C. Mauli Agrawal is not only known for his prominence as a biomedical engineer and a professor, but also as a “rock star” of sorts whose vision is radically changing his field. In the biomedical world, Agrawal’s work has not only resulted in several patents, but also usable products that are enhancing the lives of amputees. The David and Jennifer Spencer Distinguished Chair for the Dean of Engineering and Peter Flawn Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio is an expert in cardiovascular and orthopedic implants and biomaterials. Agrawal was also recently recognized for his work and support of the Society for Biomaterials by being named the sole recipient of their 2013 Award for Service.
“It is truly an honor to receive this international recognition,” Agrawal stated in a press release according to IndiaWest. “I was fortunate to enter the field of biomaterials when some of the pioneers who changed the practice of medicine through revolutionary implants were still active. I have been privileged to learn from them and pass on the tradition to younger generations. This has made my 25 years in the field very fulfilling.”
According to the IndiaWest article Agrawal’s “work will alter the course of treatment for those with tissue wounds and amputations.” As well, Agrawal, who was educated at the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, Clemson University, and Duke University “established the UTSA Department of Biomedical Engineering as well as led the effort to establish the joint biomedical program between UTSA and the Health Science Center, the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, the Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship and the Interactive Technology Experience Center.” He will be presented Society of Biomaterials’ 2013 Award for Service at the society’s annual meeting, being held this year from April 1o to the 13 in Boston.