The mission of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL) is to educate and develop Rice Engineers to become inspiring leaders, exceptional team members, effective communicators, and bold entrepreneurs. RCEL programming enhances traditional undergraduate education by developing skills that are not expressly covered by the traditional curricula from the School of Engineering. Ultimately, the goal of the Certificate in Engineering Leadership is to equip engineering students with the critical technical, communication, and leadership skills necessary to succeed and excel professionally.
The Certificate in Engineering Leadership is designed to familiarize undergraduate students with key leadership concepts and allow them to practice the skills necessary to function effectively in a variety of leadership roles: research, academia, executive management, policy-making, and entrepreneurship. Through coursework, extracurricular activities, internship support, and community events, the Certificate in Engineering Leadership lays a foundation for leadership advancement within 3-5 years of graduation. RCEL programming covers a range of important competency domains, including such topics as creative problem solving, conflict resolution, developing self-awareness, setting goals, project management, oral/written communication, and teamwork.
C. Fred Higgs, III, John and Ann Doerr Professor of Mechanical Engineering
David Van Kleeck
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Description and Code Legend
Note: Internally, the university uses the following descriptions, codes, and abbreviations for this academic program. The following is a quick reference:
- Course offerings/subject codes: Courses from various subjects may apply towards this program
Center Description and Code
- Rice Center for Engineering Leadership: RCEL
Undergraduate Certificate Description and Code
- Certificate in Engineering Leadership: CEL