(April 8, 2014) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio today announced the appointment of C. Mauli Agrawal as UTSA vice president for research, effectively immediately. Agrawal has served as interim vice president for research since May 2013 and, before that, held the position of dean of the UTSA College of Engineering for nearly eight years.
"Over the past 11 months, Mauli has exhibited great leadership and vision in managing the research efforts at UTSA," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "Bringing great talent, expertise and credibility to the position, he will be instrumental in moving UTSA toward achieving Tier One recognition."
Agrawal joined UTSA in 2003 as associate dean for research in the UTSA College of Engineering and was appointed dean in 2005. During his eight-year tenure as dean, he led the college through its greatest period of growth in terms of research expenditures, top-tier faculty recruitment and student enrollment.
He also has been instrumental in broadening key partnerships on behalf of UTSA with Southwest Research Institute, UT Health Science Center San Antonio, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, BioMedSA, CPS Energy, San Antonio Water System, the military and others.
Additionally, Agrawal is widely respected nationally and within the San Antonio research community for his own research and entrepreneurial efforts. He has secured numerous federal grants, authored more than 300 scientific publications, obtained 13 patents with numerous others pending for his groundbreaking research and launched two start-up companies.
"Research and innovation are integral to UTSA's advancement to Tier One recognition, and I look forward to a close collaboration with faculty and students to become even greater contributors of new knowledge in their fields," said Agrawal.
Agrawal remains a faculty member in the College of Engineering, continuing to teach and do research.
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is an emerging Tier One research institution specializing in health, energy, security, sustainability, and human and social development. With nearly 29,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service.
The university embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property -- for Texas, the nation and the world.
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.
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
This annual symposium is an opportunity to discuss Texas higher education issues and trends with Texas higher education scholars, state and local government officials, students, and campus and local community members.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
Join President Ricardo Romo, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band, students, faculty and staff to light the monument at the Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight.
John Peace Boulevard Entrance, Main Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Bill Miller Plaza for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Bill Miller Plaza, Downtown Campus
Join university President Ricardo Romo on the Convocation Center lawn for his annual free BBQ lunch.
Convocation Center East Lawn, Main Campus
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
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