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About Mechanical Engineering

Welcome to the Department of Mechanical Engineering (MECH) at Rice University. The MECH Department is one of nine academic departments which comprise the George R. Brown School of Engineering. The School of Engineering includes fourteen research institutes and centers, which take advantage of Houston's role as a center for the energy industry, medical research, space exploration, and the city's rapidly growing high-technology sector. Several departments have active industrial affiliates programs, and many research projects are undertaken with local companies. Engineering students, which include one-third of Rice's undergraduates, benefit from these relationships through collaborative research projects, summer internships, and making contacts for employment before graduation. These web pages outline our education and research programs and will give you a feel for the character of our department.


Tenured and tenure-track: 8

Lecturer: 4

Research Areas

Aerospace Sciences
Biomedical Systems
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Computational Mechanics
Fluids - Thermal Science
Mechanical Design
Systems Dynamics and Controls

Collaboration with other departments and institutes includes work with NASA to develop the next generation of space vehicles, research with Texas Medical Center institutions into haptic devices for rehabilitation and new orthopedic materials.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Master of Mechanical Engineering
Master of Science
Doctor of Philosophy