George Webb Headshot

Industry Relations Director
Rice Center for Engineering Leadership

Scholar of Entrepreneurship
Baker Institute for Public Policy / McNair Center for Entrepreneurship & Economic Growth

Industry Liaison
Additive Manufacturing, Performance & Tribology (AMPT) Center


George leads efforts to foster industry participation in and collaboration with Rice Engineering units including the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL) and the Additive Manufacturing, Performance & Tribology Center (AMPT). He also serves as liaison to the Rice Engineering Alumni (REA) board of directors and other constituents, and provides advice on research agreements, intellectual property and related matters. George has a faculty appointment as Lecturer in the School of Engineering and a second appointment as Scholar for Entrepreneurship in the Baker Institute for Public Policy.


George joined the School of Engineering in 2017 after ten-plus years in private practice as a patent attorney, representing technology companies including Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Xerox, Lenovo, Acer, Amkor, and AnologicTech. Prior to practicing law, he worked as an engineer at ExxonMobil and as a manager in private business for several years. Even before joining Rice's faculty/staff, George was closely affiliated with the university, serving as a transformative President of Rice Engineering Alumni (REA) and as a member of the Association of Rice Alumni (ARA) board of directors. He has received two awards for his volunteer service to Rice: the inaugural Builder's Award in 2005 for oustanding service by a young alumnus, and the Meritorious Service Award in 2019.


George is licensed to practice before the US Patent & Trademark Office, the International Trade Commission, Texas state and Federal courts, and the US Supreme Court. HIs professional memberships include IEEE, Federal Circuit Bar Association, Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, Engineering Development Forum, and Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers.



JD, Law - Tulane University Law School

MEE, Electrical Engineering - Rice University

BSEE, Electrical Engineering - Rice University

Advisory Role

Rice Engineering Alumni Board of Directors

Teaching Areas

Engineering Pathways; Intellectual Property

Societies & Organizations

IEEE; Federal Circuit Bar Association; Houston Intellectual Property Law Association; Hon. Nancy F. Atlas Houston Intellectual Property American Inn of Court


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