The State of the George R. Brown School of Engineering Ned Thomas, Dean of Engineering, March 22, 2012
NEW FACULTY AS OF JULY 1, 2011 1 new dean, 1 professor, 4 assistant professors Dean Ned Thomas, NAE, MEMS Materials for extreme environments, phoXonics (X = t + n) Herbert Levine, NAS, BIOE Biological physics Swarat Chaudhuri, CS Programming languages, logic in computing Rouzbeh Shahsavari, CEE Atomistic and multi-scale modeling, nano mechanics Caleb Kemere, ECE Neuroengineering Ashok Veeraraghavan, ECE Computational imaging, computer vision, robotics Aydin Babakhani, ECE High-speed wireless communication, medical imaging and bio sensing
Tony Mikos elected to NAE 2012 Antonios G. Mikos, Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
George R. Brown School of Engineering Centennial Campaign Summary (as of March 22, 2012) Campaign Goal $115,000,000 Cumulative Commitments $98,089,841 (84%)
GRB Vision Statement (2012) • Make a difference. Develop leading research and educational programs in areas where Rice is well-positioned to make a difference: health, energy, water, and information technology and processing. • Enhance our strengths in computational engineering, biotechnology, nanotechnology, materials science and robotics. • Develop leaders. Be pre-eminent in engineering education and the education and development of tomorrow’s leaders and entrepreneurs. • Be open. Open ourselves to the world by building on our unique strengths to increase our opportunities in the US and abroad while improving our rankings.
Some 2011 OEDK Winning Design Teams Electric Owl: First place, Texas Instruments Analog Design Competition ($10,000!) InfantAIR: Multiple competition winner now field testing in Malawi Equiliberators: National Top Five Finalist (highest honor), RESNA Student Design Competition Team Dragon: Third place, mobile game design in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup International Competition
RICE ENGINEERING EXPERIENCE PREPARES YOU FOR YOUR FUTURE • Learn how to learn—quickly! • Design systems and devices to solve real-world problems • Create new knowledge through research • Take fundamental discoveries out of the lab into the World • Understand engineering in global/social context • Develop leadership and teamwork abilities
The Path Forward (GRB SoE) • Select a few focused research thrusts in Energy, Environment, Health, Energy-Health • Combine Engineering and Science efforts • Make It Happen No Matter What ! • State Objectives and Metrics for Success • What is the delta @ (2, 5 and 10 yrs)? • Make Donors/Supporters care about success and the delta • Develop Business Plan for each Center • Nucleation funds t = 0 to 24-36 months • Steady-state faculty generated funding in out years (or die)