“It’s a really cool statistic that most of the people who go to UH end up coming back or staying in the area. If we’re going to build an innovation economy in Houston, it’s going to be built by Cougar hands,” says Campbell.
But that’s not the only presence the university has in the innovation ecosystem. Over the past year, UH has transitioned its Energy Research Park — the 74-acre site that was formerly the Schlumberger headquarters — into the Technology Bridge. The strategic transformation was impart due to the fact that the research was no longer focused on energy, but Campbell says UH had another reason too.
“One of the reasons we changed the name from the Energy Research Park to the Technology Bridge is that we wanted to highlight that transition or bridge between the academic world and the market,” he says.