Annual Affiliate Opportunities

Rice University’s schools, institutes, and programs offer a variety of corporate affiliate and sponsorship opportunities, which are described below. You may find more information, such as the benefits of each opportunity, by following the hyperlinks or contacting Leah Aschmann, Associate Director, Corporate Relations.


Rice Athletics Corporate Sponsorship: Sponsors of Rice Athletics benefit from numerous opportunities including media advertising, signage, promotions, and tickets.

Baker Institute for Public Policy

Baker Institute Corporate Roundtable: Members of the Corporate Roundtable are invited to exclusive member-only events and activities with national and international leaders and dignitaries at the Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Center for Energy Studies (CES) Energy Forum: The Energy Forum provides an opportunity for members to be involved in CES energy research and energy policy events and to meet personally with distinguished statesmen and industry leaders who shape the energy world today.

Health Policy Forum: The Health Policy Forum offers a unique setting for medical and policy professionals to discuss issues of growing concern and provides objective analysis of reform proposals

Mexico Forum: The Mexico Center is dedicated to developing pragmatic approaches to key policy issues that affect the U.S.-Mexico relationship. It provides research-based recommendations to decision-makers on both sides of the border to improve quality of life in the region.

George R. Brown School of Engineering

Research Consortia

Brine Chemistry Consortium: The Brine Chemistry Consortium performs research, testing, education and technology in an effort to solve problems related to brine production and disposal in the oil and gas industry.

Consortium on Petroleum Thermodynamics & Flow Assurance: The Consortium is a forum of oil companies for exchanging ideas, proposing problems and learning about the state-of-the-art technologies and tools in the area of petroleum thermodynamics and flow assurance.

Consortium on Processes in Porous Media: The Consortium is a group of Rice faculty, staff, and students engaged with industry partners and various academic researchers in collaborative research related to chemical EOR, core analysis, NMR characterization, and carbon capture.

Geo-Mathematical Imaging Group (GMIG): GMIG aims to advance the understanding of our planet's interior through seismic imaging and inverse problems all while controlling and reducing computational costs.

Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Center: NEWT is a Rice-led NSF Nanosystems ERC that applies nanotechnology to develop transformative and off-grid water treatment systems that both protect human lives and support sustainable economic development.

The Rice Inversion Project (TRIP): TRIP applies the best of contemporary mathematical and computational technology to address the needs of the seismic data processing industry. Industry sponsors have exclusive access to prepublication copies of all technical reports and TRIP software.

Membership Groups

Computational and Applied Mathematics Affiliates Program: This affiliates program facilitates new mathematical and computational technology transfer through sponsored research, consulting, and student internships. Industrial scientists and engineers, in turn, provide inspiration for new research projects, PhD thesis topics, and curriculum reform.

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Affiliates Program: The ECE Affiliates Program provides extraordinary opportunities to establish and renew connections to engineering professionals, technical experts, and business associates. Members benefit from involvement with ECE faculty researchers who are addressing new directions in engineering research.

Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK) Corporate Partners: The OEDK’s annual partnerships afford companies unparalleled opportunities to meet and recruit the best and brightest engineering students at Rice.

Rice Global Engineering and Construction Forum (RGF): The RGF is the only organization focused solely on the discussion and study of problems and opportunities facing the contracting side of the E & C industry through an Annual Forum and monthly roundtable meetings.

Jones Graduate School of Business

Jones Partners Corporate Membership: The Jones Partners is a committed group of business professionals working to open doors, increase collaboration, and enhance thought leadership between the Jones School and the Houston business community.

Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship

Rice Alliance Corporate Membership: The Rice Alliance is a nationally-recognized initiative devoted to the support of technology, commercialization, entrepreneurship education, and the launch of technology companies. Members benefit from access to exciting new businesses and technologies in the areas of life science, energy and clean technology, and information technology.

Rice Alliance Sponsorship: Support from the community is essential to enable the Rice Alliance to continue to assist early stage technology companies and support our technology entrepreneurship programs.

Rice Business Plan Competition Sponsor: The Rice Alliance’s Rice Business Plan Competition is the world’s richest and largest graduate-level student startup competition with teams competing for more than $1 million. Sponsors benefit from networking with 40+ teams from all over the world, business leaders, and successful entrepreneurs. If interested in sponsorship, please contact Mary Lynn Fernau at

Wiess School of Natural Sciences

Industry-Rice Earth Science Symposia (IRESS) Sponsorship: IRESS is an annual, two-day series of symposia that brings together the shared interests of the energy industry and academia in Earth Science research.


Career & Internship Expo: Hosted by the Center for Career Development and the Jones School’s Career Development Office each spring and fall, the Career & Internship Expo allow students and alumni to network with companies about employment, internship, and externship opportunities. Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available.

Rice School of Architecture

Rice Design Alliance Corporate Membership: Through lectures, tours, publications, competitions, and programs, the Rice Design Alliance brings together people from a variety of professions and interests and focuses resources on design issues that shape our city.

Other Institutes

Institute for Biosciences and Bioengineering (IBB)

IBB Sponsor: IBB sponsorship opportunities range from launching new initiatives for interdisciplinary groups at the forefront of biosciences and bioengineering, to enabling undergraduate and K-12 student participation in cutting-edge research projects.

Ken Kennedy Institute

Ken Kennedy Institute Fellowship Program: The Ken Kennedy Institute facilitates a number of fellowships, which are funded by industry, for well qualified graduate students.

Oil & Gas High Performance Computing Conference: This annual conference, hosted annually at Rice University in Houston, TX, is the premier meeting place for the industry to engage in conversations about challenges and opportunities in high performance computing, computational science and engineering, machine learning, and data science.

Ken Kennedy Institute Data Science Conference: This annual conference, hosted annually at Rice University in Houston, TX, is interested in exposing how data science can be used to address interesting challenges for translating data to knowledge through advances in data engineering, analytics, machine learning, deep learning, reinforcement learning, and more broadly, artificial intelligence (AI). Recognizing that discovery and innovation happens at interfaces of disciplines and communities, the conference aims to bring together a diverse set of people from multiple communities spanning academia and industry.

Kinder Institute for Urban Research (KIUR)

Kinder Institute Corporate Council: The Kinder Institute is a multi-disciplinary “think-and-do tank” focusing on urban issues in Houston, the American Sunbelt, and around the world, and is home to the annual Houston Area Survey.