With a broad range of technical expertise, top notch staff, state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, we benefit government, industry, and the public through innovative science and technology. Operating as a nonprofit since our 1947 inception, we work in the public’s best interest and toward the betterment of humanity.
Space Science Directorate
Our space research activities focus principally on understanding the behavior of electrically charged particles (plasmas) and electromagnetic fields at the Sun, in planetary magnetospheres and interplanetary space, and at the heliosphere’s interface with the local interstellar medium. Our program extends from the Sun to the very edge of the solar system, where the outflow of electrically charged particles from the Sun (the solar wind) encounters the local interstellar medium.
UTSA is one of the largest schools in the University of Texas system and has been ranked one of the top 100 universities in the world under 50 years old by the Times Higher Education. The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy offers both M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics for areas such as Space Physics, Astrophysics, Material Science, Biophysics, and Nanotechnology.
San Antonio – rated as one of the 52 places to go in 2015 by the NY Times – is home of the historic Alamo (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and the River Walk which intersects museums and other culture sites. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Texas Hill Country, San Antonio is only a few hours from the Texas Gulf Coast. San Antonio is also only about an hour from Austin, the capital of Texas and the “live music capital of the world.”