George R. Brown School of Engineering

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George R. Brown School of Engineering
Established 1975
Type Private
Dean Ned Thomas
Academic staff 110
Undergraduates 800
Postgraduates 508
Location Houston, Texas, USA
Campus Urban, 285 acres (1.15 km2)[1]
Affiliations Rice University
Website [1]

The George R. Brown School of Engineering is an academic school at Rice University in Houston, Texas. It contains the departments of Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering and Biomolecular Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computational and Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, and Statistics. Engineering has been part of Rice's curriculum since the university's founding in 1912, but the school was not established as its own unit until 1975.


Duncan Hall, home of the Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Statistics departments

In its earliest days, Rice offered courses in chemical, civil, mechanical and electrical engineering. Over the years, the engineering program grew, and in 1975 the George R. Brown School of Engineering was established, and named after George R. Brown, a major donor and co-founder of Brown & Root Inc. Presently, the school comprises eight academic departments and includes fourteen research institutes and centers. One third of Rice's students are engineering majors.


Among the more than 100 engineering faculty are six members of the National Academy of Engineering. Virtually all undergraduate courses in engineering are taught by Ph.D. faculty. Students work closely with professors, often working in labs and research projects. Departments and centers within the school of engineering take advantage of Houston's role as a center for the energy industry, medical research, space exploration, and the city's rapidly growing high-technology sector. Several departments have active industrial affiliates programs, and many research projects are undertaken with local companies. Students benefit from these relationships through collaborative research projects, summer internships, and making contacts for employment before graduation.


  1. ^ "Rice Facts - Campus". Rice University. Retrieved 2008-11-21. 

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Coordinates: 29°43′13″N 95°23′56″W / 29.7204°N 95.3989°W / 29.7204; -95.3989