UTSA to get $70 million to build 2 new facilities downtown

Plans include National Security Collaboration Center, School of Data Science

By David Ibanez - Web - Managing Editor

SAN ANTONIO - The University of Texas at San Antonio has received a $70 million commitment from The University of Texas System Board of Regents for construction of two new facilities at its downtown campus for a National Security Collaboration Center and a proposed School of Data Science.

"The economic future and well-being of San Antonio is very much tied to big data, data sciences, information management and technology, and cybersecurity. By creating an ecosystem here that brings together the business strengths of our community and the research expertise of UTSA, we will establish San Antonio as the Silicon Valley-equivalent for data science, information management and cybersecurity," UTSA President Taylor Eighmy said in a news release.   

"Establishing a School of Data Science and the National Security Collaboration Center in the heart of San Antonio's urban core will attract more critical mass to our community - more businesses, more investors, and more talent," Eighmy said. "I am extremely grateful to the Board of Regents for recognizing this tremendous potential for San Antonio and UTSA's key role in bringing this transformation to our region." 

The $33 million National Security Collaboration Center will comprise 80,000 square feet of innovation space, laboratories and research facilities and will serve as a hub for government, university and industry partners in the cybersecurity field. It will focus on forensics, visualization and analytics, network security, cyber training/workforce development, big data analytics and privacy, post-quantum cryptography, cyber physical systems and embedded security, security of the cloud, attack and threat modeling and mitigation, machine learning and artificial intelligence, platform and software integrity, and hardware integrity.

When construction is completed, the $57 million School of Data Science building will comprise 138,000 square feet of classrooms, laboratories and research space. The initiative will place UTSA's 70-plus faculty members in cybersecurity, cloud computing, data and analytics, and artificial intelligence under one roof in the heart of the city, providing government, industry and community partners with access to UTSA's nationally recognized programs and talent.
 
The proposed School of Data Science will include UTSA's existing departments of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Statistics & Data Sciences, Information Systems and Cyber Security, and the UTSA Open Cloud Institute. These departments will be co-located in the new facility.

At that time, UTSA will seek approval from the Board of Regents and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to formally establish the school. UTSA will continue to offer bachelor's, master's, doctoral and certificate programs to expand the pipeline of highly trained professionals who protect government and business networks.

Enrollment in these programs is expected to grow significantly after the new building is opened.
 

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