The Rice University George R. Brown School of Engineering is committed to advancing the education of its undergraduate students. With nine departments in the School of Engineering, the areas of study, research, and specialization are broad. However, all departments in the School of Engineering teach the design process, even though its application and emphasis varies between departments. The purpose of the minor is to enable our students to meet the growing interest by employers in students with authentic engineering design credentials. By implementing the minor we will keep Rice at the forefront of engineering design education.
The Engineering Design minor is a complement to existing B.S. and B.A. degree programs in the School of Engineering and is open to any student earning a major in any department in the School of Engineering. The program is designed for students inside the School of Engineering because applied engineering practice is expected in the higher-level courses- and this knowledge will come from student’s work in their engineering majors. A strength of the minor is that students from many different departments will work together on projects in highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams. Students will come out of these experiences with enhanced engineering skills as well and leadership and communication skills that will serve them well in any future endeavor.
Designed for students majoring in any discipline of engineering in the School of Engineering.
EDES Minor Advising Sessions:
Drop-in to one of these sessions in OEDK Room 104 to discuss course planning and to get any EDES-related forms signed:
Tuesday, November 2, 4:00-5:30 pm
Thursday, November 4, 1:00-2:00 pm
Tuesday, November 9, 4:00-5:30 pm
Wednesday, November 10, 9:30-11:00 am
Please complete and be ready to share the
with your in your session
See FAQ's for new remote submission options for Declaration/Change of Minor form
Students will complete 18 academic credits in Students are encouraged to begin taking courses in the minor during their freshman year, and are encouraged to declare the minor no later than the beginning of their fifth semester.
|Select 1 course from the following:||3|
|INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN|
|INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN II|
|INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN AND COMMUNICATION|
|ENGI 200||ENGINEERING DESIGN STUDIO||3|
|ENGI 210||PROTOTYPING AND FABRICATION||3|
|ENGI 350||NEEDS IDENTIFICATION AND DESIGN IMPLEMENTATION||3|
|Select 2 courses (and a minimum of 6 credit hours) from the following: 1||6|
|APPROPRIATE DESIGN FOR GLOBAL HEALTH|
|SUSTAINABLE WATER PURIFICATION FOR THE DEVELOPING WORLD|
CHEMICAL CAR ENGINEERING AND DESIGN
|ELEC 327||IMPLEMENTATION OF DIGITAL SYSTEMS|
|INTRODUCTION TO ANALOG INTEGRATED CIRCUITS|
|UNDERGRADUATE ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH PROJECTS-VERTICALLY INTEGRATED PROJECTS 2|
|ENGINEERING DESIGN WORKSHOP|
|INTRODUCTION TO PRACTICAL ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING|
|LEADING TEAMS AND INNOVATION|
|DIGITAL DESIGN AND VISUALIZATION|
|MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN TOOLS|
|DESIGN OF MECHATRONIC SYSTEMS|
|INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN FACTORS AND ERGONOMICS|
|Students must participate in at least two different design projects during their undergraduate experience. 3|
|Total Credit Hours||18|
With minor advisor approval, students may also complete departmental design courses or project-based courses, excluding capstone or final-year design coursework, to satisfy the Electives Requirement.
With minor advisor approval, students may receive a maximum of 3 credit hours for ELEC 491.
The design projects requirement is in place to ensure that students have some breadth in their practice of design. This can be satisfied by a project completed while taking the courses listed in the Electives Requirement and/or a capstone design course. Note that while a capstone design course may be required by the student's major (e.g., BIOE 451 and BIOE 452, MECH 407 and MECH 408, ELEC 494, etc.) that capstone design course may NOT count as an elective in the Engineering Design minor. However, a project completed in these major-required courses may count as a second design project for this minor. For example, a student may work on one project in ENGI 120 and ENGI 200 and then a second project in the major-required capstone course, such as CHBE 404. ENGI 120 and ENGI 200 may be used to count toward minor requirements, whereas CHBE 404 would not count toward the minor requirements. However, the projects completed in ENGI 120, ENGI 200, and CHBE 404 could be used to fulfill the design projects requirement. Please see the minor advisor regarding the design projects requirement.
Engineering Design Minor FAQs
How do I declare the Engineering Design Minor?
Visit HERE for complete, detailed instructions. Bring your UG Declaration and Change of Major (or Minor or University Certificate) Form to your Advising Session, or reach out to any of the EDES Minor Advisors listed below to have them sign at a mutually convenient time. Be sure to keep a copy of the form for yourself in case the registrar’s office loses it. We will also keep a copy for our records.
How do I get on the EDES list to receive updates and notices? Fill out the EDES Information Form. We will use this list to send email updates occasionally. We pledge not to send too many emails to this group. Signing up on this form DOES NOT officially register you for the minor.
How should I prepare for the advising session? Please review the courses that are required for the minor (above) and complete the EDES Advising Checklist. We do not expect the session to take long but it is important to do this each semester to be sure you are on track.
What is the procedure for proposing substitution of BIOE 392 for ENGI 350 for the EDES Minor?
Who: All who have/will take BIOE 392 may receive credit for ENGI 350 if, they submit documentation of design transfer or implementation for a design project that was completed as part of a course or internship.
The technical memo should address and demonstrate your experience in transfer or implementation of a design solution. The memo should describe the project, including the project goals and a brief description of the prototype/solution. Then the memo should describe in detail two of the following steps that have been taken with this project and your role in creating/completing those steps. In an appendix include additional documentation with supporting evidence of the two steps (e.g. patent application, charts/graphs of testing, user manuals, etc.). It should be clear that this is not an additional assignment or task, but a documentation of tasks that were completed and evaluated as part of a class or internship. Clarifying questions should be directed to Dr. Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submitted materials will be reviewed by the EDES Minor faculty advisory board who will make the decision for substitution approval.
1. Testing (description of the test design, test results, and analysis)
2. Cost analysis or economics for manufacture (bill of materials, quotes for manufacture/assembly)
3. Intellectual property analysis (compelling feature, patent search, provisional patent application, invention disclosure)
4. Refined Design for Manufacture (technical drawings, spec sheet, assembly instructions)
5. Safety & Failure analysis (safety manual, regulations/standards, hazard analysis)
6. Manuals (user, maintenance, etc.)
Students who spend considerable amounts of time at the OEDK often participate in activities that go above and beyond the standard set of course requirements for their undergraduate degrees. Examples include but are not limited to extensive and continuous participation in club activities resulting in field work or competitions (e.g., Eclipse, Engineers Without Borders, Electric Car, Design for America); undergraduate research experiences at Rice or at other universities that result in presentations (oral, poster) and/or publications in conference proceedings or in journals; creative endeavors or commercial realization resulting in patents or start-up companies; capstone design projects that extend beyond the academic year for additional testing, validation or delivery requirements imposed by the customer; or similar activities that demonstrate extended and continuous commitment to creative or research endeavors that are not within the scope of degree requirements.
Distinction in Research and Creative Works is a university award for these select undergraduates, granted at commencement, which appears on the transcript and diploma. Students must apply to be considered for the award, and the application must be supported by a letter from a faculty member. The student must provide evidence of the research or creative work via electronic format (documents, slides from presentations, copies of publications or patents, or videos documenting efforts). It must be clear that the student engaged in a prolonged and continuous effort that resulted in the showcased output.
Students must declare their intent for the distinction, and submit the application materials including a support letter from a faculty member plus a copy of the creative work (publication, patent, poster, presentation) in electronic form by April 28, 2020.
A link to the application is HERE.
*Maria Oden (Co-Chair), Director of OEDK, Teaching Professor BIOE [email@example.com]
*Joe Cavallaro (Co-Chair), Professor ELEC
*Deirdre Hunter, Lecturer OEDK [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Jordan Miller, Asst. Prof, BIOE
Marcia O’Malley, Professor MECH
Rafael Verduzco, Associate Professor CHBE
Matthew Wettergreen, Associate Teaching Professor OEDK [email@example.com]
*Gary Woods, Professor in the Practice ELEC [firstname.lastname@example.org]
* denotes EDES Student Advising Faculty Team