JULY 12, 2021 — UTSA has joined the prestigious, Washington, D.C.-based Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR), an elite forum within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine that is charged with improving the nation’s research enterprise and helping it reach its full potential.
GUIRR membership includes the nation’s foremost science and technology leaders to define and explore critical issues related to the national and global science and technology agenda that are of shared interest, to frame the next critical question stemming from current debate and analysis, and to incubate activities of ongoing value to the stakeholders. The forum is designed to facilitate candid dialogue among participants and foster self-implementing activities with the ultimate goal of improving society.
UTSA is a Hispanic Serving Institution that is on the fast track to becoming a nationally recognized research university. With an emphasis on entrepreneurship, innovation and transdisciplinary collaboration, the university is well on its way to attaining National Research University Fund (NRUF) eligibility and aims to earn an R1 (highest research activity) designation from the Carnegie Commission. UTSA academic and research specialties include cybersecurity, biomedicine, advanced materials and social-economic transformation.
“UTSA is an urban serving university focused on driving San Antonio’s knowledge economy, living out the notion that great universities need great cities and great cities need great universities. Key to that goal is creating an institution that is world renowned for its ground-breaking research,” said UTSA President Taylor Eighmy, who was appointed to GUIRR’s Council in 2019. “Our membership in GUIRR will accelerate our momentum to transform UTSA into a great public research university and will enable San Antonio to make impactful contributions to help shape the future of research and development in the U.S.”
Established in 1984, GUIRR holds three roundtables each year that bring together leaders from across the country to improve the nation’s science and technology enterprise. Membership in GUIRR includes senior leaders from Purdue, Stanford, MIT, Pfizer, Intel, IBM and 3M.
University and industry members join GUIRR in pairs. UTSA joined GUIRR alongside Round Rock, Texas-based Dell Technologies. Recently, Dell Technologies awarded UTSA a technology grant to invest in a hybrid cloud approach. It is using Dell’s platform to deliver research in data science and cybersecurity. The substantial savings to UTSA enables and supports the university’s ability to attract leading researchers and students driving groundbreaking research programs.
“GUIRR brings together top federal, university and industry leaders to address our nation’s research opportunities. This group is critical to developing real solutions and collaborations that shape and advance the nation’s science and technology agenda,” said Bernard Arulanandam, UTSA vice president for research, economic development, and knowledge enterprise, who will serve as the university’s representative to GUIRR. “Being invited to join is tremendous validation of the strength of UTSA’s comprehensive research portfolio.”
A Vision for UTSA, UTSA’s strategic plan, outlines a pathway for the university to become a great public research university by 2028. Over the last several years, UTSA has made great strides toward that goal, fueled by strong partnerships with educational institutions, industry leaders, and government and military representatives at the local and national levels.
UTSA is the only Hispanic Serving Institution in the nation with three Center for Academic Excellence designations from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency. The university is home to the National Security Collaboration Center, a hub for government, university and industry partners in the cybersecurity field, as well as the U.S. Department of Energy-sponsored Cyber Manufacturing Innovation Institute, a research ecosystem that is ushering in a new era of cybersecurity that focuses on energy efficiency, leads to job creation and technical innovation and is further propelling the U.S. to the forefront of manufacturing competitiveness.
The university is currently shaping Texas’ first-ever School of Data Science, which will include more than 70 researchers and is a key component in UTSA’s phased, 10-year approach to accelerating the development of its Downtown Campus as a destination for producing highly skilled professionals in data science and analytics, advancing economic development in the urban core and creating prosperity for San Antonio.
Additionally, UTSA employs nearly 40 researchers studying various aspects of brain health and is home to the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, a team of two dozen researchers who are leading the charge to advance the fields of microbiology, immunology and infectious diseases, with a key focus on vaccine development.
Discover the field of archaeology and more with the archaeologists at UTSA’s Center for Archaeological Research. Campers can expect archaeology themed activities, games, crafts and a hands-on look at artifacts in a lab.Virtual Event
The UTSA String Project Guitar and Orchestra Camp welcomes current year-round UTSA String Project students and public, charter, private, and home school string students who have completed grades 2-8 in the 2020-2021 school year.Virtual Event
As employees prepare to return to the physical workplace, they may experience anxiety about their health and safety and have concerns about the many changes that have occurred since the pandemic began. This session will provide helpful strategies that will help individuals more effectively transition back into working onsite, cope with changes, and re-engage their colleaguesVirtual Event
The vaccine clinics, hosted by Metro Health San Antonio, will be held in the Student Union Denman Ballroom (SU 2.01.28) and will continue through early August. After you receive your vaccine on campus, you can enjoy lunch on us. All participants will receive a free $10 Rowdy Dollars gift card, redeemable at any dining or retail location on campus.Denman Ballroom (SU 2.01.28), Student Union, Main Campus
Once the students have the basics down, we go further in this Intermediate Coding Camp in collaboration with experts from UTSA NASA CAMEE center to see how the coding knowledge applies to real-time data such as data received by NASA, daily weather data, and satellite imagery. This camp lets students put their creative hats on and explore creating more advanced Python programs with graphics.Virtual Event
This camp will introduce students to the world of white-hat hacking and penetration testing. Starting with a comprehensive introduction of foundational cybersecurity principles, this camp will introduce participants to the various toolkits and approaches used to compromise and secure vulnerable computer and network systems, applications, and protocols.Virtual Event
Transitioning from summer courses to fall semester might leave you feeling burned out. Since self-care is important, join us for ways to destress and recharge.Virtual Event
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
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UTSA is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) as designated by the U.S. Department of Education.
The University of Texas at San Antonio, a Hispanic Serving Institution situated in a global city that has been a crossroads of peoples and cultures for centuries, values diversity and inclusion in all aspects of university life. As an institution expressly founded to advance the education of Mexican Americans and other underserved communities, our university is committed to ending generations of discrimination and inequity. UTSA, a premier public research university, fosters academic excellence through a community of dialogue, discovery and innovation that embraces the uniqueness of each voice.