Four engineers, three of them mechanical engineering majors, were elected college presidents in the February elections and officially started their duties with the Student Association the week of March 20. College presidents oversee all aspects of Rice’s residential college governments and act as representatives of their colleges to the wider university community. They are responsible for upholding their college constitutions and are resources for college residents.
Isabel Alison is a junior chemical engineering major, and the president of Duncan College. She’s worked with Engineers Without Borders on the Nicaragua I project, which provided safe and clean drinking water to the community of Sadrach Zeledon. She said she is looking forward to helping “Duncaroos feel their voice is valued, whether or not they hold an official role in Duncan government,” and connecting with the college’s alumni.
Michael Devine is a junior mechanical engineering major and is president of Will Rice College. Devine did an externship over the winter break at St. Arnold Brewing Company, learning about business development, marketing and how Rice alum Brock Wagner started the craft brewing company. He’s a lab assistant at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen. “I hope to continue the discussion about low-income accessibility and other minority concerns, to draw upon different communities at Will Rice and to be an approachable president,” he said.
Junior mechanical engineering major Griffin Palmer is the president of Sid Richardson College. As a freshman, he was a co-founder of Life Made Easy, a business that made and sold longboard holsters. He’s on the staff of Impact Rice, a leadership development program for freshmen and sophomores. “I’ve had the opportunity to understand how different organizations work around campus,” he said. “I will use this to represent Sid’s interests campus wide and make sure the community is heard.”
Scotty Stevens is a junior mechanical engineering major and the president of Jones College, where he has been involved in college government since his sophomore year, when he was a social coordinator. He’s also served on the college court. He said that his main goals are “ensuring Jonesians have their opinions heard by the administration,” helping to provide a great send-off for outgoing Jones College Masters, Michel and Melanie Achard, and welcoming incoming master, Professor of Chemistry Jason Hafner and his family.
Engineering students have a long history at Rice of taking on leadership roles throughout the campus, including with their colleges, in clubs and organizations, and serving on the Student Association. Despite their rigorous classwork, their participation in these roles helps enhance Rice's campus, and provides them with rich, hands-on leadership experience.