Judge Information

Much of the success of the Engineering Design Showcase has been from having a diverse judging panel. Your honest feedback, willingness to help, and commitment to further engineering design at Rice contributes to the success of our program. 

The deadline for signing up is Thursday, April 10th. Please forward this information to any colleagues who you feel would also be good judges!

As the date of the competition draws near, we will provide you with specific details regarding the schedule of events, responsibilities, and judging criteria.  

For additional information or questions, please contact 
Amy Kavalewitz at amy.k@rice.edu  or (713) 348-8065. 

Event Logistics:

Agenda >>

  • 3:30 - Judge registration/check-in
  • 3:30 - Judges reception
  • 4:30 - Competition – judging starts
  • 5:30 - Ballots turned in  
  • 6:30 - Award Announcements
  • 7:00 - Showcase ends

To Tudor Fieldhouse >>

How do I get to Rice?
Rice's central Houston location is accessible by air, car and public transportation. For more detailed information, driving directions and maps, visit the How To Get Here page.

Where do I park once I get to Rice? 
Parking will be available in West Lot 1. Please enter using entrance 18 off Rice Boulevard or entrance 8 off University Boulevard and follow the signs. If needed, shuttle buses will be available to take you to the sites around the Rice Campus. For a map of the Rice campus parking areas please visit the Rice Maps page. Parking validations will be provided by OEDK staff.

How do I get to Autry Court in Tudor Fieldhouse?
Tudor Fieldhouse is building number 74 on the Rice Map page. Autry Court is directly through the main front entrance of Tudor Fieldhouse.

How do I get to Trauber Suite in Tudor Fieldhouse?
Trauber Suite is on the second level of Autry Court. If you are attending the reception, please check in at the judges registration table and then you will be escorted to the reception area. 

Judge Check-in >>

If possible, please check in at the registration desk for the design showcase in Autry Court by 4:15pm.  You will receive a name badge, ballot sheet, poster location map, and judging instructions.

For those who will be attending the Judges Reception at 3:30, please check in at the registration desk prior to going into the reception, you may pick up your judging materials after the reception.

Judging >>

Judging will start promptly at 4:30pm.  Depending on how long you spend with each team or how many teams you are judging, we hope that judging should only take no longer than an hour. Judges are to turn in their ballot sheets as soon as they are finished judging, so that the results may be tabulated.  Awards will be announced as soon as all the ballots are counted, approximately at 6:30pm.

Refreshments >>

There will be a judges reception at 3:30 in the Trauber Suite at Tudor Fieldhouse prior to the competition. We will have complimentary packaged snacks and drinks for judges, volunteers and student participants, during the competition.


TOP Award:  

$5000           Excellence in Engineering: 1st Place Engineering Design Award for 2014

Top Level Awards: 

$1000           Excellence in Freshman Engineering Design Award- Teams must ONLY have freshman members

$1000           Excellence in Underclassman or Club Engineering Design Award- Teams must be 51%+ non senior students

$1000           Excellence in Capstone Engineering Design Award- Teams must be from a capstone engineering design course ( 2 Awards)

Category Awards:

$500             Best Interdisciplinary Engineering Design Award: Students on team must come from 2 or more disciplines

$500             Best Conceptual or Computational Modeling Engineering Design Award- Team must have NO physical prototype

$500             Best Global Health Technologies Engineering Design Award 

$500             Best Energy-Related Engineering Design Award 

$500             Best Health-Related Engineering Design Award

$500             Best Environment and Sustainability Engineering Design Award 

$500             Best Engineering Design Award for Research 

$500             Best Gaming, Creative or Innovative Technology Award 

Crowd Voted:

$400             Judges’ and Professors’ Choice Award 

$400             Students’ Choice Award


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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