The Mechanical Engineering Lab, one of the first buildings on the new Rice Institute campus was completed. On September 23, that year, Rice Institute opens the doors to its first class of students. The first Rice catalog (published in 1915) states that "...courses will be offered in chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering. A complete course in any one of these branches will extend over five years. A student who has successfully completed the first four years of a course will be awarded a bachelor's degree, and after successfully completing the remaining year of his course he will be awarded an engineering degree..."
Rice began a program in materials science. At the time, the home of materials science was in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Materials Science received separate accreditation in 1962, and the department was renamed the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science.
LeVan Griffis, professor of MECH, named Dean of Engineering
Alan J. Chapman, professor of MECH, named Dean of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering building opens, completing the Engineering Quad
Michael M. Carroll elected to National Academy of Engineering
Michael M. Carroll, came to Rice from the University of California Berkeley as Dean of Engineering with an appointment as Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Angelo Miele elected to National Academy of Engineering
NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, adjunct professor in mechanical engineering and materials science, and other astronauts perform spacewalks to service Hubble Space Telescope
Pol D. Spanos elected to National Academy of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science made into two departments: Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and NanoEngineering
Pol D. Spanos elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences