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Introduction to Engineering Design, the course I co-teach with Ann Saterbak was recently mentioned in a published discussion about instructional design. The discussion was between Josh Eyler, Director of Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence and Sean Michael Morris. Among other topics, they touch on the importance of discovery for learning. Josh says: Like you, I [...]

This is the time of year where we solicit project for our first-year engineering design course. Please see below and email me ( or comment below if you have a project idea for us to tackle. We LOVE solving community partners problems and I am looking to schedule phone calls and in-person meetings with people [...]

Levar Burton recently launched a Kickstarter campaign fundraising for his Reading Rainbow mobile application. In discussing the importance of children’s education, Screenrant says the following: Shows like Sesame Street, Mister Roger’s Neighborhood and Reading Rainbow don’t resonate merely because they are things from childhood, like a favorite action figure or a doll; these shows helped to nurture [...]

When it comes to swimming in cold water there are generally two schools of thought on how to start. You can ease yourself into the water, gradually acclimating to the temperature of the pool, or you can jump in and suffer the brief shock before quickly getting down to business. If we are talking pools [...]

This summer, four fellows representing some of the best young talent in advanced manufacturing have descended upon Houston to work on rapid prototyping thrusts for one month. This all fell under a new organization I am proud to be a part of along with Dr. Jordan Miller, newly an Assistant Professor in the Department of [...]

Student engineering teams at Rice University solve authentic, client-based design challenges during their education. Through the course, Introduction to Engineering Design (ENGI 120), the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen is offering the opportunity for first-year students to design and build solutions to engineering design challenges. These multi-disciplinary team projects allow freshman Rice students to discover the [...]

This weekend is the over-sold WordcampHouston, featuring programming for people at all knowledge levels using the WordPress content management system. Based on the very real space concerns at the Houston Museum of Natural Science it’s recommended that people take a second to plan out which sessions they plan to attend. To help people make that [...]

The first topic we address in Society and the Information Age are the cultural and societal shifts that occurred with the coming of the book and the extinction of oral tradition. Although we are now several technological generations beyond the book as a technology, parallels remain between society containing only verbal content and our now variegated content-saturated [...]

Rice University has asked me to act as a substitute instructor for the spring 2010 semester teaching a course entitled Society in the Information Age. The course examines the effects of technology on the ways in which we live, work and think about the world around us. This course has been taught for the better part [...]

As a continuation of this summer’s Engineering and Design for Art and Artifact Conservation (, Rice University is offering a fall course entitled Engineering for Art Conservation. I have been hired on as Rice faculty to teach this one semester course with the hope that we can convert it to a year long program exploring [...]