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What you can do as a Rice engineer


Engineering students at Rice University are part of a dynamic program that combines opportunities for design and research with the possibility to make a difference on campus and in the larger world. Our students build bridges, start businesses and solve health care problems in the developing world. They take part in prestigious internships, such as the KPCB Fellows Program, and create award-winning engineering devices as they develop the leadership skills needed to succeed in the 21st century.

Click on the links below to see what you can do as a Rice engineer.

The Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen - Where students from all engineering departments tackle design challenges
2015 Award Winners - Student projects that won local, national and international prizes
Design Videos - Students demonstrate their design projects in short videos
ParkIt: Developed by Rice students through the University's OwlSpark incubator program, this project went from idea to business for its founders.
The Rice Electric Vehicle Team is student organized and participates annually in the Shell Eco-Marathon. 

Rice Center for Engineering Leadership
Providing opportunities for leadership development and practice
Certificate in Engineering Leadership - One of the few of its kind in the country, rigorous program is designed for students looking to become leaders in their field,and offers a combination of hands-on experiences and leadership development courses not normally available in traditional engineering programs
 Liftoff - An event to welcome freshmen into the profession of engineering

Working on open-ended problems with faculty who are top researchers in their fields
 Jessica Ha has been researching since her freshman year at Rice. She's one of of several students and faculty working under the auspices of the Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment Center (NEWT).
 Eric Sung takes a computational approach to studying neurons and how the brain works
Learn more about undergraduate research experiences.

We encourage students to take part in internships, where they receive valuable hands-on experience to augment their classroom studies. Rice engineers intern at a variety of companies and institutes here in Houston and around the world.
See our listing of companies looking for interns.
 Ethan Perez will take part in the prestigious KPCB Fellows Program
Internship spotlight: See where our engineers spent their summer in this profile from our 2015 Engineering Magazine

Civic Engagement
Rice engineers get involved locally and globally
DREAM Project - Mentoring local high school students to help increase minorities in STEM fields of study
Rice 360º Institute for Global Health - Student design projects contribute to the health of the developing world
Veronica Johnson led a spring break trip to a wolf sanctuary and is a leader in Rice's sustainability movement
Engineers Without Borders - One of the most active chapters in the U.S., Rice's EWB participants solve problems to better the lives of those in the developing world

Students have multiple opportunities to learn about building businesses and see their design projects grow into startup companies
OwlSpark - Providing Rice-affiliated startup teams with the resources they need to get their business off the ground
Student entrepreneurs in the news:
Life Made Easy: A team of sophomores took their freshman design project and turned it into a business
Ziel Solutions: An electrical and computer engineering major's solution to help measure stress and muscle fatigue in a pitcher's arm
Mechanical engineers run student businesses


For sample degree plans and curriculum see our Engineering Undergraduate Advising Booklet 2014