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"I have had summer internships with AT&T, working on emerging technologies with mobile applications. The combination of skills I have learned at SMU – analytical and problem-solving skills as well as the ability to communicate well and collaborate effectively – has proven invaluable in the workplace."

— Nariana Sands, Computer Science major, at AT&T, a Fortune 20 company headquartered in Dallas


Dallas is known for its entrepreneurial spirit and innovative approaches to the business of living. This is the city of Southwest Airlines, which invented a whole new style of travel. This is where TI engineers developed the idea of an integrated circuit that would become the microchip and change the way humans live, work and play.

The can-do spirit of Dallas helps fuel SMU's intellectual environment to drive cutting-edge research, with far-reaching benefits for our world. It's one reason why SMU is classified as a university with "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


In the midst of heightened local and national concerns over the increasing evidence of earthquakes in the U.S., timely research by the SMU seismology team revealed the location and depth of a geologic fault, an important step in investigating what might have triggered recent earthquakes in North Texas and Central Oklahoma. SMU installed more than 20 monitors, supplied by the U.S. Geological Survey and the academic consortium Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), to provide enhanced mapping that enables Irving and Dallas city officials to assess potential municipal hazards.


Biomechanics experts in SMU's Simmons School of Education and Human Development studied NBA players flopping (deliberately falling to create the illusion of illegal contact). Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban funded their research with a grant of more than $100,000 to help shed light on the dynamics of flopping, considered a widespread problem in basketball, and examine how much contact would cause a player to have a legitimate fall.


SMU is on the leading edge of high-performance computing with ManeFrame, one of the top academic supercomputers in the nation. Capable of more than 120 trillion mathematical operations per second, ManeFrame put SMU ahead of other great universities during one of the largest and most powerful physics experiments in the world – searching for the elusive particles present during the Big Bang.


SMU students make important classroom-to-career connections with key health care and biotechnology companies that are attracted to Dallas by its infrastructure, research climate and market location. In addition, SMU students majoring in the sciences or mathematics gain outstanding preparation for entry into research and health care through the Biomedical Researchers In Training Experience (BRITE) program, a partnership between SMU and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, one of the leading medical education and biomedical research institutions in the United States.


The Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity makes it possible to lead local efforts with global magnitude. For example, SMU faculty and students are working in the lab and on the ground in Africa and South Asia to help the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, provide safer drinking water in refugee camps in those regions.


Founded in 2001 by Meadows School of the Arts alumni, including artistic director Nathan Allen '00, Chicago's House Theatre is critically acclaimed for its exploration of the ideas of community and storytelling through original works.



In the summer of 1958, Jack Kilby, a newbie at Texas Instruments, built the first integrated circuit, which became the microchip. Kilby received the Nobel Prize for his invention in 2000. Kilby also led the team that invented the hand-held calculator.


Dallas is a vital link in the Texas Bio Corridor, a 275-mile stretch along Interstate 35 that is home to a variety of startups in health care and biotechnology.


Students and faculty form a community of intrepid problem solvers as they take on real-world challenges at SMU’s Deason Innovation Gym. Eighty percent of SMU Lyle School of Engineering students graduate with professional experience from internships.


The Locomotor Performance Laboratory at Simmons School of Education and Human Development is one of the premier labs of its kind in the country, conducting cutting-edge research in biomechanics.


The Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity at SMU brings together the most talented minds from fields including engineering, science, business, international development and global economics to come up with innovative solutions for disadvantaged communities.


SMU brings distinguished speakers to the Hilltop through premier programs, including the Tate Lecture Series. Recent speakers on campus have included Robin Roberts and Garry Kasparov. This year, SMU will host luminaries such as the Dalai Lama, actor Rob Lowe, filmmaker Ken Burns and SMU alumnus Robert Edsel, whose book was the inspiration for the George Clooney film The Monuments Men.


Ziosk, a restaurant tabletop tablet that allows customers to place their orders, pay their tab and play games, was developed in an SMU M.B.A. classroom. Ziosk is now deployed in restaurants across the country, including Dallas-based Chili's.