Engineering has been a part of Rice's curriculum since the university first opened as The Rice Institute in 1912. In those early days Rice offered courses in chemical, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering. Over the years, the engineering program grew, and in 1975 the George R. Brown School of Engineering was established. Today the school is comprised of eight academic departments and includes fourteen research institutes and centers. More than one fourth of Rice students are engineering majors.

Among the more than 100 engineering faculty are nine members of the National Academy of Engineering. Virtually all undergraduate courses in engineering are taught by Ph.D. faculty. With a small student-to-faculty ratio, students in both undergraduate and graduate programs not only have easy access to professors in the classroom, but work closely with them on research projects. Departments and centers within the school of engineering take advantage of Houston's role as a center for the energy industry, medical research, space exploration, and the city's rapidly growing high-technology sector. Several departments have active industrial affiliates programs, and many research projects are undertaken with local companies. Students benefit from these relationships through collaborative research projects, summer internships, and making contacts for employment before graduation.

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  • Theranostic nanoparticles with disease-specific administration strategies 

    Zhang, Peisen; Li, Yingying; Tang, Wen; Zhao, Jie; Jing, Lihong; (2022)
    Recent advances in the synthesis of nanomaterials with diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities have been rapidly reshaping the landscape of precision medicine. Impressive progress has been made toward the design and production of innovative theranostic nanomaterials to treat a variety of diseases, yet their potential is currently limited by low ...
  • High Concentration Organic Wastewater with High Phosphorus Treatment by Facultative MBR 

    Wang, Bing; Liu, Yunlong; Zhang, Siyu; Zhang, Kaihang; Alvarez, Pedro; (2021)
    Phosphorus is one of the main factors causing water eutrophication, and the traditional phosphorus removal process causes phosphorus-rich sludge pollution. The facultative MBR process uses phosphate-reducing bacteria to convert phosphate into directly recyclable gaseous phosphine to solve this malpractice and make sewage become a new phosphorus ...
  • Friction of magnetene, a non–van der Waals 2D material 

    Serles, Peter; Arif, Taib; Puthirath, Anand B.; Yadav, Shwetank; Wang, Guorui; (2021)
    Two-dimensional (2D) materials are known to have low-friction interfaces by reducing the energy dissipated by sliding contacts. While this is often attributed to van der Waals (vdW) bonding of 2D materials, nanoscale and quantum confinement effects can also act to modify the atomic interactions of a 2D material, producing unique interfacial properties. ...
  • Human endothelial cells and fibroblasts express and produce the coagulation proteins necessary for thrombin generation 

    Cohen, Clay T.; Turner, Nancy A.; Moake, Joel L. (2021)
    In a previous study, we reported that human endothelial cells (ECs) express and produce their own coagulation factors (F) that can activate cell surface FX without the additions of external proteins or phospholipids. We now describe experiments that detail the expression and production in ECs and fibroblasts of the clotting proteins necessary for ...
  • Motion and Sash Height (MASH) alarms for efficient fume hood use 

    Kongoletos, Johnathan; Munden, Ethan; Ballew, Jennifer; Preston, Daniel J. (2021)
    Ventilation, including fume hoods, consumes 40–70% of the total energy used by modern laboratories. Energy-conscious fume hood usage—for example, closing the sash when a hood is unused—can significantly reduce energy expenditures due to ventilation. Prior approaches to promote such behaviors among lab users have primarily relied on passive feedback ...
  • Revealing nonlinear neural decoding by analyzing choices 

    Yang, Qianli; Walker, Edgar; Cotton, R. James; Tolias, Andreas S.; Pitkow, Xaq (2021)
    Sensory data about most natural task-relevant variables are entangled with task-irrelevant nuisance variables. The neurons that encode these relevant signals typically constitute a nonlinear population code. Here we present a theoretical framework for quantifying how the brain uses or decodes its nonlinear information. Our theory obeys fundamental ...
  • Plasmon-induced trap filling at grain boundaries in perovskite solar cells 

    Yao, Kai; Li, Siqi; Liu, Zhiliang; Ying, Yiran; Dvořák, Petr; (2021)
    The deep-level traps induced by charged defects at the grain boundaries (GBs) of polycrystalline organic–inorganic halide perovskite (OIHP) films serve as major recombination centres, which limit the device performance. Herein, we incorporate specially designed poly(3-aminothiophenol)-coated gold (Au@PAT) nanoparticles into the perovskite absorber, ...
  • EDoF-ToF: extended depth of field time-of-flight imaging 

    Tan, Jasper; Boominathan, Vivek; Baraniuk, Richard; Veeraraghavan, Ashok (2021)
    Conventional continuous-wave amplitude-modulated time-of-flight (CWAM ToF) cameras suffer from a fundamental trade-off between light throughput and depth of field (DoF): a larger lens aperture allows more light collection but suffers from significantly lower DoF. However, both high light throughput, which increases signal-to-noise ratio, and a wide ...
  • Supporting Equity and Inclusion of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Individuals in Professional Organizations 

    Huyck, Julia Jones; Anbuhl, Kelsey L.; Buran, Brad N.; Adler, Henry J.; Atcherson, Samuel R.; (2021)
    Disability is an important and often overlooked component of diversity. Individuals with disabilities bring a rare perspective to science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) because of their unique experiences approaching complex issues related to health and disability, navigating the healthcare system, creatively solving ...
  • Novel Vaccine Adjuvants as Key Tools for Improving Pandemic Preparedness 

    Pogostin, Brett H.; McHugh, Kevin J. (2021)
    Future infectious disease outbreaks are inevitable; therefore, it is critical that we maximize our readiness for these events by preparing effective public health policies and healthcare innovations. Although we do not know the nature of future pathogens, antigen-agnostic platforms have the potential to be broadly useful in the rapid response to an ...
  • Rapid Metabolism of 1,4-Dioxane to below Health Advisory Levels by Thiamine-Amended Rhodococcus ruber Strain 219 

    Simmer, Reid A.; Richards, Patrick M.; Ewald, Jessica M.; Schwarz, Cory; da Silva, Marcio L. B.; (2021)
    Bioremediation is a promising treatment technology for 1,4-dioxane-contaminated groundwater. However, metabolic dioxane-degrading bacteria identified to date are limited by their slow kinetics and inability to sustain growth at low dioxane concentrations (<100 μg/L). Furthermore, strains may underperform because of missing growth factors, such as ...
  • Superparamagnetic nanoadsorbents for the removal of trace As(III) in drinking water 

    Marcos-Hernández, Mariana; Arrieta, Roy A.; Ventura, Karen; Hernández, José; Powell, Camilah D.; (2021)
    A series of novel zeolitic imidazolate framework (ZIF) decorated superparamagnetic graphene oxide hybrid nanoadsorbents were synthesized, characterized, and tested for their As(III) adsorbed amount in simulated drinking water. The three composite nanomaterials are based each on three isostructural and water stable ZIFs, (C-1 based on ZIF-8, C-2 based ...
  • Reorganization of CDW stacking in 1T-TaS2 by an in-plane electrical bias 

    Li, Weijian; Naik, Gururaj V. (2021)
    1T-TaS2 is a 2D quantum material supporting charge density waves (CDWs) at room temperature. The strong correlations in this material make its electrical properties extremely sensitive to external stimuli such as an electrical bias and illumination. Recently, we demonstrated that the optical properties of this material also considerably change with ...
  • Nanotechnology-enhanced immunotherapy for metastatic cancer 

    Zhang, Peisen; Meng, Junli; Li, Yingying; Yang, Chen; Hou, Yi; (2021)
    A vast majority of cancer deaths occur as a result of metastasis. Unfortunately, effective treatments for metastases are currently lacking due to the difficulty of selectively targeting these small, delocalized tumors distributed across a variety of organs. However, nanotechnology holds tremendous promise for improving immunotherapeutic outcomes in ...
  • Surface-facilitated trapping by active sites: From catalysts to viruses 

    Misiura, Mikita M.; Berezhkovskii, Alexander M.; Bezrukov, Sergey M.; Kolomeisky, Anatoly B.; Center for Theoretical Biological Physic (2021)
    Trapping by active sites on surfaces plays important roles in various chemical and biological processes, including catalysis, enzymatic reactions, and viral entry into host cells. However, the mechanisms of these processes remain not well understood, mostly because the existing theoretical descriptions are not fully accounting for the role of the ...
  • Steady-State Dynamics of Exclusion Process with Local Reversible Association of Particles 

    Jindal, Akriti; Kolomeisky, A.B.; Gupta, Arvind Kumar (2021)
    Many biological processes are supported by special molecules, called motor proteins or molecular motors, that transport cellular cargoes along linear protein filaments and can reversibly associate to their tracks. Stimulated by these observations, we developed a theoretical model for collective dynamics of biological molecular motors that accounts ...
  • FORest Canopy Atmosphere Transfer (FORCAsT) 2.0: model updates and evaluation with observations at a mixed forest site 

    Wei, Dandan; Alwe, Hariprasad D.; Millet, Dylan B.; Bottorff, Brandon; Lew, Michelle; (2021)
    The FORCAsT (FORest Canopy Atmosphere Transfer) model version 1.0 is updated to FORCAsT 2.0 by implementing five major changes, including (1) a change to the operator splitting, separating chemistry from emission and dry deposition, which reduces the run time of the gas-phase chemistry by 70 % and produces a more realistic in-canopy profile for ...
  • Computed Tomography Radiomics Kinetics as Early Imaging Correlates of Osteoradionecrosis in Oropharyngeal Cancer Patients 

    Barua, Souptik; Elhalawani, Hesham; Volpe, Stefania; Al Feghali, Karine A.; Yang, Pei; (2021)
    Osteoradionecrosis (ORN) is a major side-effect of radiation therapy in oropharyngeal cancer (OPC) patients. In this study, we demonstrate that early prediction of ORN is possible by analyzing the temporal evolution of mandibular subvolumes receiving radiation. For our analysis, we use computed tomography (CT) scans from 21 OPC patients treated with ...
  • DINC-COVID: A webserver for ensemble docking with flexible SARS-CoV-2 proteins 

    Hall-Swan, Sarah; Devaurs, Didier; Rigo, Mauricio M.; Antunes, Dinler A.; Kavraki, Lydia E.; (2021)
    An unprecedented research effort has been undertaken in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This has included the determination of hundreds of crystallographic structures of SARS-CoV-2 proteins, and numerous virtual screening projects searching large compound libraries for potential drug inhibitors. Unfortunately, these initiatives have had ...
  • JP-8 Desulfurization by CuNa-Y Zeolite at Elevated Temperatures Has Two Distinct Stages: Chemisorption Followed by Surface Reactions 

    da Silva, Priscilla Dias; Wong, Michael S.; Zygourakis, Kyriacos (2021)
    This study evaluates the performance of continuous-flow adsorbers for adsorptive desulfurization. JP-8 fuel with 2230 ppmw of sulfur was treated in a flow-through adsorber packed with CuNa-Y zeolite pellets and operating at 180 °C and 200 psig with liquid hourly space velocities (LHSV) from 0.13 to 3.24 h–1. Our results showed that a flow-through ...

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