International Engineering Program

61-67 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

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Meet our Students


Tabitha Koehn

Tabitha Koehn: On a Mission for Clean Energy

Inspired by a train ride while studying in Germany, Tabitha Koehn wants to move the United States toward energy independence.

Eli Lamothe

Eli Lamothe: Inventing the Cars of Tomorrow

Mechanical engineering student Eli Lamothe spent six months in Audi’s research and development lab seeing the next generation of cars take shape.

Erik Simpanen

Erik Simpanen: Science fiction medicine

Globetrotting engineering student Erik Simpanen plans to leverage an international engineering experience to usher in a new generation of medical devices.

Jessica Damicis

Jessica Damicis: A World Traveler

Before college, Jessica Damicis (’15) 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.

Amandine Gatali

Dispatches from Abroad

International Engineering Program students send letters home about their internships at engineering firms around the world.

David Powers

Dave Powers: Designing products with ‘comfort’ in mind

Mechanical engineering student Dave Powers looks forward to putting his tactile abilities to work in the field of ergonomics, designing consumer products with the comfort of the end user in mind. To do so, he’ll rely on his International Engineering Program experience.

Maria Briones

Maria Briones: A Quest for Clean Water

To deliver clean water and save lives, civil and environmental engineering student Maria Briones (’14) has traveled the world and committed herself to learning everything about everything.

Emily Serman

Emily Serman: Investigating Global Climate Change at NASA

Emily Serman interned at NASA during four summers and became a key player in the agency’s climate change research.

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Nicole Bonvouloir: Seeing Europe Close Up

Nicole Bonvouloir spent a year in France and enjoyed traveling across the country and immersing herself in its culture. Read about her experience in her blog.

Payam Fahr

Payam Fahr: Test Driving BMWs

Payam Fahr spent a year in Germany where he interned for BMW. Read about his experience in his blog.

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