Bob Prochnow

Executive Director
Technology Collaboration Center

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Bob is the Executive Director of the Technology Collaboration Center of Houston, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2015 as a partnership between industry, academic and government technology development organizations for the purpose of solving complex technology challenges through collaboration.

Bob was previously the Director for the Gulf Coast Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization (RCIC), responsible for administration of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund in the Southeast Texas region around Houston. He was the program’s longest serving RCIC Director, providing assistance to startup companies and research institutions from 2005 through 2015.

Since 2011, Bob’s primary office has been at the NASA Johnson Space Center, supporting the Gulf Coast RCIC and now the new Technology Collaboration Center of Houston.

He has been an active supporter of early stage technology companies, working with the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, Houston Technology Center, Rice Alliance and Austin Technology Incubator, providing coaching and advice to hundreds of startup companies.

Bob is an honors graduate of Rice University, with BSEE (1976) and MEE (1977) degrees, specializing in computer software and digital hardware.

After leaving Rice, he worked for 20 years at Schlumberger in their oilfield services engineering groups, and then served as an executive in several software and internet companies.

In 2001, Bob was recognized by COMPUTERWORLD magazine as one of their Premier 100 IT Leaders. In 2013, he was honored by Governor Rick Perry for service to the State of Texas.

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