Dallas made Amazon’s shortlist of potential locations for its second headquarters. With its investment in supercomputing infrastructure and data-driven research, SMU is ready to take advantage of new opportunities and ambitious challenges.
A story in the Chronicle of Higher Education notes that SMU and other universities have been key players in cities’ bids to host the coveted HQ2. SMU President R. Gerald Turner was interviewed for the story and issued this comment on the Amazon announcement:
“Dallas is a global city ripe with opportunities for research partnerships, mentoring and internships – value added for countless students and faculty members at Dallas universities. It’s particularly true at SMU, where we are a hub for talent. We connect the dots between every discipline we teach with innovation and business acumen. SMU’s investment in one of the nation’s most powerful academic supercomputers is aimed at dramatically expanding our research and supporting federally funded research partnerships with community and business. To add Amazon’s reach, resources and leadership to our real-world classroom would be like capturing lightning in a bottle, and our students are primed to take advantage of it.”