NEIT to Host FIRST® Robotics Competition

NEIT_Logo_282_136_TAGEast Greenwich, RI – New England Institute of Technology will sponsor the ninth annual FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge on Saturday, January 31, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Serving as Rhode Island’s FIRST® Tech Challenge Affiliate Partner, NEIT will host 33 Rhode Island middle and high school robotics teams at the college’s Center for Automotive Technology located at 101 Access Road, Warwick, Rhode Island.

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 will compete for the chance to travel to regional and national competitions.

New England Tech will serve as the central point of contact for all participating teams. The event is free and open to the public.  For more information on the FIRST® Tech Challenge, contact Erin Flynn, Manager of Admissions Outreach and Events at New England Tech at 401-739-5000, ext. 3462 or by email eflynn@neit.edu. To learn more about the FIRST® organization, please visit www.usfirst.org.

It Must Be Fate!

Mason Brouillette, left, with SAMI lead instructor, Todd Sposato

Mason Brouillette, left, with SAMI lead instructor, Todd Sposato

Mason Brouillette is like many 19 year old young men trying to determine their future career.  He knew he wanted to learn a hands-on occupation but was uncertain which career to pursue.  Then his mother, Jane, told him about a program she heard about where he could learn the advanced manufacturing skills needed to be a machinist. There was a history of machinists in their family because Mason’s Uncle Steven was working towards his apprenticeship 27 years ago. Unfortunately, Mason’s uncle never completed his apprenticeship because he was killed in a car accident in 1985. Mason decided to follow in his dear Uncle Steven’s footsteps.

Mason attended the advanced manufacturing orientation at NEIT’s Shipbuilding/Advanced Manufacturing Institute, SAMI. He was accepted into the program and began classes in July with lead instructor, Todd Sposato. Mason was a quick learner, and after several weeks of hands-on classes in the SAMI lab, Mason was ready to continue his training with a local manufacturing company, Colonial Tool, in Coventry, RI. Soon after his training began, the company offered Mason a permanent position.  Mason along with his instructors and family were thrilled.

Machinists use their own set of tools on the job so Mason asked his grandmother if he could use his Uncle Steven’s tools. She gladly turned the toolbox over to Mason which had been stored in her basement for the past 27 years. Mason brought the toolbox to class and asked Mr. Sposato to help him restore the toolbox and re-calibrate the tools. Looking through the toolbox, they found his uncle’s apprenticeship log book.  When Mr. Sposato read the log, he realized that he knew Steven back in the 1980’s when they were both completing their apprenticeships.  As Sposato stated, “Mason and I felt an instant connection.”  He told Mason that he bought supplies at a company in Pawcatuck, Connecticut, where his uncle worked and the two of them would chat. Then one day when Mr. Sposato returned to the supply company, Steven was no longer working there. He never knew what happened to him, until now.

When Mason told his grandmother that Mr. Sposato knew his uncle, she immediately called Jane who stated, “That night when I received a call from my mother, and she told me Mr. Sposato read Steven’s apprenticeship log book and realized that he knew him. The sound in my mother‘s voice was amazing.  She sounded alive again.”  Mason’s mother later sent the following message to Mr. Sposato, “This is not a coincidence! This was meant to be! The SAMI program is not only a wonderful opportunity for Mason, but it has meant much more to us as a family. I can’t thank you enough for what you did for Mason.  The entire SAMI process has been such a positive family changing experience.”

International Student Orientation

17-Int'l StudentsMore than 58 new international students and their families were welcomed to New England Tech on October 1st.  Current NEIT international students Tiffany Samuels, Sherika Parfitt, Ziggy Dawkins, and Antonio Adderley served as peer leaders.

Mark Seltzer, Director of International Admissions, along with Catherine Fabrizi, International Student Advisor, and Angela Marzolo, International Admissions Specialist, covered important topics with the students that included immigration, academic policies, transportation and legal issues. Members of NEIT’s administrative staff also addressed the students regarding student life, academic advisors, the Academic Skills Center, on-line technology, and library services. Students and guests were treated to lunch and visited with vendors that included the Cenral Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, Stop & Shop Peapod grocery delivery service, YMCA, and RI Public Transit Authority.

New England Tech welcomes these international students to our college community.

Tech Nite Open House is scheduled for February

Open House February 2015

Attention Alumni! Announcing “Mission Re-Connect”

4-Alumni Assoc

From left, seated: Terri Sardelli (BS-’08), Regina Roberts (AS – ’14), Gordon Briggs (BS – ’99), Courtney Crone (MSOT – ’12), Bob Larrabee (BS – ’06). Standing: Tim Daniels (BS ‘-08), Cheryl Booker (BS -’09), Rick Tobin (BS-’10), Cheryl MacDonald (AS-’13), Lucy Garcia (MSOT-’12), Scott Conley (MSOT-’12), Bethany Pratt (MSOT-’12), Rebecca Renaud (AS-’98), Chris Harrington (AS-’00), Joan Segerson, Director of Development/Alumni Relations. Other Steering Committee members not pictured: Carole Stiles (BS-’94), Michelle Pope (AS-’90), and Kelly Marot (MSOT-’12).

As the college continues to grow and evolve, so does the need for an active Alumni Association to provide a strong conduit for grads to stay “connected” with their alma mater. Thus the birth of “Mission Re-Connect”, an effort to reconnect graduates with one another and with New England Tech.

Over the past several months, Joan Segerson, Director of Development and Alumni Relations,  has invited graduates to join in a “conversation” to explore their desires and expectations as members of NEIT’s Alumni Association.  She was joined by 16 grads over the span of four conversations with participants sharing their thoughts and perspectives on what their Alumni Association should represent. “The comments were interesting,” said Segerson. “But, at the core of every conversation was a strong interest in having a vibrant and active Alumni Association.”

From these conversations, and from a subsequent Alumni social gathering held on August 27th at NEIT, an Alumni Association Steering Committee was formed. The inaugural meeting of the 17 member Committee convened on October 2, 2014.  It was clear from the conversations that Alumni are concerned about the community’s knowledge of New England Tech. “An important first step of the Alumni Association is raising community awareness that NEIT is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., our educational excellence and value, and the college’s non-profit status,” said Tim Danielson,  (Architectural Building Engineering Technology grad, class of 2008.)

“The lines of communication are open and work has begun, said Segerson, “but it is not too late for other alumni to get involved and bring their ideas to the table.” The Steering Committee will develop a Strategic Plan establishing future goals for the Alumni Association.  All alumni interested in getting involved in the evolution of NEIT’s Alumni Association are strongly encourgaged to do so. The Steering Committee will meet again on November 13th at 5:30 p.m. at NEIT’s East Greenwich Campus.  Contact Joan Segerson at 401-739-5000 ext. 3704 or via e-mail at jsegerson@neit.edu if you would like to assist the Committee with this important work.

$120 Million Expansion Project is underway

1-ExpansionNew England Institute of Technology continues to grow! Now entering the second phase of its $250,000,000 development program at the East Greenwich campus, President Richard I. Gouse announced plans for expanding academic facilities and programs along with the construction of the college’s first on-campus residence hall.

Phase 2 of the expansion project will include the following improvements:

  • More than 300,000 square feet of new facilities.
  • A new 400-bed, on-campus dormitory.
  • Expanded classroom space, focusing on information technology capability.
  • A new student dining area.
  • Expanded amenities for students including a fitness center.
  • The development of a college ‘green’ open space area.
  • Infrastructure upgrades to the college’s 226-acre campus in electrical, water, sewer, drainage, and traffic flow.

President Gouse stated, “This expansion will make New England Tech the region’s largest provider of collegiate level technology-driven training.” In addition, new and expanded programs will be offered that will include advanced manufacturing, health sciences, architecture, engineering, and Digital Media Production (previously known as video/audio production.)

New England Tech has recently completed several significant projects:

  • The creation of an information technology workforce training initiative dedicated to meeting the 21st century information technology needs of the region’s employers.
  • Accreditation renewal by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
  • Expansion of NEIT’s nursing simulation laboratory making the college New England’s largest and most comprehensive health science education facility.
  • Working with the Town of East Greenwich and the State Department of Transportation, NEIT has completed two major transportation projects to assist with traffic flow in the campus area.
  • Since 2005, nearly 12,000 students have graduated from NEIT securing employment with more than 4,000 companies, 2000 of them in Rhode Island.
  • New England Tech is proud to begin its 75th year of operation and will mark this milestone with anniversary events throughout the year.

President Gouse concluded, “On behalf of our entire college community, I am pleased to announce this commitment to our students, faculty and staff. The first two phases in our campus development will represent a $250 million dollar investment in Rhode Island and our host community, East Greenwich. This economic development investment will place our college at the most advanced levels of workforce training for 21st century employment.”

Welcome, Paul Harden

Paul HardenPaul Harden is named Director of Transportation Technologies. Paul comes to NEIT with many years of experience in both the public and private sectors. He served the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) in various roles. Most recently, he was the Manager of Workforce Development and Business Services & Sector Lead for Marine Trades, where he assisted companies with workforce development, addressed operational and regulatory challenges, and developed training programs. In addition, Paul implemented over $15 million in workforce development grants for both large and small companies for training of new hires and the retraining of existing employees.

Prior to his position at RIEDC, Paul coordinated the state’s responsibilities for the America’s Cup World Series, overseeing public safety, logistics, transportation, and security for the event with over 30 public and private entities. Paul is also a partner in a Ford dealership in Camden, NY, where his company won Ford’s President’s Award for customer service and sales in 2010 and 2012.

Paul earned a MBA from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Hobart College. He serves on numerous boards and committees, including the Workforce Partnership of Greater R.I., the R.I. Marine Trades Association, the Northeast Economic Developers Association, the R.I. Hospitality Education Foundation, the Governor’s Commission on Disabilities Employment Committee, and the R.I. Disability Business Enterprise Committee.

New Student Club!

New Club

Join us for our Annual Transportation Technology Career Fair!

On Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 9:30 am to 12 pm the Career Services Office will be hosting its annual Transportation Technology Career Fair on the Access Road Campus – 101 Access Road, Warwick, RI 02886. This is a private event, open only to NEIT students and graduates, so take advantage of this great networking opportunity! Current students from all quarters are encouraged to attend. Be sure to have your resumes ready and to dress in appropriate business attire. If you have any questions, contact the Career Services Office at 401-739-5000 x3458.

List of companies scheduled to attend* as of January 29, 2015:

Boat Works of So. Windsor

Boch Automotive

Boston BoatWorks

Brewer Street Boatworks

Carriage House of New London Mercedes-Benz

Conanicut Marine Services

D & D Auto Body

Dejana Truck & Utility Company

Enterprise Rent-A-Car of RI

Flood Ford / Quick Lane

GEICO

General Dynamics Electric Boat

Hertz

Inskip’s Warwick Automall

Nationwide Insurance

Newport Shipyard

Oak Leaf Marina, Inc.

Orleans Auto Supply

Pep Boys

Rhode Island Air National Guard

State Auto Body

Tasca Automotive Group

TravelCenters of America

Wagner BMW of Shrewsbury

Wagner Mercedes of Shrewsbury

Wagner Audi of Shrewsbury

 

*Check back often for the most up-to-date list of attending companies.

Brewer Street Boatworks with NEIT students at the 2014 Transportation Technology Career Expo.

Brewer Street Boatworks with NEIT students at the 2014 Transportation Technology Career Expo.

Many companies bring display vehicles which makes for an exciting, interactive event!

Many companies bring display vehicles which makes for an exciting, interactive event!

New Automation Lab Is Now Open

New England Tech has collaborated with Rockwell Automation, Inc., Marlborough, Massachusetts division, in the development of a new automation lab for students enrolled in the college’s Bachelor of Science Degree program in Electrical Engineering Technology (ELT). Rockwell Automation’s personnel and New England Tech faculty worked together to procure the equipment needed to create six new work stations. Through hands-on learning, students will acquire the high tech automation and process control skills required in the manufacturing industry.  

NEIT has also added the Instron 5982 Advanced Mechanical Testing System to train students in the Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technologies. Using this equipment, students can evaluate mechanical properties of materials and components used in a variety of industries such as automotive, aerospace, and major highway/bridge construction. 

For more information on New England Tech’s over 40 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and online degree programs, call 800-736-7744, 401-467-7744, or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu