Members of the Ajayan Research Group led by Rice graduate student Kimmai Tran were among the “highly commended” teams recognized by UNESCO and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations’ first annual World Engineering Day Young Engineers Competition. The competition highlighted work by engineers age 35 and under committed to advancing the United Nations’ sustainable development goals. The Rice team entered its lithium-ion battery recycling project, featured in a Rice News story and video, and was selected to compete at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, an event that was subsequently canceled over coronavirus concerns. Competition details and a list of winners are available here: https://worldengineeringday.net/young-eng2020/.

Rice’s Jones Graduate School of Business made U.S. News and World Report’s Best Grad Rankings for 2021. The Jones School tied for No. 25 on the Best Business Schools list and tied for No. 13 for its Part-Time MBA. The rankings take into account the quality of students, faculty and other resources in the education process.