Each VIP at Rice team will have access to dedicated work and meeting space. In addition, students will have access to the EtherNest, a unique space in the ECE department that provides students with space and equipment to use their engineering skills creatively in a self-motivated and unstructured setting.
Engineering design projects are largely performed in the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK). The OEDK has a wide range of facilities for supporting design projects, including: machine shop, wood shop, 3D printers, laser cutters, wet lab, poster plotter, electronics assembly and test area, team tables, meeting rooms, classrooms, computer clusters, and test equipment. OEDK teams consistently win numerous national-level awards every year. The VIP at Rice teams will utilize the OEDK to the fullest extent possible.
The Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL) is available to all engineering undergraduates and offers a wide variety of courses and programs related to engineering practice that are not discipline-specific. RCEL staff and faculty have identified ENGI 218 as an ideal leadership course for VIP at Rice students and all VIP students will be required to complete ENGI 218 early in their design careers.