UMass Amherst Receives $5 million State Grant for Data Science Collaborative

UMass Amherst, a NEC member, received a $5 million grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to establish the UMass Amherst Data Science/Cybersecurity Research and Education Collaborative.

Presented to the school by Governor Charlie Baker, the grant will help prepare students for careers in data science and cybersecurity, in turn ensuring the continued growth of the field in Western Massachusetts.

“In today’s rapidly evolving world, data science and cybersecurity are the fundamental building blocks of emerging technologies and essential to pushing the boundaries of commercial products and innovation,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am incredibly excited about the potential for this center and the truly groundbreaking ideas it will unlock for students and their future employers.”

The grant follows a contribution by MassMutual of $15 million over the next 10 years.

“This public-private partnership will play a vital role in connecting the Pioneer Valley to the Commonwealth’s innovation economy,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “This partnership between the Commonwealth, UMass Amherst, and MassMutual Foundation will strengthen the region’s technology cluster and build critical workforce skills.”

The New England Council congratulates UMass Amherst on the $5 million grant. The Data Science/Cybersecurity Research Collaborative will not only help UMass Amherst students and the regional economy, but will also establish a workforce that will advance the industry in the future.

Read more in the Governor’s press release.

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