OEDK Status Updates and Project Instructions

With a heavy heart, the following decisions have been made concerning the OEDK:

OEDK Status

Due to the state of things at the university and in our communities, the OEDK will be closed to student activity starting March 16th. Students will ONLY be allowed into the OEDK to pack up their projects. Absolutely no work should be done in the OEDK. Student card-swipe access to the facility will be turned off on March 26th. Access for faculty and staff will remain active for those who already have access. Teams who have projects in the OEDK have been asked to box up and/or contain their projects before leaving campus. If you have questions about this, please email the OEDK at oedk@rice.edu.

Engineering Design Showcase

Unfortunately, we will be canceling the 2020 Engineering Design Showcase. Though we had initially thought we would do a virtual showcase using videos, we feel that students would not be able showcase their best work. In addition, we felt the students had enough on their plate with all of the transitions and changes happening. We are very sad about this, but feel like it was the right decision.

Remote Access to Software

Information for remotely logging onto the physical computers in the OEDK can be found in this KB document on “Remote and Virtual Desktops Access to Labs." You may need to log in with your NetID username and password to view this page.

If you do want to use this resource, please test this out and make sure you can log into the PCs well before you need it so that you have time to troubleshoot, if needed:

  • If you need assistance with DUO, please contact the OIT Help Desk
  • If DUO is working, but you have trouble with remotely logging onto a lab machine, please email the OIT Help Desk and include Jane Puthaaroon from OIT on the email (helpdesk@rice.edu and janep@rice.edu). That creates a help ticket.
  • To log onto an OEDK computer, launch or double-click on the “OEDK” pool. (If you have courses scheduled in other computer labs, you may see additional options.)

NOTE: Many of the software applications are now available for you to install on your personal computer. Please see the KB on "Software Available for Students." This KB page will be continuously updated as new software becomes available. You may prefer downloading the software on your own computer over using this remote computer access.


Due to the current state of the university and in the interest of keeping the integrity of your design projects intact and protected, we strongly encourage all teams to box up and/or contain their project before leaving campus. We understand that this may not be a possibility for every team, but if you are able to, please do. If you are unable to do so, please let us know via email, oedk@rice.edu.

Below are some guidelines and expectations. Please note: If the expectations for handling your project are different from your faculty, please let us know.

  1. Only box up the project and supporting materials that would go to your client, or to your faculty member.

  2. Please return any remaining building supplies (wires, nuts, bolts, wood scraps, etc.) to their proper location in the OEDK. If you are unable to do so, they may be left on the table. We completely understand… But if you can it would be very helpful!!

  3. Anything not put in the box will be considered a donation to the OEDK.

  4. Any items that were checked out from the OEDK may be left on your table. If you know a “check out” item is missing or incorporated into your project, please make a note of it for us.

  5. You do not need to pack it to ship. If the project needs to be shipped at a later date, the OEDK will work with you to handle those logistics.

  6. Please label the box with your team name, faculty name, and client name and then leave it at your table. It is not necessary to seal the box.

  7. For items that don’t fit in a box, please label it as part of your project in a clear way.

  8. Boxes, tape, and labeling supplies will be located along the roll-up door.

  9. If you need help, or are unsure of what to do, please ask a staff member. Note: staff will be on reduced office hours starting Monday, March 16th.

  10. When packing up projects, please adhere to all of the following guidelines:
      • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
      • Stay home when you are sick.
      • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
      • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects. You may find alcohol spray and cleaning supplies throughout the OEDK.
      • Avoid groups of more than 10 people
      • Spread out. Do your best to keep 6 feet away from others.
      • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. For information about handwashing, see the CDC’s Handwashing website.

      For any team that is not able to come back to the OEDK to gather their items up, please let us know! We will work with you and your faculty member to determine the best course of action for your project.

      Thank you in advance for your understanding and quick action on this matter.

      The OEDK is very sad that this is happening. Please let us know if we can help in any way.

      Thank you for your understanding. More information can be found at https://emergency.rice.edu/coronavirus and https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

      Contact us

      Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen
      Rice University

      6100 Main Street MS 390 | Houston, Texas | 77005

      Phone: 713.348.OEDK

      Email: oedk@rice.edu

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