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Project Management Symposium – University of Texas at Dallas

The University of Texas at Dallas is a Carnegie R1 classification (doctoral granting university – highest research activity) institution, 20 miles north of downtown Dallas. The University enrolls more than 27,600 students — 18,380 undergraduate and 9,250 graduate — and offers an array of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs.

Established by the founders of Texas Instruments, UT Dallas is driven by their entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to academic excellence. In 1969, the public research institution joined The University of Texas System and became The University of Texas at Dallas.

As high-energy, innovative institution, UT Dallas offers top-ranked business, science and engineering programs and has gained prominence for its breadth of degrees offered. UT Dallas’ faculty includes a Nobel laureate, six members of the National Academies and more than 560 tenured and tenure-track professors.

And while UT Dallas doesn’t field a football team, it does have a nationally and internationally recognized competitive chess team, with members from across the globe. They come to UT Dallas in part to compete on this team. The Naveen Jindal School of Management, which includes the Project Management program, offers undergraduate, master’s, doctoral, executive and certificate programs. Many of its masters’ degrees are ranked among the top 20 nationwide in their area. Many of its executive and graduate programs are available online or in a blended online/on-campus format to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.

Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center

The Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center is near the Jindal School of Management in the heart of the UT Dallas campus.

The Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center, a 30,000 square-foot events space in the heart of the UT Dallas campus, will again be headquarters for the 13th annual UT Dallas Project Management Symposium. Named for University benefactors Nancy Gundy Davidson BS’80 and Charles “Chuck” Davidson MS’80 (both Jindal School of Management alumni), the building serves as base for Project Symposium keynotes and meals. Breakout sessions are conveniently held in classrooms across the street at the Jindal School of Management.

Rick Archer, the architect with Overland Partners in San Antonio who designed the Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center, first consulted an astrophysicist to understand the characteristics of comets (the University mascot is a comet). One of the center’s features — a scrim, which is a screen of perforated aluminum mesh covering three sides of the building — will catch sunlight and create the illusion of comets moving through the cosmos.

An expansive patio surrounds the building. Inside, on the first floor of the center, is a ballroom and a spacious reception area that connects to outdoor spaces. Other space at the new center includes executive meeting rooms and staff offices.

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