The systems design program they helped develop became the basis of the computer engineering program. At the time, all faculty offices and classrooms were located in the Humanities and Social Sciences building, which was renamed the McKinney Humanities Building in 2011. The library was in boxes in the convening center. and UTSA did not have computers. From those humble beginnings, they have seen UTSA grow into a dynamic and exciting institution.
Computing has also gone through many changes over the years. When the couple started at UTSA, their students submitted their programs using punch cards, which were shipped off campus each evening to be performed. In the Robbins’ more than 40 years at UTSA, they have seen the computer science curriculum and curriculum adapt to the advent of networks, terminals, PCs, the Internet, the Web and mobile devices.
Today, the Department of Computer Science has been nationally recognized and is one of the fastest growing divisions within the College of Sciences.
“We are very grateful to this visionary endowment fund that Drs Kay and Steve Robbins have created to support the future success of our computer training,” said Sushi Prasad, president of the computer science department of UTSA. “Kay and Steve were founding members of the Computer Science Department and were instrumental in setting a standard of excellence in education and research that will always be linked to their legacy at UTSA. . “
During her career at UTSA, Kay Robbins has been actively involved in developing and teaching courses at all levels of the Computer Science department. An important contribution was the creation of materials and techniques for the Data Analysis and Visualization course, first required of biology majors, then became part of the mathematics section of the core curriculum.
She has also actively participated in the development of bioinformatics programs and programs. Additionally, she was the Principal Investigator of the UTSA / UTHSCSA Cancer Bioinformatics Initiative. This effort brought together cancer researchers and quantitative scientists to further engage students in evidence-based research on cancer and other diseases.