Rice MECH offers opportunities for hands-on engineering of real-world design challenges and research — preparing you for lifelong learning experience.
Mechanical engineering students at Rice University are able to combine theoretical concepts with hands-on experience, through internships and research assistantships in faculty laboratories. They learn to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries, working on projects for industries and nonprofits alike in the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, contributing to the Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment, and competing nationally in engineering competitions such as the ASME Innovation Showcase and Shell Eco-marathon. Find out why you should major in mechanical engineering.
The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers two undergraduate degrees. The BA with a Major in Mechanical Engineering is a flexible program for students looking to pursue areas of interest outside of engineering. The BS in Mechanical Engineering prepares students for the professional practice of engineering or a career in academia.
Rice Engineering provides undergraduate students with many opportunities for hands-on engineering of real-world design challenges and opportunities for research while preparing them for lifelong learning with a rigorous program in science and engineering fundamentals.
The Distinction in Research and Creative Works is a university award for select undergraduates, granted at commencement, which appears on the transcript and diploma. Students must apply to be considered for the award, and the application must be supported by a letter from a faculty member.
Rice University has been collaborating with NASA since 1959 with the School of Engineering contributing to space technology through research, partnerships and student programs in aerospace engineering.