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E-WEEK COMMITTEE PLANNING Representatives from 10 different URI professional engineering society student chapters helped plan the week’s events (listed below). American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) National Society of Black Engineers […]
URI Hall Director Michael Lapointe wanted to create an event that would unite the five dorms that fall under his supervision: Hopkins, Hutchinson, Merrow, Peck and Tucker. Since four of the five halls comprise the Engineering Living and Learning Community (ELLC), Lapointe thought the perfect event would be a Rube Goldberg competition.
Gov. Gina Raimondo, University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley and URI College of Engineering Dean Raymond Wright joined other state, University and business leaders in a ceremonial groundbreaking on April 24 to launch construction of URI’s new $125 million engineering complex. The 190,000-square-foot facility will feature a truss support system, which is often used in […]
URI Assistant Professor Bin Li feels right at home at URI, despite growing up and completing his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees more than 7,800 miles away in Xiamen, China. “Xiamen University, where I studied, is very close to a beautiful beach and like many of the URI building that surround the Quad, their oldest buildings […]
Thomas Garabedian has an eye on the future. While at the URI Engineering, he majored in Industrial Systems Enginering and minored in Business Administration. Thomas came into URI as an undeclared engineering major, but quickly determined that Industrial and Systems Engineering really sparked his interest. He says it’s a different type of engineering– it is […]
Nicole Nigri has always had a passion for science and math. While she is graduating in 2016 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, both Mechanical and Industrial Systems Engineering have a place in her heart. During her time at URI, Nicole has worked to broaden her understanding of what real-world engineering experiences will be like. […]
From a young age, Matthew Carroll expressed a keen interest in computers, math, and science. When looking into turning passion into a possible career, computer engineering was the perfect fit. The URI Engineering, in particular, offered an excellent program in his area of interest while allowing him to stay within Rhode Island, something he considered […]
Katie Brown is passionate about helping people. As a biomedical engineer, she intends to help improve the lives of many applying the skills she’s learned at URI Engineering. Her experience in the International Engineering Program (IEP) and travels to Chile showed her the global need for affordable and accessible health care options. She says, Chile […]
Michael Desmarais attributes his love for science and math to great teachers in high school that sparked his interest early in the STEM fields. Chemical engineering was a natural outgrowth of that, he says. He notes that while chemical engineers may be working on a small scale in terms of molecules, nanotechnology, and so on, […]
Anthony DiGiantomasso inherited a passion for civil engineering from his father. The senior DiGiantomasso also has a degree in civil engineering and works for the construction industry; Anthony himself got a taste for it while working with his father. “I always thought I would go into construction myself,” he says, but once at the University […]