San Pedro I
Through this initiative, UTSA will create a new downtown building, San Pedro I, to serve as the home to the National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC) and the School of Data Science (SDS).
NSCC advances research, education and workforce development in the areas of cybersecurity, data analytics and cloud computing. The NSCC will build a collaborative and impactful government university-industry ecosystem that engages federal agencies, contractor and industry leaders, and academia to solve the nation’s greatest cybersecurity issues.
UTSA’s newly created School of Data Science will co-locate the university’s 70-plus faculty members in cybersecurity, cloud computing, data and analytics, and artificial intelligence under one highly collaborative roof. With a new facility housing classrooms, laboratories and research space, the school will support bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, as well as certificate programs and other professional credential educational opportunities. A focus on connected classrooms and cutting-edge instructional technology will provide flexibility for course content delivery.
Strategic Plan Midpoint Update (Fall 2022)
San Pedro I Update
UTSA is on track to complete this strategic initiative in January 2023 when the NSCC and School of Data Science take up residence in downtown San Antonio in the newly constructed San Pedro I, a $90 million, 86,000 square foot facility that includes classrooms, laboratories and research space.
In July 2019, UTSA named U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Guy Walsh (Ret.) as the founding Executive Director of the National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC). The NSCC has already become a regional leader in cyber activity, partnering with federal and industry leaders to engage student and faculty researchers. The center addresses critical workforce needs by producing cross-trained, multidisciplinary cyber scholars prepared to work in all facets of cybersecurity, whether in government or industry. The NSCC launched its Fellows Program to provide distinction, recognition, and opportunity for UTSA faculty and researchers engaged in addressing national security challenges.
School of Data Science Update
UTSA’s School of Data Science (SDS) is the only of its kind at a Carnegie R1 U.S. Hispanic Serving Institution. SDS will offer data-intensive degree programs and research across every discipline. After a national search, in May 2021, David Mongeau was hired to serve as the Founding Director. He will lead 30 core faculty in delivering five graduate degrees, two undergraduate degree programs, and many certificates and boot camps to 100s of students. At least 16 UTSA research institutes and labs will be resident with the School of Data Science.
This Initiative Supports Strategic Destinations
Destination One: Model for Student Success
Destination Two: Great Public Research University
Destination Three: Exemplar for Strategic Growth and Innovative Excellence
School of Data Science and National Security Collaboration Center
A new anchor for San Antonio's Tech Corridor and national leadership in information security