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A focus on the big picture

We believe that data powers everything we do. Where it used to be harnessed to confirm our ideas, data is now driving decisions in every sector of society, from security to transportation to hospitality – it’s even being used to understand how our online social interactions influence business. It impacts everything.

With Houston industries driving economies all over the world, there is an ongoing need for data science research and education to support workforce development and technology commercialization in the region. The Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute will play a key role in the creation of a data-savvy workforce to support the region’s industrial base, as well as the adoption of leading practices and innovative approaches to support data-enabled decisions at all levels.

The Institute will also serve as a catalyst for basic and applied research, leading to the discovery and commercialization of technologies that will have a transformative impact on economic and social systems.


Delivering research, education and services in data science and scientific computing to the Houston metro area and beyond.


The University of Houston’s Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute, in collaboration with departments and colleges, leads research, education, and service activities in the broad area of data science and scientific computing and their applications. This includes application areas that are important to the Houston economy: energy and health. Research in data science will range from foundational research in data science and scientific computing to key application areas, including UH Research Thrusts: cyber and physical security, drug development and discovery, sustainable communities and infrastructure and accessible and personalized health care.


The HPE DSI will build collaborative programs with public and private sector partners to advance data science and scientific computing in the metro area and beyond. The HPE  DSI will facilitate research collaborations to increase the competitiveness of UH faculty for research grants. The HPE DSI leads the University’s educational focus on educating the current and future data science workforce to gain expertise to function in a data-rich environment through degree programs, non-degree certificate programs, hands-on experiences, and industry workshops. The HPE DSI will partner with colleges to develop community-based programs for middle and high school students to affect the STEM pipeline through coding academies and ‘train-the-trainer’ programs. The HPE DSI offers resources and services in the form of expertise, hardware and software to other researchers and startup companies across the breadth of disciplines, ranging from the STEM areas to the arts and humanities, law, and public policy.

Claudia Neuhauser

Claudia Neuhauser, Director

Claudia Neuhauser is the Associate Vice President/Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology Transfer at the University of Houston. 

Prior to coming to the University of Houston, Claudia served as Associate Vice President for Research and Director of Research Computing at the University of Minnesota. In her capacity as Director of Research Computing she directed the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII), the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI), and U Spatial.


Claudia Neuhauser

Martin Huarte-Espinosa, Associate Director

Huarte-Espinosa joined the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute as a High-Performance Computing (HPC) Specialist in 2014, where he provided consulting and training services to the community on technical and systematic computing and HPC methods for STEM research. As Associate Director, Huarte-Espinosa is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the HPE DSI and implements new campaigns and activities to realize the vision of the institute.


Advisory Board

The Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute Advisory Board is a volunteer appointed board composed of a diverse group of private sector industry leaders who have distinguished themselves in their selected fields. Members recognize the mutual responsibility to the greater Houston community, region and nation, and to the interests of the University of Houston, and work to position the University as an essential, relevant and valued resource. These key advisors meet twice a year to review initiatives and lend their strategic guidance to ongoing and upcoming programing.

University of Houston Key Liaisons

Claudia Neuhauser, Ph.D.
Interim Director, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Data Science Institute
Associate Vice Chancellor / Vice President, Research and Technology Transfer

Eloise Brice
Vice Chancellor / Vice President, University Advancement

Rebecca Gentry
Assistant Vice President, Strategic Initiatives

Contact Us

Our office is located in Suite 205 on the second floor of the
Durga D. and Sushila Agrawal Engineering Research Building.

Phone: 713.743.9922
Email: datascience@uh.edu

Physical address:
4718 Calhoun Rd.
Houston, TX 77204