With the understanding that the choice of academic school you indicated is not binding, explain why you are applying to that particular school of study. (150 word limit)
For me, the draw of engineering is coming up with practical solutions to real-world problems. I'm excited that Rice undergraduates are challenged to become problem solvers from their first days on campus. It intrigues me that as early as my freshman year, I could take an Engineering Design course that would task me with solving a problem as important as providing access to clean water for those without it. If I had a good idea, I could pursue it all the way through constructing a prototype, working in the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen with some of the brightest minds in the country. By senior year, my capstone project could be implementing this solution and actually making a notable impact on the world.