School Updates

Rice Alliance unveils new offices

by Jeff Falk

The Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, one of the country’s premier initiatives devoted to the support of technology commercialization, entrepreneurship education and the launch of technology companies, hosted a special event Dec. 5 to unveil its new offices, the 3,000-square-foot Bill and Stephanie Sick Suite.

Located on the first floor of McNair Hall, the home of Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business, the space was made possible through a $1 million gift by Rice engineering alumnus William “Bill” Sick and his wife, Stephanie. Bill Sick was one of the first supporters and mentors to the Rice Alliance during the organization’s formation in 2000.

Speakers included Rice President David Leebron, Rice Business Dean Peter Rodriguez and Rice Alliance Managing Director Brad Burke, who is pictured below with Bill and Stephanie Sick.

Also in attendance were Reginald DesRoches, Rice’s William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering, and Rice Vice Provost for Research Yousif Shamoo.

(Photos by Jeff Fitlow)