Work Tables

Work Table Guidelines

  • Work Space in the Design Kitchen is for your use in completing an engineering design project.
    • Priority is given in the following order:
      • Capstone Design Projects
      • Design Projects in other courses
      • Student groups doing engineering design projects with an engineering school advisor
      • Independent projects with OEDK approval
  • Your team is responsible for keeping your work area neat and returning all tools to their proper location at the end of each work session.

  • You should secure all valuable team items at your table. Obtain a lock from an OEDK Staff Member to secure your team supplies. You MUST use a lock provided by the OEDK

  • Failure to comply with either of the following guidelines by the deadline that will be publicized at the Design Kitchen and emailed to each team will result in a hold on your account and will mean you cannot graduate, register for classes, obtain transcripts, etc.
    • Tools and equipment will be available for your team to check out for the semester or year. Other tools are for everyone’s use and should be returned at the end of each work session. You are responsible for the safe return of checked out items when your design project is completed. If a piece of equipment is damaged or lost, you must report it immediately.

    • In the event of extreme negligence with the equipment, a financial penalty up to, but not in excess of, the cost to repair or replace the equipment, will be enacted and shared by all members of the team.

    • You must clean up your work area when your design project is completed. It should be as neat as when you obtained it. Work with the OEDK technicians to return all tools and surplus supplies.

    • The specific requirements to remove the hold on a students account will be dealt with on a case by case basis. It is our intent in enacting this rule to have all equipment returned in good condition and all work areas vacated and neat. Once these conditions are met, all holds will be removed.
  • Open tables will be available for others to use and will be clearly labeled and marked with green tape. Tables must be cleaned before and after EACH use regardless if they are an assigned or open table.

In the event that you do not comply with the guidelines your privileges to use the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen may be rescinded.

PLEASE NOTE: Room capacities have returned to normal. This may change in the future. Refer to the OEDK COVID19 Guidelines for the most updated information.      


    To get a work table ALL DESIGN TEAMS must do the following:
    • FIRST fill out a Team Profile Form on the website (if your team does not already have one).
      • Each team should create TEAM EMAIL address in Gmail prior to filling out the form and use that email address on the form.  After the form is submitted and approved, the team will then have a team login using their team email address and a password they generate themselves.
      • To create a team profile the team will have to enter a short description and thumbnail image of their team or project. THIS DESCRIPTION AND THUMBNAIL WILL GO ONLINE SO YOU SHOULD PAY ATTENTION TO QUALITY.

    • Login into the OEDK website and go to Team Resources

    • Fill out the Work Table Request form and submit

    • Tables are assigned in a first-come first-served basis with Design Courses taking priority. It may take a week or two before your table is assigned, so please be patient. It is possible that work table assignments may change as the year progresses.

    Contact us

    Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen
    Rice University

    6100 Main Street MS 390 | Houston, Texas | 77005

    Phone: 713.348.OEDK


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