UHCL pays homage to the late Dean Miguel Gonzalez
The University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) is mourning the loss of Dr. Miguel Gonzalez, who served as the dean of the College of Science and Engineering. Dr. Gonzalez passed away on Dec. 27, 2023, after a brief struggle with cancer. His passing has left a significant void in the university community.
Born in Montemorelos, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, he received his bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Houston.
Gonzalez's tenure as the college dean at UHCL began in 2019 and was marked by his commitment to institutional growth. His dedication to fostering opportunities for UHCL students, alumni, and the surrounding community will endure, leaving a lasting impact across the university.
He arrived at UHCL with a wealth of knowledge and more than 20 years of experience in higher education. Before joining UHCL, Gonzalez served as director of the Rio Grande Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization.
As a college dean at UHCL, he aimed to foster university partnerships with existing and developing industries. Gonzalez also strived to utilize community resources to enhance the region's economic opportunities in manufacturing and high-tech industries, particularly aerospace, energy, robotics, and biotechnology.
UHCL President Richard Walker remarks that the legacy that Gonzalez leaves behind at UHCL is a testament to his steadfast commitment to student success and academic resilience.
“As a leader, Dr. Gonzalez was strategic in devising processes and plans for future organizational growth and sustainment at the University of Houston-Clear Lake,” said Walker.
“The loss of such a kind and talented individual is devastating, and our thoughts and sympathies go out to his family and friends during this difficult time. He was an invaluable asset to our institution and will be missed dearly by his UHCL family.”
Provost Christopher Maynard said Dean Gonzalez will be remembered for his passionate commitment to providing a transformative educational experience for students.
“He established UHCL’s partnership with Boeing, creating a new experimental learning model that UHCL continues to expand with additional industry partners. Dean Gonzalez’s legacy will continue to impact us all, and UHCL is a richer university community because of his time with us,” he added.
Gonzalez’s contributions and passion for creating opportunities for UHCL and its surrounding communities will be remembered for years to come.