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  • 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 […]
  • $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 […]
  • Cross-Disciplinary URI Team Forms Neuro-Learning Center - A URI team featuring Engineering Professor Kunal Mankodiya will establish a Neuro-Learning Center that will include cutting-edge equipment to study the relationship between brain activity and behavior, brain mapping, and neuroplasticity.
  • 2023 College of Engineering Faculty & Staff Awards - “We’re so proud of our outstanding researchers, educators, and administrative staff. They make this college what it is, an amazing place to learn and thrive,” said Anthony Marchese, Dean of the College at the award ceremony Friday, December 15. Jennifer Carey – Staff Award “Jen has been crucial to the success of the college through […]
  • 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.
  • Miller, James, 2021 Jim Miller Becomes Co-Director of the NIUVT - On September 1, Dr. James Miller took over the co-directorship of the National Institute of Undersea Vehicle Technology (NIUVT). Miller, University of Rhode Island’s chair of ocean engineering, replaced Dr. Arun Shukla in the role. NIUVT is a joint effort between URI and the University of Connecticut (UCONN). The Institute, founded in 2017 and funded […]
  • French consul general visits URI to recognize faculty, France-URI connections - The U.S.-French relationship has long been positif, since Lafayette visited Rhode Island, and the French government sent a statue across the sea to recognize shared connections. That well-established connection between countries was celebrated recently at the University of Rhode Island, marking continuing collaborations across borders.
  • A Message From Dean Marchese, December 2023 - Dear URI Engineering Community: As we enter the home stretch of another busy and exciting semester, and head toward the holiday season, it is an appropriate time to pause and give thanks to the many blessings that have been bestowed upon our community.   As Dean of Engineering, I am thankful for (and indebted to) the […]
  • 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. 
  • College of Engineering joins with Rhode Island National Guard to give high school students a look at STEM in action - Representatives of URI’s College of Engineering and the International Engineering Program gave local high school students a look at STEM in action at a recent Innovation Day sponsored by the Rhode Island National Guard.
  • 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.
  • Student Led Team Receives Artificial Intelligence Award - A URI graduate student’s paper was recently awarded “Best Student Paper Finalist” for the 2023 Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics conference. Emadodin Jandaghi and Xiaotian Chen’s work was overseen by Associate Professor and Advisor Chengzhi Yuan. As the name suggests, soft robotics involves using flexible materials in an increasingly wide variety of uses, from medical applications to […]
  • Lasers and Iron Could Revolutionize Water Treatment - Lasers and iron may help the world treat contaminated water, University of Rhode Island (URI) researchers say. The first-of-its-kind study subjected ferrate — a form of iron — to a wide spectrum of light and analyzed how its electrons behaved.
  • STEM in Action! COE joins the RI National Guard in STEM Innovation Day - From 3D pens to underwater vehicles, a range of exhibits and opportunities enticed hundreds of local high schoolers to get a taste of STEM education at a recent open house for Rhode Island high school students interested in science, technology and math.
  • “Take Advantage of All You Can” COE Student Earns Scholarship - Fifth year student Carrie Ellis knows what it’s like to be pressed for time. She’s been a varsity soccer player since she came to campus. Then there’s being the founding president of Engineers without Borders, having a double major, and maintaining a near-perfect GPA. To top it off, Ellis has just been awarded a scholarship […]
  • 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. […]
  • URI Engineering Researchers Awarded $750k Grant on Floating Wind Turbines - The Biden administration has set a goal of deploying enough offshore wind turbines to produce 30 gigawatts—enough to power tens of millions of homes—by 2035. Key to that strategy is the development of floating wind turbines that can be built in vast areas of deeper water.
  • URI College of Engineering Awarded $1.14 Million to Attract Under Represented Students - University of Rhode Island Associate Professor Samantha Meenach is the recipient of a federal grant that will help students from underrepresented groups pursue studies in undergraduate bioengineering and bioscience research programs and eventually apply to graduate school in these disciplines.
  • Engineering Kick-Off Day September 5th - September 5th, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day includes a meet-and-greet of new faculty and staff, a graduate student welcome, and an undergraduate student fair where students get a chance to explore the various student organizations, engineering innovation and entrepreneurship offerings, minors and concentrations, and the International Engineering Program (IEP). It even includes a […]
  • IEP Student Zach Tourgee at Coplan AG - Hi my name is Zachary Tourgee and I am a student from Rhode Island. I am doing an internship here at COPLAN AG and want to share my experiences with my time here at COPLAN and in Germany in general. I am 23 years old and am a native Rhode Islander. Rhode Island is the […]
  • IEP Student Prints Her Career Path - Mention the term 3D printing to the average person, and it’s fair to say many would think of a smallish, home use machine programmed to create dragons or orcs like those from fantasy gameplay. However, mention it to mechanical engineering major Sofia Lanzi and the term means much, much more. It means a year of […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Meet Caroline Dowling, URI Engineer headed to WPI - Caroline Dowling is a Senior Mechanical Engineering student headed to WPI for her Ph.D. While at URI she was did her Capstone Design program for NASA, was heavily-involved with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).
  • Engineering Students Receive Black Excellent Award Record Number of Students Receive Black Scholar Award - Thirty-four students received Black Scholar and Onyx Society awards recently, said Dr. Chris Hunter, interim Dean of University College and chair of the event. Hunter says the awards recognize a blend of academic scholarship as well as community service. “It’s amazing to see what students do to contribute to the University of Rhode Island community […]

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