Reconnect with Rice engineers at Alumni Weekend

School of Engineering invites alumni to participate in special events November 3-4.

Alumni stand on steps and make Rice owl sign with hands

There’s no place like The George R. Brown School of Engineering. Alumni are invited to join the School of Engineering November 3-4 for special events during Alumni Weekend. From engaging faculty lectures to tours of the new Ralph S. O'Connor Building for Engineering and Science, Alumni Weekend gives the Rice Engineering community a chance to reconnect and celebrate what makes it so special. 

As a highlight of Alumni Weekend, Dean Luay Nakhleh will welcome Rice engineers and answer questions during our Alumni Reception on Friday, November 3. See below to submit your question and to find out more details. As you prepare your questions, you are welcome to visit the dean's blog to learn more about what's on his mind. 

Alumni can register now for a fun-filled weekend and make plans to engage with former classmates and faculty during these School of Engineering events:

Faculty Mini-Lectures, Friday, November 3 from 10:45-11:45 a.m. in Hudspeth Auditorium, Anderson-Clarke Center

Rice Engineering is proud to provide opportunities for undergraduates to research alongside world-renowned faculty. Join us for TEDx-style talks from four Rice faculty members—including Rice Engineering’s own Omid Veiseh, associate professor of bioengineering—as they discuss including undergraduate students in research endeavors and facilitating successful collaborations. 

Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen Tour featuring Rice360 Fellows, Friday, November 3 from 11 a.m.-noon in the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen

Engineering design isn’t just for senior projects anymore! Get an inside look at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen—the cornerstone of the Rice engineering undergraduate experience—and the hub of global health projects from the Rice360 Institute for Global Health Technologies. Rice360 Fellows and OEDK lab assistants will be on hand to show you around our maker space where engineering undergraduates create solutions to real-world problems. If you graduated before 2009, you’re going to wish you had a maker space like this as a student. Don't forget to ask why it's called a kitchen!

Ralph O’Connor Building for Engineering and Science Tours, Friday, November 3 from 12:30-2 p.m. 

Join us every 30 minutes (12:30, 1:00 and 1:30) for guided tours of the engineering quad's newest building, The Ralph S. O'Connor Building for Engineering and Science. Opened in September 2023, this building is home to two large classrooms, a café and state-of-the-art research laboratories. Learn about Rice's engineering and science research neighborhoods where students work alongside world-class faculty to translate bold ideas into groundbreaking research. Tours begin in the first floor lobby. No registration required.

Mechanical Engineering Alumni Meetup, Friday, November 3 from 1-2 p.m. in the Graduate Commons (Valhalla Courtyard between Keck Hall and George R. Brown Hall).

Mechanical Engineering alumni, students, faculty, and staff are invited! Enjoy a chance to chat, connect, and catch up with your fellow MECHs, past and present! Please RSVP if you plan to attend. 

Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni and Student Mixer, Friday, November 3 from 3-5 p.m. in The Ralph S. O’Connor Building for Engineering and Science, Room 131 

Civil and environmental engineering alumni, students, faculty, and staff are invited to the annual CEVE/ASCE Alumni and Student Mixer. Join the Rice student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers for food, fun activities, and a chance to chat, connect, and catch up with your fellow CEVEs, past and present! Please RSVP if you plan to attend. 

Also, be sure to join the Rice CEVE LinkedIn group to receive information on future events like this. 

School of Engineering Alumni Reception & Conversation with the Dean, Friday, November 3 from 5-6:30 p.m. in McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall

Join us in McMurtry Auditorium for a moderated discussion with Luay Nakhleh, the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of the George R. Brown School of Engineering, followed by a toast to graduates from the Class of 1973 celebrating their 50th reunion. Dean Nakhleh will take your questions live or you can submit them when you register. Then join us in Martel Hall and enjoy delicious light bites and beverages while catching up with former classmates and engineering faculty. To submit a question and register to attend, please RSVP.

Computer Science Alumni Meetup, Saturday, November 4, Noon-1:30 p.m., Ralph S. O’Connor Building for Engineering and Science, Bill and Stephanie Sick Event Suite and Terrace (5th Floor) 

Catch up with your fellow computer science alumni and see the new Ralph S. O’Connor Building for Engineering and Science that recently opened in place of the old Abercrombie building. The reception will be held in the 5th floor event space for the new building. Drinks & hors d'oeuvres will be served, and guests are welcome. Please RSVP to attend.

The full schedule of campus-wide Alumni Weekend activities can be found on the official event calendar. Alumni can register now to take part in the unforgettable Alumni Weekend experience.