UTSA joins LMI Academic Partnerships to connect students with career mentors

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(May 15, 2013) -- On July 12, The University of Texas at San Antonio will formalize an agreement July 12 with LMI, a McLean, Va.-based not-for-profit supporting the public sector through consulting and research, to become a member of the LMI Academic Partnerships program. The partnership will allow UTSA and LMI to address some of the nation's most critical challenges in energy and cyber security.

UTSA President Ricardo Romo and LMI President and CEO Nelson M. Ford will sign a memorandum of understanding to enact the partnership at 10 a.m., Friday, July 12 in the Main Building Regents Room (3.106) on the UTSA Main Campus.

LMI, whose southwest region headquarters is in San Antonio, will conduct research with the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute at UTSA and the UTSA Institute for Cyber Security. Additionally, LMI will connect UTSA students with mentorship and career opportunities.

"Cyber security, energy and sustainability are core strengths for both LMI and UTSA," said Les Shephard, director of the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute. "This partnership lays the foundation for UTSA scholars to work with LMI experts in mutually beneficial areas that contribute to national security and economic priorities. This partnership is a win-win for our students, our scholars and our government."

Eric Stephens, director of the LMI Southwest Region, said, "UTSA shares LMI's passion for solving today's complex problems with practical solutions, employing top talent in a multidisciplinary approach. We couldn't ask for a better partner and look forward to a long, productive relationship highlighted by breakthrough achievements."

The UTSA-LMI partnership aims to:

  • build and enhance strategic partnerships between UTSA faculty and LMI experts,
  • leverage academic expertise to accelerate research and development and to support a strong technology base,
  • obtain access to leading research in areas aligned to LMI's program groups and client needs;
  • grow LMI and UTSA talents in new and existing research areas and
  • introduce leading university faculty and students to LMI and its mission.

LMI is a government consulting firm committed to helping government leaders and managers reach decisions that make a difference. LMI draws on 50-plus years of experience as a pioneer in logistics by applying an unmatched knowledge of people, processes and assets to a variety of sectors including defense, intelligence, health care, energy and environment, homeland security and civil government. As a not-for-profit organization, LMI is a trusted adviser to the government -- free from commercial or political bias and dedicated to the mission of advancing government management.

The Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute was created by UTSA to address the grand global challenges of the 21st century pertaining to energy, water, climate change and sustainability. The institute draws on expertise and capabilities from across the university through each college and is actively partnered with CPS Energy, the largest wholly owned public municipality in the nation, to address key energy challenges for the coming decades.

The UTSA Institute for Cyber Security conducts basic and applied research in partnership with academia, government and industry. ICS scholars offer exceptional expertise in cyber security models, architectures, protocols and technologies. Its innovations are widely practiced and have a sustained influence.

>> Learn more about the LMI Academic Partnerships program.