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Contact First Name
Matthew
Contact Last Name
Wettergreen, Ph.D
Title
Associate Teaching Professor
Office
OEDK B03
Bio
Ph.D., Bioengineering, Rice University (2008)
B.S., Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago (2001)

Dr. Matthew Wettergreen is an Associate Teaching Professor at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen at Rice University, joining the facility as the first faculty hire in 2013. Dr. Wettergreen co-developed six of the seven engineering design courses in the design curriculum and currently instructs many of these courses, including first-year engineering design and Prototyping and Fabrication. This practical and hands-on course increases student proficiency in the development of prototypes using low fidelity prototyping, iterative design, and advanced manufacturing tools. In 2017, four faculty members, including Dr. Wettergreen, combined the engineering design courses at the OEDK to create the first engineering design minor in the US, credentialing students for a course of study in engineering design, teamwork, prototyping, and client-based projects.

Dr. Wettergreen has over ten years of experience teaching client-based engineering design courses, a deep interest in engineering education, specifically curriculum that can be employed to build capacity for student development in makerspaces. Building off of this interest, he has taught and mentored faculty in Brazil, Malawi, and Tanzania to launch makerspaces and work with institutions to develop engineering design curriculum. Dr. Wettergreen is the faculty mentor for Rice’s Design for America chapter, for which he has been given the Hudspeth Award for excellence in student club mentoring.

Dr. Wettergreen is also a designer of consumer products under Data Design Co, and of a number of academic products that improve students prototyping techniques, including a low fidelity prototyping cart and the Laser Cutter Prototyping Library. His design work has been featured on the cover of NASA Tech Briefs and in the pages of Atlantic Monthly. Matthew Wettergreen received his Ph.D. from Rice University in Bioengineering with a focus on the design and 3D printing of therapeutic scaffolds for bone repair.
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Bio Summary
Dr. Matthew Wettergreen is an Associate Teaching Professor at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen at Rice University. At the OEDK, Dr. Wettergreen teaches courses in the engineering design curriculum, including the flagship first-year engineering design course. He also teaches students to prototype physical solutions using low fidelity prototyping, iterative design, and advanced manufacturing. In 2017, Dr. Wettergreen contributed to the launch of the first engineering design minor in the US, credentialing students for a course of study in engineering design, teamwork, and client-based projects. Dr. Wettergreen is the faculty mentor for Rice’s Design for America chapter, for which he has been given the Hudspeth Award for excellence in student club mentoring. He is the designer of a number of academic products that help students improve their prototyping techniques, including a low fidelity prototyping cart and the Laser Cutter Prototyping Library.

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