Facilities and Other Resources
The University of Texas at Arlington, with an enrollment of 51,000 (second only to UT Austin in the UT system), is situated on 420 acres and has over 100 buildings. The UT Arlington Library holds 1.2 million print volumes, 432,000 electronic books, 42,000 e-journals and databases, 3,500 print journal subscriptions, 8,000 linear feet of manuscript and archival material, 4.5 million historical photographs, and 10,000 historical maps and cartographic items, not to mention government documents, multimedia items (CDs, DVDs, etc.), broadsides, and materials in other formats. The Library is comprised of six facilities (Central Library, Science and Engineering Library, Architecture and Fine Arts Library, Electronic Business Library, Social Work Electronic Library, and the Fort Worth Santa Fe Center Library) and has a staff of 128 librarians, archivists, technologists, and paraprofessionals. The Library has an operating budget of $108 million, and the Central Library is open 24 hours a day. The Library is dedicated to supporting the research, teaching, and service needs of the campus community, and to these ends offers a host of services from electronic reserves, to information literacy instruction, to state of the art multi-media editing facilities, to instant messaging reference services. More than two million people visit the Library's physical locations during any given academic year, and the website receives 10+ million hits a year.
Science, Engineering Innovation and Research Building
The University of Texas at Arlington is advancing plans for a new six-story Science, Engineering Innovation and Research building to help meet increasing student demand and to further the University’s emerging concentration in health science initiatives.
The 200,000-square-foot building will feature a structural steel and glass atrium; be located southeast of Pickard Hall, home of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation; and will be south of the existing Life Science building. The SEIR building will include large multi-use collaborative spaces, large classrooms and lecture halls and innovative research and teaching labs.
State lawmakers approved $70 million in Tuition Revenue Bonds to support the project earlier this year and additional funding will complete the anticipated construction budget. Work on the project is expected to begin in 2016 with completion in 2018.
“Demand for degrees in engineering, science, nursing and allied health careers continues to grow, and given our substantial academic and research strength in these areas, UT Arlington is well positioned to become a national leader in health science with the addition of this collaborative research and teaching facility and state-of-the-art innovative laboratory space,” President Vistasp M. Karbhari said.
“We thank Governor Abbott and Texas lawmakers who saw the need to add space for engineering, science and health initiatives and understood the enormous positive impact that education and research in these critical fields will have on the economy.”
The project will be the first new research and academic space added to the UT Arlington campus since the 234,000-square-foot Engineering Research Building opened in January 2011 at South Cooper Street and UTA Boulevard. Also designed with collaborative academic and research space, the ERB has fostered a new generation of interdisciplinary faculty and student collaboration and enabled enrollment in the College of Engineering to surpass 6,000 students for the first time last year.
The SEIR building will house faculty and students in areas related to the health sciences and biomedical engineering. Collaborative research based in SEIR will increase UT Arlington’s national standing in science and engineering, said Duane Dimos, vice president for research and the University’s champion for the SEIR project.
“As we continue to strengthen research at UTA, the SEIR building will be critical to boldly advancing our strategic goals in health research and education by bringing together leading researchers in science, engineering, and health innovation in a new state-of-the-art building,” Dimos said.
The collaborative academic and research space also will further facilitate the accelerated pursuit of goals outlined in the University’s Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions | Global Impact under the four guiding themes, with emphasis on Health and the Human Condition and Data-Driven Discovery.- See more at the University News Center Web page.
UT Arlington offers the range of support services expected at a research university, including: an Office of Information Technology; an Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness; an Office of Research; and the Libraries.
The Office of Information Technology provides computing resources, training and support for UT Arlington faculty and students. Research computing resources include a supercomputing facility comprised of 840 processors and more than 90 terabytes of storage. All UT Arlington computers have direct access to the Internet via two redundant services: The University of Texas System's Texas Higher Education Network (THENet) and the North Texas GigaPop. Network access to each of the computers is via a gigabit-per-second fiber-optic backbone. Desktop access to this backbone is via auto-sensing 10/100 megabit per second switched Ethernet connections.
The Office of Information Technology also operates the campus-wide UT Arlington wireless network providing extensive coverage throughout the campus. A virtual private network (VPN) connection lets any student, faculty, or staff member access campus resources from any remote computer that has an Internet connection.
UT Arlington is a member of the Texas Lonestar Education and Research Network (LEARN), a consortium of 34 higher education institutions in Texas to provide high-speed connectivity between their institutions as well as research networks across the country in support of high education's research, teaching, health care, and public service missions. All computers have access to research networks such as Internet2 and the National Lambda Rail (NLR) via LEARN.
The Office of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness staff provide data and analysis support for institutional data. The ORPE can provide a wide array of data to investigators, such as faculty mentoring surveys, information on mentoring program participants, demographics of faculty and students, faculty salaries and start-up packages. They will also provide support for the management and analysis of data.
The Office of Research houses Grants and Contracts Services whose staff provides a full range of assistance to researchers including grants management and monitoring. The Electronic Research Administration division will assist the PI in creating a scholarly activity monitoring system based on their current Faculty Profiles system, an open repository of faculty publications, grants, and expertise. The system is user-friendly and designed to be easily updated by faculty so as to contain current information.