For most student users, the OEDK will be accessible only via card access, with card access granted to those who have been authorized to use the facility. Student card access to the OEDK will be limited to students who sign a contract governing the appropriate use of the facility.
Only those students who fall into one or more of the above categories are eligible to request use OEDK resources such as the project work benches, the machine shop, the computational lab, conference rooms or the rapid prototyping labs.
Students using OEDK based resources that fall into other groups- such as the SEA laser cutter should make arrangements to access the OEDK during working hours where staff can grant access.
Students that are involved in a for-profit or non-profit organization, that it are outside the realm of a Rice University course or university-approved student organization/club, MAY NOT use the OEDK resources to benefit that project or organization.
To be an OEDK supported project, the project must be one of the following:
Priorities for granting access to the OEDK are in the order listed above. Design projects that are part of courses will have priority in gaining access to resources such as team tables.
From time to time, OEDK access may be granted for other engineering design education purposes on a trial basis, with the approval of the OEDK Director and the Dean. Users of the OEDK under these trial activities will be expected to pay a fee for access to the OEDK facility, resources, supplies and tools. Current sponsorship of design teams is $2000 per semester and $1500 in the summer.
Faculty and Staff can request access through if they:
For Wet Lab Access, please follow ALL of the procedures found through the button below.