By John Shaffer
Assistant Director of Graduate Student Success, The Graduate School
John P. Jordan, Jr., from Corpus Christi, Texas, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Louise and Michael Beldon Doctoral Scholarship.
Jordan’s interest in engineering began as early as the 4th grade. “I received a K’NEX building set for Christmas. With a completion height of over five feet, the ‘Big Ball Factory’ stood taller than I. I was fascinated by the design and construction.”
Today, Jordan’s interests have evolved beyond construction sets to Biomechanics. He hopes to use his skills to help cancer patients.
Jordan has already made substantial contributions to the fight against cancer through research and practical application. He was invited to present his thesis research (Simulation-Based Design and Optimization of Surgical Device for Lymphatic Tissue Removal in Humans) at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Additionally, he worked with a urologist and designed an efficient surgical device. Jordan explains, “Surgeons have certain needs in the operation room that they cannot pursue because of the lack of resources and free time. The doctor believes it [the tool] will allow him to ultimately save more lives.”
Jordan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University at Kingsville in 2008 and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2012. According to Jordan, the choice to pursue a doctoral program at University of Texas at San Antonio was simple because of the great research opportunities, renowned faculty, high-tech laboratories, and the collaborations with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Beginning this fall 2012, Jordan will start the Doctor of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering program. “Based on what professionals have described, having a Ph.D. allows you to work on the cutting edge of research. That is what I strive for. I understand the Beldon Scholarship is a highly prestigious award and I am honored to be selected. It is outstanding that dedication and rigorous work at UTSA is recognized and rewarded and I am extremely thankful for this opportunity.”
Michael Beldon and his wife Louise Beldon, a University of Texas at Austin alum, are longtime San Antonio residents, serving on various boards and volunteering for community causes. They created the merit-based scholarship in 2007, which provides $5,000 to a Texas resident entering a UTSA doctoral program. Michael is chairman and CEO of Beldon Enterprises, a third-generation, family-owned commercial roofing business.