Mission, Vision & Values

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 George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University as 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 22 engineering-related institutes and centers. About 33 percent of Rice undergraduates are engineering majors and approximately 34 percent of graduate students are in the School of Engineering.

Among the 136 engineering faculty are numerous members of the National Academies, including eight in engineering, three in science and two in medicine. Three emeritus faculty are also members. Our approximately 1,500 undergraduate and 1,000 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.

Mission Statement

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.

Vision Statement

By leveraging our unique strengths and culture, the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University will be recognized as a leader in transformational research, unparalleled education, and service to humanity.

Core Values

  • Rigor
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Curiosity
  • Leadership
  • Service
  • Collaboration
  • Passion