Shell Oil Company is contributing $3.5 million to the University of Houston in support of the new Multidisciplinary Research and Engineering Building and other educational initiatives.
The collaboration between Shell and the University will ensure the continuation of research programs over the next three years, and through its social investment efforts, Shell will continue to support programs that develop talent for a future workforce.
“Energy is one of our main priorities at UH,” said University of Houston President Renu Khator, “and this latest example of Shell’s unrivaled generosity will allow us to considerably expand our efforts to become the Energy University. We deeply appreciate Shell’s enlightened commitment to community improvement, social responsibility and innovative research.”
“The University’s programs increase energy education and engineering advancement for students, right here in our backyard, and that’s something we value,” said Marvin Odum, President of Shell Oil Company. “Energy leadership and innovation each have a long history in Houston, and it is imperative that we continue to provide support to the bright young minds of tomorrow.”
When UH established its Energy Research Park (ERP) in 2009, Khator announced her vision for the facility as a collaborative endeavor, with the world’s leading energy companies represented throughout the park’s 75 acre campus.
Groundbreaking on the $51 million, four-story research and engineering building was Oct. 6, with occupancy set for 2016. The Shell contribution will ensure adequate teaching and physical resources are available to meet the industry demands for quality personnel.