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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  • Signatures of Biomass Burning Aerosols in the Plume of a Saltmarsh Wildfire in South Texas 

    Myers-Pigg, Allison N.; Griffin, Robert J.; Louchouarn, Patrick; Norwood, Matthew J.; Sterne, Amanda; Cevik, Basak Karakurt (2016)
    The most conventional and abundant tracers of biomass combustion in aerosol particles include potassium and biomarkers derived from thermally altered cellulose/hemicellulose (anhydrosugars) and lignin (methoxyphenols). ...
  • Insights on Foam Transport from a Texture-Implicit Local-Equilibrium Model with an Improved Parameter Estimation Algorithm 

    Zeng, Yongchao; Muthuswamy, Aarthi; Ma, Kun; Wang, Le; Farajzadeh, Rouhi; Puerto, Maura; Vincent-Bonnieu, Sebastien; Akbar Eftekhari, Ali; Wang, Ying; Da, Chang; Joyce, Jeffrey C.; Biswal, Sibani L.; Hirasaki, George J. (2016)
    We present an insightful discussion on the implications of foam transport inside porous media based on an improved algorithm for the estimation of model parameters. A widely used texture-implicit local-equilibrium foam ...
  • Role of Gas Type on Foam Transport in Porous Media 

    Zeng, Yongchao; Farajzadeh, Rouhi; Eftekhari, Ali Akbar; Vincent-Bonnieu, Sebastien; Muthuswamy, Aarthi; Rossen, William R.; Hirasaki, George J.; Biswal, Sibani L. (2016)
    We present the results of an experimental investigation of the effect of gas type and composition on foam transport in porous media. Steady-state foam strengths with respect to three cases of distinct gases and two cases ...
  • Ring-locking enables selective anhydrosugar synthesis from carbohydrate pyrolysis 

    Chen, Li; Zhao, Jinmo; Pradhan, Sivaram; Brinson, Bruce E.; Scuseria, Gustavo E.; Zhang, Z. Conrad; Wong, Michael S. (2016)
    The selective production of platform chemicals from thermal conversion of biomass-derived carbohydrates is challenging. As precursors to natural products and drug molecules, anhydrosugars are difficult to synthesize from ...
  • Examining Asphaltene Solubility on Deposition in Model Porous Media 

    Lin, Yu-Jiun; He, Peng; Tavakkoli, Mohammad; Mathew, Nevin Thunduvila; Fatt, Yap Yit; Chai, John C.; Goharzadeh, Afshin; Vargas, Francisco M.; Biswal, Sibani Lisa (2016)
    Asphaltenes are known to cause severe flow assurance problems in the near-wellbore region of oil reservoirs. Understanding the mechanism of asphaltene deposition in porous media is of great significance for the development ...
  • Strategies for controlled delivery of biologics for cartilage repair 

    Lam, Johnny; Lu, Steven; Kasper, F. Kurtis; Mikos, Antonios G. (2015)
    The delivery of biologics is an important component in the treatment of osteoarthritis and the functional restoration of articular cartilage. Numerous factors have been implicated in the cartilage repair process, but the ...
  • Novel applications of statins for bone regeneration 

    Shah, Sarita R.; Werlang, Caroline A.; Kasper, F. Kurtis; Mikos, Antonios G. (2015)
    The use of statins for bone regeneration is a promising and growing area of research. Statins, originally developed to treat high cholesterol, are inhibitors of the enzyme 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl, the rate-limiting ...
  • How to train your microbe: methods for dynamically characterizing gene networks 

    Castillo-Hair, Sebastian M.; Igoshin, Oleg A.; Tabor, Jeffrey J. (2015)
    Gene networks regulate biological processes dynamically. However, researchers have largely relied upon static perturbations, such as growth media variations and gene knockouts, to elucidate gene network structure and ...
  • In vitroᅠandᅠin vivoᅠevaluation of self-mineralization and biocompatibility of injectable, dual-gelling hydrogels for bone tissue engineering 

    Vo, Tiffany N.; Ekenseair, Adam K.; Spicer, Patrick P.; Watson, Brendan M.; Tzouanas, Stephanie N.; Roh, Terrence T.; Mikos, Antonios G. (2015)
    In this study, we investigated the mineralization capacity and biocompatibility of injectable, dual-gelling hydrogels in a rat cranial defect as a function of hydrogel hydrophobicity from either the copolymerization of a ...
  • Heterogeneity of Mitral Leaflet Matrix Composition and Turnover Correlates with Regional Leaflet Strain 

    Stephens, Elizabeth H.; Connell, Patrick S.; Fahrenholtz, Monica M.; Timek, Tomasz A.; Daughters, George T.; Kuo, Joyce J.; Patton, Aaron M.; Ingels, Neil B.; Miller, D. Craig; Grande-Allen, K. Jane (2015)
    To determine how extracellular matrix and contractile valvular cells contribute to the heterogeneous motion and strain across the mitral valve (MV) during the cardiac cycle, regional MV material properties, matrix composition, ...
  • Cellular and Extracellular Matrix Basis for Heterogeneity in Mitral Annular Contraction 

    Stephens, Elizabeth H.; Fahrenholtz, Monica M.; Connell, Patrick S.; Timek, Tomasz A.; Daughters, George T.; Kuo, Joyce J.; Patton, Aaron M.; Ingels, Neil B. Jr.; Miller, D. Craig; Grande-Allen, K. Jane (2015)
    Regional heterogeneity in mitral annular contraction, which is generally ascribed to the fibrous vs. muscular annular composition, ensures proper leaflet motion and timing of coaptation. It is unknown whether the fibroblast-like ...
  • Effect of Surfactant Partitioning Between Gaseous Phase and Aqueous Phase onᅠCO2ᅠFoam Transport for Enhanced Oil Recovery 

    Zeng, Yongchao; Ma, Kun; Farajzadeh, Rouhi; Puerto, Maura; Biswal, Sibani L.; Hirasaki, George J. (2016)
    CO2 flood is one of the most successful and promising enhanced oil recovery technologies. However the displacement is limited by viscous fingering, gravity segregation and reservoir heterogeneity. Foaming the CO2 and brine ...
  • Role of Gas Type on Foam Transport in Porous Media 

    Zeng, Yongchao; Farajzadeh, Rouhi; Eftekhari, Ali Akbar; Vincent-Bonnieu, Sebastien; Muthuswamy, Aarthi; Rossen, William R.; Hirasaki, George J.; Biswal, Sibani L. (2016)
    We present the results of an experimental investigation of the effect of gas type and composition on foam transport in porous media. Steady-state foam strengths with respect to three cases of distinct gases and two cases ...
  • Dynamics of paramagnetic squares in uniform magnetic fields 

    Du, Di; He, Peng; Zeng, Yongchao; Biswal, Sibani Lisa (2016)
    The magnetic forces between paramagnetic squares cannot be calculated using a classic dipolar model because the magnetic field distribution is not uniform within square particles. Here, we present the calculation of magnetic ...
  • Integrating valve-inspired design features into poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogel scaffolds for heart valve tissue engineering 

    Zhang, Xing; Xu, Bin; Puperi, Daniel S.; Yonezawa, Aline L.; Wu, Yan; Tseng, Hubert; Cuchiara, Maude L.; West, Jennifer L.; Grande-Allen, K. Jane (2015)
    The development of advanced scaffolds that recapitulate the anisotropic mechanical behavior and biological functions of the extracellular matrix in leaflets would be transformative for heart valve tissue engineering. In ...
  • Multi-stimuli responsive Cu2S nanocrystals as trimodal imaging and synergistic chemo-photothermal therapy agents 

    Poulose, Aby Cheruvathoor; Veeranarayanan, Srivani; Mohamed, M. Sheikh; Nagaoka, Yutaka; Aburto, Rebeca Romero; Mitcham, Trevor; Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Bouchard, Richard R.; Sakamoto, Yasushi; Yoshida, Yasuhiko; Maekawa, Toru; Kumar, D. Sakthi (2015)
    A size and shape tuned, multifunctional metal chalcogenide, Cu2S-based nanotheranostic agent is developed for trimodal imaging and multimodal therapeutics against brain cancer cells. This theranostic agent was highly ...
  • XMRF: an R package to fit Markov Networks to high-throughput genetics data 

    Wan, Ying-Wooi; Allen, Genevera I; Baker, Yulia; Yang, Eunho; Ravikumar, Pradeep; Anderson, Matthew; Liu, Zhandong (2016-08-26)
    Abstract Background Technological advances in medicine have led to a rapid proliferation of high-throughput “omics” data. Tools to mine this data and discover disrupted ...
  • Structure-guided selection of specificity determining positions in the human Kinome 

    Moll, Mark; Finn, Paul W; Kavraki, Lydia E (2016-08-18)
    Abstract Background The human kinome contains many important drug targets. It is well-known that inhibitors of protein kinases bind with very different selectivity profiles. ...
  • A maximum pseudo-likelihood approach for phylogenetic networks 

    Yu, Yun; Nakhleh, Luay (2015-10-02)
    Abstract Background Several phylogenomic analyses have recently demonstrated the need to account simultaneously for incomplete lineage sorting (ILS) and hybridization when ...
  • Implications of construction method and spatial scale on measures of the built environment 

    Strominger, Julie; Anthopolos, Rebecca; Miranda, Marie L (2016-04-28)
    Abstract Background Research surrounding the built environment (BE) and health has resulted in inconsistent findings. Experts have identified the need to examine methodological ...

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