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UTSA, SwRI partner in national research group


UTSA, SwRI partner in national research group

UTSA and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) have joined the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR), an elite sub-unit of the National Academies, the nation’s advisers in science, engineering and medicine.

GUIRR provides a platform for leaders in science and technology from academia, government and business to discuss and take action on national and international scientific matters. Often documented in advisory reports, this counsel is distributed to key national leaders, including the president’s staff.

“UTSA aspires to become a top research university, and our membership in GUIRR demonstrates this commitment,” said Robert Gracy, UTSA vice president for research. “UTSA’s partnership with Southwest Research Institute to join GUIRR will not only strengthen the relationship between our respective institutions, it will allow our institutions to contribute to the development of national policies that will facilitate science and technology research collaborations in the future.”

“Teaming with UTSA as GUIRR university-industry partners gives us a unique opportunity to participate in, learn from and contribute to the leading research collaborations in the nation,” said Walter Downing, M.B.A. ’86, executive vice president of Southwest Research Institute.

GUIRR’s member roster reads like a who’s who of research, offering both UTSA and SwRI access to top research universities, industry leaders and federal officials. UTSA and SwRI are GUIRR’s 17th university-industry pair. They join the University of Texas at Austin, previously GUIRR’s only member from Texas.

Other GUIRR partners include companies such as Boeing, General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, as well as universities such as Ohio State, Penn State, UCLA, Stanford, UC Berkeley and MIT.

-Christi Fish

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