Michael Squyres, president of Flow-Cal Inc., addressed the Fall 2015 University of Houston–Clear Lake (UHCL) graduates with his keynote speech during the commencement ceremony. The ceremony was held Dec. 19 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Squyres spoke during the noon ceremony, honoring graduates from the School of Education and the School of Science and Computer Engineering from the 2015 summer and fall semesters.
As a UHCL alumnus, Squyres and his company Flow-Cal continue to partner with and support the university by donating time, manpower, and fiscal assistance. Flow-Cal became the inaugural member of the Corporate Partners Program with UHCL’s Office of Career Services and an Interview Room Sponsor in the fall semester of 2013. Squyres and Flow-Cal were recently presented with University of Houston–Clear Lake’s “Community Partner of the Year” award for 2015. With staff members who are graduates of UHCL, Flow-Cal continues to provide internships and job opportunities to students and alumni.
During his keynote address, Squyres shared his keys to success: striving for a positive attitude and pursuing work that you love.
“I am here as living proof that your UHCL diploma is the foundation from which you can build a successful career, but, more importantly, create opportunities that will allow you to have a positive influence on others,” Squyres said. “Realize that the success of which I speak is not necessarily based upon financial gain, but upon loving what you do, becoming great at it, and using the rewards – both financial and emotional – to intensify your motivation to double-down and reach for even greater heights.”
Squyres is an innovator and entrepreneur in the field of hydrocarbon measurement. With nearly 30 years of experience in designing and developing measurement software applications, Squyres is the president of Flow-Cal Inc., a Houston-based software developer that provides measurement data management for natural gas and petroleum liquids. After graduating with a degree in computer information systems from UHCL, he began his career with Coastal Flow Measurement Companies in 1987 as a computer programmer. He ascended to positions of increasing responsibility, including vice president and eventually CIO. In 1995, he introduced the first commercial FLOWCAL measurement application, and continues his commitment to pioneering better ways to validate, calculate, and report measurement data.
Flow-Cal’s software is used throughout the industry to validate, recalculate, store, and report measurement data from field devices, and link that information to users and stakeholders throughout an organization.