Rice University Interim Provost Seiichi Matsuda, center, and Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur Director Abhay Karandikar, right, hold the memorandum of understanding signed today at Kanpur to collaborate on research in the development of energy solutions, materials and sustainable technologies. Behind Matsuda is Reginald DesRoches, dean of Rice’s George R. Brown School of Engineering, who will become provost in July. (Credit: Courtesy of the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur)

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