Rice Center for Engineering Leadership
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Computational and Applied Mathematics
Dean of Engineering
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Materials Science & NanoEngineering
Biography of Yvette Pearson Weatherton:
Yvette Pearson Weatherton is Associate Dean for Accreditation and Assessment in the George R. Brown School of Engineering at Rice University. A Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers, she is widely recognized for more than two decades of contributions to engineering education and research. Among her numerous teaching honors are UT Arlington’s Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (two-time recipient), the University of Texas System-wide Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, and, in 2013, recognition as one of the Top 25 Women Professors in Texas. Immediately prior to joining Rice, Dr. Pearson Weatherton served as a Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation, where she managed a roughly $70 million portfolio of education research and development awards. She is a registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana and serves as a Program Evaluator for the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
Biography of George Webb:
George Webb is the Director of Industry Relations for the School of Engineering, where he works to bring industrial research funding to Rice, help with internships, act as a liaison with the Office of Technology Transfer and manage conflict of interests. A former Intellectual Property Attorney at Farney Daniels, P.C. - Houston, George served as counsel in a wide range of technology matters, including patent infringement lawsuits throughout the United States. He has completed multiple patent trials and has been responsible for significant portions of many other cases, including development of non-infringement and invalidity positions, selection of and liaison with experts, preparation of expert reports, discovery practice, taking and defending depositions, motion practice, and negotiating licenses. George holds bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University. After earning his law degree at Tulane Law School, George worked in private business and at Rice University for several years before launching his legal career.
Biography of Rakesh Agrawal:
Rakesh Agrawal is the founder and CEO of SnapStream, makers of TV search and TV-to-Twitter-and-Facebook software. The software is used by the Daily Show, John Oliver and a few hundred other organizations to record and search television. At SnapStream, Rakesh oversees the software company's strategy, innovation and operations. He is also an investor in 60+ early stage companies and a limited partner in few venture capital funds. Rakesh received Bachelor's degrees in Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering at Rice University.
Biography of C. Fred Higgs, III:
C. Fred Higgs, III is the John & Ann Doerr Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Rice University, a Joint Professor within the Bioengineering Department, and the Faculty Director of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership, which focuses on developing tomorrow’s leaders in technology. A Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), he is a past recipient of a NSF CAREER award, the ASME Burt L. Newkirk award (for an individual under age 40 who made notable Tribology R&D contributions), and the Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award from Carnegie Melon University. Since 2004, Professor Higgs has published over 100 archival papers while serving as research advisor to over 100 undergraduate, 30 masters, and 12 doctoral students. He is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of InnovAlgae, a technology start-up company that bio-manufactures algae-based consumer goods and products.