The has announced a ten-year, $15 million grant from the to strengthen its data science and cybersecurity research and education programs.
The grant includes $12 million in support of the university's Center for Data Science, funds that will be used to hire faculty and help the center achieve its goals of doubling the number of data science courses and tripling enrollment in its master's program in computer science. The remaining $3 million will support new research and education activities at the Cybersecurity Institute, including the establishment of a trust assurance cybersecurity certificate program at the MassMutual Foundation/UMass Springfield Center.
"The implementation of new technologies across all industries is occurring at an extremely rapid pace, driving demand for scientists skilled in analyzing data and protecting digital information," said Nick Fyntrilakis, MassMutual's vice president of community responsibility and president of the MassMutual Foundation. "The MassMutual Foundation is making this gift to take these leading data science and cybersecurity research centers to the next level, and to ensure that both the Pioneer Valley and the commonwealth will be at the forefront of these emerging areas and a top destination for these important disciplines."