Finalists of FIRST® Tech Robotics Challenge Decided at New England Tech

Finalists of FIRST® Tech Robotics Challenge Decided at New England Tech

First Robotics competition at Rhode Island's New England TechNew England Institute of Technology sponsored the eleventh annual FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge on Saturday, February 4th.  Serving as Rhode Island’s FIRST® Tech Challenge Affiliate Partner, NEIT hosted 32 Rhode Island middle and high school robotics teams which emerged from qualifying competitions to take part in this final round.

rhode island first roboticsThis season, approximately 40 middle and high school robotics teams throughout the state assembled to design, build and compete in the annual Rhode Island FIRST® Tech Challenge. This year’s theme, “Velocity Vortex,” was announced at the FIRST® Kick-Off held at NEIT on September 10th.

Accomplished inventor, Dean Kamen, founded FIRST® in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in students through the fun of robotics. The goal is to engage students to develop problem-solving, critical thinking, and innovative reasoning skills using custom-designed robots. The participating Rhode Island teams competed for four slots to travel to regional and national competitions to be held in Pennsylvania in March.

The four teams advancing to the Super Regional in Scranton, PA in March are:

  • Inspire Award Winner- 121 Aquidneck Island Robotics
  • Winning Alliance Captain- 9910 Scituate HS
  • Inspire Award 2ndplace- 6217 The Fellowship
  • Winning Alliance 1stteam selected- 154 Burrillville HS

For more information on the Tech Challenge, contact Erin Flynn at New England Tech at 401-739-5000, ext. 3462 or by email at eflynn@neit.edu. To learn more about the FIRST® organization, please visit www.usfirst.org or learn about our Mechanical Engineering Technology <click.

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Pay Gap Between College and High School Grads Never Been Larger

To do list for high school gradsThe earnings gap between those with a college degree versus those with a high school degree has never been wider, according to a recent article by the Associated Press. On average, college grads earned 56 percent more than high school grads in 2015, according to an analysis conducted by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). This has increased from 51% in 1999 and is the largest gap since the EPI started collecting data in 1973.

Further, since the end of the recession in 2009, college graduates have secured a significantly higher percentage of new jobs along with pay gains. By contrast, non-college graduates have faced a shortage of employment opportunities along with a 3% decline in their income. Just two-thirds of adults with high school-only degree aged 25 through 64 were employed in 2015, a steep drop from the 73 percent employment rate in 2007. For college graduates in the same age range, the employment rate fell just slightly from 84 percent to 83 percent.

“College grads earned 56 percent more than high school grads…”

College grads have traditionally earned more than those with less education. As the pay gaps widen, however, it is affecting lives beyond just income, including lower levels of home ownership, geographic mobility, marriage rates and age and quality of retirement.

College grads are also far more likely to have access and contribute to a 401(k)-style retirement plan. In 2015, college graduates contributed 26 percent more to their retirement savings even when individuals from both groups had similar income levels and similar access to these plans.

It’s increasingly clear that high school grads need to continue beyond high school to acquire the skills needed for higher-paying work. Though many middle-income jobs don’t require a bachelor’s degree, nearly all of them require some post-high school education or training, such as an associate degree.

New England Tech Mechanical Engineering Students Send 3D Printed Hands to Children in Rwanda

New England Tech mechanical engineer student assembling 3d printed hand for Rwanda children

Students assembling a 3D-printed hand in NEIT’s Mechanical Engineering Lab

NEIT Helps Students Create 3D Printed Hands for Children in Rwanda

The New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) Rotaract Club and Rocky Hill School’s Interact Club joined forces recently at NEIT’s East Greenwich campus to assemble fifteen 3D printed prosthetic hands that will ultimately be used by children in need in Rwanda. Five prosthetic hands will be shipped unassembled to an Interact Club in Rwanda where they will be assembled and distributed within their community.

Rocky Hill School’s Interact Community Service Club has aligned with Enable Community Foundation, a non-profit organization that connects with schools to help produce prosthetic hands produced on a 3D printer.

The hands are assembled by students and ultimately distributed to amputee children in need throughout the world.

The “raptor” hands give children the ability to grip items that dramatically changes their lives. The Interact Club and the Rotaract Club are sponsored by the East Greenwich Rotary’s New Generations program.

Instructors and students in New England Tech’s Mechanical Engineering Technology Department printed the prosthetic hand parts. Using an Objet 30 Prime Polyjet 3D printer with RGD720 Full Cure material, all of the hand parts are printed in a process that takes nearly 16 hours and costs approximately $50 in materials per hand.

The East Greenwich Rotary donated $750 towards the printing costs and secured a matching donation of $750 from a Rotary District grant. The Rocky Hill students obtained the hardware needed to assemble the hands and raised more than $1,000 to sponsor those costs.

Rotary Clubs around the globe sponsor Interact Clubs (grades 7-12) and Rotaract Clubs (college level) as a way to connect with and support students who want to give back to their communities. The program is actively involved with students at East Greenwich High School, Cole Middle School, Rocky Hill School, and New England Institute of Technology.

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New England Tech Lands Top-Finish in National Cyber Security Competition

NEIT Faculty Member Leads Team to Top-Tier Finish in Cyber Security Competition

New England Tech's Jesse Roberts leads a high school team to a top-tier finish in a national cyber security competition.

New England Tech’s Jesse Roberts leads a high school team to a top-tier finish in a national cyber security competition.

Through the months of October to January, New England Institute of Technology Assistant Professor of Network Engineering and Cyber Security, Jesse Roberts, led a team of four students from East Greenwich High School to a top-tier finish at the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The team placed number one in the state of Rhode Island and was one of two teams to compete in the highest tier in the state of Rhode Island. The CyberPatriot competition includes nearly 1,700 teams competing from across the United States.

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program. The organization was conceived by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire students toward careers in cyber-security or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation’s future.

At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition. The competition puts teams of high school students in the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. Each team receives access to the Microsoft Developers Network Academic Alliance. This allows the team to download several operating systems and productivity tools that can be used to prepare for the competition.

Before the rounds of competition, teams download “virtual image” representations of operating systems with known flaws, or cyber-security “vulnerabilities.” Teams must find the flaws while keeping computer functions (such as email “services”) working. Team progress is recorded by a central CyberPatriot scoring system.

In the later rounds of competition, teams are given a set of virtual images that represent operating systems and are tasked with finding cyber-security vulnerabilities within the images and hardening the system while maintaining critical services.

Teams compete for the top placement within their state and region. Teams which reach the platinum tier in each state get a chance to compete in the regional competition. Top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Baltimore, MD for the National Finals Competition where they compete face-to-face against other teams to defend virtual networks from a professional aggressor team. Winners of the National Finals are awarded scholarship grants.

“The students from East Greenwich High School were amazing, as was the East Greenwich High School cyber security coach, Donna Wayles,” says Roberts. “Sam Delong, Anthony Agatiello, Bryce Ingram and Conor Mason are extraordinarily talented young men. I’m happy to see them so interested in Cyber Security especially given the current state of affairs in the industry. The competition is a great tool to get younger kids more involved in this rapidly growing industry.”

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NEIT Launches College Scholarship Program for High School Students

Rhode Island raise me scholarship logoNew England Institute of Technology Launches College Scholarship Program for High School Students

 High School Students, Starting as Early As 9th Grade, Can Earn Scholarship Awards from New England Tech for Academic Achievements and Extracurricular Activities

 New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) is pleased to announce a new scholarship program that encourages high school students to achieve academic excellence in order to make their university experience more affordable. High school students can now earn “micro-scholarships” from NEIT starting in the 9th grade for a wide range of individual achievements through Raise.Me, an online social enterprise focused on expanding access to higher education, especially among low-income and first-generation students. New England Tech is the first and only university/college in Rhode Island to offer the Raise.me program to high school students.

Raise.me is free for students and provides a free portal for high school counselors to help students track their progress.

Raise.me was developed to prepare high school students for the college application process. Most colleges award scholarships and grants towards the end of a student’s senior year in high school. This process may prove to be difficult for some students who not have achieved all of their academic goals or who have applied to college later in the process. Raise.me encourages students to achieve higher grades, serve their community and work towards earning various awards all of which will impact a student’s college ambitions or choices.

In addition to improving clarity and access to financial aid options, the new program allows students to track specific goals they seek to accomplish throughout high school, helping them become more competitive college applicants and more successful college students. For example, New England Tech’s micro-scholarships will focus on the following three classifications:  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Courses; Community Service Hours; and Honors and Awards.

Raise.me has partnered with a diverse set of more than 200 colleges and universities including Carnegie Mellon, Colby College, Georgia Tech, Penn State, the University of Rochester, and Tulane University.

Students, educators, and parents can learn more at www.raise.me/join/neit, by visiting the New England Tech Admissions website at –    http://www.neit.edu/Admissions/Programs-for-High-School-Students-Educators  or by contacting the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or Admissions@neit.edu.

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NEIT’s 20th Annual Technology Career Expo Scheduled for March 9, 2017

Please join us as we celebrate our 20th annual Technology Career Expo on Thursday, March 9, 2017. This event will be held on all three levels of Tech Way on the East Greenwich Campus from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.

This is a private event, open only to NEIT students and graduates, with over 50 companies set to attend. So take advantage of this great networking opportunity, make connections, and explore employment opportunities from some of the top companies in the region! Be sure to have your resumes ready and to dress in appropriate business attire.

Current students from all quarters and graduates from the following technologies are encouraged to attend: CYBT (BS), DMP (AS/BS), ELY, EST, EET/ELT (BS), GDS (AS/BS), GMW (AS/BS), ITN (AS/BS), ITS (AS/BS), MCT (AS/BS), MGT (AS/BS), VGD (AS/BS). If you have any questions, contact the Career Services Office at 401-739-5000 x 3458.

Companies set to attend as of 2/15/2017:

Automotive Student Works to Finish What His Father Started

Kyle Delaney is perfect example of what happens when passion meets determination. He is currently enrolled at New England Institute of Technology in the Advanced Automotive Technology with High Performance program, set to graduate in June 2017. But his story reaches far beyond the confines of campus.

Delaney is in the process of restoring a 1949 Ford F1; a project that was originally started by his father and a close family friend back in the early 1970s, and that he and his father have now been working on since Delaney was about 16. His penchant for fixing things started at a young age, with his father being the main influence of his interests.

“I’ve always been around cars and trucks my whole life. My father worked as a construction worker and he used to always give me rides in the machines when I was little. I think that, plus the vehicles we have had throughout my life, whet my appetite for everything mechanical. When I was six, I got my first dirt bike and there were days I would ride it and try to fix it if it was broken from first thing in the morning until the sun went down.

Once I started getting into cars and learning more about them, I started to go to a lot more car shows and read more about car related news. After going to a couple shows I really began to like and respect the older vehicles more than today’s vehicles.”

Delaney provided some insight into the history of this project, which was originally started by Delaney’s father, and Dan, who was a father figure to the elder Delaney.

“My grandfather died when my father was younger, I believe 11 or 12. Dan basically was the one who showed my father how to do things around the house and in Dan’s free time, when he needed some extra cash, he would work on people’s cars and my father would help him out. Around the same time frame that my grandfather died, Dan bought a truck from a guy who lived down the road; a 1949 Ford F1. Dan wanted to rebuild the truck to have fun in and drive around town. In their free time Dan and my dad would work on it. Along the way, Dan showed my father how to rebuild brakes. They then sanded it all down, fixed all the rot and imperfections, painted it with primer, and rebuilt what else needed to be rebuilt.”

After Delaney’s father graduated from high school, the F1 was moved to a friend’s garage. The restoration was cut short when the garage collapsed on the vehicle, crushing the frame and rendering it all but totaled. Dan dismantled the truck, but kept everything together, and it remained by that garage for almost 30 years.

“I was talking to my dad one night and we both agreed we’d like to get a project car to work on in our free time. Around that time, Dan got back into touch with my dad. Dan still lived in Portsmouth, RI with his wife, Mim, down the street from where my dad grew up. He got into contact with my father after learning he had pancreatic cancer. Thirty-one days after he found out, he died. After the funeral my father made it a point to go see Mim every weekend we could. One day we got on the subject of my father and I getting a project vehicle and she said, ‘You know, Danny still has all the parts for that Ford truck you guys used to work on. You guys can have it all if you want.’”

And so a new generation was introduced to the 1949 Ford F1 project. This time around it was especially challenging considering the truck was in pieces, and some of it was unsalvageable.

“I started with miscellaneous parts that ranged from the original seat to the original windshield that still shows the 1969 Rhode Island State Inspection sticker. I only had the doors and a couple fenders for the outside.

I had a vision of having a perfectly restored 1949 Ford F1 that was all stock. The only problem with that was all my sheet metal, like my bed, front fenders, and cab, sat outside for 30 years, not even a mile from Narragansett Bay. Most of it was rotted away and the chassis was nowhere in sight. I basically had to start off by finding what I needed.

I ended up finding a 1949 Ford F1 chassis that was listed for sale in Connecticut. We bought it and began assembling it in my garage. At first I really struggled because I had no clue where most of the parts went. It wasn’t until a coworker of mine gave me a manual he had for these trucks that I was able to assemble it correctly.”

Delaney also purchased a parts truck, a 1948 Ford F2, to help slowly piece the original truck back together. The main reason for the purchase was the engine, but he found some automobile history on the doors of the cab in the process.

“I found them with a full coat of primer over the letters and paint and could see through the primer what resembled letters. I sanded down the primer lightly and began to find more and more letters. The best part is both doors match. I used the cab from the truck as a donor cab since mine was completely rotted out.”

Kyle Delaney with doors off of a 1948 Ford F2, from Russell’s Engine Rebuilding in Cambridge, MA

Delaney did his homework. He contacted the Cambridge, Massachusetts Historical Society, sent them pictures of the doors, and received a response within the hour. They sent him photos of the building and some of the vehicles the business used to promote the company.

“Apparently that guy’s business was huge in Cambridge! The company’s name is Russell’s Engine Rebuilding and it was in business from the Model T era to the mid-1970s. They would do full engine rebuilds and mechanic work in Cambridge, Massachusetts.”

Images provided to Delaney by the Cambridge Historical Society.

 

Image provided to Delaney by the Cambridge Historical Society.

As his love of antique cars grew, Delaney decided to pursue a career in the automotive industry and enrolled at New England Institute of Technology. His experience at New England Tech has provided him with the fundamentals of design, theory of operation, and servicing techniques of the many systems and system components of today’s automobiles, but he has been fortunate to apply the same techniques to help him get his antique Ford running.

“Right off the bat, I started my experience at NEIT by rebuilding a Ford Flathead V8 for my truck in the Engines Lab. I took what I learned in my other classes, like electrical, and completely rebuilt the electrical system, my drive-line related class, and rebuilt the brakes and rear differential, and welding, by re-welding patches and other little pieces like a crack in one of my original steel wheels that had the Ford logo stamped into the center.”

Delaney has his truck to the point where he is able to hop in and ride around his neighborhood, but he still has a long way to go.

“If I was to try and find parts for this truck in the Midwest where nothing really rots, they are all usually dented and destroyed since these trucks were made to be worked on a farm.

I have everything assembled on it to drive down the road, the only things I need to buy for it are running boards, a bed, and to completely paint it. My goal is to completely finish this truck and drive it around to car shows and to mainly have fun with it.”

A combination of cost and model rarity are Delaney’s final hurdles to get over to achieve his dream of owning a fully restored 1949 Ford F1, and continuing the legacy that his father, and Dan, started almost 40 years ago. Considering the amount of time, effort, and passion he has put into this project thus far, there is no doubt he will succeed.

Delaney working in his garage at home in Middletown, RI.

 

The 1949 Ford F1, so far.

 

*Kyle also let us know that today, January 25th, just happens to be his father’s birthday, so New England Tech would like to wish Mr. Delaney a very Happy Birthday!

News from Career Services: Week of 1/16/17

New Hires!

  • Mechanical Engineer at Saint Gobain, Bristol, RI (MCTB)
  • Electro-Mechanical Technician with Schneider Electric, Foxboro, MA (ESTA)
  • Design Engineer with General Dynamics/Electric Boat, Groton, CT (MCTB)
  • IT Engineer with Atrion, Warwick, RI (CYBT)
  • Tech Support role with CVS Corporation, Cumberland, RI (GDSB) – He hopes to build his resume with this role and then move up into higher level roles.
  • Paid IT Internship with Providence Mutual Insurance, Warwick, RI (CYBT)

VETERINARY TECHNOLOGY

  • An Animal Hospital in Warren, RI is hiring a Certified Veterinary Technician.
  • National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America – NAVTA – posted another 11 Vet Tech jobs for roles that are across the US.

DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCTION

  • A news station in Providence, RI is seeking graduates for a Multimedia Journalist.
  • A vacation tour company in Pawtucket, RI posted a paid Full-Time Video Intern position for students.
  • A radio communications company in Norwich, CT has posted an Announcer position.

ELECTRICAL TECHNOLOGY & ELECTRONICS SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

  • A manufacturer in Somerville, MA is seeking ELY & ESTA candidates for their Electrical Build Team.
  • An intelligence manufacturer in N. Kingstown, RI has posted 1st & 2nd shift Calibration Technician positions for ESTA students and graduates.
  • An employment agency has a client in Cumberland, RI seeking ELY candidates for a Panel Wirer role.
  • A clean energy company in Warwick, RI posted 2 positions for ELY grads: Licensed Journeyman & Apprentices for residential and solar projects.
  • An electric company in Johnston, RI is recruiting ELY grads for Apprentice Electrician positions.

PLUMBING/HEATING & GAS and REFRIGERATION/AC/HEATING & GAS

  • A growing HVAC business in Bristol, CT is looking to hire 2 Plumbers.
  • A fire protection company in West Warwick, RI is in need of a Plumbing Apprentice.
  • A provider of professional engineering, consulting and project management services for infrastructure projects in Groton, CT is recruiting for HVAC /Refrigeration Technicians.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

  • A credit union in Westerly, RI posted a role for an IT Analyst.
  • A cyber-security firm in Providence, RI posted roles with NEIT seeking Security Operations Analysts for locations in Rhode Island, Illinois, and Georgia. There is excellent pay for this role.
  • A major wireless and telecommunications company in Providence, RI posted a role for Technical Support.

GRAPHICS, MULTIMEDIA & WEB DESIGN

  • An antiques company in North Kingstown, RI posted a role for a Paid Marketing Intern.
  • A wholesale warehouse in Johnston, RI posted a well-paid Internship for students in GMW who are skilled in Website Design and Search Engine Optimization.

ABT / CET / CMT / BCC

Positions and locations hiring this week:

  • West Kingston, RI – Drafter/Designer
  • CT, MA & RI – Automatic Door Service Technicians
  • Mansfield, MA – Project Engineers and Assistant Project Managers
  • North Kingstown, RI – Drafters

HEALTH SCIENCES

  • A physician’s office in Cranston, RI posted a role for a Medical Assistant
  • A respiratory product company in Norwood, MA posted a role for a Respiratory Therapist
  • Seeking COTA candidates at a Health Center in E. Providence, RI

AUTOMOTIVE & MARINE TECHNOLOGY

Positions and locations hiring this week:

  • Cranston, RI – Experienced Technician
  • Warren, RI – Marine Mechanics and Yard Help
  • East Falmouth, MA – Marine Technician
  • Shrewsbury, MA – Vehicle Inspector
  • North Kingstown, RI & North Smithfield, RI – Service Technicians
  • Portsmouth, NH – QuickLane Technicians, Auto Body/Paint Techs and QuickLane Advisors
  • Warwick, RI – Car Detailer

New England Tech Launches Online Automotive Service Management Bachelor’s Degree

Showing jobs you can get with an automotive service management degreeNew England Institute of Technology Launches Online Automotive Service Management Bachelor’s Degree

New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) has announced a new, fully online Bachelor of Science degree in Automotive Service Management (ASMX) in the spring of 2017. Designed for working automotive and transportation professionals, this bachelor’s degree program combines a solid foundation in general management with transportation-focused technical and business courses designed to prepare graduates for career advancement.

Flexible and convenient for busy working professionals; the online ASMX program offers an accelerated academic schedule for students to obtain their bachelor’s degree. Classes are scheduled within a ten-week quarter with four academic quarters per year. This format allows students to earn their degree quickly while taking into consideration work and personal commitments. New England Tech offers quality, engaging online education with 24×7 technical support, and a dedicated student success advisor.

In fact, New England Institute of Technology Ranks 8th in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Rankings of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

The ASMX program is a balanced combination of technical, operations, general management, and automotive specific topics most relevant in the transportation service industry. It also includes a full range of general business skills transferable to employment in other industries.

New England Tech has trained students for successful careers in the automotive industry for decades with thousands of graduates working in all aspects of the industry nationwide. Our Automotive and Management faculty are practicing industry leaders who have strong academic credentials backed by years of real-world experience.

Larry Bouthillier, Director of Online Education at New England Institute of Technology stated, “Industry leaders nationwide are asking for graduates who are trained in business and grounded in the rapidly evolving technology of the automotive field. Our on-campus Automotive Service Management program has helped prepare students for management positions in the automotive industry for many years. Now we’ve invested in creating an outstanding and effective online learning experience for students and are proud to now be offering this program to aspiring automotive managers across the country.”

To learn more about the online Automotive Service Management degree program, visit Online Learning at NEIT or call the Admissions office at 800-736-7744 or by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu.

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New England Tech Now Offering Online Master of Public Health

 

Class image of New England Tech's Master's of Public Health degree program

Assistant Provost and MPH faculty member Magali Angeloni, DrPH, MBA, works with students at NEIT

Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology, announced that the university is now offering a 100% online Master of Public Health (MPH) program. The program is ideal for working professionals offering students the flexibility to complete coursework around their busy schedules while providing 24×7 technical support via phone, email or chat.

 

New England Tech’s Master of Public Health program is unique because it includes a core public health curriculum along with management and leadership principles that prepare graduates to successfully practice public health in a supervisory/management role and oversee, plan, evaluate and improve population health programs and initiatives.

NEIT’s Master of Public Health program affords students the opportunity to complete the program in as little as two years (eight quarters), taking 2 classes per quarter. A minimum of 48 quarter-credits (equivalent to 32 semester credits), including a 120-hour field experience, are required for graduation.

In addition to the Master of Public Health program, NEIT offers a variety of health sciences degree programs, including Associate in Science degree programs in nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, surgical technology, respiratory care, medical laboratory technology, medical assisting and administration and paramedic technology. Health Sciences bachelor degree programs at NEIT include the fully online RN to BSN program and the Rehabilitation Sciences program (on campus). A hybrid on-line, on-campus Master of Science degree program in Occupational Therapy is also offered.

Learn more about our Master of Public Health, or contact Admissions at 800-736-7744 or by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu.

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