Mike Unger ’01 & Layla Unger ’00
In the years since leaving the Rice Earth Science Department and entering into the Energy Industry, we have often wondered why there wasn’t a stronger bond between the two. After all, we need each other. Students and professors can benefit from the training, career opportunities, and research funding that industry can offer, and industry can benefit from a stronger link to of-the-moment academic research and technology innovation.
The IRESS vision of a yearly symposium will create a stronger sense of community between academia and industry, by collaborating and sharing knowledge about Earth Science topics relevant to both. When the idea of the IRESS Endowment was put before us, we realized that at this point in our careers it is up to us to create the communities that we want to be a part of. For this reason and many more, we are happy to support the Endowment and we sincerely hope that others will join us in this endeavor.