George leads efforts to foster industry participation in and collaboration with Rice Engineering units including the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL) and the Additive Manufacturing, Performance & Tribology Center (AMPT). He also serves as liaison to the Rice Engineering Alumni (REA) board of directors and other constituents, and provides advice on research agreements, intellectual property and related matters.
George joined the School of Engineering in 2017 after ten-plus years in private practice as a patent attorney, representing technology companies including Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, Lenovo, Acer, Amkor, and AnologicTech. Prior to practicing law, he worked as an engineer at ExxonMobil and as a manager in private business for several years. Even before joining the School of Engineering staff, George was closely affiliated with the university, serving as President of Rice Engineering Alumni (REA) and as a member of the Association of Rice Alumni (ARA) board of directors.
George is licensed to practice before the US Patent & Trademark Office, the International Trade Commission, Texas state and Federal courts, and the US Supreme Court. HIs professional memberships include IEEE, Federal Circuit Bar Association, Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, Engineering Development Forum, and Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers.
A native of New Orleans, George earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Rice in 1988 and 1991, respectively, and his law degree from Tulane University Law School in 1997. As an engineering student at Rice, he completed undergraduate and graduate research internships with Lockheed in New England and with Argonne National Laboratory in the Chicago area. An avid sports fan, George is an Astros season ticket holder, has served as an umpire in college and professional tennis, and has been a college and high school lacrosse referee for over 20 years.