The UTSA vision is to become a premier research institution. Our mission is to promote research as an academic enhancement for UTSA students, build the University’s reputation for research excellence, and reach out to industry and government to expand the research funding available. By achieving a 253% increase in research funding over the past 10 years, UTSA’s university research is making significant progress in meeting those goals.
Access to participation in university research is an important part of an excellent education, and UTSA plays a distinctive role among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate research. Some students have used their research at UTSA to lay the groundwork for entrepreneurship and to bring to market new inventions and patents.
UTSA is recognized for research excellence.
Growing Research Expenditures
During fiscal year 2016, UTSA’s research expenditures grew to $56,756,250 and sponsored programs expenditures climbed to $26,691,710
Thriving Research Culture at UTSA
Undergraduate and graduate students enjoy a thriving research culture at UTSA, working alongside faculty members who are highly regarded in their fields. As early as their freshman year, UTSA students are involved in a broad spectrum of research activities, whether it’s developing new approaches for stem cell therapy, creating bone scaffolds, examining the nuances of music theory or patenting new technologies.
To facilitate commercialization, the university has developed a strong entrepreneurial network to take UTSA inventions to market. This network, along with the UTSA Office of Commercialization and Innovation, enables industrial research partnerships, intellectual property management, proof-of-concept development, new venture incubation, entrepreneurial training, and policies and procedures that accelerate the transition of intellectual property from the university to industry.
Areas of Research Excellence
As part of providing world-class engineering education and research opportunities to our region’s diverse community, the nation and beyond.
Cloud, Cyber, Computing and Analytics
7 Centers & Institutes
The College of Engineering currently houses seven centers and institutes. Please take a look at what the college’s centers have to offer.
Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems
The Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Lean Systems (CAMLS) was founded in 2007 at the University of Texas at San Antonio to address a growing need for a strong interdisciplinary organization that can conduct research and development as well as provide education and training in lean manufacturing and six-sigma, supply chain and logistics engineering, warehouse systems, automation technologies, advanced sensors and robotics.
Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship
The Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE), an interdisciplinary center in the Colleges of Business and Engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), was established in 2006 to create a pipeline for UTSA faculty, students and surrounding business community to develop new technology ventures.
Center for Simulation, Visualization and Real-Time Prediction
SiViRT is a Center of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST). This program makes resources available to enhance the research capabilities of minority-serving institutions through the establishment of centers that effectively integrate education and research. CREST promotes the development of new knowledge, enhancements of the research productivity of individual faculty, and an expanded presence of students historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines.
The Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute was created to develop citizen leaders for the global community committed to transform the energy future of San Antonio, Texas and the nation. The Institute integrates scientific discovery, engineering innovation and policy deliberations with pragmatic implementation and a commitment to our multicultural traditions to realize the promise of tomorrow’s America as a global energy leader.
The Open Cloud Institute (OCI) created in 2015 is part of an initiative to develop degree programs in cloud computing and big data and foster collaboration with industry, positioning UTSA and San Antonio as world leaders in open cloud technology. With UTSA already recognized as the top university in the country for cybersecurity, the Open Cloud Institute further distinguishes UTSA as a top tier-research institution. OCI has already received many in-kind donations from industry leaders such as Rackspace, Yahoo, AMD, Intel, Mellanox Technologies and Seagate, and the OpenStack Foundation. OCI is a neutral, third party research and education laboratory that encourages research, the development, and adoption of standards-based open technologies such as open compute, openstack, and openflow by providing infrastructure, platform and software.
The Center for Excellence in Engineering Education (CE3)
The Center for Excellence in Engineering Education (CE3) provides a holistic approach for improving the quality of engineering education at The University of Texas at San Antonio. The center strives to improve the preparedness and marketability of the students in the College of Engineering for challenging and rewarding careers.
The Interactive Technology Experience Center, iTEC, was established in 2007 for the purpose of introducing visitors to the many different fields of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Since then, iTEC has grown into a year-round Kinder - 12th grade S.T.E.A.M education program. iTEC seeks to be an inspiration for young people by creating an environment where they can understand how engineering, science, math, arts and technology shape our lives and the future of the world.
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.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.