Unconventional students at Rice 2017: Brian Barr

Brian Barr, a Brown College senior majoring in chemical engineering, has a passion for bikes and design. He found organizations that fueled his interests through Rice Bikes, a student-run business, and Data Design Co_, a product design firm creating data-inspired home goods.

“I’ve always been a creative individual, but I don’t think I realized how that intersected with other areas of my life until I got here,” said Barr. “Rice expanded my world view— you end up in a different place than when you came in.”

After graduation, Barr will join Incoming Venture for America, a fellowship program that places recent graduates at startups in cities with emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems.

“People I talked with said that the smartest people they know went to Rice and had a great time and that felt like a pretty ringing endorsement,” Barr said.

About Brandon Martin

Greetings, I am a video producer at Rice University in the Office of Public Affairs. I became a Rice Owl in June 2011. Before that, I was at KPRC-TV in Houston as a special projects photojournalist for seven years, where I covered everything from hurricanes to sports. Southeast Texas has been my home my entire life. I am lucky to have a wonderful wife and two of the cutest girls I have ever seen. Go Owls!