Engineering with Social Responsibility


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



Preserving Our Environment

Wind, solar could replace coal power in Texas

Rice study shows how proposed projects could eliminate need for coal, drastically cut pollution.

Super trees may save Houston

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

Rice improves catalyst that destroys ‘forever chemicals’ with sunlight

Chemical engineers fine-tune design of PFOA-destroying nanoparticles.


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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?


Ethical Engineering Practices

Students develop recipe app for Houston Food Bank

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

Racial segregation magnifies effects of childhood lead exposure

Structural racism exacerbates cognitive declines of Black children exposed to lead.

Confirming election results possible with risk-limiting audits

Rice expert and alum offer strategies to validate elections that use paper ballots.

Optimizing operations for donor milk banks

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


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.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Rice program introduces local students to research, inspires curiosity

Research Experiences for Undergrads bring community college students to campus for a summer of research with Rice faculty.

Record 16 Rice Engineering graduate students named GEM Fellows

The fellowship creates opportunities for graduate students to pursue career paths in industry or academia through connection with employers and universities.

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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