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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  • Wafer-scale monodomain films of spontaneously aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes 

    He, Xiaowei; Gao, Weilu; Xie, Lijuan; Li, Bo; Zhang, Qi; Lei, Sidong; Robinson, John M.; Hároz, Erik H.; Doorn, Stephen K.; Wang, Weipeng; Vajtai, Robert; Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Adams, W. Wade; Hauge, Robert H.; Kono, Junichiro (2016)
    The one-dimensional character of electrons, phonons and excitons in individual single-walled carbon nanotubes leads to extremely anisotropic electronic, thermal and optical properties. However, despite significant efforts ...
  • Carbon nanotube fiber terahertz polarizer 

    Zubair, Ahmed; Tsentalovich, Dmitri E.; Young, Colin C.; Heimbeck, Martin S.; Everitt, Henry O.; Pasquali, Matteo; Kono, Junichiro (2016)
    Conventional, commercially available terahertz (THz) polarizers are made of uniformly and precisely spaced metallic wires. They are fragile and expensive, with performance characteristics highly reliant on wire diameters ...
  • Dicke superradiance in solids [Invited] 

    Cong, Kankan; Zhang, Qi; Wang, Yongrui; Noe, G. Timothy; Belyanin, Alexey; Kono, Junichiro (2016)
    Recent advances in optical studies of condensed matter systems have led to the emergence of a variety of phenomena that have conventionally been studied in the realm of quantum optics. These studies have not only deepened ...
  • FlowCal: A User-Friendly, Open Source Software Tool for Automatically Converting Flow Cytometry Data from Arbitrary to Calibrated Units 

    Castillo-Hair, Sebastian M.; Sexton, John T.; Landry, Brian P.; Olson, Evan J.; Igoshin, Oleg A.; Tabor, Jeffrey J. (2016)
    Flow cytometry is widely used to measure gene expression and other molecular biological processes with single cell resolution via fluorescent probes. Flow cytometers output data in arbitrary units (a.u.) that vary with the ...
  • Systematic Calibration of Model Parameters Based on Large-Scale Experiments on Hybrid Masonry Walls 

    Gao, Zhenjia; Stanciulescu, Ilinca (2016)
    Hybrid masonry is a relatively new type of structural system that benefits from the ductility and ease of construction of steel frames and from the in-plane strength and stiffness of reinforced masonry panels. Finite element ...
  • Chiral and Achiral Nanodumbbell Dimers: The Effect of Geometry on Plasmonic Properties 

    Smith, Kyle W.; Zhao, Hangqi; Zhang, Hui; Sánchez -Iglesias, Ana; Grzelczak, Marek; Wang, Yumin; Chang, Wei-Shun; Nordlander, Peter; Liz-Marzán, Luis; Link, Stephan (2016)
    Metal nanoparticles with a dumbbell-like geometry have plasmonic properties similar to those of their nanorod counterparts, but the unique steric constraints induced by their enlarged tips result in distinct geometries ...
  • Combinatorial molecular optimization of cement hydrates 

    Qomi, M.J. Abdolhosseini; Krakowiak, K.J.; Bauchy, M.; Stewart, K.L.; Shahsavari, R.; Jagannathan, D.; Brommer, D.B.; Baronnet, A.; Buehler, M.J.; Yip, S.; Ulm, F.-J; Van Vliet, K.J.; Pellenq, R.J-.M. (2014)
    Despite its ubiquitous presence in the built environment, concrete's molecular-level properties are only recently being explored using experimental and simulation studies. Increasing societal concerns about concrete's ...
  • Enhancement of the Electron Spin Resonance of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes by Oxygen Removal 

    Rice, William D.; Weber, Ralph T.; Leonard, Ashley D.; Tour, James M.; Nikolaev, Pavel; Arepalli, Sivaram; Berka, Vladimir; Tsai, Ah-Lim; Kono, Junichiro (2012)
    We have observed a nearly 4-fold increase in the electron spin resonance (ESR) signal from an ensemble of single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) due to oxygen desorption. By performing temperature-dependent ESR spectroscopy ...
  • Levetiracetam mitigates doxorubicin-induced DNA and synaptic damage in neurons 

    Manchon, Jose Felix Moruno; Dabaghian, Yuri; Uzor, Ndidi-Ese; Kesler, Shelli R.; Wefel, Jeffrey S.; Tsvetkov, Andrey S. (2016)
    Neurotoxicity may occur in cancer patients and survivors during or after chemotherapy. Cognitive deficits associated with neurotoxicity can be subtle or disabling and frequently include disturbances in memory, attention, ...
  • Supramolecular block copolymer photovoltaics through ureido-pyrimidinone hydrogen bonding interactions 

    Lin, Yen-Hao; Nie, Wanyi; Tsai, Hsinhan; Li, Xiaoyi; Gupta, Gautam; Mohite, Aditya D.; Verduzco, Rafael (2016)
    A challenge in the development of bulk heterojunction organic photovoltaics (BHJ OPVs) is achieving a desirable nanoscale morphology. This is particularly true for polymer blend OPVs in which large-scale phase separation ...
  • Composition and Sources of Particulate Matter Measured near Houston, TX: Anthropogenic-Biogenic Interactions 

    Bean, Jeffrey K.; Faxon, Cameron B.; Leong, Yu Jun; Wallace, Henry William; Cevik, Basak Karakurt; Ortiz, Stephanie; Canagaratna, Manjula R.; Usenko, Sascha; Sheesley, Rebecca J.; Griffin, Robert J.; Ruiz, Lea Hildebrandt (2016)
    Particulate matter was measured in Conroe, Texas (~60 km north of downtown Houston, Texas) during the September 2013 DISCOVER-AQ campaign to determine the sources of particulate matter in the region. The measurement site ...
  • A Topological Model of the Hippocampal Cell Assembly Network 

    Babichev, Andrey; Ji, Daoyun; Mémoli, Facundo; Dabaghian, Yuri A. (2016)
    It is widely accepted that the hippocampal place cells' spiking activity produces a cognitive map of space. However, many details of this representation's physiological mechanism remain unknown. For example, it is believed ...
  • Modified Mason number for charged paramagnetic colloidal suspensions 

    Du, Di; Hilou, Elaa; Biswal, Sibani Lisa (2016)
    The dynamics of magnetorheological fluids have typically been described by the Mason number, a governing parameter defined as the ratio between viscous and magnetic forces in the fluid. For most experimental suspensions ...
  • Notch-Jagged signalling can give rise to clusters of cells exhibiting a hybrid epithelial/mesenchymal phenotype 

    Boareto, Marcelo; Jolly, Mohit Kumar; Goldman, Aaron; Pietilä, Mika; Mani, Sendurai A.; Sengupta, Shiladitya; Ben-Jacob, Eshel; Levine, Herbert; Onuchic, José N. (2016)
    Metastasis can involve repeated cycles of epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and its reverse mesenchymal-to-epithelial transition. Cells can also undergo partial transitions to attain a hybrid epithelial/mesenchymal ...
  • Performance Analysis and Optimization of a Hybrid Seismic Imaging Application 

    Paul, Sri Raj; Araya-Polo, Mauricio; Mellor-Crummey, John; Hohl, Detlef (2016)
    Applications to process seismic data are computationally expensive and, therefore, employ scalable parallel systems to produce timely results. Here we describe our experiences of using performance analysis tools to gain ...
  • Slowdown of growth controls cellular differentiation 

    Narula, Jatin; Kuchina, Anna; Zhang, Fang; Fujita, Masaya; Süel, Gürol M.; Igoshin, Oleg A. (2016)
    How can changes in growth rate affect the regulatory networks behavior and the outcomes of cellular differentiation? We address this question by focusing on starvation response in sporulating Bacillus subtilis. We show ...
  • Ultrathin AAO Membrane as a Generic Template for Sub-100 nm Nanostructure Fabrication 

    Robatjazi, Hossein; Bahauddin, Shah Mohammad; Macfarlan, Luke H.; Fu, Sidan; Thomann, Isabell (2016)
    Anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates are emerging as a platform for simple, cost-effective, high-throughput top-down nanofabrication of regular arrays of nanostructures. Thus far, however, AAO pattern transfer has largely ...
  • Accurate Quantification of Disease Markers in Human Serum Using Iron Oxide Nanoparticle-linked Immunosorbent Assay 

    Zhang, Linlin; Tong, Sheng; Zhou, Jun; Bao, Gang (2016)
    Accurate and reliable quantification of biomarkers in the blood is essential in disease screening and diagnosis. Here we describe an iron oxide nanoparticle (IONP)-linked immunosorbent assay (ILISA) for detecting biomolecules ...
  • Bayesian Inference of Reticulate Phylogenies under the Multispecies Network Coalescent 

    Wen, Dingqiao; Yu, Yun; Nakhleh, Luay (2016)
    The multispecies coalescent (MSC) is a statistical framework that models how gene genealogies grow within the branches of a species tree. The field of computational phylogenetics has witnessed an explosion in the development ...
  • CW EC-QCL-based sensor for simultaneous detection of H2O, HDO, N2O and CH4ᅠusing multi-pass absorption spectroscopy 

    Yu, Yajun; Sanchez, Nancy P.; Griffin, Robert J.; Tittel, Frank K. (2016)
    A sensor system based on a continuous wave, external-cavity quantum-cascade laser (CW EC-QCL) was demonstrated for simultaneous detection of atmospheric H2O, HDO, N2O and CH4using a compact, dense pattern multi-pass gas ...

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