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Who We Are
The Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Department is part of the George R. Brown School of
Engineering. It is one of seven departments and is chaired by
Dr. Enrique V. Barrera.
are 19 faculty who make up the department. Their specialties
cover a wide number of areas ranging from
Biomechanics, Materials, Heat Transfer, and Computational
Fluid Dynamics, to Control Systems/Robotics, Mechanics,
C.A.D., Aero/Astronautics, and Applied Mathematics.
Our goal is to prepare leaders educated in the fundamental
science and technology of the basic disciplines of
Mechanical Engineering and of Material Science and Engineering.
A Little History
The Mechanical Engineering Department was created one
year after the 1912 opening of the University which at
the time was known as the Rice Institute.
It continued as a single entity until
1954, when Professor Franz Brotzen was hired
as an Assistant Professor of Metallurgy and started the program
of Materials Science. In 1962 Materials Science received
accreditation. As a result, the department was renamed the
Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Department (MEMS).
In the years that followed....