DR. C. FRED HIGGS III
VICE PROVOST FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
RICE UNIVERSITY (TX)

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C. Fred Higgs, III is the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs, the John & Ann Doerr Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and the Faculty Director of Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL) at Rice University. He received his mechanical engineering B.S. degree from Tennessee State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Higgs founded and directs the Particle Flow & Tribology Laboratory (PFTL), which conducts high-performance computing and high-fidelity experimentation. 

A Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), he is a past recipient of a National Science Foundation CAREER award (for the nation’s best young scientists and engineering scholars), and the ASME Burt L. Newkirk award (for a stellar Tribology researcher under 40). While at Carnegie Mellon University, he was co-awarded Carnegie Mellon’s Benjamin Richard Teare Teaching Award, given annually to the most outstanding engineering teacher. He has published over 100 archival papers and has been the research advisor to over 150 undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students.