Message from the Chair
Message from Edward W. Knightly
Chair, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Welcome to the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at
Rice University. Our faculty rank among the most productive in the
world, shown by the number of publications and accolades attributed to them, in
addition to the amount of funding they receive. In turn, they inspire
productive, happy students – the happiest in the nation, according to
the Princeton Review. Together, our faculty and students advance the
state-of-the-art in a broad set of disciplines spanning and redefining the
limits of ECE.
Rice ECE offers B.A., B.S., M.S./Ph.D., Ph.D., M.E.E., and joint M.E.E./M.B.A. degrees in a
dynamic learning environment. We educate engineers and
scientists who go on to be leaders in academia, industry and government, where
they redefine the limits of technology. Students in all programs have the
opportunity to participate in research. In addition, our undergraduates have
the benefit of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, a state-of-the-art
design laboratory for Rice science and engineering undergraduate students.
scope of our interdisciplinary research collaborations is virtually unmatched.
Rice ECE is globally known for extensive reach across disciplines, including: designing
next-generation wireless networks; nanophotonics; terahertzlaser spectroscopy; digital systems processing; neuroengineering;
and a plethora of other interests.
We have a strong research
relationship with government and industry. Research awards have climbed
steadily, with annual research expenditures near $700,00 per faculty member. Rice centers and groups continue to win vital support from government
agencies and industry partners.
Our location in Houston,
Texas, provides unique opportunities. NASA, the energy industry, and the
largest medical center in the world, Texas Medical Center, are all a short
distance from our campus. In June 2014, the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship was named #1 of all university business incubators for the
second year in a row, and the OwlSpark Startup Accelerator is a valuable
resource for both undergraduate and graduate students to gain experience as
entrepreneurs. Many of our students have gone on to found start-ups thanks in
large part to the skills they acquired at Rice.
Rice ECE, we challenge our students to redefine their own limits. Should you
choose Rice for your education, you will be taught to think creatively and will
be part of our network of knowledge. Regardless of your interests and goals,
you will find others that share your passion.
invite you to learn more about Rice University and the Department of Electrical
and Computer Engineering by finding us on social media and checking our
website frequently to stay in touch with the exciting and groundbreaking achievements
that happen daily in our ECE community.