2014 COMPLETE Conference!

On March 21-22, 2014, Rice’s Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL) hosted the 2014 Complete conference. This conference is a two day program, focused on the best methods for professional development for engineers early on in their careers. The conference featured industry leaders alongside students from twenty eight top universities.


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The second day of the conference featured a workshop in the Duncan commons hosted by Giselle from DFA National and Rice DFA was there to help host and facilitate the event! Giselle kicked off the event by giving an overview of Design for America and describing the approach used to working on local and social problems which includes talking directly to people, empathizing with their needs, and creating small impact which slowly leads to making a huge impact!


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Current members of Rice DFA helped Giselle teach the crowd of 200 engineers the human centered design allowing them to think outside the box while offering creative examples. The audience was able to design the engineering leadership experience of the future, while keeping the needs of others in mind using a three step process. This process included the three steps used at Design for America which include understanding, creating, and implementing. Overall, the audience left with phenomenal ideas that can be implemented to improve the engineering experience of the future!

DFA Mid-Semester Review!

On March 21, 2014, Design for America at Rice hosted its spring mid-semester review and it was a huge success! DFA was honored to have Giselle from DFA National join in help leading the review. The review began with each of the two teams giving a presentation updating the rest of the DFA members on their progress, timeline, and their final vision for their projects. The first team kicked off the review by presenting a printed copy of their map as well as showcasing their online map. However they are still in the process in getting feedback to make both versions of the maps as effective as possible as well as correctly and clearly displaying the information. The second team, who self proclaimed themselves, kidhabilitation, continued the review by presenting a rough prototype of their safety harness to help stabilize physically disabled children when using bathroom assistive devices. Exciting things are in the future for this team!


After a quick break, Giselle led a series of workshops to help the teams further develop and execute their ideas in an effective way. The workshops included giving the students a limited supply of materials and having the students come up with ways to solve the issues in creative ways always keeping in mind the human centered design portion. Giselle left the students equipped with the necessary resources and tools to continue working on their individual projects with new ideas and making the greatest impact. Stay tuned for updates on the individual teams!