A Salute to Marine Technology and Maritime History

SteamshipThe Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA), located in NEIT’s former library building on the Post Road campus, has created a fascinating display of artifacts and posters located at New England Tech’s library on the East Greenwich campus. SSHSA is the world’s leading organization dedicated to recording, preserving and disseminating the history of engine-powered vessels.

The SSHSA holds a collection of hundreds of thousands of images, artifacts, periodicals, artwork, official records, and memorabilia, archived in more than 100 collections and devoted exclusively to the history of engine-powered vessels, their passengers and crew.  Individuals interested in the history and development of steam navigation, both past and present, may stop by the SSHSA museum or visit www.sshsa.org.

In addition to the library’s maritime display, Eric Goetz, the Chief Technology Officer at Goetz Boats in Bristol, Rhode Island, will speak about the development and history of composite boats on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. in the Media Presentation Theater. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The library display was established to bring attention to NEIT’s Marine Technology program and maritime activities. Stop by the library to see the exhibit. For more information, visit https://library.neit.edu.

Happy Retirement, Arlene Potvin

Arlene PotvinBest wishes to Arlene Potvin who retired from New England Tech on June 30, 2015.  Since 2001, Arlene has served as the Office of Teaching and Learning’s Program Coordinator for  the Feinstein Enriching America Program.

Arlene has worn many hats during her time at NEIT. First, she was a student in what was then called the Computerized Business Management Technology program earning her Associate in Science degree and membership in the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Arlene continued her studies in Business Management Technology while working as a lab assistant.  In 2000 she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management Technology, also receiving the “Best of Tech” award. Arlene served as an adjunct faculty member teaching Accounting I, PowerPoint and Word Processing.

The NEIT community extends its thanks to Arlene for her years of dedicated service to the college as well as to this most worthwhile program, and wishes her good health and happiness.

Congratulations, Gavin Estey

Gavin EsteyGavin Estey has joined the Office of Student Support Services as a Student Advisor.  He previously held several positions at Mount Ida College including Counselor in the Student Transition and Retention Services program, Learning Specialist in the Learning Opportunities Program, and Resident Director in the Office of Residence Life. Gavin has a Master of Science degree in Higher Education Administration from Bay Path University, a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of New Hampshire and an Associate in Arts degree in History from Dean College. Gavin will work with students in the Animal and Veterinary Management/Veterinary Practice Management, Building Construction & Cabinetmaking, Graphic Multimedia & Web Design, Plumbing and Heating, Refrigeration-Air Conditioning and Veterinary Technology programs.

SAMI: A Job Well Done

SAMI Students

From the left are student Brittany Neville; Steve Kitchin; Todd Sposato, Coordinator of the SAMI Machinist Program; and students Jason Barbrie, Justin Carsetti, Dave Lewis, and Dave Place.

Students from the SAMI Advanced Manufacturing program wanted to express their appreciation to Steve Kitchin, Vice President for Corporate Education and Training, for his continued support and endorsement of the SAMI program. Together, the students built a miniature functioning steam engine, accompanied by a thank you plaque, and presented it to Steve.

For additional information about the SAMI program call 401-739-5000 ext. 3700 or email info@samiri.org.

AutoCAD: Creating Blocks

Written by Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Block: is a collection of selected entities that has a defined insertion point and combines all entities into a single group with an assigned a name . *This is created in the drawing and is accessible only within this drawing.

Why create Blocks: Blocks are a great option to use – they consolidate the drawing size, keep consistency within drawings and projects, saves time as the items do not need to be drawn every time (just inserted) and they are easily modified and will update all instances withn=in the same drawing when modified. “ WBlock the Block if you want to save it into a directory for all to have access to the block at any time. This is the best idea.”

Steps to create a Block:

  1. Select the Create Block button: This is located in the Insert Tab, Block Definition Panel – Create Block Button.Block 1

2. This opens up the Block Definition Dialog box. Here you assign a Name, Select a Base Point, Select the geometry – annotation (select all that needs to be part of the Block) to be included in the block.

A: Name:

Here you define the name of the Block. It is preferred as with drawing names to

keep them descriptive but not too long.

B: Base Point:

There are three options to define the Base point to the geometry.

1st options is to select the box which places a check mark in it. When you select OK it will them bring you out into the drawing and prompt you to select the Base Point.

2nd  option is the Pick Points button: Once this button is selected it brings you into the drawing to select the desired Base Point.

3rd option is place define the location in the X, Y, Z (if applicable) areas in the dialog box.

Block 2

*The Base Point also known as the Handle is where the Blocks insertion point is. Defining a good base point makes the insertion of the Block much easier. Think of what is being inserted and how it relates to other geometry. Such as this Sink I used Object Tracking to reference it 2.5” away from the mid-point of the back of the sink. This allows the sink to be inserted at a reference point such as a counter and it will be placed in correctly and no need to relocate.

C: Objects:

There are two ways to select the geometry to be included into the block.

1st options is to select the box which places a check mark in it. When you select OK it will then bring you out into the drawing and prompt you to select the Objects.

2nd Select the Select Objects button, this brings you into the drawing to select what is to be included into the Block.

Options within this section:

Retain if selected it creates the Block but does not convert the selected entities into a Block they remain as they are.

Convert to Block if selected this creates the Block and converts the selected entities into a Block and it remains visible in the drawing.

Delete if selected creates the Block but deletes the selected entities from the drawing.

D: Behavior:

Annotative – allows the Block being inserted to adjust per the View Port Scale Factor.

Scale uniformly – keep the Block from being inserted at a different X and different Y scale.

Allow exploding – this option should be selected if the block may needs to be modified at a later time, and if the Open in Block editor is not selected you won’t be modifiable.

E: Block Units:

Here are many options to choose from. This option is important to define if you create the blocks in one form of Units and then insert the block into  another drawing using another form of Units. Ex. Create Block in Inches but it will be inserted into a drawing using Kilometers.Insert Units 3

F: Description:

Describe the block.

G: Open in Block Editor:

With this selected it will open in the Block Editor allowing additional modifications to the Block.

3rd Select OK and the Block has been created and is available within this drawing only.

Creating a Block: Note the block is created on Layer 0 (zero)

Inserting the Block: Notice the Block takes on the properties of the current Layer and the insertion point is attached at the cross hairs.

Things to keep in mind when creating Block:

*The preferred method -create Blocks on Layer 0 (ZERO) – this is the layer that when you start with any AutoCAD template file it is available. When created on Layer 0 the Block will adjust per the Layer properties and will then be able to represent different options per the Layer properties.

Ex. If the Block is placed on another layer (other than Layer 0) and the properties are different those properties will be reflect in that instance of the Block.

Layer 0 the Properties are color White and a Solid Linetype.

Layer Hidden the Properties color Red with a Hidden Linetype.

**Blocks inserted on Layer Zero will reflect the properties of that Layer which is White with a Solid Linetype, The same Block inserted in the same drawing on the Hidden Layer the Block will reflect those Layers properties, Red with a Hidden Linetype.

Blocks can be created on any other layer – keep in mind when a block is created on any other layer the properties won’t update when placed onto a different Layers. There are cases that this approach would be needed.

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Golf Tournament Sells Out For the 2nd Year

6th Annual New England Tech Scholarship Golf Tournament Sells Out For the Second Year!!

2014 1st Place Foursome Flagship Staffing

We are just a few days away from the 6th Annual New England Tech Scholarship Golf Tournament to be held on Monday, July 13th at Alpine Country Club!

Each year the college hosts a golf tournament to raise money for student scholarships.  For the second year, the tournament is being held at Alpine, and once again, the demand to play in the tournament has been overwhelming. The tournament is completely sold out with 144 players.

The success of the tournament is marked by the support that the college receives from its benefactors in the community. Again this year, our past sponsors and players have renewed their support.

We would be remiss if we did not acknowledge that the event would not be successful without the NEIT staff members who volunteer to make sure that our participants enjoy their day.

If you would like to support the event you can still participate by sponsoring a hole, donating a raffle or auction prize, or by simply making a monetary donation. Contact Joan Segerson Director of Development and Alumni Relations at ext. 3704 or jsegerson@neit.edu.

For more tournament information, visit www.neit.edu/About-Us/Alumni-Association/Alumni-Golf-Tournament.

NEIT students Win National Awards


Bronze Medal Winners(l-r) Nicole Cioffi, Stas Belch, Raven Staplins and Nate Bugbee

Bronze Medal Winners(l-r) Nicole Cioffi, Stas Belch, Raven Staplins and Nate Bugbee

New England Tech’s SkillsUSA competitors have returned from the National competition held June 23rd through June 25th in Kentucky.  SkillsUSA Championship had more than 6,000 high school and college students compete in 100 occupational and leadership skill competitions areas.  The SkillsUSA competitions are modeled after the Olympics where the top three individuals or teams receive gold, silver and bronze medals.

We had four students bring home bronze medals.

Cabinetmaking College Division

Nathan Bugbee (bronze)

Crime Scene Investigation College Division

Stas Belch (bronze)

Nicole Cioffi (bronze)

Raven Staplins (bronze)

Congratulations to all of our students that competed.  It is a big accomplishment to get to the National SkillsUSA competition.


Nicholas Brecken

Architectural Design

Michael Webb


James Montesano

Front (l-r) Nicole Cioffi , Raven Staplins, Stas Belch, Nate Bugbee. Back (l-r) Nicholas Brecken, Mike Pezzullo, Michael Webb, Amanda Metzger, Amanda Balch, James Montesano

July Quarter is Mandatory

Attention ALL New England Tech students…

The Summer quarter is MANDATORY in order for you to stay on track for graduation.

Summer Classes July 20Summer Classes Mandatory

NEIT Grants Degrees to British Virgin Island Students

BVI 2015EAST GREENWICH, RI, USA – Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost

at New England Institute of Technology, is pleased to announce that the following students received their degree at the college’s Commencement Ceremony held on May 3, 2015. This year marked the 75th Anniversary of the college.  New England Tech awarded more than 1000 students with an Associate in Science (AS), Bachelor of Science (BS) or Master of Science (MS) Degree.

British Virgin Island graduates and New England Institute of Technology administration are pictured from left:

Catherine Fabrizi, International Student Advisor; Javon Fahie, Mark Seltzer, Director of International Admissions; and Deshawn Donovan.

Graduates not pictured:  Kezia Allen and Dheja Fonseca           

Sherman stated, “We are extremely proud to have these exceptional students as members of our college community. Our international students enrich the learning experience for all students as well as New England Tech’s faculty and staff. We look forward to the opportunity to participate in the education of future students from the British Virgin Islands for many years to come.”

NEIT Library teams up with Steam Ship Historical Society

SteamShip HistoricalSteam Ship Historical Society of America (SSHSA) has teamed up with New England Institute of Technology’s library in creating an exhibit to show off some of SSHSA’s collections and the maritime technology programs at NEIT.

One aspect of the exhibit is a brief overview of marine engines, from walking beam steam engines to nuclear power.  Stay tuned as we develop more programs around this exhibit!

Source: The Steamship Historical Society