Dean & Leadership

Dean's Welcome

Luay Nakhleh
Luay Nakhleh, William and Stephanie Sick Dean

I sincerely appreciate your interest in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University. I am proud to serve as the school’s 11th dean as we execute our vision of groundbreaking global research and unmatched teaching excellence.

Engineering has been a part of Rice’s DNA for more than 100 years. Today, we have joined the ranks of the top institutions in the nation, led by the cutting-edge research happening in our nine departments and 22 institutes and centers. We have distinguished ourselves as world leaders in energy research, data science, biotechnology, artificial intelligence & machine learning and advanced materials research, just to name a few. Our graduate students play an important role in our school. They are immersed in our research, part of a vibrant environment of exploration, creativity and innovation.

Our faculty members have been recognized by their peers at the highest levels, and the university's relatively small size allows many opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to work side-by-side with them. That culture of collaboration empowers work on projects across campus, connecting us to the natural sciences, humanities, business and others.

Rice University thrives in the city of Houston, the nation’s fourth-largest city, with endless opportunities for collaboration in numerous industries. The energy capital of the world is also home to the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest. The cultural, geographic and ethnic diversity of Rice Engineering mirrors its home city. More than a third of our engineering undergraduates are female, with nearly 25 percent coming from underrepresented backgrounds.

Edgar Odell Lovett, the first president of Rice led by the notion of "no upper limit." Please take a moment and explore our website and I think you will see many examples of our students and faculty representing that philosophy to its fullest.

If you have any questions about Rice Engineering, please feel free to contact us at any time.


Luay Nakhleh
William and Stephanie Sick Dean

Leadership Team

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