New England Tech Students Earn Two of the Top Five Spots in Prestigious Interior Design Awards Competition

(L-R) Amira Mohamed and Gillian Eminger

The International Interior Design Association, New England Chapter held its annual New England Design Awards Competition 2017 in March at the Royale in Boston where top design firms were recognized for their creativity.

As part of this competition, the Design Awards student event offered college and university students throughout New England the opportunity to showcase their interior design projects from all aspects of the Design, Real Estate, Construction and Engineering Industries.

The jury selected five student winners and finalists from schools throughout New England which were announced at the March event. Two of the five finalists are enrolled in New England Institute of Technology’s (NEIT) Interior Design Bachelor of Science degree program. Congratulations to Amira Mohamed and Gillian Eminger for placing in the top five overall with Amira earning the 2nd place spot.

Amira’s project, NeWave, and Gillian’s submission, The Moonlight Tower Hotel, were completed as part of their ID Studio V Hospitality class taught by Dawn L. Edmondson, MFA, IA Associate Professor, Department of Design + Architectural Building Technology & Humanities and Social Sciences.

Thanks to Amira and Gillian for representing NEIT’s Interior Design program so well and to the Interior Design faculty for assisting these students in showcasing their talent and creativity at this most prestigious competition.

Among its more than 50 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and online degree programs, NEIT offers related degrees in Architectural Building Engineering Technology, Interior Design, Civil Engineering Technology, Building Construction & Cabinetmaking Technology, and Construction Management. Learn more about how New England Tech can turn your passion into a great career at www.neit.edu.

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Microsoft Director Speaks to Students at New England Tech During DigiGirlz 2017 New England

New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) kicked off 2017 Microsoft DigiGirlz New England tour for middle and high school girls.

Microsoft's DigiGirlz 2017 Tour Kicked Off At New England Tech!

The girls of DigiGirlz seated behind (L/R) Microsoft’s Citizenship and Public Affairs Director Donna Woodall, RI Governor Gina Riamondo, New England Institue of Technology Senior Vice President and Provost Douglas Sherman

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo joined the audience of 150 high school girls from across the state who participated in the event, whichNew England DigiGirlz tour launches at Rhode Island New England Tech provided them with a unique opportunity to explore a wide range of careers in technology, participate in computer and technology workshops by New England Tech students and faculty in technology and engineering majors, and the chance to meet with Microsoft employees.

Raimondo shared a startling statistic of the vast opportunities for women entering the technology industry. Of the 42% of Rhode Island public high school students who took the Advanced Placement computer science exam last year, only twelve of them were female students. “I want to change that,” she said.

“You can’t dream about becoming something that you can’t see. Today you’ll be seeing women students and faculty in technology. I want you to get fired up about your future, and I want you to start dreaming big. The world cannot solve its problems without women at the table.” ~ RI Governor Gina Raimondo

Microsoft’s Citizenship & Public Affairs Director for the Northeast Region, Donna L. Woodall, also discussed the widening opportunities for women in the technology industry. Woodall described how Microsoft launched the DigiGirlz initiative in 2000 to encourage high school girls to pursue careers in the STEM fields. Noting that DigiGirlz was founded before most of the attending students were even born, she then mentioned that even today, women occupy just 6.7% of the technology industry workforce.

“We need to dispel the myth that this is a man’s job because women will bring more fun, diversity and new ideas to the field,” she said. “I want to see you in these roles. No matter the field – whether a dancer or a doctor – they all need technology.” ~ Microsoft’s Donna L. Woodall

At the event, current NEIT students presented seminars. Jayson Bennet and McKenzie Byrne presented separate game design modules, and Saskiah Vargas-Walton conducted a seminar on mechanical engineering technology.

NEIT offers technology-focused associate and bachelor’s degree programs in Game Development & Simulation Programming, Multimedia, and Web Design, Information Technology, Network Engineering Technology, Software Engineering Technology, Video Game Design, Cyber Security and Network Engineering, and Digital Media Production.

Learn more about how you can help build the world at New England Tech at www.neit.edu

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New England Tech Presents Technology Market Outlook Survey Indicating Need for Skilled IT Professionals

In January, New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) presented results with the New Jersey Tech Council (NJTC) on a survey conducted in 2016 of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Industry Professionals regarding the industry’s regional and global market outlook.

New England Tech’s Director of Marketing, Janice Dru, joined colleague presenter Tim Henry, Ph.D., PMP, Information Technology Graduate Director along with James Kwon, Principal at Figmints, and Paul Frank, Executive Vice President, New Jersey Tech Council, in reporting the industry’s market, industry and trends. The survey was conducted by the New Jersey Tech Council (www.njtc.org).

Rhode Island technology companies reported a scarcity of qualified candidates, and that fewer individuals are entering the field with the specialized skills required for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementation and maintenance. The report also indicates that as ERP applications mature, it is increasingly difficult to source, recruit, and retain the talent needed for enterprise application management – opening wide opportunities for well-educated and experienced IT professionals.

Other key survey results include:

  • The hottest technologies are web services, database services, architecture and integration, and mobile and open source platforms
  • The hottest application areas include web/database, e-commerce solutions, enterprise applications, analytics, process improvement, and mobile applications
  • The hottest business areas are new products/innovation, lower cost, ease of use, and customer service improvement
  • The most significant strategic concerns include qualified employees, competition, and state government relations
  • Regarding growth trends, from 2014 to 2015, 30% of saw growth of less than 10% from 2014 to 2015, 32% of responding companies grew from 11 – 30%, while the remaining 37% saw a growth of 31% or better (with 7% doubling or better)
  • Top areas where companies are investing include existing products, sales and marketing, and R&D
  • Cloud computing will continue to grow and solidify as mid-sized companies embrace hybrid and multi-cloud architectures
  • More focus will be biosensor on security, risk and compliance and technology suppliers
  • Mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) will impact each and every business, and there will be a convergence of multi-channel communications using smaller number of platforms
  • The industry begins AI to predict outcomes
  • Artificial intelligence will trend toward neural/biosensor integration, Machine Learning /AI integration

NEIT offers a broad range of associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in IT, Business Management, Information Technology, Network Engineering Technology, and Software Engineering Technology. Learn more at www.neit.edu.

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20th Annual New England Tech TechXpo a Success!

The Career Services Office at NEIT hosted it’s 20th annual TechXpo Career Fair on the East Greenwich Campus on Thursday, March 9th. The well-attended event attracted over 60 employers from the region who were impressed by the level of quality of both current students and alumni. Jeremy Girard of Envision Technology Advisors, who is an NEIT alumnus from ’00, commented that,

“The weakest candidate I saw here today was better than the best candidate I’ve seen at other career fairs.”

Many of the employers in attendance were NEIT alumni, with about 25 in total returning to the college to represent their respective companies. A few representatives even made a point to stay after the event to visit with instructors they had while they were in school.

Students and alumni who were able to speak with employers expressed the importance of this event and how they felt it prepared them for employment. In addition to learning more about the companies themselves, attendees also learned about types positions in their field they might not have thought of. One IT student explained,

“Getting to know what companies are looking for is more than just helpful, it’s essential.”

The TechXpo is the biggest career fair that the Career Services Office hosts, and one of several technology-tailored career fairs held annually. These events are only open to NEIT students and alumni, and are not open to the public. NEIT would like to thank the students and staff who volunteered and helped to make this another great event! For a list of companies who attended the event, and their contact information, please visit the Career Services Office in S104.

Jeremy Girard of Envision Technology Advisors (right) speaks with a potential candidate.

(L to R): James Sloan, ’08 ELTB grad, and David Balls, ’14 ESTA grad

Student volunteers from Business Management with Business instructor, Hank Johnson

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NEIT is First University in the World to Use IdeaLens K2 VR Headset for Interactive College Campus Tours

Over the weekend of March 10 – 13, 2017, New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) students are demonstrating its IDEALENS K2 Virtual Reality (VR) headset at the PAX East gaming conference in Boston.

NEIT is currently the first and the only university in the world to use the headset for virtual campus tours and for college student instruction, according to Henry Zhang, Overseas Market Manager for the headset producer IDEALSEE GROUP – IDEALENS VR.

New England Institute of Technology offers over 50 associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in programs such as Digital Media Production; Game Development & Simulation Programming; Graphics, Multimedia and Web Design; Information Technology; and Video Game Design.

The IDEALENS K2 offers VR without wires or a phone, and doesn’t require any additional equipment. The headset has an onboard processor, graphics card, and battery, providing wireless mobility and a built-in battery pack that lasts for up to two hours.

The headset is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 7420 processor coupled with 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage with support for external expansion, 3.81-inch 2.5K AMOLED display, and 3,800mAh battery. Offering a staggering 770ppi, the IDEALENS K2 hits the industry benchmark of <17ms low latency and 90Hz high refresh rate.

The IDEALENS also offers instantaneous over-the-head support that fits any head size or shape and has the main body weight of less than two-thirds of a pound. It provides 120-degree wide-angle Field of View, internal IMU sensor with gesture support, motion tracking, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

For a demonstration, stop by the New England Tech booth #10086 at the PAX East conference in Boston, play some student-designed games, and try out our virtual tour on our brand new IDEALENS VR headsets.

Learn more about NEIT’s hands-on degree programs at www.neit.edu

 

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New England Tech to Showcase its IdeaLens Virtual Reality Headset at PAX East, March 10 – 12

Boston PAX East Booth 10086 New England Institute of Technology #paxeast #neit

Visit NEIT at Booth 10086 at #PAXEast

Between March 10 – 12, New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) will showcase its new IdeaLens K2 Virtual Reality Headset at the annual PAX East gaming conference in Boston.

At PAX East booth #10086, NEIT will be using its IdeaLens Virtual Reality headsets to demonstrate games and a virtual college campus tour of New England Tech, along with monitors featuring games designed by NEIT students.

Started in 2004 as a show exclusively for gaming, the PAX conference has grown exponentially – now drawing tens of thousands of attendees annually across the United States – with Boston and Seattle representing the largest events in the country.

Stop by booth #10086 to play some student-designed games and try out NEIT’s virtual campus tour on its brand new IdeaLens K2 VR Headsets.

New England Tech offers unique associate and bachelor’s degrees in Video Game Design and Game Development & Simulation Programming. Learn more about our degree programs at www.neit.edu and get a better idea of how we translate hands-on education into real world application by checking out our student work at PAX East Boston http://east.paxsite.com/.

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New England Tech Trains Electric Boat Employees Through The Real Jobs RI Initiative

New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) recently collaborated with General Dynamics Electric Boat (EB), which designs and builds nuclear submarines for the United States Navy to train five of its employees in robotic welding. The 120-hour program was sponsored by the state’s Real Jobs RI initiative.

Real Jobs RI is a demand-driven workforce and economic development initiative that is collaborative, flexible and business-led, designed to ensure that Rhode Island employers have the talent they need to compete and grow while providing targeted education and skills training for Rhode Island workers.

This training program was the first Electric Boat Real Jobs RI-sponsored robotic welding training where incumbent EB employees were identified and New England Tech developed and provided enhanced training.

Participants were exposed to the basics of automation and practical lab operations utilizing NEIT’s Fanuc robots and the WolfPac welding robot. The WolfPac is the same robotic welding system used at EB’s Quonset facility.

The course was a collaborative effort developed and taught by a team of instructors from NEIT with on-site technical assistance provided by Electric Boat supervisors from its Quonset, R.I. Robotic Welding division. Fred Santaniello, Director of Workforce Development Grants and Programs at New England Tech’s Center for Technology and Industry, coordinated the robotic welding program development and delivery. Dean Plowman, Department Chair of NEIT’s Mechanical Engineering (MCT) Department, supervised the instructional effort with classes taught by MCT instructors Dave Turner and Mike Eggeman as well as Matt Topper, Coordinator of the SAMI welding program. Electric Boat staff members provided excellent technical assistance to both the instructors and students throughout the training. EB employees each earned seven college credits upon completion of the five-week, full-time program.

Learn about our Welding Programs or SAMI Institute

 

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New England Tech to Host Microsoft’s DigiGirlz 2017 on March 17

DigiGirlz 2017 on March 17

Supported by Governor Gina Raimondo, and in partnership with New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), Microsoft is offering DigiGirlz 2017 at NEIT, an event for 150 middle and high school girls in Rhode Island.

DigiGirlz, a Microsoft YouthSpark program, gives middle and high school girls opportunities to learn about careers in technology, participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops, and the unique opportunity to connect with Microsoft employees.

During the one-day event, students interact with industry professionals to gain exposure to careers in business and technology and to get an inside look at what it’s like to work in the industry. The event provides girls with career planning assistance, information about technology and business roles, thought-provoking exercises, and interesting technology demonstrations. By participating in the Microsoft DigiGirlz Day, young women can learn about the variety of opportunities available in the high-tech industry and can explore future career paths.

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day – a day full of festivities celebrated by the international community to increase gender equality, while celebrating diversity and the achievements of women worldwide. New England Tech supports women in all their professional career ambitions, including those in the fields of technology. New England Tech offers technology-focused associate and bachelor’s degree programs in Game Development & Simulation Programming, Graphics, Multimedia and Web Design, Information Technology, Network Engineering Technology, Software Engineering Technology, Video Game Design, Cyber Security and Network Engineering and Digital Media Production.

Learn more about how you can help build the world’s technology infrastructure at New England Tech at www.neit.edu

For information on attending, please contact us at Admissions@neit.edu

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Calling All Artists – Tech Arts 2017 Exhibit Runs March 28 – June 3

Calling All New England Tech Artists! Exhibit Your Work in Tech Arts 2017 from March 27-June 3!

Tech Art at New England Tech logoCalling all artists! New England Institute of Technology will soon be hosting Tech Arts 2017, the university’s yearly art exhibition featuring the work of our students, faculty, and staff.

All forms of art are welcome, including drawings, video, costumes, photographs, furniture, paintings, watercolors, pen and ink, model prototypes, props, costumes, stained glass, fabric or paper items, and digital art.

Exhibit Runs March 28 – June 3

Submission forms are available at the Library until March 11th as well as online.

The public is invited to view the exhibit in the Library at New England Tech’s main campus located at One New England Tech Boulevard in East Greenwich. Call for library hours.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Pankiewicz (cpankiewicz@neit.edu) or at 401-739-5000 x3474.

New England Institute of Technology Launches College of Graduate and Professional Studies

 New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) announced the establishment of its new College of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS). The College of Graduate and Professional Studies implements innovative teaching practices that incorporate NEIT’s tradition of providing practical learning with flexible programs that accommodate students’ work and personal schedules. Course programs are offered in one of three ways: on-campus (traditional classroom); on-line; or hybrid (a combination of on-campus and on-line). All GPS programs offer 24/7 technical support, easy-to-use technology and access to faculty, student advising, and the university’s library, among other university services.

College of Graduate and Professional Studies at New England TechNew England Institute of Technology’s College of Graduate and Professional Studies currently offers four Master’s degree programs in Information Technology, Occupational Therapy, Construction Management and Public Health; and four Bachelor’s degree programs in Nursing, Criminal Justice, Rehabilitation Sciences and Automotive Service Management. New England Institute of Technology was recently ranked #8 in the country by U.S. News and World Report (January 2017) for the quality and value of its online bachelor’s degree programs. (www.usnews.com/online).

Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost. stated, “The College of Graduate and Professional Studies was established to incorporate our Master of Science degree programs and specialized professional Bachelor of Science degree programs into a separate and distinct unit.”    “The demand for on-line and hybrid programs is rapidly evolving and will continue to grow. The schedules of today’s non-traditional students have become more demanding, and traditional on-campus programs do not always meet their needs. By establishing the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, New England Tech stands ready to assist these students as they continue their journey to an advanced degree and growth in their chosen professions.”

To learn more about the degree programs offered through NEIT’s College of Graduate and Professional Studies, contact Michael Caruso, Director of Admissions, at mcaruso@neit.edu or call 800-737-7744. Please visit http://masters.neit.edu/ for more details.

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