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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  • BayesBD: An R Package for Bayesian Inference on Image Boundaries 

    Syring, Nicholas; Li, Meng (2017)
    We present the BayesBD package providing Bayesian inference for boundaries of noisy images. The BayesBD package implements flexible Gaussian process priors indexed by the circle to recover the boundary in a binary or ...
  • Magnetooptics of Exciton Rydberg States in a Monolayer Semiconductor 

    Stier, A.V.; Wilson, N.P.; Velizhanin, K.A.; Kono, J.; Xu, X.; Crooker, S.A. (2018)
    We report 65 T magnetoabsorption spectroscopy of exciton Rydberg states in the archetypal monolayer semiconductor WSe2. The strongly field-dependent and distinct energy shifts of the 2s, 3s, and 4s excited neutral excitons ...
  • Carbon nanotube woven textile photodetector 

    Zubair, Ahmed; Wang, Xuan; Mirri, Francesca; Tsentalovich, Dmitri E.; Fujimura, Naoki; Suzuki, Daichi; Soundarapandian, Karuppasamy P.; Kawano, Yukio; Pasquali, Matteo; Kono, Junichiro (2018)
    The increasing interest in mobile and wearable technology demands the enhancement of functionality of clothing through incorporation of sophisticated architectures of multifunctional materials. Flexible electronic and ...
  • Characterization of surface electromyography patterns of healthy and incomplete spinal cord injury subjects interacting with an upper-extremity exoskeleton 

    McDonald, Craig G.; Dennis, Troy A.; O’Malley, Marcia K. (2017)
    Rehabilitation exoskeletons may make use of myoelectric control to restore in patients with significant motor impairment following a spinal cord injury (SCI) a sense of volitional control over their limb - a crucial component ...
  • Estimating anatomical wrist joint motion with a robotic exoskeleton 

    Rose, Chad G.; Kann, Claudia K.; Deshpande, Ashish D.; O’Malley, Marcia K. (2017)
    Robotic exoskeletons can provide the high intensity, long duration targeted therapeutic interventions required for regaining motor function lost as a result of neurological injury. Quantitative measurements by exoskeletons ...
  • Effects of discretization on the K-width of series elastic actuators 

    Losey, Dylan P.; O’Malley, Marcia K. (2017)
    Rigid haptic devices enable humans to physically interact with virtual environments, and the range of impedances that can be safely rendered using these rigid devices is quantified by the Z-Width metric. Series elastic ...
  • A cable-based series elastic actuator with conduit sensor for wearable exoskeletons 

    Blumenschein, Laura H.; McDonald, Craig G.; O’Malley, Marcia K. (2017)
    There is currently a scarcity of wearable robotic devices that can practically provide physical assistance in a range of real world activities. Soft wearable exoskeletons, or exosuits, have the potential to be more portable ...
  • Toward training surgeons with motion-based feedback: Initial validation of smoothness as a measure of motor learning 

    Pandey, Shivam; Byrne, Michael D.; Jantscher, William H.; O’Malley, Marcia K.; Agarwal, Priyanshu (2017)
    Surgery is a challenging domain for motor skill acquisition. A critical contributing factor in this difficulty is that feedback is often delayed from performance and qualitative in nature. Collection of highdensity motion ...
  • High-yield single-step catalytic growth of graphene nanostripes by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition 

    Hsu, Chen-Chih; Bagley, Jacob D.; Teague, Marcus L.; Tseng, Wei-Shiuan; Yang, Kathleen L.; Zhang, Yiran; Li, Yiliang; Li, Yilun; Tour, James M.; Yeh, N.-C. (2018)
    We report a single-step growth process of graphene nanostripes (GNSPs) by adding certain substituted aromatics (e.g., 1,2-dichlorobenzene) as precursors during the plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition (PECVD). Without ...
  • Robot-Assisted Training of Arm and Hand Movement Shows Functional Improvements for Incomplete Cervical Spinal Cord Injury 

    Francisco, Gerard E.; Yozbatiran, Nuray; Berliner, Jeffrey; O'Malley, Marcia K.; Pehlivan, Ali Utku; Kadivar, Zahra; Fitle, Kyle; Boake, Corwin (2017)
    Objective The aim of the study was to demonstrate the feasibility, tolerability, and effectiveness of robotic-assisted arm training in incomplete chronic tetraplegia. Design Pretest/posttest/follow-up was conducted. Ten ...
  • High-velocity projectile impact induced 9R phase in ultrafine-grained aluminium 

    Xue, Sichuang; Fan, Zhe; Lawal, Olawale B.; Thevamaran, Ramathasan; Li, Qiang; Liu, Yue; Yu, K.Y.; Wang, Jian; Thomas, Edwin L.; Wang, Haiyan; Zhang, Xinghang (2017)
    Aluminium typically deforms via full dislocations due to its high stacking fault energy. Twinning in aluminium, although difficult, may occur at low temperature and high strain rate. However, the 9R phase rarely occurs in ...
  • Ppb-level detection of ammonia based on QEPAS using a power amplified laser and a low resonance frequency quartz tuning fork 

    Ma, Yufei; He, Ying; Tong, Yao; Yu, Xin; Tittel, Frank K. (2017)
    In this report, an ultra-high sensitive quartz-enhanced photoacoustic spectroscopy (QEPAS) based ammonia (NH3) sensor using a power amplified diode laser and a low resonance frequency quartz tuning fork (QTF) was demonstrated ...
  • Morphodynamics of a growing microbial colony driven by cell death 

    Ghosh, Pushpita; Levine, Herbert (2017)
    Bacterial cells can often self-organize into multicellular structures with complex spatiotemporal morphology. In this work, we study the spatiotemporal dynamics of a growing microbial colony in the presence of cell death. ...
  • Two-dimensional lithium diffusion behavior and probable hybrid phase transformation kinetics in olivine lithium iron phosphate 

    Hong, Liang; Li, Linsen; Chen-Wiegart, Yuchen-Karen; Wang, Jiajun; Xiang, Kai; Gan, Liyang; Li, Wenjie; Meng, Fei; Wang, Fan; Wang, Jun; Chiang, Yet-Ming; Jin, Song; Tang, Ming (2017)
    Olivine lithium iron phosphate is a technologically important electrode material for lithium-ion batteries and a model system for studying electrochemically driven phase transformations. Despite extensive studies, many ...
  • Three-dimensional mesostructures as high-temperature growth templates, electronic cellular scaffolds, and self-propelled microrobots 

    Yan, Zheng; Han, Mengdi; Shi, Yan; Badea, Adina; Yang, Yiyuan; Kulkarni, Ashish; Hanson, Erik; Kandel, Mikhail E.; Wen, Xiewen; Zhang, Fan; Luo, Yiyue; Lin, Qing; Zhang, Hang; Guo,Xiaogang; Huang, Yuming; Nan, Kewang; Jia, Shuai; Oraham, Aaron W.; Mevis, Molly B.; Lim, Jaeman; Guo, Xuelin; Gao, Mingye; Ryu, Woomi; Yu, Ki Jun; Nicolau, Bruno G.; Petronico, Aaron; Rubakhin, Stanislav S.; Lou, Jun; Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Thornton, Katsuyo; Popescu, Gabriel; Fang, Daining; Sweedler, Jonathan V.; Braun, Paul V.; Zhang, Haixia; Nuzzo, Ralph G.; Huang, Yonggang; Zhang, Yihui; Rogers, John A. (2017)
    Exploiting advanced 3D designs in micro/nanomanufacturing inspires potential applications in various fields including biomedical engineering, metamaterials, electronics, electromechanical components, and many others. The ...
  • Line-scanning confocal microendoscope for nuclear morphometry imaging 

    Tang, Yubo; Carns, Jennifer; Richards-Kortum, Rebecca R. (2017)
    Fiber-optic endomicroscopy is a minimally invasive method to image cellular morphology in vivo. Using a coherent fiber bundle as an image relay, it allows additional imaging optics to be placed at the distal end of the ...
  • The value of foresight 

    Ernst, Philip A.; Rogers, L.C.G.; Zhou, Quan (2017)
    Suppose you have one unit of stock, currently worth 1, which you must sell before time . The Optional Sampling Theorem tells us that whatever stopping time we choose to sell, the expected discounted value we get when we ...
  • Position paper: The potential role of optical biopsy in the study and diagnosis of environmental enteric dysfunction 

    Thompson, Alex J.; Hughes, Michael; Anastasova, Salzitsa; Conklin, Laurie S.; Thomas, Tudor; Leggett, Cadman; Faubion, William A.; Miller, Thomas J.; Delaney, Peter; Lacombe, François; Loiseau, Sacha; Meining, Alexander; Richards-Kortum, Rebecca; Tearney, Guillermo J.; Kelly, Paul; Yang, Guang-Zhong (2017)
    Environmental enteric dysfunction (EED) is a disease of the small intestine affecting children and adults in low and middle income countries. Arising as a consequence of repeated infections, gut inflammation results in ...
  • Repetitively Mode-Locked Cavity-Enhanced Absorption Spectroscopy (RML-CEAS) for Near-Infrared Gas Sensing 

    He, Qixin; Lou, Minhan; Zheng, Chuantao; Ye, Weilin; Wang, Yiding; Tittel, Frank K. (2017)
    A Pound-Drever-Hall (PDH)-based mode-locked cavity-enhanced sensor system was developed using a distributed feedback diode laser centered at 1.53 µm as the laser source. Laser temperature scanning, bias control of the ...
  • Charged iodide in chains behind the highly efficient iodine doping in carbon nanotubes 

    Zubair, Ahmed; Tristant, Damien; Nie, Chunyang; Tsentalovich, Dmitri E.; Headrick, Robert J.; Pasquali, Matteo; Kono, Junichiro; Meunier, Vincent; Flahaut, Emmanuel; Monthioux, Marc; Gerber, Iann C.; Puech, Pascal (2017)
    The origin of highly efficient iodine doping of carbon nanotubes is not well understood. Relying on first-principles calculations, we found that iodine molecules (I2) in contact with a carbon nanotube interact to form ...

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