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C. Mauli Agrawal

Chancellor’s bio

About UMKC’s Chancellor

UMKC Chancellor C. Mauli Agrawal, Ph.D., is an experienced leader, award-winning educator, engineer, researcher and inventor.

Agrawal’s chancellorship began June 20, 2018, after serving as interim provost at the University of Texas at San Antonio and dean of the College of Engineering. During his tenure as dean, Agrawal led the UTSA College of Engineering to a 40 percent increase in student enrollment, a 50 percent increase in faculty and a 400 percent increase in research funding.

Agrawal’s research specializes in orthopedic and cardiovascular biomaterials/implants. He has been published more than 300 times in scientific journals and holds 29 patents. He is a Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering, the National Academy of Inventors, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. 

His bioengineering research group has been responsible for starting three companies in San Antonio.
Agrawal and his wife of 30 years, Sue, have two children: Ethan, who graduated from Rice University with a degree in chemical engineering, and Serena, who is studying mechanical engineering there.

Agrawal was born in Allahabad, India, as the younger of two siblings. He grew up in a home without television, refrigerator or air conditioning. He was accepted into the Indian Institute of Technology, which had an acceptance rate of 1.5 percent and is considered to be one of the top schools in the country.

After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in technology, he worked for an automobile company in India as an engineer before deciding to pursue advanced degrees in the United States, earning a master’s degree from Clemson University and a doctorate from Duke University, both in mechanical engineering.