Graduate students are the lifeblood of research labs in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University. They work on problems that may have a direct effect on people's lives tomorrow or in 20 years. It is their inquisitiveness, inventiveness and energy that lead to the solution of some of sociey's thorniest problems. Graduate students delve deeply into narrow areas of research and demonstrate their expertise through their dissertations. Here are some examples of what Rice engineering graduate students are working on.