UTSA's cybersecurity and computing programs have a reputation for excellence. Both are core research strengths at UTSA, and they help drive our advancement to Tier One. Today, I am excited to tell you about a new initiative that will build on that success.
UTSA has joined with the 80/20 Foundation, established by Rackspace Co-Founder and Chairman Graham Weston, and other partners to create the Open Cloud Institute. This partnership will create new education opportunities for UTSA students and strengthen our national leadership role in cybersecurity and cloud computing research.
UTSA is well positioned to take this important step. The Cloud and Big Data Laboratory in our College of Sciences has one of the largest open clouds in academia. UTSA has the top ranked cybersecurity program in the nation, with three centers and institutes that conduct groundbreaking research and produce graduates for the cybersecurity workforce.
The Open Cloud Institute will build on these existing strengths. Cloud computing is becoming increasingly important to data storage, management and protection. The institute gives UTSA an opportunity to help transform the way these systems are designed and used in the future.
The institute is also a great example of how partnerships drive innovation, discovery and invention at UTSA. The 80/20 Foundation has committed $4.8 million to support endowed professorships, faculty research positions, graduate student endowments and research at UTSA. The institute is receiving an additional $4.2 million in gifts and in-kind contributions from industry leaders including Rackspace, AMD, Intel, Mellanox Technologies, and Seagate.
I am so grateful to all of our partners for their support in this exciting venture. Working together, we are making UTSA the nation's leader in open cloud technology while taking the university another step closer to Tier One designation.
President, The University of Texas at San Antonio