When Helen Little was a student at Houston’s High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, she was actively involved in the school’s art and theater scene, creating sets and display pieces, working on teams to make end products that were both efficient and beautiful.
Deirdre Hunter knew that she wanted to do something that blended her love of engineering with her passion for inspiring students—but she had no idea the right job would come along quite so quickly in her career. She earned a Ph.D.
“You take a problem and you look at it from every direction. Then you come up with various solutions, and right away you start crossing them off the list. That’s what engineers do.”
The Rice Faculty Senate has approved a new engineering design minor that will be offered beginning Fall 2017. The minor will allow students to work on solving real-world engineering challenges alongside peers from other departments in the school in highly collaborative, multidisciplinary teams.
In lieu of a dry lecture on the wonders of electromagnetism, Team Shocks and Jolts built a contraption that combines elements of an automotive solenoid and a pinball machine.