Since 2009, Rice University engineers have had a dedicated design and prototyping shop — the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen. Over the past decade, the OEDK has been expanded twice and now has 20,000 square feet of prototyping design and development space with design tools, prototyping equipment, computational facilities and meeting rooms.
From their freshman year, engineering students can tackle real-world design challenges through courses and engineering clubs, and on projects of personal interest funded by OEDK Maker Grants. Organizations like Rice 360: Beyond Traditional Borders present students with global healthcare challenges that have led to the development of dozens of life-saving technologies for use in low-resource settings.
Rice engineering students have won many national awards with their designs and have improved peoples' lives (and those of some animals in the Houston Zoo!).