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

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.

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

Date: Oct. 2, 2014, 11:30 a.m. - Oct. 2, 2014, 1 p.m.