University of Cincinnati alumnus Mike Bowman (chemical engineering ’64) has made a career driving innovation forward. A former vice president and general manager for DuPont, Bowman eventually left the large chemical manufacturer to become the chairman and CEO of the Delaware Technology Park, Inc.
Bowman was instrumental in building up the technology park, a collaboration between the Delaware, the University of Delaware and private industry that launches and supports technology companies across a diverse group of industries, including life sciences, renewable energy, information technology and advanced materials. Over the last 15 years, the technology park has helped launch 75 new companies, create 16,000 jobs and generate nearly $1 billion in investments and grants.
In 2005, the center was named Research Park of the Year by the Association of University Research Parks. Its success, says Bowman, has come down to its cross-disciplinary approach to the engineering field.
“The field is changing so much that you should always be thinking interdisciplinary,” says Bowman. “We put entrepreneurs near this stuff so they can have access to it. They can learn and share things that otherwise they couldn’t do.”
The Delaware Technology Park, strategically located walking distance from the University of Delaware, drives innovation through this cross-disciplinary attitude. In addition to his role as CEO, Bowman is the associate director of the University of Delaware’s Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships, which manages the intellectual property of the university and its corporate partnerships, as well as coaches, trains and supports small businesses across the state.