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UTSA Honors 16 researchers for innovation in sciences and engineering

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(Dec. 5, 2013) -- UTSA President Ricardo Romo, Interim Vice President for Research Mauli Agrawal and the UTSA Office of Commercialization and Innovation recognized 16 researchers yesterday with UTSA Innovation Awards. The inaugural awards spotlighted the efforts of UTSA scholars who have greatly contributed to creating a university environment that promotes innovation and the commercialization of research discoveries.

Thirteen of the 16 recipients were honored for receiving patents during the past fiscal year. They included:

  • Sos Agaian, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • David Akopian, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Arturo Ayon, Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Rajendra Boppana, Department of Computer Science
  • James Chambers, Department of Biology
  • Neal Guentzel, Department of Biology
  • Karl Klose, Department of Biology
  • George Negrete, Department of Chemistry
  • Robert Renthal, Department of Biology
  • Dhiraj Sardar, Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Bruce Smith, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Richard Tangum, Department of Architecture
  • Jieh-Juen Yu, Department of Biology

Additionally, Bernard Arulanandam, assistant vice president for research support and UTSA Roland K. and Jane W. Blumberg Professor in Bioscience, and Banglin Chen, professor of chemistry, were presented with the licensing revenue their respective discoveries generated during FY 2013.

Mechanical engineering professor Yusheng Feng was named the UTSA Innovator of the Year. The award recognized Feng's research on the use of nanoparticles for cancer treatment as well as his work in computational modeling and visualization. Feng oversees UTSA's Advanced Visualization Laboratory.

Since fiscal year 2008, UTSA has built a robust entrepreneurial ecosystem to encourage faculty and students to develop and commercialize innovative products and discoveries. That environment includes:

  • academic programs of study to spur entrepreneurship and technology management, technology development and technology transfer;
  • research administration support through the UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of Commercialization and Innovation that includes a clear invention disclosure and patenting process as well as a structure to help researchers explore licensing partners;
  • a generous royalty policy, by higher education industry standards, that allows UTSA researchers to split revenue from license fees and royalties with the university 50/50;
  • a New Venture Incubator to help UTSA faculty and students move their ideas from the university to marketplace;
  • the bi-annual Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE) Boot Camp, a daylong crash course allowing entrepreneurs from throughout the region to explore key topics to nurture a successful start-up;
  • CITE's $100,000 Student Technology Venture Competition, which allows undergrads the opportunity to develop and market an actual technology before they graduate;
  • a regional network of partners and supporters such as the Commercialization Council, an elite group of C-suite executives dedicated to creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem in San Antonio, and SBIR, STTR and ETF partnerships, among others

Those efforts have proven beneficial. Over the past five years (FY 09 vs. FY 13), UTSA has increased its annual:

  • commercial memoranda of understanding and nondisclosure agreements from 31 (FY 09) to 52 (FY 13)
  • new invention disclosures from 24 to 62
  • patents filed from three to 76
  • students competing in the $100K Student Technology Venture Competition from 98 to 128
  • entrepreneurs trained in the UTSA CITE Boot Camp from 155 to 295
  • incubated companies from 3 to 13

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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