This is an exciting day for UTSA and for San Antonio. Today, we broke ground on our new $95 million Science and Engineering Building, the largest construction project in UTSA history.
When it opens in 2020, it will be home to world-changing discovery through teaching, learning and research. It will also expand our ability to recruit and train the next generation of great scientists and engineers.
UTSA expenditures total nearly $60 million each year for research in health, cybersecurity, energy, sustainability, and human and social development. This work is leading to discoveries that are advancing solutions for complex global challenges.
Consider our research in brain health, for example. At UTSA, we have more than 40 researchers with expertise in biology, biophysics, chemistry, psychology, electrical and computer engineering, and kinesiology, health and nutrition working together to study the brain.
These researchers are making discoveries about the brain’s fundamental functions. They are unlocking mysteries related to learning and memory, neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and traumatic brain injury, which affects so many of our service men and women.
At the same time, they are training the next generation of brilliant scientists who will lead us into the future. Undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are coming to UTSA because they want the best opportunities and they recognize that our faculty members are the best in their fields.
But our story doesn’t stop there. UTSA is building a reputation for research excellence in engineering, business, education, public policy, architecture and the liberal and fine arts. We are making innovations in biomedicine and advanced materials. We are developing and sharing best practices in business, education and literacy. And we are leading the nation in cybersecurity and cloud computing.
This morning’s groundbreaking ceremony wasn’t just about an investment in UTSA. It is an investment in San Antonio. The work underway at UTSA is making meaningful contributions to solving some of the most complex problems, and it is helping to transform San Antonio into a global research leader.
We should all feel very proud!
Pedro Reyes, Ph.D.
President Ad Interim, The University of Texas at San Antonio