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.

URI Research Foundation awarded Build Back Better Regional Challenge grant, will lead regional coalition to grow ‘blue economy’

The University of Rhode Island Research Foundation, in conjunction with Rhode Island Commerce and a regional team focused on the growing blue economy, has successfully competed against hundreds of regional teams across the country to be selected by the U.S. Economic Development Administration as a finalist in the nation-wide Build Back Better Regional Challenge.

‘The crisis revealed the crisis,’ 2021 Rhode Island Food System Summit focuses on food insecurity during COVID-19 pandemic

During the past year, food insecurity in the United States has reached record levels. According to a report issued by the Rhode Island Community Food Bank last fall, one in four Rhode Island households lacks adequate food, up from one in ten just a few years ago. The steep incline, which is being felt across the nation has been driven, in part, by the COVID-19 global pandemic and its accompanying economic depression. Understanding the role that each of us plays in addressing this growing crisis, the University of Rhode Island convened government, academic, business, and community partners on Jan. 20 as part of its fifth annual Rhode Island Food System Summit.

URI College of Engineering partners with 401 Tech Bridge to assist Rhode Island advanced materials manufacturers

Three Rhode Island companies will soon benefit from faculty expertise at the University of Rhode Island College of Engineering as part of the 401 Tech Bridge Materials Innovation Challenge. Canapitsit Customs and TxV Aerospace Composites, both of Bristol, and Nautilus Defense, a Pawtucket-based small business, were selected as challenge winners from applicants across the country, enabling them to leverage the University’s academic resources and to work with three preeminent advanced materials researchers.

VentilatorProject.Org, R.I. Commerce Corp., URI mount effort to collect sleep apnea machines for pandemic fight

VentilatorProject.Org has joined the Rhode Island Commerce Corp., the University of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Health, fire stations and other hospital and industry partners across the state to collect and refurbish sleep apnea machines to serve as supplementary equipment to hospitals that are treating patients affected by COVID-19. 

Hexagon supports advanced manufacturing at the University of Rhode Island

The University of Rhode Island and Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division jointly announced a $4 million gift for the URI College of Engineering. The gift comes in the form of state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies that will advance research undergraduate and graduate programs.

Senior international naval officers visit Bay Campus to learn more about URI, GSO

The University of Rhode Island had a different type of student studying at the Narragansett Bay Campus on April 5 – 55 select naval officers from around the globe here to learn more about the University and its connections to the sea.

URI students get immersed in virtual and augmented reality

The use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) crosses over many disciplines and industries.  Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this emerging technology, the University of Rhode Island encouraged students from all majors to participate in the inaugural immerse-a-thon event on March 2.

More than 200 gather for Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network’s first-ever academic/industry networking event

More than 225 years after the industrial revolution was born at Slater Mill in Pawtucket, textiles continue to be a vibrant industry with boundless potential here in the state of Rhode Island, was the message Monday at the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network’s (RITIN) first-ever academic/industry networking event on the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston campus.

Speedstorming Event at URI Delivers Rapid Rewards

What do you get when you bring together people of all ages, backgrounds and expertise, ask them to solve vexing societal changes, impose a time limit and toss in a dash of musical chairs for good measure?

URI, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Partner to Assist Rhode Island Businesses

The University of Rhode Island Business Engagement Center (BEC) and the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport signed a partnership agreement today to promote collaboration between the institutions focused on the shared mission to assist small business development and technology commercialization in Rhode Island and the region.

URI, Schneider Electric Partner for Temporary Laboratory, Classroom Space

Several University of Rhode Island engineering programs will temporarily relocate to space leased at the West Kingston offices of Schneider Electric during construction of a new engineering building on URI’s Kingston campus.


URI Pharmaceutical Development Institute hosts Amgen employees for training in biopharmaceutical manufacturing

URI students develop innovative solutions to sleep deprivation at HealthHacksRI

Technology for the Future:  Shimadzu & URI

Partners for Success:  Amgen & URI

A Prescription for Better Hospitals

Making the MBA More Relevant in the Marketplace

Wave Power:  Creating Energy and Jobs with Innovative Buoys

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