The Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK) is a place where undergraduate students go to put their imaginations and Materials Science and NanoEngineering skills to work as they complete year-long design projects that have real-world application.
A key feature of ODEK is the centrally located National Instruments Design, Prototype, and Deploy Lab, which includes an arena of design tables equipped with new tech tools for students to congregate around, acquire information, and mix multiple perspectives as they work in teams of 3-5 to understand a problem, assess the needs of the end product while considering FDA requirements, safety, ethics, cultural/contextual considerations, economic and infrastructural limitations, and intellectual property rights.
Although the design arena is where the majority of the work happens, several facilities surrounding the area include a machine shop, an etching room with a wet lab, video conference and computational areas, rooms for a 3-D printer, PC milling machine and laser cutter, a plotter and copy room, conference rooms and office spaces.
OEDK opened for business in the fall of 2008 through a $2.4 million gift from Rice University alumnus and trustee M. Kenneth Oshman '62 and his wife, Barbara. National Instruments (NI) also made a major corporate gift to build the National Instruments Design, Prototype and Deploy Lab.