UM’s Center for Computational Science and the Yucatan State Government sign a strategic agreement to create “UM Computational Science Center for the Americas.”
The University of Miami’s Center for Computational Science and the Yucatan State Government, on behalf of its Information Technologies Innovation Center known as “Heuristic,” signed a memorandum of understanding to formalize an agreement to work jointly on research, innovation and technology projects.
“This partnership will foster the hemispheric aspirations I referenced in my inauguration speech, but also I have learned that the founders of this University intended it to be a Pan American University,” UM President Julio Frenk said of the agreement, signed in 2016.
“This is part of our deliberate strategy to take advantage of Miami’s geographical location at the crossroads of the Americas and at the heart of the Americas,” he added.
Thomas J. LeBlanc, UM’s executive vice president and provost, and Eric Rubio Barthell, general coordinator of advisors for the State of Yucatan, also participated in the signing ceremony.
“We are very excited with this alliance," said Nick Tsinoremas, director of the University’s Center for Computational Science, who credited Alejandra Collarte, director of the Office of International Relations in University Advancement, for being "the driving force" behind the collaboration.
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From left to right: Eric Rubio Barthell, general coordinator of advisors for the State of Yucatan, UM President Julio Frenk, and Thomas J. LeBlanc, UM’s executive vice president and provost.
"The aim of the Center for Computational Science for the Americas is to create a consortium of academic institutions, research agencies and industry partners across the region, becoming the central hub for research and technology, creating a virtual community of researchers," Tsinoremas said. "The center will focus on research as it relates to smart cities, health care transformational technologies, energy and the environment."
During the visit to UM, Rubio Barthell and his delegation from the State of Yucatan toured UM’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, learning about the school’s new Marine Technology and Life Sciences Seawater Complex and the SUSTAIN lab that features a wind-wave tank capable of generating Category 5 hurricane-force winds. The group also visited the Network Access Point of the Americas in downtown Miami, where the Center for Computational Science’s powerful Pegasus supercomputer is located.
Rubio Barthell, who spoke on behalf of Rolando Zapata Bello, the Governor of Yucatan, said that he sees the partnership with UM as “the beginning of a great relationship between Yucatan and our closest brothers from Florida.”
“Yucatan is a dynamic place,” said Rubio Barthell. “We are a center for commerce, universities and health care. Now we want to be the center for innovation, for research and for technology in higher education.”
The Yucatan government welcomes the partnership with UM in its quest to achieve excellence in research and technology, added Rubio Barthell.
At UM, a major research university engaged in more than $330 million in research and sponsored program expenditures annually, the Center for Computational Science (CCS) is engaged in nationally and internationally recognized interdisciplinary research programs that aim to solve the complex technological problems of modern society, using fundamental and applied aspects of computational science.
“The focus of this collaboration will be a shared research and development infrastructure based on computational science, and research and innovation projects using that infrastructure," said Provost LeBlanc. "We are especially excited about the potential for joint research and innovation in the area of smart cities, work that has the potential to engage faculty and students at UM from many different disciplines,” he said, adding that this project had started eight years ago.
The international collaboration will create a research center to be named The University of Miami Center for Computational Science for the Americas, which will ultimately be installed within “Heuristic,” an Information Technology Development cluster, with the objective of creating a prime environment for IT companies to strengthen their capacity for innovation.
This will become the R&D (Research and Development) platform for technology initiatives in Latin America.
Since 2012, the Yucatan Government has invested in new infrastructure and provided funds for companies within both public and private sectors to position itself as Mexico’s leading research and development hub, with an emphasis on information and communication technology.
One of the Yucatan Government’s R&D projects is Parque Cientifico Tecnologico de Yucatan (PCTY), which was created to shelter institutions and enterprises dedicated to technology development and innovation. Within PCTY, and in partnership with the regional chapter of the Information Technology Chamber of Commerce (CANIETI), the Yucatan Government has funded and built the innovation center known as “Heuristic.”
Established in 2007, the University of Miami Center for Computational Science provides the cyber infrastructure that addresses major research challenges. More than 1,500 faculty, researchers, staff and students utilize the center as a nucleus for collaboration.
- UM News