Maria Oden

Professor in the Practice
Rice University
Maria Oden
Maria Oden is a Professor in the Practice, Department of Bioengineering and Director of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen at Rice University. As director of Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, Oden orchestrates engineering education initiatives that provide students with unique hands-on design experience and opportunities to test and carry ideas to their intended point of application. She has a particular focus in global health technology development. In addition to her professional and teaching responsibilities at Rice, Oden collaborates with colleagues around the nation to foster growth in undergraduate design education. She is a recipient of the 2012 Fred Merryfield Design Award by the American Society for Engineering Education, the 2012 George R. Brown Prize for Superior Teaching from Rice University and, with her colleague Dr. Rebecca Richards-Kortum, the 2013 $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Global Innovation.
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