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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  • Room-Temperature Catalytic Treatment of High-Salinity Produced Water at Neutral pH 

    Yin, Y. Ben; Coonrod, Christian L.; Heck, Kimberly N.; Said, Ibrahim A.; Powell, Camilah D.; Guo, Sujin; Reynolds, Michael A.; Wong, Michael S. (2020)
    Produced waters from hydraulic fracturing (HFPW) operations greatly challenge traditional water treatment technologies due to the high concentrations of total dissolved solids (TDS), highly complex and variable water ...
  • Simulating Transport and Adsorption of Organic Contaminants in 3D Porous Activated Carbon Block Media 

    Kim, Jun; Morgott, Amanda; Wu, Ziqi; Hopaluk, Liane; Miles, Michael; Stoner, William; Li, Qilin (2019)
    To evaluate the organic contaminants removal performance of hollow cylindrical block-shaped porous activated carbon media, COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation software with Chemical Engineering module was used. The study clearly ...
  • Application of Micro Quartz Tuning Fork in Trace Gas Sensing by Use of Quartz-Enhanced Photoacoustic Spectroscopy 

    Lin, Haoyang; Huang, Zhao; Kan, Ruifeng; Zheng, Huadan; Liu, Yihua; Liu, Bin; Dong, Linpeng; Zhu, Wenguo; Tang, Jieyuan; Yu, Jianhui; Chen, Zhe; Tittel, Frank K. (2019)
    A novel quartz-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy (QEPAS) sensor based on a micro quartz tuning fork (QTF) is reported. As a photoacoustic transducer, a novel micro QTF was 3.7 times smaller than the usually used standard ...
  • Elucidating the correlations between cancer initiation times and lifetime cancer risks 

    Teimouri, Hamid; Kochugaeva, Maria P.; Kolomeisky, Anatoly B. (2019)
    Cancer is a genetic disease that results from accumulation of unfavorable mutations. As soon as genetic and epigenetic modifications associated with these mutations become strong enough, the uncontrolled tumor cell growth ...
  • Structural determination of Enzyme-Graphene Nanocomposite Sensor Material 

    Rai, Durgesh K.; Gurusaran, Manickam; Urban, Volker; Aran, Kiana; Ma, Lulu Li, Pingzuo; Qian, Shuo; Narayanan, Tharangattu N.; Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Liepmann, Dorian; Sekar, Kanagaraj; Álvarez-Cao, María-Efigenia; Escuder-Rodríguez, Juan-José; Cerdán, María-Esperanza; González-Siso, María-Isabel; Viswanathan, Sowmya; Paulmurugan, Ramasamy; Renugopalakrishnan, Venkatesan (2019)
    State-of-the-art ultra-sensitive blood glucose-monitoring biosensors, based on glucose oxidase (GOx) covalently linked to a single layer graphene (SLG), will be a valuable next generation diagnostic tool for personal ...
  • Competitive percolation strategies for network recovery 

    Smith, Andrew M.; Pósfai, Márton; Rohden, Martin; González, Andrés D.; Dueñas-Osorio, Leonardo; D’Souza, Raissa M. (2019)
    Restoring operation of critical infrastructure systems after catastrophic events is an important issue, inspiring work in multiple fields, including network science, civil engineering, and operations research. We consider ...
  • A novel ex vivo tumor system identifies Src-mediated invasion and metastasis in mesenchymal tumor cells in non-small cell lung cancer 

    Padhye, Aparna; Ungewiss, Christin; Fradette, Jared J.; Rodriguez, B. Leticia; Albritton, Jacob L.; Miller, Jordan S.; Gibbons, Don L. (2019)
    Lung cancer is the foremost cause of cancer related deaths in the U.S. It is a heterogeneous disease composed of genetically and phenotypically distinct tumor cells surrounded by heterotypic cells and extracellular matrix ...
  • Enteral Activation of WR-2721 Mediates Radioprotection and Improved Survival from Lethal Fractionated Radiation 

    Molkentine, Jessica M.; Fujimoto, Tara N.; Horvath, Thomas D.; Grossberg, Aaron J.; Garcia, Carolina J. Garcia; Deorukhkar, Amit; de la Cruz Bonilla, Marimar; Lin, Daniel; Samuel, Errol L.G.; Chan, Wai Kin; Lorenzi, Philip L.; Piwnica-Worms, Helen; Dantzer, Robert; Tour, James M.; Mason, Kathryn A.; Taniguchi, Cullen M. (2019)
    Unresectable pancreatic cancer is almost universally lethal because chemotherapy and radiation cannot completely stop the growth of the cancer. The major problem with using radiation to approximate surgery in unresectable ...
  • A mechanism of defect-enhanced phase transformation kinetics in lithium iron phosphate olivine 

    Hong, Liang; Yang, Kaiqi; Tang, Ming (2019)
    Antisite defects are a type of point defect ubiquitously present in intercalation compounds for energy storage applications. While they are often considered a deleterious feature, here we elucidate a mechanism of antisite ...
  • A microfluidic-induced C. elegans sleep state 

    Gonzales, Daniel L.; Zhou, Jasmine; Fan, Bo; Robinson, Jacob T. (2019)
    An important feature of animal behavior is the ability to switch rapidly between activity states, however, how the brain regulates these spontaneous transitions based on the animal’s perceived environment is not well ...
  • How to control single-molecule rotation 

    Simpson, Grant J.; García-López, Víctor; Daniel Boese, A.; Tour, James M.; Grill, Leonhard (2019)
    The orientation of molecules is crucial in many chemical processes. Here, we report how single dipolar molecules can be oriented with maximum precision using the electric field of a scanning tunneling microscope. Rotation ...
  • Collagen-rich airway smooth muscle cells are a metastatic niche for tumor colonization in the lung 

    Lee, Yu-Cheng; Kurtova, Antonina V.; Xiao, Jing; Nikolos, Fotis; Hayashi, Kazukuni; Tramel, Zoe; Jain, Antrix; Chen, Fengju; Chokshi, Mithil; Lee, Ciaran; Bao, Gang; Zhang, Xiang; Shen, Jianjun; Mo, Qianxing; Jung, Sung Yun; Rowley, David; Chan, Keith Syson (2019)
    Metastases account for the majority of cancer deaths. While certain steps of the metastatic cascade are well characterized, identification of targets to block this process remains a challenge. Host factors determining ...
  • Highly selective oxygen reduction to hydrogen peroxide on transition metal single atom coordination 

    Jiang, Kun; Back, Seoin; Akey, Austin J.; Xia, Chuan; Hu, Yongfeng; Liang, Wentao; Schaak, Diane; Stavitski, Eli; Nørskov, Jens K.; Siahrostami, Samira; Wang, Haotian (2019)
    Shifting electrochemical oxygen reduction towards 2e– pathway to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), instead of the traditional 4e– to water, becomes increasingly important as a green method for H2O2 generation. Here, through a ...
  • Geometric imaging of borophene polymorphs with functionalized probes 

    Liu, Xiaolong; Wang, Luqing; Li, Shaowei; Rahn, Matthew S.; Yakobson, Boris I.; Hersam, Mark C. (2019)
    A common characteristic of borophene polymorphs is the presence of hollow hexagons (HHs) in an otherwise triangular lattice. The vast number of possible HH arrangements underlies the polymorphic nature of borophene, and ...
  • WISH: wavefront imaging sensor with high resolution 

    Wu, Yicheng; Sharma, Manoj Kumar; Veeraraghavan, Ashok (2019)
    Wavefront sensing is the simultaneous measurement of the amplitude and phase of an incoming optical field. Traditional wavefront sensors such as Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor (SHWFS) suffer from a fundamental tradeoff ...
  • Development of Functionalized Carbon Nano-Onions Reinforced Zein Protein Hydrogel Interfaces for Controlled Drug Release 

    Mamidi, Narsimha; González-Ortiz, Aldo; Lopez Romo, Irasema; Barrera, Enrique V. (2019)
    In the current study, poly 4-mercaptophenyl methacrylate-carbon nano-onions (PMPMA-CNOs = f-CNOs) reinforced natural protein (zein) composites (zein/f-CNOs) are fabricated using the acoustic cavitation technique. The ...
  • Spreading Process Maps for Powder-Bed Additive Manufacturing Derived from Physics Model-Based Machine Learning 

    Desai, Prathamesh S.; Higgs, C. Fred III (2019)
    The powder bed additive manufacturing (AM) process is comprised of two repetitive steps—spreading of powder and selective fusing or binding the spread layer. The spreading step consists of a rolling and sliding spreader ...
  • Convergence of a Class of Stationary Iterative Methods for Saddle Point Problems 

    Zhang, Yin (2019)
    A unified convergence theory is derived for a class of stationary iterative methods for solving linear equality constrained quadratic programs or saddle point problems. This class is constructed from essentially all possible ...
  • Tunneling noise and defects in exfoliated hexagonal boron nitride 

    Zhao, Xuanhan; Zhou, Panpan; Chen, Liyang; Watanabe, Kenji; Taniguchi, Takashi; Natelson, Douglas (2019)
    Hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) has become a mainstay as an insulating barrier in stackable nanoelectronics because of its large bandgap and chemical stability. At mono- and bilayer thicknesses, hBN can function as a tunnel ...

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