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World renowned scientific society honors UTSA's Mauli Agrawal

World renowned scientific society honors UTSA's Mauli Agrawal

(December 1, 2016) -- C. Mauli Agrawal, UTSA interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, has been named a fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). His election by his peers recognizes his "distinguished contributions to the fields of orthopedic and cardiovascular biomaterials and implants, with significant impact on biomedical sciences and improving healthcare outcomes."

Agrawal will be formally inducted at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston on Feb. 18, 2017.

A mechanical engineer by training, Agrawal's research specializes in the area of orthopedic and cardiovascular biomaterials/implants, with primary interests in tissue engineering and drug delivery. He is widely cited for his innovative work is creating scaffolds embedded within implants to promote cell and tissue regeneration and for his current contributions related to the use of biodegradable materials in cardiovascular stents and orthopedic implants.

His research has led to 29 patents and more than 315 scientific papers.

Among numerous accolades, Agrawal has received the Julio Palmaz Award for Innovations in Healthcare and the Biosciences, the Service Award from the Society for Biomaterials, the Chancellor's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award from the University of Texas System, and the Healthcare Hero Award from the San Antonio Business Journal. He has been inducted as a fellow to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering. Most recently, he was named to the National Academy of Inventors.

Agrawal joined UTSA in 2003 and holds the Peter Flawn Professorship in Biomedical Engineering. He served as dean of the UTSA College of Engineering from 2005 to 2013 and as vice president for research from 2013 until beginning his current appointment in June 2016.

Agrawal's nomination as an AAAS Fellow was sponsored by a group of current fellows including UTSA College of Sciences Dean George Perry.

"Dr. Agrawal has not only been recognized as a world-class researcher, entrepreneur, and innovator, but has been recognized for his achievements as a leader in international and national professional societies, academia and his community," said Perry. Notably, he added, Agrawal continues to teach and mentor students in addition to his administrative duties.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science was founded in 1848 and is the world's largest general scientific society. The tradition of electing AAAS Fellows began in 1874 to recognize members for their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

UTSA is recognized as one of the top 400 universities in the world and one of the top five young universities in the nation by Times Higher Education.

- Rebecca Luther

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