About the George R. Brown School of Engineering
As we look at the complex challenges facing the world, engineering is key to improving our quality of life, security and sustainability. Since the founding of the Rice Institute in 1912, engineering has been a central part of the school’s focus. Guided by Edgar Odell Lovett’s idea of “No Upper Limit,” the Brown School of Engineering has earned a place among the top schools in the country by partnering with the sciences, humanities, social sciences, architecture and business to ensure that our solutions are developed within the context of an increasingly complex world.
Today the school is comprised of nine academic departments, with research that's enriched by 17 engineering-related institutes and centers. About 37 percent of Rice undergraduates are engineering majors and approximately 34 percent of graduate students are in the School of Engineering.
Among the 132 engineering faculty are 11 members of the National Academies of Engineering, Science and Medicine. Four emeritus faculty are also members. Our approximately 1,500 undergraduate and 950 graduate students have easy access to professors in the classroom and also work closely with them in their labs.
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 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 design and research projects, summer internships, and securing post-graduation jobs while they're still in school.
We’re in a period of unprecedented challenges, but also unique opportunities brought about through advances in computation and data science, nanotechnology materials and biotechnology. Join us as we continue our strong tradition of excellence in education by fostering engineering students’ intellectual curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking skills through a strong scientific, technical, and liberal arts education with unparalleled research and engineering design opportunities.
Empower the next generation of leaders with strong technical and data science skills, creative problem solving and the ability to integrate across disciplines to address humankind’s most pressing problems.
By leveraging our unique strengths and culture, the School of Engineering at Rice University will be recognized as a leader in transformational research, unparalleled education, and service to humanity.