Engineering Design

Engineering Design
http://oedk.rice.edu/minor
Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen
713-348-OEDK

Maria Oden
Program Co-Chair
moden@rice.edu

Marcia O'Malley
Program Co-Chair
omalleym@rice.edu

Defined simply, Engineering Design is the process of creating a new product or process to meet a defined need while taking into account constraints such as cost, practicality, and safety. The design process begins with creating an open-ended problem statement to address an unmet need. Through careful consideration of existing solutions and other research, students establish goals that the design should meet. Following a period of brainstorming, students select ideas that best meet the design goals. Building and testing technologies is challenging and forces students to apply their ‘book knowledge’ (e.g., equations) to develop a physical or computational solution. A proof-of-concept prototype usually needs extensive revision and testing before it can be manufactured at scale. Throughout the design process, project planning and communication are essential. Because solving engineering challenges is often open-ended, it is very important to give students many opportunities to experience the steps in the process.

The minor in Engineering Design capitalizes on strengths in engineering design at Rice- both innovative and successful engineering design courses and unsurpassed facilities that are available for undergraduate engineering students starting in their freshman year. Students may begin the minor in their freshman year and take courses throughout their duration of undergraduate studies. The skills they gain will complement their academic major and provide a deep understanding and skill set to successfully embark in engineering design careers. 

Engineering Design does not currently offer an academic program at the graduate level. 

Co-Chairs

Maria Oden, Bioengineering
Marcia O’Malley, Mechanical Engineering
 

Executive Committee

Maria Oden, Bioengineering
Gary Woods, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Marcia O’Malley, Mechanical Engineering
Matthew Wettergreen, Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen

Minor Advisors

Maria Oden, Bioengineering
Ann Saterbak, Bioengineering
Gary Woods, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Marcia O’Malley, Mechanical Engineering
Matthew Wettergreen, Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen

Faculty Advisory Board

Jordan Miller, Bioengineering
Maria Oden, Bioengineering
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Bioengineering
Ann Saterbak, Bioengineering
Robert Griffin, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Rafael Verduzco, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Joe Cavallaro, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Gary Woods, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Marcia O’Malley, Mechanical Engineering
Matthew Wettergreen, Oshman Design Engineering Kitchen

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To view the most recent semester’s course schedule, please see Rice's Course Schedule

Description and Code Legend

Note: Internally, the university uses the following descriptions, codes, and abbreviations for this academic program. The following is a quick reference: 

Course Catalog/Schedule

  • Course offerings/subject codes: Courses from various subjects may apply towards this program.

Program Description and Code

  • Engineering Design: EDES

Undergraduate Minor Description and Code

  • Minor in Engineering Design: EDES