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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  • Microneedle-based skin patch for blood-free rapid diagnostic testing 

    Jiang, Xue; Lillehoj, Peter B. (2020)
    Rapid diagnostic tests are one of the most commonly used tests to detect and screen for infectious diseases in the developing world. While these tests are simple, inexpensive, and readily available, they rely on finger-prick ...
  • Versatile phenotype-activated cell sorting 

    Lee, Jihwan; Liu, Zhuohe; Suzuki, Peter H.; Ahrens, John F.; Lai, Shujuan; Lu, Xiaoyu; Guan, Sihui; St-Pierre, François (2020)
    Unraveling the genetic and epigenetic determinants of phenotypes is critical for understanding and re-engineering biology and would benefit from improved methods to separate cells based on phenotypes. Here, we report ...
  • Effects of climate change on the movement of future landfalling Texas tropical cyclones 

    Hassanzadeh, Pedram; Lee, Chia-Ying; Nabizadeh, Ebrahim; Camargo, Suzana J.; Ma, Ding; Yeung, Laurence Y. (2020)
    The movement of tropical cyclones (TCs), particularly around the time of landfall, can substantially affect the resulting damage. Recently, trends in TC translation speed and the likelihood of stalled TCs such as Harvey ...
  • Hurricane Risk Assessment of Petroleum Infrastructure in a Changing Climate 

    Sichani, Majid Ebad; Anarde, Katherine A.; Capshaw, Kendall M.; Padgett, Jamie E.; Meidl, Rachel A.; Hassanzadeh, Pedram; Loch-Temzelides, Ted P.; Bedient, Philip B. (2020)
    Hurricanes threaten the petroleum industry in the United States and are expected to be influenced by climate change. This study presents an integrated framework for hurricane risk assessment of petroleum infrastructure ...
  • Reduced order modeling for the dynamics of jointed structures through hyper-reduced interface representation 

    Balaji, Nidish Narayanaa; Dreher, Tobias; Krack, Malte; Brake, Matthew R.W. (2021)
    One strategy to develop both accurate and computationally tractable models of jointed structures is reduced order modeling through hyper-reduced representations of the interfaces in contact. Hyper reduction refers to ...
  • Wettability alteration implications on pore-scale multiphase flow in porous media using the lattice Boltzmann method 

    Nemer, Mohamed N.; Rao, Parthib R.; Schaefer, Laura (2020)
    Multiphase flow in porous media is found in a variety of engineering problems, including in technologies focused on satisfying the energy needs of an expanding global population while minimizing the effects of human activity ...
  • Stochastic Mechanisms of Cell-Size Regulation in Bacteria 

    Teimouri, Hamid; Mukherjee, Rupsha; Kolomeisky, Anatoly B. (2020)
    How bacteria are able to maintain their sizes remains an open question. It is believed that cells have narrow distributions of sizes as a consequence of a homeostasis that allows bacteria to function at the optimal conditions. ...
  • Mathematical model predicts response to chemotherapy in advanced non-resectable non-small cell lung cancer patients treated with platinum-based doublet 

    Kozłowska, Emilia; Suwiński, Rafał; Giglok, Monika; Świerniak, Andrzej; Kimmel, Marek (2020)
    We developed a computational platform including machine learning and a mechanistic mathematical model to find the optimal protocol for administration of platinum-doublet chemotherapy in a palliative setting. The platform ...
  • Percolation and nanosecond fluctuators in V2O3 films within the metal–insulator transition 

    Chen, Liyang; Zhou, Panpan; Kalcheim, Yoav; Schuller, Ivan K.; Natelson, Douglas (2020)
    Vanadium sesquioxide (V2O3) exhibits a metal–insulator transition (MIT) at 160 K between a low temperature, monoclinic, antiferromagnetic Mott insulator and a high temperature, rhombohedral, paramagnetic, metallic phase. ...
  • 1-bit Phase Shifters for Large-Antenna Full-Duplex mmWave Communications 

    da Silva, José Mairton Barros Jr.; Sabharwal, Ashutosh; Fodor, Gábor; Fischione, Carlo (2020)
    Millimeter-wave using large-antenna arrays is a key technological component for the future cellular systems, where it is expected that hybrid beamforming along with quantized phase shifters will be used due to their ...
  • Networks with controlled chirality via self-assembly of chiral triblock terpolymers 

    Wang, Hsiao-Fang; Chiu, Po-Ting; Yang, Chih-Ying; Xie, Zhi-Hong; Hung, Yu-Chueh; Lee, Jing-Yu; Tsai, Jing-Cherng; Prasad, Ishan; Jinnai, Hiroshi; Thomas, Edwin L.; Ho, Rong-Ming (2020)
    Nanonetwork-structured materials can be found in nature and synthetic materials. A double gyroid (DG) with a pair of chiral networks but opposite chirality can be formed from the self-assembly of diblock copolymers. For ...
  • Flow-Driven Resonant Energy Systems 

    Alabastri, Alessandro (2020)
    Here we provide a physical and mathematical framework for the description of flow-driven oscillators. These oscillators, differently from frequency-driven harmonic systems, are based on countercurrent mass flows and ...
  • Precise measurement of correlations between frequency coupling and visual task performance 

    Young, Joseph; Dragoi, Valentin; Aazhang, Behnaam (2020)
    Functional connectivity analyses focused on frequency-domain relationships, i.e. frequency coupling, powerfully reveal neurophysiology. Coherence is commonly used but neural activity does not follow its Gaussian assumption. ...
  • Magnetic Diagram of the High-Pressure Stabilized Multiferroic Perovskites of the BiFe1-yScyO3 Series 

    Fertman, Elena L.; Fedorchenko, Alexey V.; Čižmár, Erik; Vorobiov, Serhii; Feher, Alexander; Radyush, Yury V.; Pushkarev, Anatoli V.; Olekhnovich, Nikolai M.; Stanulis, Andrius; Barron, Andrew R.; Khalyavin, Dmitry D.; Salak, Andrei N. (2020)
    Magnetic properties of the high-pressure stabilized perovskite BiFe1-yScyO3 phases (0.1 ≤ y ≤ 0.9) have been studied by means of magnetization measurements and neutron diffraction. The metastable perovskites of this series ...
  • Full-color fluorescent carbon quantum dots 

    Wang, Liang; Li, Weitao; Yin, Luqiao; Liu, Yijian; Guo, Huazhang; Lai, Jiawei; Han, Yu; Li, Gao; Li, Ming; Zhang, Jianhua; Vajtai, Robert; Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Wu, Minghong (2020)
    Quantum dots have innate advantages as the key component of optoelectronic devices. For white light–emitting diodes (WLEDs), the modulation of the spectrum and color of the device often involves various quantum dots of ...
  • Flexible planar supercapacitors by straightforward filtration and laser processing steps 

    Pitkänen, Olli; Eraslan, Toprak; Sebők, Dániel; Szenti, Imre; Kukovecz, Ákos; Vajtai, Robert; Kordas, Krisztian (2020)
    There is ever increasing demand for flexible energy storage devices due to the development of wearable electronics and other small electronic devices. The electrode flexibility is best provided by a special set of ...
  • Thermofluidic heat exchangers for actuation of transcription in artificial tissues 

    Corbett, Daniel C.; Fabyan, Wesley B.; Grigoryan, Bagrat; O'Connor, Colleen E.; Johansson, Fredrik; Batalov, Ivan; Regier, Mary C.; DeForest, Cole A.; Miller, Jordan S.; Stevens, Kelly R. (2020)
    Spatial patterns of gene expression in living organisms orchestrate cell decisions in development, homeostasis, and disease. However, most methods for reconstructing gene patterning in 3D cell culture and artificial tissues ...
  • Graphene-incorporated aluminum with enhanced thermal and mechanical properties for solar heat collectors 

    Pradhan, Sunil Kumar; Sahoo, Mihir Ranjan; Ratha, Satyajit; Polai, Balaram; Mitra, Arijit; Sathpathy, Bijoy; Sahu, Arun; Kar, Subrat; Satyam, Parlapalli V.; Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Nayak, Saroj Kumar (2020)
    A simple yet innovative approach has been made through a powder metallurgy route for the synthesis of aluminum–graphene (Al–Gr) composite materials for commercially viable solar thermal collectors. The Al–Gr composite (with ...
  • Assessing the performance of methods for copy number aberration detection from single-cell DNA sequencing data 

    Mallory, Xian F.; Edrisi, Mohammadamin; Navin, Nicholas; Nakhleh, Luay (2020)
    Single-cell DNA sequencing technologies are enabling the study of mutations and their evolutionary trajectories in cancer. Somatic copy number aberrations (CNAs) have been implicated in the development and progression of ...
  • Large-Scale Structure-Based Prediction of Stable Peptide Binding to Class I HLAs Using Random Forests 

    Abella, Jayvee R.; Antunes, Dinler A.; Clementi, Cecilia; Kavraki, Lydia E. (2020)
    Prediction of stable peptide binding to Class I HLAs is an important component for designing immunotherapies. While the best performing predictors are based on machine learning algorithms trained on peptide-HLA (pHLA) ...

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