R.I. company’s product line close to becoming reality

VIRTUAL REALITY: Nexperience, which just opened in the Warwick Mall, allows people to try and buy their new virtual reality software. Pictured from left to right is Sean Couepel, Aaron James, Tayla Manson, Jack Kayrouz and Alan Caprio. Photo from The Warwick Beacon – Kelcy Dolan

New England Tech is Game Development and Video Game Design students have enjoyed their time interning for Nexperience and have found it to be a very rewarding experience.  Today’s start up could be the next Apple and these students are getting an opportunity to contribute at the ground level.

From The Providence Journal:

Shoppers at Warwick Mall get to test virtual reality software produced by Nexperience

By BARBARA POLICHETTI JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

WARWICK — The Warwick Mall carousel, tried and true with its poised steeds, had its fair share of riders Sunday as a gray day drew people indoors.

But some bypassed the merry-go-round and found a very different kind of ride when they stopped at a new kiosk in the mall that showcases the virtual reality software of a new Rhode Island-based company that hopes to make a name for itself.

Nexperience opened its kiosk — or “tech pod” — a couple of days ago to give people a chance to try out the virtual reality experiences it is creating.

People were invited to have a seat, pop on a special mask and headphones and then hop on a stomach-lurching roller-coaster ride through prehistoric terrain or take a more relaxing option and glide past the planets.

“Whoa!,” was the most frequently uttered exclamation as people grabbed the edge of their seats as they gazed into the electronic goggles that had them believing that they were being hurled about on a wild roller-coaster ride.

“Oh my goodness, it was so life-like,” said Staci Kolb, of East Greenwich, after she had watched her 11-year-old son, Christopher, laugh his way through the ride.”

“I felt like I had to hold onto the chair,” said Kolb, who also tried out the virtual ride.

“It was really like being on a roller coaster,” said Christopher, who then asked his mom if they could buy one.

Soon, but not yet.

Aaron James, one of three Rhode Islanders who recently launched Nexperience, said that the company hopes to have its virtual reality products for sale soon and predicts that they will be “hot items” come Christmas.

The company creates the visuals and the software that is teamed up with a special headset created by another company, Oculus.

James said that although Nexperience is new, its goals are big and potential product line limitless.

Virtual reality games are a first option because fun is a great way to introduce people to the technology, said Kevin Murphy of East Greenwich, who along with James and Eric Hall is a founding member of the company.

He was at the mall Sunday watching his 7-year-old daughter, Mary Grace, giggle as she “rode” the volcanic roller coaster over and over.

“It’s just like watching her play with blocks or a ball for the first time,” he said. “There is that sense of awe.”

James and Murphy said that beyond games, they have other plans for the technology. The virtual reality experience has many uses in education, they said, and also in job training.

Sensors put on participants can track how they respond to different scenarios, James said, noting that he thinks that Nexperience is capable of developing effective training software for firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other “first responders.”

The company currently has work space at the Hatch Entrepreneurial Center in Providence and is staffed by five employees, who are augmented by more than a dozen interns from the New England Institute of Technology.

James said that the company is seeking corporate sponsors and plans to launch an Internet fundraising drive shortly.

“From education to entertainment, there really are an infinite number of possibilities,” Murphy said.

 

Career Services upcoming Career Fairs

8-Tech Career ExpoThese events are NOT open to the public.  They are OPEN to all current students and New England Tech Alumni.

Summer Quarter:

Vet Tech Career Fair:Tuesday, September 16, (week 9) Time: 9:30 – 11:30 am

Location:Post Rd. Student Lounge

(Open to all current students and alumni for VET)

 

Fall Quarter:

Health Sciences Career Fair: Monday – October 20, (week 3) 9:30 am – 12:00 noon (?)

Location: Tech Way 3rd floor

(Open to all current students and alumni for RC, OTA, MSOT, PTA, NUR, CMA, ST, HIM, HCM)

SAMI Makes a Splash

Instructor Todd Sposato (left) with student David Luccier

Instructor Todd Sposato (left) with student David Luccier

The Official Launch of New England Tech’s Shipbuilding/Marine Trades and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) was nothing short of a great success. Held on Monday, July 21, 2014, at the Post Road campus, NEIT’s administration, faculty and staff were joined by Rhode Island’s congressional delegation, SAMI industry partners, and other invited guests. SAMI is funded in part by a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, a $440,000 grant from the RI Governor’s Workforce Board, and a $50,000 award from the Rhode Island Foundation.

Student Philip DeLuca

Student Philip DeLuca

SAMI was established to provide Rhode Island employers with a pipeline of skilled workers in the shipbuilding and advanced manufacturing industries. NEIT staff worked closely with employers to develop evaluation curricula, training programs, and laboratories designed to provide eligible unemployed Rhode Island residents with the skills needed to enter the workforce. To date, 90% of the program completers are working in jobs with the following employers: General Dynamics/Electric Boat, Blount Boats, Senesco Marine, Aerotek Staffing Agency, Guill Manufacturing, R.I. Carbide Tool, Pilgrim Screw Company, Maro Display Company, Swissline Precision and Porter Machine.

Student Edward Vazquez (left) with Congressman David Cicilline

Student Edward Vazquez (left) with Congressman David Cicilline

Steve Kitchin, New England Tech’s Vice President for Corporate Education and Training, served as the Master of Ceremonies. Guest speakers included Senator Jack Reed; Senator Sheldon Whitehouse; Congressman James Langevin; Congressman David Cicilline; Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian; Sean Davies, Facility Manager at Electric Boat; and SAMI graduate, Donnie Daniel, Jr. Before closing the program, a submarine prototype built by SAMI students was christened by NEIT’s Senior Vice President, Cheryl Connors. SAMI facility tours were also conducted.

Senior Vice President, Cheryl Connors christened the submarine prototype built by SAMI students.

Senior Vice President, Cheryl Connors christened the submarine prototype built by SAMI students.

Since the SAMI launch, more than 100 individuals have inquired about the training programs. For more information, visit www.SAMIRI.org or call 401-467-7744 ext. 3700.

NEIT Expands Hands-on Training in Engineering Technology Programs

EAST GREENWICH, RI – New England Institute of Technology has added to its extensive equipment inventory in the engineering technology department with high-tech systems used in industry to provide enhanced hands-on training to students in the college’s Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technologies. Today’s employers are seeking highly skilled technicians in the manufacturing and engineering fields. The Instron 5982 Advanced Mechanical Testing System will give students the opportunity to evaluate mechanical properties of materials and components used in a variety of industries.

Typically found in commercial settings, the Instron 5982 is utilized in many industries, such as automotive, aerospace, and major highway/bridge construction, to test materials used in manufacturing various products. The most common uses of such mechanical testing systems are for tensile (pulling), compression (crushing), bend, peel, shear, tear and cyclic tests to determine the best material to use to manufacture a product.  NEIT added the Instron 5982 to its lab equipment inventory so that engineering technology students in both the associate and bachelor’s degree programs are trained on state-of-the-art equipment, making these individuals highly sought after by today’s employers in the manufacturing and construction fields.

NEIT’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs, including Civil Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology.

More Information | Apply Now

Contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu

 

 

 

Temporary Closures of Route 2 at I-95 Overpass

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has announced plans and dates to close a nearby section of Route 2 (Quaker Lane/South County Trail), both northbound and southbound, on four separate occasions beginning Tuesday, August 19, that will affect travel to NEIT’s  East Greenwich (EG) Campus.  This plan will allow RIDOT to replace the I-95 bridges that span Route 2 with new bridge structures that have recently been assembled on adjacent sites.

The following provides (1) SUGGESTED ROUTES as to how to avoid the construction and road closures and (2) PLANNED DATES OF THE CONSTRUCTION as provided by the Department of Transportation (RIDOT). For additional or updated information about this project visit RIDOT’s website at http://www.dot.ri.gov/.) SUGGESTED ROUTES:  Here are some suggested “work arounds” to facilitate your travel to the EG Campus. (If you live nearby and walk to NEIT using Route 2 in that area, please see the last suggestion.) Traveling Southbound on Route 95:  take Exit 9 (the left-hand exit onto the Route 4 ‘split’) and take the first exit (Exit 8) “Division Road” then take a left at the light at the end of the ramp (opposite the Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant).  Travel along Division Road until you cross Route 2. Traveling Northbound on Route 95:  You would continue to take exit 8A onto Route 2 South, as this exit will remain open at all times.  Alternatively, you could take Exit 7 off of Route 95, to avoid possible construction delays as you approach Route 2. From Exit 7 (New London Turnpike.) take a right.  New London Turnpike ends at Division Road.  Take a left onto Division Road to reach NEIT. Traveling Southbound on Route 2 (South County Trail/Quaker Lane):  DON’T!  If you haven’t already identified an alternate approach, RIDOT will detour you onto I-95 South at the ramp just beyond Cardi’s Furniture on Route 2, then to Exit 7 (New London Turnpike).  From there, take a left onto New London Turnpike, then either take a left onto the ramp for I-95 North to Exit 8-A (the continuation of Route 2 South after a 5-mile detour) or take a left where New London Turnpike turns onto Division Road, as described in the example above.  The Division Road option is a mile longer but may be quicker, depending on construction traffic. Another option from Quaker Lane is to take Cowesett Road, heading east, to Love Lane in Warwick.  At the end of Love Lane, turn right onto Division Street.  Division Street then merges into Division Road at the stop sign.  Continue west on Division Road to NEIT. Walking on Route 2: Contact the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) Flex Bus Service to request transportation by a Flex Bus to the NEIT campus. This service is by reservation only, with 48 hours notice (not including Saturday and Sunday) required. Information about RIPTA’s Flex Bus service can be found at http://www.ripta.com/flex-service.  PLANNED DATES OF THE CONSTRUCTION: Route 2, both north and south, at the overpass carrying I-95 traffic, will be closed on four separate dates in August, as follows:

  • Tuesday, August 19 – starting at 10:00 p.m. - through Wednesday morning commute August 20
  • Friday, August 22 – starting at noontime – through afternoon commute
  • Sunday, August 24 – starting at 7:00 a.m. – until 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 26 – starting at 9:00 p.m. – through 3:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 27

The Wednesday (8/20) morning commute and the Friday (8/22) afternoon commute would be of most concern to members of the NEIT community and to visitors to the EG Campus. 

During these construction periods, traffic on I-95 will experience lane shifts, with both northbound and southbound traffic using one bridge while the other is being replaced.

Getting people back to work

Great blog and video from The Rhode Island Foundation about our new SAMI program.

On Monday, July 21st the New England Institute of Technology officially announced its Shipbuilding and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI).

Catch up with students and faculty in this video from our Digital Reporter Connie Grosch.

For more on this visit: Rhode Island Foundation Blog | Getting people back to work.

Occupational Therapy Faculty Earn Doctorates

Randall Fedoruk and Joanne Jones

Randall Fedoruk and Joanne Jones

Associate Professor Randall Fedoruk and Assistant Professor Joanne Jones of the Occupational Therapy Department recently  earned their Doctorates of Occupational Therapy. They attended the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, located in Provo, Utah. Dr. Fedoruk specialized in pediatrics, while Dr. Jones pursued the general track. Both are committed to promote evidence-based and occupation based practice within the OTA and MSOT programs at NEIT. Congratulations to Dr. Fedoruk and Dr. Jones for this outstanding accomplishment.

 

Full steam ahead for Steamship Society of America’s new home

Former NEIT library building at Post Road campus gets new purpose, as Steamship Historical Society.

From The Providence Journal:

Matthew Schulte, executive director of the Steamship Historical Society of America, shows off a model of the steamship Franconia at the organization’s new headquarters on Post Road in Warwick, that will include a reference facility and museum.

There was a time when steamships ruled the oceans.With fires stoked with coal, giant boilers generated the steam necessary to power huge ships such as the Titanic, the Carpathia and the Queen Mary as they sailed the globe.

Gallery: Steamship Historical Society moves to Warwick

As the 20th century progressed, however, the internal combustion engine began to edge out steam as the predominant power source for transportation.

Knowing that steam technology was waning, a group of historians and steamship aficionados gathered in a garage in West Barrington in the mid-1930s and also met with kindred spirits in New York city.

Their goal was to celebrate and preserve the history of steamships and the technology that had humble beginnings on riverboats dating to the late 18th century.

The Steamship Historical Society of America was born with founding members that included knowledgeable maritime historians such as William King Covell of Newport and art collector Elwin M. Eldredge of New York City.Over the years, they were able to amass an impressive collection of artifacts, photographs and art, and attract about 2,500 members in 15 countries.But until now, the nonprofit organization has never had one home for all its collection.

On Tuesday, Matthew Schulte, executive director of the society, and Mayor Scott Avedisian announced that the historical society is in the process of moving into the former library building of the New England Institute of Technology at 2500 Post Rd.

Calling the roughly 8,000-square-foot space “perfect,” Schulte said the historical group plans to create exhibits for the public plus have enough room for researchers to pore through its extensive archives, which include ships’ schematics, brochures and other information from famous steamship lines such as Cunard and White Star.

“The plan to consolidate into one building has been in the works for a decade,” society president Erik Ryan said in a statement. “Our library in was in Baltimore for 30 years but closed in 2006. Our maritime arts collection is in storage in New York. Now they will come together along with thousands of photographs, ephemera and artifacts and our professional staff all under one roof.”

Avedisian, who helped the society connect with New England Tech, said it is a perfect fit for the city, not only because Warwick is a coastline community, but also because he is committed to attracting “historic and cultural organizations to our city.”

via Full steam ahead for Steamship Society of America’s new home in Warwick | News – Rhode Island news right now | Providence Journal.

Alumni Golf Tournament: A Win-Win Situation

Flagship Staffing - 1st Place a

1st Place Winners Flagship Staffing

On Monday, July 14, 2014, 146 players headed to the links at the Alpine Country Club in Cranston for the 5th Annual New England Tech Alumni Golf Tournament. Thanks to the support and dedication of the golf sponsors, players, committee members, and volunteers, proceeds from the tournament to benefit the NEIT Scholarship Fund exceeded its goal.

Special thanks to the tournament’s Honorary Co-Chairs for the second consecutive year, Terry Regan, President of Regan Heating and Air Conditioning, and Vin Rossi, NEIT graduate and President of Rossi Electric. The financial support of the many sponsors and raffle prize donors greatly contributed to the financial success of this tournament.

According to Joan Segerson, NEIT’s Director of Development and Alumni Relations, the tournament raised nearly $85,000. Joan stated, “Because of the success of this event, we are all so thrilled to contribute the net proceeds to the NEIT Scholarship Fund. The generosity of the many people involved with this tournament will offer our students in financial need the opportunity to continue with their studies.”

Many New England Tech faculty and staff volunteered their time and talent to help ensure the success of this most important event. Thanks to the 2014 Golf Committee members: Cheryl Booker, Bob Goulet, Melissa Hague, Michael Hayes, Bob Kennedy, Cathy Kennedy, Steve Kitchin, Phil Marks, Bill Menard, Leslie Peck, Joan Segerson, Doug Sherman, and Bob Theroux. Tournament day ran smoothly with the additional help of the 2014 volunteers: Karen Arnold, Caitlin Beagan, Pat Blakemore, Roberta Hayes, Cheryl MacDonald, Michelle Paiva, Anne Ryan, and Carole Stiles.

2nd Place Winners Shawmut Design and Construction

2nd Place Winners Shawmut Design and Construction

3rd Place Winners Saccoccio & Associates

3rd Place Winners Saccoccio & Associates

2014 ALUMNI GOLF TOURNAMENT SPONSORS

PLATINUM SPONSOR
Regan Heating and Air Conditioning

TITANIUM SPONSOR
Rossi Electric Company, Inc.

DINNER SPONSOR
Shawmut Design & Construction

GOLD SPONSOR
DiFazio Site Corp.

SILVER SPONSORS
Adler Pollock & Sheehan PC
Atrion Networking Corporation
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Chartwells
DiPrete Engineering Associates, Inc.
DiSanto Priest & Co.
Ruggieri Brothers, Inc. /Synet

BRONZE SPONSORS
Anodyne Corp.
Delta Dental of RI, Inc.
Dennis F. Leonardo Builders, Inc.
Liberty Mutual Insurance
Roney & Labinger LLC
TD Bank
United Health

CART SPONSOR
Portfolio Strategy Group

Grille/Lunch Sponsor
RICOH USA, Inc

HAT SPONSOR
WB Mason

PRINT SPONSOR
OmniColor

HOLE-IN-ONE SPONSOR
Inskip-BMW

PRIZE DONATIONS
Alpine Country Club
American First Aid
AMPM Facility Service
Arrow Florist
Bob Goulet
Burns Tools
Cardi’s Furniture
Cat Country 98.1
Cathy Kennedy
Clear Channel
Cox Media
Cumulus/Providence
Dr. Mario Andretti
Doug Sherman
Michael Flanagan
Eleven Forty Nine
Entercom Boston
Garland Writing Instruments
Haxton’s
Karen Arnold
Lindenmeyr Munroe
L’Osteria
Michael Flanagan
Ocean Spray
Patricia Blakemore
Pawsox
PBruins
Pranzi
Sharon Charette
Snap-On
Swansea Country Club
The CW Providence
Tree House Tavern & Bistro
WBRU
WJAR-Channel 10
WPRI – Media

IN-KIND SPONSORS

Chartwells
Foley Food Service
Ocean Spray and George DaCosta

2014 TEE SPONSORS
Action Auto Parts
AFLAC/Phillips & Associates
AMPM Facility Services
Big Blue Bug Solutions
Checkmate Consulting Group
Crown Supply Company
Design Fabricators
East Greenwich Rotary
Electrical Wholesalers, Inc.
Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC
Gulf Electricity
Herff Jones
Industrial Welders Supply
J.J. McNamara
Ocean Spray
Plantasia Interiors
Protech Automotive Services LLC
Reynolds, Inc.
Rhode Island Cleaning Services, Inc.
RIBI Security
Rice Machinery
Saccoccio & Associates, Inc.
Shawmut Metal
Target Direct Marketing, Inc.
TCI Printing

Congratulations, Lisa Reed

Lisa Reed TTSurgical Technology Professor and Department Chair Lisa S. Reed, CST, RN, MS, CNOR, CPEHR, CPHIT, has been recognized by the Fellows of the Association of Surgical Technologists (F.A.S.T.). The Association of Surgical Technologists (AST) awards this recognition only to those surgical technologists whose professional activities have been devoted to the practice of surgical technology, and who abide by the AST Code of Ethics and standards of practice. Individuals awarded the F.A.S.T. commit and adhere to these ethics and standards of practice.

The F.A.S.T. began in 2006 as an opportunity to recognize surgical technologists who have achieved the highest professional standards. Congratulations to Lisa for her continued commitment to the field of surgical technology.