2024 Rice Engineering Magazine Cover

The spring 2024 issue of Rice Engineering Magazine is here!

At Rice Engineering, we are driven by a passion for innovation and a commitment to responsible engineering practices. It’s with great excitement that we unveil the new design of Rice Engineering magazine, which underscores our dedication to excellence in research, education, and service. The 2023-24 issue is full of news about how Rice Engineering is solving for greater good.


Rice in the World

India: Driving Sustainable Change

The 2023 launch of the United States-India initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology underscores India’s significance as a partner in solving some of the most critical challenges of our time.

Rice Engineering’s comprehensive approach to partnering with India, dating back to 2020, focuses on building institutional relationships, faculty collaborations, and student academic exchange — all in the pursuit of innovative, sustainable solutions.

“Our partnerships in India exemplify our commitment to tackling global challenges through interdisciplinary research, faculty engagement, and empowering the next generation of engineers,” said Luay Nakhleh, William and Stephanie Sick Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering.

“India’s technological expertise, vibrant academic community, and shared dedication to solving global issues align seamlessly with our mission. Together, we’re driving impactful solutions that transcend borders and pave the way for a more interconnected and sustainable future.”

In 2020, with support from the Bhupat and Jyoti Mehta Family Foundation, Rice and the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) launched the Rice-IITK Collaborative Center which focuses on creating sustainable solutions that address the global energy demand.

Two years later, Rice developed the Rice-IITK Strategic Collaboration Awards program, which funds joint faculty research projects. This significant step deepened the partnership, signifying mutual investment in collaborative research and a pathway to accelerate it. In 2023, Rice and IITK faculty groups received funding for their joint projects which take on global challenges such as climate change, urban infrastructure, health care and food insecurity.

Further expanding its collaborative network in India, Rice Engineering partnered with the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research, hosting its inaugural Joint International Workshop on Energy and Sustainability with nearly 100 participants. Additionally, in Nov. 2023, Rice announced a strategic collaboration agreement with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bangalore, fostering joint research ventures and industry engagements on data science, energy and materials.

Alongside institutional relationships and faculty collaborations, student academic exchange including the Mehta Rice Engineering Speaker Series and the Mehta Rice Engineering Scholars Program places students at the center of research. The quarterly speaker series brings together students across engineering disciplines from both Rice and Indian institutions. Through the scholars program, established in 2023, Rice hosts students from Indian universities on campus and provides research and mentorship opportunities. The students’ work is already contributing to advancements in wireless communication, machine learning algorithms, and more efficient drug delivery systems.


Rice and Tecnológico de Monterrey announced a partnership in the fall of 2023 to strengthen engineering, natural sciences and continuing studies. The agreement includes concurrent doctoral degrees in any area of engineering and natural sciences, dual master’s programs and a partnership to expand access to continuing and professional education.

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The Global Medical Innovation program combines engineering, business and
clinical training to help students solve
real-world medical needs. Since 2015, some 400 graduate and undergraduate students have participated in the summer program where they worked alongside professionals in the medical technology industry in Costa Rica.


Rice Engineering students and their peers at two Brazilian universities are researching computational methods to address flooding and other climate-related crises. The Rice@Brasil program integrates research and development, education, and local partnerships to improve infrastructure systems to better handle hydroclimate extremes.


In 2022, Rice established a cooperative education program with Instituto Tecnologico de Buenos Aires (ITBA), one of the premier universities in Argentina. Under the agreement, students have the opportunity to earn both an undergraduate degree from ITBA and a master’s degree from Rice.


Rice and the University of Edinburgh established a strategic partnership to cultivate collaborations in research and education. The 2023 recipients of the Rice-Edinburgh Strategic Collaboration Awards included engineering faculty whose research supports the areas of health and well-being, resilient and adaptive communities, advanced materials, and future computing.


Rice360 Institute for Global Health Technologies, led by engineering faculty, aims to reduce infant mortality rates across the continent. As part of the NEST360 (Newborn Essential Solutions and Technologies) multi-institutional partnership, Rice engineers create scalable health care solutions to improve the quality of neonatal and pediatric care in the region.


The Rice Global Paris Center, which opened in 2022, is the university’s European hub for conferences, workshops, and collaborative research addressing 21st-century engineering challenges. In the summer of 2023, engineering faculty participated in the center’s inaugural workshop series alongside European colleagues.

Paris center in France