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San Pedro I, which will house the School of Data Science and National Security Collaboration Center, sits in Downtown San Antonio’s burgeoning tech corridor. I Photo by Brandon Fletcher
Data Science

President Eighmy: Data is All Around Us

The School of Data Science represents UTSA's investment in downtown core

UTSA President Taylor Eighmy

Understanding the impact that data has on our lives, UTSA made the decision to develop a new school dedicated to meeting the needs for data that powers our city and state economies.

The UTSA School of Data Science has been a cornerstone in our vision to earn recognition as a world-class research institution. This past February we met that milestone, achieving the Tier One designation from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. With this designation, UTSA joins the top 4% of research institutions nationwide.

The school represents UTSA’s investment in the urban core—serving as the educational anchor of the city’s growing tech corridor. Data science jobs are some of the highest paying jobs available today. As we think about educational and economic equity in our community, we have an immense obligation to educate and prepare our students for the world. What better opportunity than to have students enter the myriad data science fields, graduate and stay in San Antonio to contribute to our community? As the roster of technology companies in San Antonio continues to grow, UTSA will have this center of excellence that will prepare students to be ready to meet the workforce needs of our city, state and nation.

The School of Data Science represents the beginning of our plans to significantly expand our Downtown Campus, bringing additional talent, energy and expertise to the heart of the city.

Our National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC) will be co-locating with the school in our new state-of-the-art building. The NSCC is an integral component to UTSA’s work to build new research and development opportunities within the larger cybercommand ecosystem.

In this edition of Sombrilla Magazine, we also take a look at our investment in San Antonio’s Westside. From helping homeowners cut down on costs to strengthening businesses and expanding economic development opportunities, the Westside Community Partnerships Initiative is having a positive impact on this historic neighborhood. This commitment to our community is all part of building the university of the future in the city of the future.

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