Research Centers and Institutes at UTSA

The Margie and Bill Klesse College of Engineering and Integrated Design currently houses ten centers and institutes. Please take a look at what the college's centers have to offer below.

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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.

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Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship

The Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE), an interdisciplinary center in the Carlos Alvarez College of Business and Klesse College of 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.

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Sustainable Pervasive Urban Resilience Center

Devoted to Sustainable Pervasive Urban Resilience, SPUR is a university, government, and industry collaboration to develop transformational technologies for one of today’s most pressing societal problems: Engineering urban ecosystems to achieve sustainable growth while improving the safety and well-being of residents.

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Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute

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.

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The Open Cloud Institute

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.

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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 Klesse College for challenging and rewarding careers.

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Center for Cultural Sustainability

The CCS provides academic research and services to benefit communities, completes large-scale research projects, provides research and educational opportunities for graduate students, and convenes leaders in the field for dialogue on global practices concerning sustainable development and construction.

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Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research

The UTSA Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research (CURPR) aims to generate new knowledge of the forms, processes, and impacts of metropolitan and megaregional growth while advancing the creation of more sustainable, inspiring, and equitable cities. Through a multidisciplinary approach to research and discovery, CURPR aims to maximize its local impact through community engagement and service.

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Urban Future Lab

UTSA's Urban Future Lab aims to increase the scope of design and leverage social and cultural currencies to more directly engage in the processes of spatial production and economic development. It is an interdisciplinary think tank and research/teaching lab promoting action through design research, citizen agency and public interest to address the challenges of contemporary urbanization.

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Institute of Regenerative Medicine

The IRM is a joint initiative emanating from the Klesse College of Engineering and the College of Sciences in conjunction with multiple entities throughout the San Antonio community to establish multidisciplinary teams combining academic, clinical, military, and biotechnological expertise to address grand challenges in Regenerative Medicine. We seek ground-breaking advances in basic and clinical research while educating students and young investigators in the multifaceted disciplines that make up the field of Regenerative Medicine.