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Engineering with Social Responsibility

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Preserving Our Environment

Pioneering work in energy storage, renewable energy, seismic data processing and environmental fluid dynamics with unconventional collaborations across the spectrum of science and humanities.

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Ethical Engineering Practices

Forging strong collaborations across the university, including with Humanities, Social Sciences and the Baker Institute and designing curricula and pursuing research that addresses humanity’s most pressing needs.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We are ranked among the most diverse schools among AAU institutions (self-reporting). More than 35% of our undergraduate students are women and almost 24% are underrepresented minority students.

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"Engineering research and education that emphasize both benefits to humanity and impact on society and the environment—this is our mission."

— Luay Nakhleh
Dean of Engineering

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Preserving Our Environment

Making carbon our ally

The Rice University research initiative Carbon Hub was launched in 2019 to change how the world makes materials and uses hydrocarbons.

Super trees may save Houston

Rice study identifies trees that mitigate effects of pollution, climate change

$250,000 grant to help dispose of PFAS

For more than 80 years, PFAS have been widely used, and are ubiquitous in the environment.

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Rice Engineering’s innovative faculty and students, our university’s outstanding breadth, and our city’s unique challenges and opportunities provide the perfect ingredients for us to capture the urgency of our mission and to accomplish it.

Why Does Ethical Leadership Matter in Engineering?

Genevera Allen: Can AI Be Ethical?

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Ethical Engineering Practices

Students develop recipe app for Houston Food Bank

Student group provides tech solutions on campus and for non-profits.

Student data scientists develop algorithm for bird tracking

Team Audubon wins D2K Showcase by developing a machine learning algorithm for waterbird monitoring.

Black, Hispanic communities bore disproportionate share of early COVID-19 deaths

Rice University study features statewide analysis of mortality, air pollution, and assessment of disproportionate economic impacts in Harris County.

Optimizing operations for donor milk banks

Andrew Schaefer working with Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas to help with staffing, equipment limitations.

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Our Research Focus Areas


Research at Rice Engineering covers a diverse range of fields, from A.I. and next-gen materials to bioengineering and climate modeling. Our strategic research focus areas leverage our unique strengths and culture to solve local and global societal challenges.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We've worked to make Rice Engineering one of the most inclusive engineering programs in the nation

We are ranked among the most diverse schools among AAU institutions (self-reporting). More than 35% of our undergraduate students are women and almost 24% are underrepresented minority students.

Rice sees its largest ever GEM cohort

The National GEM Consortium brings together a network of employers and universities toward the goal of recruitment, retention and graduation of underrepresented minorities in STEM graduate programs.

Program aims at fostering research at minority-serving institutions

Computer scientists at Rice and the University of St. Thomas have received a $1.1 million NSF grant through the Research Expansion Program

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