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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  • Single-molecule force measurements of the polymerizing dimeric subunit of von Willebrand factor 

    Wijeratne, Sithara S.; Li, Jingqiang; Yeh, Hui-Chun; Nolasco, Leticia; Zhou, Zhou; Bergeron, Angela; Frey, Eric W.; Moake, Joel L.; Dong, Jing-fei; Kiang, Ching-Hwa (2016)
    Von Willebrand factor (VWF) multimers are large adhesive proteins that are essential to the initiation of hemostatic plugs at sites of vascular injury. The binding of VWF multimers to platelets, as well as VWF proteolysis, ...
  • Structural and Optical Properties of Discrete Dendritic Pt Nanoparticles on Colloidal Au Nanoprisms 

    Leary, Rowan K.; Kumar, Anjli; Straney, Patrick J.; Collins, Sean M.; Yazdi, Sadegh; Dunin-Borkowski, Rafal E.; Midgley, Paul A.; Millstone, Jill E.; Ringe, Emilie (2016)
    Catalytic and optical properties can be coupled by combining different metals into nanoscale architectures where both the shape and composition provide fine-tuning of functionality. Here, discrete, small Pt nanoparticles ...
  • Improving gold catalysis of nitroarene reduction with surface Pd 

    Pretzer, Lori A.; Heck, Kimberly N.; Kim, Sean S.; Fang, Yu-Lun; Zhao, Zhun; Guo, Neng; Wu, Tianpin; Miller, Jeffrey T.; Wong, Michael S. (2016)
    Nitroarene reduction reactions are commercialized catalytic processes that play a key role in the synthesis of many products including medicines, rubbers, dyes, and herbicides. Whereas bimetallic compositions have been ...
  • Low-Loss Coupling of Quantum Cascade Lasers into Hollow-Core Waveguides with Single-Mode Output in the 3.7–7.6 μm Spectral Range 

    Patimisco, Pietro; Sampaolo, Angelo; Mihai, Laura; Giglio, Marilena; Kriesel, Jason; Sporea, Dan; Scamarcio, Gaetano; Tittel, Frank K.; Spagnolo, Vincenzo (2016)
    We demonstrated low-loss and single-mode laser beam delivery through hollow-core waveguides (HCWs) operating in the 3.7–7.6 μm spectral range. The employed HCWs have a circular cross section with a bore diameter of 200 μm ...
  • A Nanostructured Synthetic Collagen Mimic for Hemostasis 

    Kumar, Vivek A.; Taylor, Nichole L.; Jalan, Abhishek A.; Hwang, Lyahn K.; Wang, Benjamin K.; Hartgerink, Jeffrey D. (2014)
    Collagen is a major component of the extracellular matrix and plays a wide variety of important roles in blood clotting, healing, and tissue remodeling. Natural, animal derived, collagen is used in many clinical applications ...
  • Nanostructure investigations of nonlinear differential conductance in NdNiO3 thin films 

    Hardy, Will J.; Ji, Heng; Mikheev, Evgeny; Stemmer, Susanne; Natelson, Douglas (2014)
    Transport measurements on thin films of NdNiO3 reveal a crossover to a regime of pronounced nonlinear conduction below the well-known metal-insulator transition temperature. The evolution of the transport properties at ...
  • Adsorption and Unfolding of a Single Protein Triggers Nanoparticle Aggregation 

    Dominguez-Medina, Sergio; Kisley, Lydia; Tauzin, Lawrence J.; Hoggard, Anneli; Shuang, Bo; Indrasekara, A. Swarnapali D.S.; Chen, Sishan; Wang, Lin-Yung; Derry, Paul J.; Liopo, Anton; Zubarev, Eugene R.; Landes, Christy F.; Link, Stephan (2016)
    The response of living systems to nanoparticles is thought to depend on the protein corona, which forms shortly after exposure to physiological fluids and which is linked to a wide array of pathophysiologies. A mechanistic ...
  • Noise in electromigrated nanojunctions 

    Wheeler, P.J.; Chen, Ruoyu; Natelson, D. (2013)
    Noise measurements are a probe beyond simple electronic transport that can reveal additional information about electronic correlations and inelastic processes. Here we report noise measurements in individual electromigrated ...
  • Three-Dimensional Networked Nanoporous Ta2O5–x Memory System for Ultrahigh Density Storage 

    Wang, Gunuk; Lee, Jae-Hwang; Yang, Yang; Ruan, Gedeng; Kim, Nam Dong; Ji, Yongsung; Tour, James M. (2015)
    Oxide-based resistive memory systems have high near-term promise for use in nonvolatile memory. Here we introduce a memory system employing a three-dimensional (3D) networked nanoporous (NP) Ta2O5-x structure and graphene ...
  • Synthesis and Crystal Structure of Gold Nanobelts 

    Payne, Courtney M.; Tsentalovich, Dmitri E.; Benoit, Denise N.; Anderson, Lindsey J.E.; Guo, Wenhua; Colvin, Vicki L.; Pasquali, Matteo; Hafner, Jason H. (2014)
    Gold nanobelts were synthesized by the reduction of tetrachloroauric acid with ascorbic acid in the presence of the surfactants cetyltrimethylammonium bromide and sodium dodecylsulfate. The resulting structures have ...
  • Aptamer-Targeted Gold Nanoparticles As Molecular-Specific Contrast Agents for Reflectance Imaging 

    Javier, David J.; Nitin, Nitin; Levy, Matthew; Ellington, Andrew; Richards-Kortum, Rebecca (2008)
    Targeted metallic nanoparticles have shown potential as a platform for development of molecular-specific contrast agents. Aptamers have recently been demonstrated as ideal candidates for molecular targeting applications. ...
  • Charge Transfer Plasmons: Optical Frequency Conductances and Tunable Infrared Resonances 

    Wen, Fangfang; Zhang, Yue; Gottheim, Samuel; King, Nicholas S.; Zhang, Yu; Nordlander, Peter; Halas, Naomi J. (2015)
    A charge transfer plasmon (CTP) appears when an optical-frequency conductive pathway between two metallic nanoparticles is established, enabling the transfer of charge between nanoparticles when the plasmon is excited. ...
  • Fast Step Transition and State Identification (STaSI) for Discrete Single-Molecule Data Analysis 

    Shuang, Bo; Cooper, David; Taylor, J. Nick; Kisley, Lydia; Chen, Jixin; Wang, Wenxiao; Li, Chun Biu; Komatsuzaki, Tamiki; Landes, Christy F. (2014)
    We introduce a step transition and state identification (STaSI) method for piecewise constant single-molecule data with a newly derived minimum description length equation as the objective function. We detect the step ...
  • Non-monotonic Response to Monotonic Stimulus: Regulation of Glyoxylate Shunt Gene-Expression Dynamics inᅠ Mycobacterium tuberculosis 

    Ascensao, Joao A.; Datta, Pratik; Hancioglu, Baris; Sontag, Eduardo; Gennaro, Maria L.; Igoshin, Oleg A. (2016)
    Understanding how dynamical responses of biological networks are constrained by underlying network topology is one of the fundamental goals of systems biology. Here we employ monotone systems theory to formulate a theorem ...
  • Open-Source Selective Laser Sintering (OpenSLS) of Nylon and Biocompatible Polycaprolactone 

    Kinstlinger, Ian S.; Bastian, Andreas; Paulsen, Samantha J.; Hwang, Daniel H.; Ta, Anderson H.; Yalacki, David R.; Schmidt, Tim; Miller, Jordan S. (2016)
    Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is an additive manufacturing process that uses a laser to fuse powdered starting materials into solid 3D structures. Despite the potential for fabrication of complex, high-resolution structures ...
  • Nanoantenna-Enhanced Light-Matter Interaction in Atomically Thin WS2 

    Kern, Johannes; Trügler, Andreas; Niehues, Iris; Ewering, Johannes; Schmidt, Robert; Schneider, Robert; Najmaei, Sina; George, Antony; Zhang, Jing; Lou, Jun; Hohenester, Ulrich; de Vasconcellos, Steffen Michaelis; Bratschitsch, Rudolf (2015)
    Atomically thin transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) are an emerging class of two-dimensional semiconductors. Recently, the first optoelectronic devices featuring photodetection as well as electroluminescence have been ...
  • Observing the interplay between surface and bulk optical nonlinearities in thin van der Waals crystals 

    Deckoff-Jones, Skylar; Zhang, Jingjing; Petoukhoff, Christopher E.; Man, Michael K.L.; Lei, Sidong; Vajtai, Robert; Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Talbayev, Diyar; Madéo, Julien; Dani, Keshav M. (2016)
    Van der Waals materials, existing in a range of thicknesses from monolayer to bulk, allow for interplay between surface and bulk nonlinearities, which otherwise dominate only at atomically-thin or bulk extremes, respectively. ...
  • Carbon Redox-Polymer-Gel Hybrid Supercapacitors 

    Vlad, A.; Singh, N.; Melinte, S.; Gohy, J.-F.; Ajayan, P.M. (2016)
    Energy storage devices that provide high specific power without compromising on specific energy are highly desirable for many electric-powered applications. Here, we demonstrate that polymer organic radical gel materials ...
  • High-throughput screening of metal-porphyrin-like graphenes for selective capture of carbon dioxide 

    Bae, Hyeonhu; Park, Minwoo; Jang, Byungryul; Kang, Yura; Park, Jinwoo; Lee, Hosik; Chung, Haegeun; Chung, ChiHye; Hong, Suklyun; Kwon, Yongkyung; Yakobson, Boris I.; Lee, Hoonkyung (2016)
    Nanostructured materials, such as zeolites and metal-organic frameworks, have been considered to capture CO2. However, their application has been limited largely because they exhibit poor selectivity for flue gases and low ...

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