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ECE Student Clubs and Organizations 


ECE is a vibrant community with many organizations for students to be a part of!  A complete list of ELEC organizations, honor societies and clubs can be found below. For information on other Rice clubs, visit Rice Clubs Central.


  Eta Kappa Nu
Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) is an electrical and computer engineering honors society for students, alumni, and other engineering professionals. Recognizing excellence in electrical and computer engineering since 1904, it has recently become a part of the larger IEEE organization. The Theta Rho chapter of HKN at Rice University inducts new members each year.

HKN-Theta Rho Chapter Inductees
2016-2017: Pharson Chalermkraivuth, Weiqi Chen, Yixin Chen, Yujun June Chen, Matthew Nicholas Disiena, Kevin Lin, Paul Mayer, Vinay Raghavan, Young Yul Kim, Jorge Armando Quintero, Sujay Tadwalkar, Alice Xie, Daniel James Zdeblick
2015-2016: Yamin Arefeen, Brian Brenner, Shuqing Chen, Chris Harshaw, Ethan Heng, Sarah Hooper, Jiaqi Liu, Tingkai Liu, Abhipray Sahoo, Cody Tapscott, Stephen Xia, Yiqiu Wang, Tianyi Yao, Sihan Zeng
2014-2015: James J. Allred, Ernest Kwan Lok Chan, Yuan Gao, Minyang Ma, Leo Meister, Nav Ravindranath, Tam Vu, Zichao Wang, Zongjun Zheng


EtherNest, located in Abercrombie A119, is an open maker space supported by TI. The EtherNest is a workspace that has prototyping facilities for projects both in and outside of course work. A 3-D printer will be added to the EtherNest in 2014. The ECE Department provides funds to support the EtherNest and hosts student taught "College Classes" for enrichment in the EtherNest. A student leadership team is responsible for developing EtherNest. Find EtherNest on their website or Facebook


Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) comprises degree seeking graduate students at Rice University. The GSA mission is to enrich the graduate student experience and to represent, support, and promote graduate student interests and values. An integral and essential part of the Rice community, the GSA provides programs and services aiding in recruitment and retention of graduate students, represents graduate student interests to the University administration, and builds a strong sense of community both on and off campus. Representative: Chance Tarver (17-18)


  ECE Graduate Student Association

The Electrical & Computer Engineering Graduate Student Association (ECE GSA) exists to augment the organizational, educational, professional, and social aspects of our department. ECE is home to the ExCEL and mentoring programs, which are integrated into our GSA to provide a unified structure. Additionally, we serve as a connection to Rice’s overall GSA to voice larger concerns and gain supplementary support. The ECE GSA promotes the educational development of students by suggesting the creation or refinement of courses and by hosting special brown bag lunches. We ensure students’ professional development by participating in the organization of ECE Affiliates Day and also by leading events focused on fostering the skills needed for employment. Furthermore, we strive to strengthen the social life of students by arranging events that build friendships and provide respite from our hard work.

President: Pratiksha Dongare
Treasurer: Negar Erfanian
Secretary: Mihika Tanzid
Professional Development Directors: Chris Metzler, Jack Wang
Social Directors: Jesse Choe, Ankit Raghuram, Fatima Ahsan
ExCEL Director: Amanda Wickens
Education Director: Joe Young
Mentoring Directors: Srikanth Kuthuru, Leo Meister, Paz Zait-Givon



Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

The Rice chapter of IEEE is a student organization dedicated to informing ECE students of what is going on in the department, preparing the undergrad ECE majors for life "beyond the hedges," encouraging freshmen and sophomores to major in Electrical Engineering, and creating a greater sense of community among the ECE students.

Jorge Quintero, Vinay Raghavan (Co-Presidents 2016-2017)



Houston Chapter of the IEEE Circuits and Systems (CAS) Society
Chapter Chair: Professor Joseph Cavallaro


Houston Chapter IEEE Photonics Society (formerly LEOS)

Chapter Chair: Professor Isabell Thomann


Houston Chapter IEEE Signal Processing Society (IEEESPS)
Chapter Chair: Professor Mike Orchard


ECE Graduate Student Mentoring Program

Each incoming Ph.D. student will be assigned two seasoned ECE graduate students, one in their primary area of research and one from another area. Mentors will assist first year students in academic matters, including preparation for ELEC 599, and social interaction with members of ECE and other interdisciplinary departments. Mentor/mentee social events will be planned over the course of the first year.



Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE - Photonic Owls)

This Chapter promotes the discipline of Optical Science and Engineering through the organized effort of this group in study, research, and discussion. We disseminate knowledge of the field of Optical Engineering, and further the professional development of the students comprising our membership.


Tau Beta Pi (Texas Gamma at Rice)
Tau Beta Pi is the engineering honor society on campus. TBP recognized outstanding engineering students through membership in the society.


Women ExCEL
Women Excel is a network of women in the ECE Department at Rice that aims to provide community, mentoring, and cultural enrichment for students. We furnish a medium for networking and discussion of women-specific issues. Contact Amanda Wickens, alw12@rice.edu for more information.


SHElecs: Undergraduate Women in Electrical Engineering is a student organization on campus for supporting undergraduate women in electrical engineering. We empower ECE women through community, networking, and mentorship. To join or contact us, please email shelecs@rice.edu.