at the Sandia National Labs, a federally funded research-and-development giant.

At UTSA, Foster teaches undergraduate and graduate students and enjoys applying his expertise in computational simulation to solving complex engineering problems. His work with hydraulic fracturing simulations is closely related to the important Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas. He also manages more than $2 million of awarded research grants and devotes many hours to mentoring students.

The winners were selected by a Business Journal committee. Each committee member read every nomination and voted separately. The winners are people with "professional savvy, community chutzpah and skillsets with a certain je ne sais quoi.

For more information about the event, email saevents@bizjournals.com.

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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