Prospective PhD students are invited to apply to my group in Rice Civil and Environmental Engineering, where I’m starting in January.
Our core research theme is developing infrastructure management strategies that integrate nonstructural instruments (including insurance, nature-based solutions, early warning systems, and household-scale adaptation) into existing infrastructure to improve near-term system performance while simultaneously increasing capacity to flexibly manage deeply uncertain long-term changes. Through generative environmental modeling, uncertainty quantification/characterization, and optimization as well as deep collaboration with academic and community partners, we’re looking for effective and applicable strategies.
Strong candidates have strong quantitative and critical thinking skills, are curious to explore new ideas, perspectives, and methods, and can clearly articulate their research goals. Funding is not tied to a particular project but applicants should articulate some specific research questions that align with our mission-oriented basic research and the broad themes described above.
- Commitment to our mission and values
- Coursework in calculus and statistics
- Interest in flood risk management, urban water systems, coastal resilience, renewable energy, or a related application
- Perseverance, tenacity, and cogency
- Strong quantitative skills
- Ability to code in at least one programming language (Julia or Python preferred)
- Coursework in any of: Bayesian modeling, machine learning, water systems analysis, electricity systems, hydrology, climate dynamics, reinforcement learning, optimization, software engineering, economics, or similar
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Firsthand experience collaborating with stakeholders to design, build, or critique infrastructure systems
Why Rice CEE
There are many fantastic graduate programs for smart and motivated students! All of them will expose you to brilliant faculty, professional development opportunities, and rigorous courses. However, please permit a brief sales pitch:
- Houston is a great place to live. Compared to other large cities in the US, Houston is relatively affordable and offers a high standard of living. Houston is also sunny, diverse, and host to a great international food scene. Rice’s campus is stunningly beautiful.
- Campus culture at Rice in general, and in CEE in particular, is friendly and collaborative.
- The region is a living urban laboratory for issues including flooding, drought, urban water systems, and renewable energy. (As detailed in our lab guide it is important to approach case studies with humility and deep respect for our partners).
How to apply
- send an email with your current CV, a statement of your personal and research interests, and any relevant experience before submitting your departmental application
- request information from Rice Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
- examine the admissions requirements on the Rice CEE website
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