Mauli Agrawal named UTSA vice president for research

C. Mauli Agrawal

C. Mauli Agrawal

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(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.

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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.