After sitting out the competition for a year, the team discovers sometimes the effort is worth more than a win.
The 2018 Hardy M. Bourland Staff Award for Distinguished Service go to Mari Allen, senior department administrator in mechanical engineering, and Jessica McVey, research coordinator in materials science and nanoengineering.
A mechanical engineering major and two electrical engineering double majors receive the prestigious awards.
During the competition, 10 graduate students, six from the school of engineering, had just three minutes and a single slide to present a compelling oration on their thesis and its significance.
The government of China has honored Rice University's Pol Spanos with the China International Scientific and Technological Cooperation Award.