George Webb, who has two degrees in electrical and computer engineering (ECE) from Rice University, has joined the staff of the George R. Brown School of Engineering as director for industry relations.
Webb will oversee efforts to foster industry sponsorship of research in the engineering school. He will also manage conflict of interest issues, serve as liaison to the Office of Technology Transfer and advise on intellectual property and related matters.
“George brings to the job his strong experience in the private sector dealing with intellectual property, and a great enthusiasm for Rice and Rice engineering,” said Edwin L. “Ned” Thomas, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering.
Webb earned his B.S.E.E. in 1988 and master’s in electrical engineering in 1991. He went on to earn his J.D. from Tulane Law School in 1997. Since 2006, Webb has worked as an intellectual property attorney, and in 2011 became a founding member of the firm Farney Daniels in Houston and Georgetown. In that role, he has represented and advised companies on intellectual property and other matters in a wide range of technologies.
For two years previously, Webb was a litigation attorney with Forman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardy of Houston. From 1997 to 2003, he served as graduate programs director for The Princeton Review, where he managed marketing and business development for GMAT, GRE, LSAT and MCAT courses.
Webb served on the Rice Engineering Alumni (REA) board of directors from 2007 to 2013, and as its president in 2011-12. As REA president, he set up its Sponsors program, resulting in a nearly fourfold increase in contributors. He joined the dean’s office staff on March 22.