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Message from the Chair

Welcome to the website of the Department of Mechanical Engineering (MECH) at Rice University, the most productive research university in Texas. Nationally, Rice ranks among the top 10 research universities based on the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index. Internationally, Rice is ranked among the world's top 50 universities.

Our faculty have distinguished themselves nationally and internationally and are dedicated to both teaching and research. MECH has several faculty with joint appointments in other science and engineering areas. Together, this has created an environment where graduate and undergraduate students are actively engaged in research at the cutting edge of mechanical engineering and materials science.

Our mission is to prepare our graduates to apply basic and advanced engineering knowledge and skills to the research, analysis, and design of engineering systems. The Department's curricula are designed to put them on track to become leaders in the global workforce and/or to enter top-rated post-graduate programs. While we require a solid grounding in the fundamentals, we also provide instruction in state-of-the-art tools.

The undergraduate degree programs can lead to either a Bachelor of Science or Arts with a major in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E. or B.A.). In the Bachelor of Science programs, our undergraduate student's technical education culminates in hands-on, team-based capstone design projects, which emphasize real-world experiences and are often sponsored by industry and government. The program leading to the B.S.M.E. degree, one of the most popular engineering majors on campus, is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org  

The graduate educational and research programs lead to degrees of Master of Science (M.S.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and Master of Mechanical Engineering (M.M.E.). The M.S. and Ph.D. degrees require research and theses, while the M.M.E. is a non-thesis degree. The MECH graduate program actively partners with other departments, campus institutes and institutions in the Texas Medical Center in its educational and research activities. These collaborations reflect the comprehensive scope of the research activities that make graduate study in MECH a worthy experience.

For more detailed information about the research activities, facilities, and interests of our faculty, please go the to the faculty section of our site and explore the links to their individual web pages.