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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
2014 Award Winners - Student projects that won local, national and international prizes
Design Videos - Students demonstrate their design projects in short videos
Brittle Bones - Rice students build a robotic arm for a disabled teen; their device wins both the Engineering Design Showcase and the Undergraduate Elevator Pitch Competition
Rice Solar Car -The Solar Car Team is student organized and participated in the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas 2014

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
Ivan Perez is a civil and environmental engineer who looks at wind speeds, trees and hurricanes
 Eric Sung takes a computational approach to studying neurons and how the brain works

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.
Two computer scientsis take part in prestigious KPCB Fellows Program
Molly Cougill interns in Iceland

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
Beyond Traditional Borders - Student design projects contribute to the health of the developing world
'Nursery of the Future' -  Read about this Rice program, highlighted by UNICEF in the organization's The State of the World's Children 2015 report
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
Entrepreneurship stories - student efforts in the news
Bubble CPAP- A life-saving device designed by engineering undergrads that's in use in Malawi hospitals is proving to boost neonatal survival
OrthoIntrinsics - This device is for measuring the intrinsic strength of hands. It's used by hand specialists and is on the market now.


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