The 167,000-square-foot, six-story structure located at 506 Dolorosa St. in downtown San Antonio will anchor UTSA to the city’s thriving high-tech corridor and serve as a catalyst for workforce development. implementation and job creation. The SDS is the first of its kind in Texas and is a key part of UTSA’s mission to train highly skilled professionals in data science and analysis, as well as advance economic development in the urban core of San Antonio. It is estimated that 6,500 data science students will be trained there starting next year. The NSCC, which will be co-located with the SDS, will provide more than 81,000 square feet for innovation, laboratories and research.
“The new building is an investment in the virtuous circle of job creation,” said David Mongeau, founding director of SDS. “Government and industry want proximity to university talent and innovation. Universities want to be adjacent to government and industry to inform their teaching and their discoveries. This building’s location in the heart of the city helps achieve that adjacency, bringing UTSA’s data science and IT expertise closer to the employers and citizens of downtown San Antonio. As a result, access to basic education improves, the local workforce increases and new jobs are created. In turn, this translates into new investments and keeps the cycle going. “
The Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute will be co-located within the facility along with various collaborative forensics efforts; visualization and analysis; network security, e-learning and workforce development; big data analysis and privacy; post-quantum cryptography, cyber-physical systems and on-board security; cloud security; modeling and mitigation of attacks and threats; machine learning and artificial intelligence; and the integrity of the platform, software and hardware.
The School of Data Science and National Security Collaborating Center building expands UTSA’s various initiatives, including its Class to Career initiative. It fosters commitment to experiential learning, which facilitates a better understanding of the real-life applications of classroom learning for students. Additionally, this new downtown facility supports the university’s overall mission to fulfill its San Antonio Workforce Initiative, which aims to increase the number and range of programs to help local workers advance in their current jobs and enable those without a college degree to successfully complete and compete for higher paying jobs or new careers.
“A key feature of the NSCC / SDS will be the ground floor, which includes experiential learning exhibits and demonstrations from our federal, industry and academic partners,” said Guy walsh, Managing Director of NSCC. “Our hope is that SDS / NSCC attracts visitors from Kindergarten to Grade 12, thereby encouraging young people in San Antonio and Texas to consider careers in STEM, cyberscience, and data science.”
The mayor of San Antonio was also in attendance at today’s beam signing ceremony. Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson W. Wolff.
“It’s a quantum leap what’s going on here,” Wolff said. “Outside of DC, we are the largest collection of private e-work companies in the country.”
The fusion of data science, cybersecurity and cyber manufacturing under one roof in San Antonio’s tech sector will make UTSA an innovative leader in addressing national security challenges. Already, San Antonio is known in Cyber City USA for its strong presence of cybersecurity professionals outside of Washington DC. The new building will allow the region to maintain and develop this competitive advantage.
“For 10 years, we waited for the inner city momentum to take off. UTSA downtown is that moment. This puts San Antonio and Texas on the cybersecurity and information technology map, ”Nirenberg said. “I can’t wait to sign the beam and, most importantly, to see the students enter the building very soon. “
Construction on the building began in January 2021 and is expected to be completed in July 2022.