Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen

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The Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK) provides a space for undergraduate STEM students to design, prototype and deploy solutions to real-world engineering challenges. The OEDK is a 20,000-square-foot space, including a central work area with over 75 work tables, conference rooms, a classroom, a wet lab, rapid prototyping equipment, large format printers, designated woodworking area, a machine shop, and access to a welding shop. OEDK provides a collaborative hub where STEM students tackle real-world design challenges, many of which are proposed by industry and partners in the Texas Medical Center and abroad.

Entrepreneurship in OEDK

  • OEDK encourages entrepreneurship through the senior design projects that are required of most Rice engineering students.
  • “The Venture Challenge is a key component of the 'entrepreneurship pipeline' we are building for undergraduates. Students test their ideas at the November Elevator Pitch Competition and receive honest feedback from judges on their commercial potential. With expert mentoring from the Rice Alliance, they refine their ideas into full business plans for the Rice University Venture Challenge,” said Mark Embree, director of RCEL and professor of computational and applied mathematics.
  • The OEDK curriculum offers an educational environment where students can learn business planning and entrepreneurship as well as communication skills, through interdisciplinary design projects and interaction with industry professionals.