The Gene Brice Colloquium Series is supported by contributions to the Gene Brice Colloquium Fund. The fund was established in 1991 in memory of William E. (Gene) Brice, B.S.E.E. '37. Mr. Brice grew up in a succession of small east Texas towns. He matriculated to Rice in 1933, where he was elected to Tau Beta Pi and worked as a teaching assistant, graduating in 1937 with a B.S. degree in electrical engineering. General Electric and Houston Lighting and Power employed him before he served as a U.S. naval officer in World War II. Gene married Marguerite Ayres Robins and had four children, two of whom are Rice alumni.
In 1948, Gene found the W.E. Brice Company, a Houston-based company active in manufacturer's representation, fabrication, and distribution of switch-gear, industrial instrumentation, and controls. Today the business continues as Brice Company, under the direction of one of his sons.
Gene Brice was a member of the Texas and National Societies of Professional Engineers, and a life member of the Houston Engineering and Scientific Society and IEEE. Brice was born in 1913, and passed away in 1991.
April 18, 2017 - "Novel Materials for Next Generation Photonic Devices"
Michal Lipson, Columbia University
March 9, 2016 - "On Computational Thinking, Inferential Thinking, and Data Science"
Michael Jordan, University of California, Berkeley
February 5, 2015 - "The Internet Trajectory and Technology"
Leonard Kleinrock, UCLA
January 23, 2013 - "Optics at the Nanoscale: Shedding new light on cross-cutting science and technologies"
Naomi J. Halas, Rice University
April 19, 2012 - "Challenges in Cyberphysical Systems"
P.R. Kumar, Texas A&M University
April 1, 2011 - "Statistical methods in cancer biology"
Mathukumalli Vidyasagar, The University of Texas at Dallas
April 9, 2009 - "The Communication Cost of Distributed Computing"
Abbas El Gamal, Stanford University
March 12, 2009 - "Forces out of Nothing: Vacuum Fluctuations, Quantum Levitation and the Future of Nanomachines"
Federico Capasso, Harvard University
January 26, 2006 - "Feedback, Erasures, Zero-Errors, and More"
James L. Massey, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
September 19, 2002 - " Signal Representations: From Fourier to Wavelets and Beyond"
Martin Vetterli, Department of Communications, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
February 8, 2001 - "Not-So-Secret Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurship"
Milton Chang, New Focus, Inc. and iNCUBiC LLP
April 29, 1999 - "The automation of computer architecture: Yet another consequence of Moore's Law"
B. Ramakrishna Rau, Hewlett-Packard Labs
March 10, 1998 - "DSPs, Gigachips & Internet Made for Each Other"
Pallab Chatterjee, Texas Instruments, Inc.
September 19, 1996 - "Approaching the Shannon Limit: Theorist's Dream and Practitioner's Challenge"
Andrew Viterbi, QUALCOMM Incorporated
April 12, 1994 - "Professor Katz Goes to Washington"
Randy H. Katz, Computer Science Division, EECS Dept., UC-Berkeley
April 6, 1993 - "The Photonics Revolution in Telecommunications"
Herwig Kogelnik, Director, Photonics Laboratory, AT&T Laboratory