BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Can (pronounced John) Saygin is the new senior vice president of research and dean of the graduate college at UT-Rio Grande Valley. 

Before joining UTRGV, Saygin worked at UT-San Antonio, where he served as senior associate vice president for research and professor of mechanical engineering. 

Saygin was asked about the importance of developing UTRGV as a research institution during a panel discussion at the eBridge Center for Business and Commercialization in Brownsville. The discussion took place in front of state lawmakers and other state policymakers who were visiting the region as part of the 2023 Valley Legislative Tour. The tour was hosted by the Rio Grande Valley Partnership.

Here is Saygin’s response to the question:


About Dr. Saygin

Dr. Can Saygin joined UTSA in 2006 and has held a variety of administrative roles during his tenure, including advisor to the President for Strategic Initiatives; senior vice provost for Institutional Intelligence and Strategic Initiatives; interim dean of Graduate School; and senior vice provost for University Planning.

Saygin has directed several projects funded by the Air Force Research Lab, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Defense, the Boeing Company, the Ford Motor Company, UT Health San Antonio, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, and various manufacturing industries in San Antonio. He has also led regional advanced manufacturing efforts under the designation of Alamo Manufacturing Partnership.

He is the recipient of the UTSA College of Engineering 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award, the UTSA President’s 2011 Distinguished Achievement Award for Teaching Excellence, and The University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 2012.

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