UTSA is building bold futures through data innovation

Driving through downtown San Antonio, it’s hard not to notice the engraved six-story “UTSA” height in the glass windows of the University of Texas at the new San Antonio School of Science School building on Dolorosa Street.

The truly durable nature of the building will be an incredible work done within its walls as leading data researchers innovate with students to make our world fairer, more informed and safer.

In 2018, UTSA launched an initiative to establish a School of Data Science, which will occupy a new building with the Center for National Security Cooperation – after recognizing the need in the labor market. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 28 percent increase in data science jobs by 2026, and the Glassdoor annual report on America’s 50 Best Jobs puts scientists in 2nd place in 2021 with an average salary of $ 113,000.

UTSA could pave the way for these positions as one of a group of far-sighted universities designated by both Carnegie R1 and Hispanics that strategically invest in the U.S. in data science education and research.

Research by Forbes and others shows that among all technical fields, data science is the lowest in diversity: less than 3 percent of scientists are colored women, 5 percent are Hispanic, 4 percent are black, and 0.5 percent are Indian. As a university that awards 67 percent of its bachelor’s degrees to students who identify as Latino / Latino or other underrepresented minority and ranks 26th in the country for social mobility for their deliberate work to promote student success among diverse populations, UTSA and the School of Science o data can have a strong impact.

Making a career in data science accessible to the public, representing America’s future with roots in Military City, USA, is an integral part of making our world more informed and secure. A new generation of diverse data scientists can enrich our daily lives in ways that many of us may take for granted. They can turn their life experiences into algorithms – rules that digital devices follow to perform calculations and recommendations, for example – in our portable devices when we shop, scroll through social networks, use GPS, go under CCTV cameras or save a favorite song to a region. . They can help ensure that the data we collect and process for learning algorithms is broad and inclusive.

Moreover, a new generation of data scientists can enjoy the results and benefits of shaping the future of data science and artificial intelligence, or artificial intelligence – modeling human intelligence using computers and other machines. AI is at the heart of a market that is expected to grow by more than 120 percent each year until 2025, realizing the vision of autonomous vehicles, personalized medicine and virtual medical assistants, and increasingly advanced drones for home delivery and national security .

The digital economy driven by data will only evolve, and UTSA fully embraces this movement, encouraging and preparing our students to advance with it – in all disciplines.

David Manjo is the founding director of the University of Texas at the San Antonio School of Data Science. Kimberly Andrews Espie is Vice President of UTSA and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

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