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Message from the Dr. Behnaam Aazhang, Department Chair 

The catalyst for innovation in electrical engineering education and research

One of the outcomes of a university-industry research relationship is educating engineers and scientists for companies, their customers, suppliers, and industry partners.  

messagefromchair01The diverse yet synergistic research interests, centers, groups and the scope of multi and interdisciplinary research collaborations are virtually unmatched among universities throughout the world. In fact, our department is internationally known for its extensive reach across the many engineering disciplines ranging from designing the next generation of wireless networks and embedded systems architectures to nano photonics and terahertz laser spectroscopy.

Research awards and expenditures have climbed steadily throughout the years, with current major research grants nearing the $10 million mark. The Center for Multimedia Communications, DSP Group, Rice Networks Group, MURI Center for Nanoshell Design, and the Laboratory for Nanophotonics contribute in significant ways, and earn vital support from several government agencies and industrial partners-- NSF, DARPA, Intel, ONR, TATP, Nokia, National Instruments, Texas Instruments, Xilinx, and a host of others.

With an evolving electrical and computer engineering curriculum, Rice makes an enduring impact on the learning experiences of our students. It is the endeavor of each ECE faculty member to emphasize fundamental principles and novel applications that respond to challenges and revolutionize technology.

Please check our website frequently to stay in touch with the many exciting and newsworthy accomplishments of our faculty, students, and staff.

Behnaam Aazhang
J.S. Abercrombie Professor and Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering