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Electrical and Computer Engineering

About ECE

Engineering has been a part of Rice University's curriculum since the university first opened as The Rice Institute in 1912. In those 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.

The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department provides high quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs, which emphasize fundamental principles that respond to and create technological change. The programs are designed to challenge the exceptional ability of Rice students, ensuring that the Department's graduates are prepared for leadership roles. The faculty's research efforts involve undergraduates as well as graduate students and concentrate on developing fundamental understanding of scientific, mathematical, and engineering principles. Faculty members develop their results into algorithms, analysis techniques, and prototypes that extend technology's frontier.


With our broad range of research, we are making a deep impact throughout academia, as well as in many corporations and communities throughout the world. In fact, Rice is already known worldwide for developing new cancer therapy, devising incredible next-generation tools to rapidly identify proteins and viruses, and designing architecture for wireless networks and embedded systems architectures. The core research centers are The Center for Multimedia Communications, DSP Group, and Rice Networks Group and MURI Center for Nanoshell Design. As we continue to build on two decades of work in DSP algorithms, wireless communications, networking, and image processing, the future is extremely exciting. Many more accomplishments are on the horizon for emerging areas such as biomedicine and nanotechnology.

With dynamic faculty and leaders dedicated to giving its students the best engineering education possible, Rice has gained a national reputation for its academic programs and research activities. We offer a wealth of opportunities for our faculty and students to contribute to a broad spectrum of research. Our faculty members make every effort to ensure that the students "learn how to learn" and how to become leaders and pioneers, emphasizing fundamental principles that respond to and create technological changes that challenge the exceptional ability of Rice students.

The bioengineering, communications and systems, computer engineering, and photonics & nanoengineering curricula at Rice are powerful influences in preparing students to become successful senior level technical leaders throughout industry. In fact, our graduates are among the world's top innovators, as evidenced by recent honors such as the Technology Review 100.