Like many engineers, Marcelo R. Fernandes, a third-year doctoral student in mechanical engineering (MECH), is an idealist with a practical bent. He sees a problem â€“ in his case, the pressing need for renewable energy â€“ and goes about solving it systematically.
MECH senior and undergraduate researcher Andrew CorbatĂł studies Rayleighâ€“BĂ©nard convection. Â Using the fluid- and heat-transfer physics learned in MECH and mathematical techniques learned in CAAM, CorbatĂł now enjoys doing research at the intersection of these areas.
â€śI looked at 13 different schools, and when I hit Rice, I ranked everything else on a scale of one to Rice,â€ť said MECH senior Gigi Rill. â€śI love the culture here so much,â€ť she said. â€śYou get to meet so many passionate people and they want to share what they do with you. And that changes you. You learn things and you grow.â€ť
â€śI would recommend that new students carve out their own path. Donâ€™t feel pressured to pursue any pre-set track,â€ť she said. â€śLearn about things that are interesting to you and find things that you are passionate about, even if itâ€™s outside of your field.â€ť
Last year, Devon Merz was in his business communication class when his professor announced that an internship was available with the KIPP Houston Public Schools. The organization wanted a student who could create a system to crunch data.