A few days ago, I received an invitation from Y. Ping Sun to attend a luncheon at OEDK to hear Z. Maria Oden speak on the subject of "students making a difference by solving real world engineering challenges."
OEDK is the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen at Rice University, and Oden is its director.
The Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen is the center of activity for undergraduate engineers at Rice. Students from all eight engineering departments, as well as from other departments, team up and collaborate on design projects for credit, as well as on extracurricular activities in the OEDK.
Currently, ODEK is large enough to accommodate about 36 tables and the same number of teams. But, interest here is high, and a space twice this size is needed. A major capital campaign is underway now to renovate the building to provide upper level work spaces and a number of new offices.
While I was there, I walked around and talked with several teams about their projects. I was impressed by the complexity of the work and the enthusiasm of the students. Clearly, there is a story here — one I will be working on right away!