R&D Study Group: Building the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen

Speaker Maria Oden, Ph.D., Director, Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, Rice University
Maria Oden is a Professor in the Practice, Department of Bioengineering and Director of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen at Rice University. As director of Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, Oden orchestrates engineering education initiatives that provide students with unique hands-on design experience and opportunities to test and carry ideas ...

Maria Oden is a Professor in the Practice, Department of Bioengineering and Director of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen at Rice University. As director of Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, Oden orchestrates engineering education initiatives that provide students with unique hands-on design experience and opportunities to test and carry ideas to their intended point of application.  In addition to her professional and teaching responsibilities at Rice, Oden collaborates with colleagues around the nation to foster growth in undergraduate design education.  Dr. Oden collaborates with Rice faculty members to develop and execute capstone engineering design programs for undergraduate students in all engineering disciplines and in the Beyond Traditional Borders (BTB) global health technology program. In 2012, the BTB program was chosen as a model program by Science and awarded the Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction. She is a recipient of the 2012 Fred Merryfield Design Award by the American Society for Engineering Education, the 2012 George R. Brown Prize for Superior Teaching from Rice University and, with her colleague Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the 2013 $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation.

Full Description

In this presentation, Dr. Maria Oden will present the short 5 year history of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen at Rice University where students are exposed to unique hands-on design experiences and opportunities to test and carry ideas to their intended point of application.  An overview of the facility itself and how it fosters, design, prototyping and technology evaluation will be provided. This presentation will also provide a review of the goals and longer term impact of the program. The OEDK has truly shifted the culture of engineering design at Rice, bringing together students with various perspectives to collaborate on multidisciplinary teams. Undergraduates using the OEDK represent the eight different engineering disciplines, as well as architecture, natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. Since its inception in 2009, use of OEDK has increased from about 250 to over 950 undergraduate students annually. Examples of real-world design challenges and their solutions, from the energy industry to medical technologies, will be presented. Data demonstrating the growth and impact of this new education paradigm will also be shared.

Organizer Skip Davis, Technology Intermediaries

When?

Thu, Oct. 2, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. US/Central

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Norris Conference Center – Westchase
9990 Richmond Ave., South Bldg., Ste. 102
Houston, Texas 77042
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