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Success Stories

We’re all about being accessible to the business community and providing resources to help business and our economy as a state grow.  Read about some examples of engagement between URI and members of the business community as well as stories about URI and its impact (and its potential impact) on our economy, below.


Technology for the Future: Shimadzu & URI

One of the leading scientific instrument makers in the world, Shimadzu Corporation, will provide the University of Rhode Island’s new Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences, currently under construction on the Kingston campus, with state-of-the-art instruments at a significant discount, including a full 5-year service plan, an in-kind donation valued at more than $1.2 million. […]

Navatek 2

Imagining Tomorrow’s Ships: Navatek & URI

One month after the opening of the Business Engagement Center in the fall of 2013, ocean technology firm Navatek, Ltd. announced the opening of its first East Coast office in South Kingstown. It is easy to spot University of Rhode Island engineering alumni—half the staff graduated from the University with engineering degrees. “We chose South […]

Amgen BioLabs ribbon cutting

Partners for Progress: Amgen & URI

In January of 2014, Amgen Rhode Island signed a partnership agreement with the University of Rhode Island to formalize their “strong, mutually beneficial working relationship.” In the agreement, Amgen and URI acknowledged their collaboration on workforce development and training, research and development, and to work as advocates for one another with policy makers. Amgen also […]

Providence VA Hospital

A prescription for better hospitals

When officials at the VA Medical Center in Providence needed to improve patient care, they called in the engineers. The University of Rhode Island team arrived with a clear prime directive: examine dozens of systems and find ways to run them faster, better and more cost effectively. Do the job well, and the hospital becomes […]

Four MBA students at Fidelity Investments

Making the MBA more relevant in the marketplace

In the spring semester of the University of Rhode Island’s redesigned one-year Master’s of Business Administration program, students engage in a “live case” with executives from Hasbro, Inc., who share their company’s successful transformation from a toy manufacturer to a global entertainment company, giving them a real life context in which to apply their coursework. […]

Buoy in the ocean

Wave Power: Creating energy and jobs with innovative buoys

Electro Standards Laboratories Vice President of Research and Development Raymond Sepe Jr. At Electro Standards Laboratories, the wave-powered ocean buoy represents the future. Powering buoys by the rise and fall of waves could fundamentally alter everything from military intelligence to ship navigation while opening new markets for the Cranston-based research and development company. “We’re banking […]

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