Engineering Professors, Business Receive $75,000 Grant from RI Commerce Corp.

KINGSTON, R.I. – URI Engineering professors Richard Vaccaro and Musa Jouneh received a $75,000 innovation grant from RI Commerce Corporation for engineering development work with a startup company, Kinesia. The grant, which runs from January to August 2024, will pay for the creation of a prototype for an aid to human rehabilitation from orthopedic and […]

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$500,000 Grant to Study Flood Risk Assessment

In March 2010, a massive record-breaking rainfall event caused unprecedented flooding across Southern New England states including RI. “In addition to average rainfall, both historical data and climate models show that frequency and intensity of extreme rainfall events are increasing in Rhode Island, and the US northeast, in general,” said Associate Professor of Ocean Engineering […]

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Tech Bridge Entrepreneur Night

401 Tech Bridge, a business unit of the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation, recently hosted pitch presentations by 13 aspiring entrepreneurs from across the University. The budding entrepreneurs, all students, worked with RISE-UP’s i(X)Studio at URI, an industry-based program that supports students, faculty, and the Rhode Island community in commercializing entrepreneurial ideas.

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New URI lab developing adaptive technology, secures National Science Foundation grant

Reza Abiri and Yalda Shahriari, professors in URI’s College of Engineering, are building a new robotic platform that can help post-stroke patients perform needed rehabilitation and regain motor skills in the wake of a stroke, including to reach for, grasp and hold on to that all-important cup to start the day. 

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Researchers Developing High-Tech Armband for Opioid-Use Disorder

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 280,000 people in the U.S. died from overdoses involving prescription opioids from 1999 to 2021. In 2021, overdoses involving opioids—including prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—killed more than 80,000 people, 10 times the number of those killed in 1999.

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COE Welcomes New Faculty

Mehrshad Amini, Assistant Professor, CVE/OCE Dr. Mehrshad Amini will join the University of Rhode Island in Fall 2023 as an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Ocean Engineering. He completed his Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Pennsylvania State University in 2021. […]

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How Smart is Your T-Shirt?

By Hugh Markey One of the most popular uses for Smart Watches and other devices is cardio monitoring during exercise. Users can quickly check their pulse as they run down the road or bike around the block, giving feedback on physical stressors. But what about the rest of the time when things such as stress […]

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David J. Parrillo, ’89, Inducted into National Academy of Engineering

For Dr. David J. Parrillo (’89), his recent induction into the prestigious National Academy of Engineering is as much about mentoring people as developing technically advanced products. “You have to know people and what makes them tick so they can accomplish more. That’s the piece that I love.” “URI warmly congratulates David on this well-deserved […]

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