Why Rice University is 'deeply connected' to Houston's energy industry
Houston is known as the energy capital of the world, and the industry is ingrained into Rice University's DNA — especially the university's business school.
"We are deeply connected — and have been for a long time," says Peter Rodriguez, dean of Rice University's Jones Graduate School of Business. "One of the five pillars of our strategy is to be the leading business school in the country for the studying and the advancement for the energy transition and decarbonization of the economy. We think we can be the premiere school for training people for this rapidly evolving field of energy and to promulgate great research."
One of the recent way the school has connect its student body to the Houston business community is through its recent Rice Energy Finance Summit, which took place last month. The student-led program has been ongoing for 15 years and gives students a chance to work with business leaders in the energy sector.
"It's aimed at something that's increasingly important now, which is thinking about energy transition and how do you really navigate the process," Rodriguez says. "It's an incredibly complex organization of many disprite units and government to pull off — and the finance side of that is particularly challenging."
This year, Rodriguez says the event had a packed house and even some wrap-around events, including a pitch competition. And he expects next year to be a continuation of that success.
Rodriguez shares more about what he's accomplished in his tenure as dean on the Houston Innovators Podcast.
This article originally ran on InnovationMap.