Dec 12, 2017

Three CS Faculty and Staff Receive Grants to Empower Student Success

Three Computer Science department faculty and staff have received grant awards to aid UTSA student success. The UTSA Office of Information Technology (OIT) awarded approximately $150,000 in grants to projects submitted by seven colleges across the university through its Academic Support Solutions Fund. The awards, which range from $5,000 to $15,000, will help subsidize the costs of initiatives to empower student success at the Main and Downtown Campuses.

Last summer, OIT extended a call for proposals (CFPs) by way of its Faculty Advisory Committee. The committee members distributed the CFPs throughout their respective colleges to provide interested faculty and staff an opportunity to receive support for student-centered projects that aligned with at least one of the themes outlined in the UTSA strategic plan.


Out of the proposals submitted, 15 were selected to receive funding, based on a unanimous decision of the Faculty Advisory sub-committee.

Some of the awarded projects will enable UTSA students to gain experience in mobile app creation and familiarize them with innovative technology such as smartboards and drawing tablets, which are widely utilized at peer institutions and in today's workforce.

“I think it is a great idea to make these funds available for small student-focused projects which support UTSA’s vision,” said Dan Smolenski, UTSA computer science computing manager. “The OIT Academic Support Solutions Fund is a good way for the faculty and staff that work closely with students and know their needs to get projects funded, which directly supports the students. This in-turn helps to increase our retention and graduation rates.”


The awarded projects from the Department of Computer Science include:


- "Testbed for Unix and Network Security Research and Education" by Dr. Ali Tosun, Associate Professor of Computer Science

- "System Support for Education and Research in Big-Data Application with Non-CPU Devices" by Dr. Wei Wang, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

- "Security Course Virtualization" by Dr. Dan Smolenski, Computer Science Computing Manager and Director of CS Computing Facilities