The George R. Brown School of Engineering has recognized Rice University alumna Karen Lozano with the 2023 Outstanding Alumni Award.
Lozano earned her B.S. in mechanical engineering from Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM), and graduated from Rice with her M.S. and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and materials science in 1996 and 1999, respectively.
She is the Julia Beecherl Endowed Mechanical Engineering Professor at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and Founder/Director of the UTRGV Nanotechnology Center. In this role, she launched the first Ph.D. program (Materials Science and Engineering) in the college’s history. In addition to her significant contributions to UTRGV’s programs, she has demonstrated commitment and mentorship to at-risk students through educational outreach.
Earlier this year, Lozano was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for her “contributions to nanofiber research and commercialization, and mentoring of undergraduate students from underserved populations.”
She was recognized by the NAE for her “contributions to nanofiber research and commercialization, and mentoring of undergraduate students from underserved populations.”
The Outstanding Alumni award was first presented by the Rice Engineering Alumni in 1974, with George R. Brown ’20 being the initial recipient. It recognizes Rice Engineering alumni for outstanding professional achievement and service to society.
Rice Engineering's annual Alumni Awards honor graduates for their outstanding achievements in the engineering profession. This year’s exceptional award winners are recognized not only for their accomplishments in engineering, but also for their profound impact on society. The School of Engineering and the Rice Engineering Alumni (REA) board are pleased to recognize the 2023 recipients.