Two students from the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) have been recognized for their academic accomplishments in entrepreneurship and leadership by The Texas Business Hall of Fame (TBHOF) with the 2021 Harvey Najim Future Texas Business Legend Award and the AT&T Future Legend First in Family Award, respectively.
David Robinson, Jr. ‘21 and Devanshi Patel ‘21 took home this year’s honors and were selected for the award among 31 students attending universities across Texas by TBHOF. The prestigious accolade is indicative of the caliber of scholars and the myriad of opportunities originating from UTSA. “It’s a great honor to have our UTSA
students recognized as Texas Business Hall of Fame Scholar Award finalists,” said Randolph Quinn, executive director of the Office of Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “David and Devanshi were selected in part for leveraging opportunities offered through our Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship programs. They developed an advanced level of business acumen and leadership skills that will serve them well in their professional careers.”
Recipients of the TBHOF Legends in previous years include prominent members of the business community in San Antonio including Graham Weston, Carlos Alvarez, and Harvey Najim. The TBHOF Foundation spotlights the accomplishments of Texas business leaders and their stories and contributions to the community and also recognizes budding business leaders via the Future Legends Scholar & Veteran Award Program. Patel and Robinson, Jr. and other recipients of the Texas Business Hall of Fame Award winners at the organization’s annual dinner scheduled for October 2021.
Robinson, Jr. was named a Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellow and competed on the winning team of UTSA’s Big Rowdy Competition as a graduate student at UTSA, and was also named a Graduate Dean’s Choice Winner for the COVID-19 Transdisciplinary Team Grand Challenge. For her part, Patel led a team of students at Tranquility Therapeutics, a medical device startup. Her team developed Triple P Relief — a breathing channel to aid in mitigating hyperventilation experienced during a panic attack and was inspired as a result of Patel's struggles with anxiety. Patel’s device and Tranquility Therapeutics received the first-place prize at UTSA’s annual $100K Venture Technology Competition.