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URI student wins Elevator Pitch Contest

Cara Nunez, a University of Rhode Island senior majoring in biomedical engineering and Spanish, won the 10th annual Elevator Pitch Contest sponsored by the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition for her proposal to create a wearable eye tracker to control a robotic arm.


URI physical therapy, engineering students team up to modify toy cars for children with disabilities

Spanish IEP students Katie Brown of North Kingstown and Cara Nunez of East Greenwich – both seniors majoring in biomedical engineering – participate in Lil’ Rhody Riders program to help children be more independent.

Best Languages to Learn to Get Ahead in Your Career

Best Languages to Learn to Get Ahead in Your Career

IEP languages top the list of best ten languages to learn for career advancement as reported by Kiplinger, October 2015: Mandarin Chinese, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Spanish, Korean, French, Arabic, Hindi and Russian.

Best Languages For Your Career

Best Languages For Your Career

Providence Journal article on Oct. 18, 2015 cites Portuguese, German and Mandarin as three best languages to learn for your career.

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International travel takes scholarship recipient out of his comfort zone

Reprinted from the URI Foundation’s development newsletter When Kevin Drumm ’15 went to Spain with the International Engineering Program (IEP) to study at TECNUN University of Navarra, he reported back to the program what his life was like abroad, a trip taken with help from a Demers Fellowship: “My most memorable experiences this year were: […]


URI staff members’ infant daughter is cancer free

Violet Graney, daughter of Angela Graney, the Assistant Director of our IEP Living and Learning Community, recently celebrated her first birthday and is now cancer-free!


URI names International Engineering House for program founder John Grandin

In a surprise ceremony at the University of Rhode Island president’s house, the University unveiled a sign naming the International Engineering Program (IEP) House for the program’s founder, John Grandin.


Aufwiedersehen: URI students win grants to study foreign languages overseas

International Engineering Program students were awarded fellowships named for former URI professor Beatrice S. Demers.


jessica damicis ’15

Before college, Jessica Damicis had never left the country. Today the 23-year-old has traveled to six countries on three continents, lived and studied in Spain, interned in Kenya, and built a wastewater treatment system in Guatemala.

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Ahmed Fadl ’05,’10

Ahmed Fadl has a big mission at NASA—and a critical role in ensuring public safety during risky rocket launch operations. Fadl says it’s crucial to consider different perspectives, something he learned in URI’s International Engineering Program dual doctoral program.

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