What is the OEDK?

Undergraduate Engineering INNOVATION Lab

The Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK) is a 20,000 sq. ft. space for undergraduate students which provides ready access to design tools, prototyping equipment, computational facilities, meeting rooms, and ample space for prototype design and development. The OEDK it is also a hub of activity and a social center that emphasizes experimentation. At a deeper level, the OEDK represents a shift in the culture of engineering design at Rice, bringing together students with various perspectives to collaborate on multidisciplinary teams. Modeling real-world working groups, these teams conceive, design and test prototypes to solve unique design challenges, many of which are civic-oriented and have the potential to impact the community. Design projects range across a wide variety of topics such as sustainable energy, oil field operations, medical devices, community water delivery systems, chemical process design, image analysis, global health technologies and electronic technology innovations.

Engineering Design Education at Rice

  • Reduce barriers for students to achieve success in engineering design
  • Focus is on interdisciplinary projects
  • Present real-world design challenges   
  • Energy, Sustainability
  • Oil Exploration
  • High Tech
  • Medical Devices
  • Global Health

Facilities, supplies and equipment to facilitate success in design efforts

  • Conference Rooms, Teleconferencing
  • 76+ Work Tables for Team use
  • 52 Computers for Team use
  • Electronics tools
  • Computer Lab equipped with 28 computers, Instructors station, 4 Plasmas
  • Classroom equipped with 48 seats, Instructor station with computer, projector
  • Conference rooms with large screen displays and teleconferencing
  • 2 Engineering Design Technicians – 14 lab assistants
  • 1 Machine shop manager

Resources available to engineering design students

  • 3-D Printers
  • Laser Cutter
  • Large Format Poster Printer
  • Machine Shop with Lathes, Mills, Band Saw, Plasma Cutter, 3D CNC Mill, Drill Presses and MORE
  • Soldering Stations with Reflow Oven
  • Circuit Board Printer
  • Tools, Fasteners and Electronics
  • Abundance of prototyping supplies

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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