Centennial video series: The Rice Engineering Show

David Ruth

Centennial video series: The Rice Engineering Show
Rice University’s weekly centennial videos run through Oct. 12

HOUSTON – (April 11, 2012) – As part of its centennial year celebration, Rice University is opening its campus to all Houstonians April 12-14 for the UnConvention, the most unconventional open house in Rice’s history. It’s not the first time the university has invited Houstonians inside the hedges for a taste of Rice. From the 1920s through the 1950s, students hosted the Rice Engineering Show, where thousands of attendees marveled at innovations of science and engineering. This week’s UnConvention marks the first time in more than 40 years that Rice will host an open house to all Houstonians. From a display of inventions by student engineers and an Asian Film Festival, to Shepherd School of Music concerts and a lecture about the role of civic scientists, the UnConvention will give campus visitors several days of many ways to educate and entertain themselves. For more information, visit www.unconvention.rice.edu.

Working with Centennial Historian Melissa Kean, video producer Brandon Martin takes a look back at the Rice Engineering Show. To learn more about Rice’s history, visit Kean’s blog at www.ricehistorycorner.com.

To help celebrate the university’s centennial Oct. 12, Rice University is producing weekly videos exploring the school’s unique history.

The video, available on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nk_S1fjtmNA, is also available to media in high quality and without music for editing purposes. For higher-quality video, contact David Ruth, director of national media relations at Rice, at david@rice.edu or 713-348-6327.


Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is known for its “unconventional wisdom.” With 3,708 undergraduates and 2,374 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice has been ranked No. 1 for best quality of life multiple times by the Princeton Review and No. 4 for “best value” among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to www.rice.edu/nationalmedia/Rice.pdf.

About David Ruth

David Ruth is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.