NEIT Automotive Department Chair talks Consumer Reports Vehicle Rankings

New England Tech’s Transportation Technologies Department Chair, Paul Harden was recently interviewed by WPRO’s Gene Valicenti about Emission Scandal and Consumer Reports Vehicle Rankings recently.

Below is Paul’s interview with Gene Valicenti, which aired on February 24, 2016.

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New England Tech Ranked One of the Best Small Colleges

DegreeMatch.org-2015-Awards-Best-ISTP-Match-300x252Exciting News from DegreeMatch.org:

New England Institute of Technology has been identified as having one of the best small colleges for ISTP Myers-Briggs personality types in our recent ranking. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Test (MBTI) is the most common personality measure in the United States. A student with the ISTP personality type is someone who is creative, optimistic, and loves to work with their hands.

The ranking considered overall cost of attendance, student to faculty ratio, inclusion on notable lists, ranking by U.S. News and World Report, and number of ISTP areas of study.

New England Institute of Technology has been ranked as #15.

This ranking highlights the top 30 small colleges for those with an ISTP personality.

About ISTP Personality Types

The ISTP Personality is referred to as “the Virtuoso” and considered an Explorer. These are people who love to explore the world with their hands. They are “makers” who love to move between projects and take things apart to see how they work. From a very early age, this Myers-Briggs personality type loves to tinker. Some of their best attributes include their optimism, energy, creativity, practicality, knowing how to prioritize tasks; they are excellent in a crisis and remain relaxed at all times. To some they may seem “simple” or not highly intelligent, but this is NOT often the case. This blend of traits makes for a very enigmatic person who can also be spontaneous and unpredictable. Some of their potential negative attributes include being stubborn, insensitive, reserved, easily bored, disliking commitment and sometimes even engaging in risky behavior. Some of the best ISTP jobs include mechanic, engineering, graphic design, forensic science, construction, farming, emergency medicine and landscape architect.

#15 – New England Institute of Technology – East Greenwich, Rhode Island

New England Institute of technology Best College for ISTP PersonalityPoints: 11
University Website

The New England Institute of Technology is a leader in technical career training in southeastern New England. The institute is a private, non-profit technical college offering associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and online degrees in more than 40 programs. Each program has been specifically designed based upon contribution from both educators and industry experts. The focus at New England Tech is to “give each student a solid balance: a base of analytical skills with hands-on training.” Most of the bachelor’s degree programs can be completed in as little as 3 years. There are several options for the ISTP personality type at all levels. There are several available associate’s degree options. At the bachelor’s level, the following ISTP degree options are available:

The following graduate level programs are also offered:

  1. Master of Science in Construction Management
  2. Online Master of Science Degree in Construction Management

Cost of Attendance: $23,814
Overall School Accreditation:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
Enrollment: 2,841
Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1
US News and World Report Ranking:
#140 Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs
Inclusion on the Following National Ranking Lists:
Complex.com: The 10 Best Trade Schools in America for Aspiring Mechanics – Ranked #7
ISTP Majors: More than 5

AutoCad: Content Explore

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

This feature allows for quick searches for design content, (Layers,

This feature allows for quick searches for design content, (Layers, Linetypes Blocks, Text and Dimension Styles…) once the content is found it then can be inserted into the active drawing. Search parameters can be saved for quick reuse.

Where to access Content Explorer command: Ribbon: Add-ins tab / Content panel / Explore button to open the Content Explorer

Ribbon: Add-ins tab / Content panel / Explore button to open the Content Explorer

Pallet. This will open the Content Explorer Pallet.

Ribbon Location

Command Line: type in

Command: CONTENTEXPLORER

This will open the Content Explorer Pallet.

Content Explorer Dialog box

Command: CONTENTEXPLORERCLOSEThis will close the Content Explorer Pallet.

This will close the Content Explorer Pallet.Step 1: path out to the directories / folders to search in. (as many as desired)

Step 1: path out to the directories / folders to search in. (as many as desired)

Step 2: Search for content within an entire directory:

Items can be brought in by a Right Click over the item / select the Insert option from the pop-up window or by Pick, Hold and drag the item into the active drawing.

        This example demonstrates a Block (Door) being brought into the active drawing.

Step 3: Search within one specific Drawing:

          This example demonstrates a Layer being brought into the active drawing.

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Business Management Students Hold Alumni Panel Discussion

Business Management AlumniThird-quarter Business Management students in their Management Practice Lab 1 planned an end-of-quarter event–a panel discussion, where NEIT Business Management alumni were invited to share their success stories and advice with current  MGT students. Students in the lab were divided into two teams, each with a project manager, who assigned various tasks  to their teams from booking a room in which to host the event, devising a list of people to invite, to writing the biographies of the panelists and the thank-you letters to send to the panelists after the event.

Among the panelists was Yrleni (Leni) Garciaadministrative assistant in the Automotive Technology at NEIT. A  Phi Theta Kappa honor society member, who is working towards her bachelor’s degree at NEIT, Leni received her associate from New England Institute of Technology in 2002. Employed at NEIT for nine years, her job includes working for three departments, which she says while hectic at times, is extremely rewarding. Leni stressed the importance of image, from the way you speak to the way you dress. She advised the students to keep a “business management attitude” at all times.

Suzanne Caldeira, vice president of Shamrock Financial, graduated from NEIT with her associate degree in business management in 1994. In her position as a mortgage broker, she helps buyers obtain financing to purchase various types of homes as well as to refinance existing properties. When asked what the most rewarding part of her job was, her answer was simple, “Changing people’s lives. Buying a home is a dream to many people.”  She is excited to be a part of that dream. When asked for advice about entering the workforce, her answer resonated with all the students, “Don’t see failure as a failure; see it as a step forward.”

Keith Thompson earned his bachelor degree from NEIT in 2008 and works as an IT Training and Development Specialist in the Computing & Information Services at Brown University. Keith, understanding the value of education, earned his Professional Training Certification from Bryant University, as well as an ITTL Foundation Certification in IT Service Management in 2013. In 2014, he went online to earn an Instructional Design Certification from University of Wisconsin-Stout. Keith is presently pursuing an MSE in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout (online). He hopes to one day return to NEIT to teach, providing the students with the valuable education that was given to him.

When asked how the MGT curriculum prepared him, he responded, “The foundation prepares you for anything; it depends on how hungry you are. Anyone can get a degree, it’s what you do with it.” Keith went on to ask the audience, “By a show of hands, how many of you are afraid of what’s next?” All the students in the audience raised their hands, and he responded, “If you’re not afraid, your dreams are not big enough! You’re all where you should be.”

Paul Pinto, vice president of Client Engagement for Atrion Networking Corporation, earned his bachelor degree from NEIT in 2005. Paul said the biggest rookie mistake graduates can make when entering the workforce is to “take opportunity for granted.” He also gave valuable advice about going through the interview process. He said, “Presentation! First impressions are important. Convey what’s important to you, and let the potential employer know what you bring to the workplace. Be yourself! Do your homework, and know the company. Know where you see yourself in the future.” He went on to say, “Things don’t happen overnight; be disciplined. Take steps every single day to get to your goal and measure it.”

Bob Larrabeesenior account executive in the Center for Technology and Industry at New England Institute of Technology, graduated in 2006 from NEIT with a bachelor’s degree in MGT. When he was asked what the most rewarding part of his job was, he told the audience that seeing students come to NEIT, learn skills, earn a degree, gain confidence, and ultimately become employed is the biggest reward of all.

MGT students were impressed with the panelists’ stories, which gave them insight into what’s next for them once they earn their degrees.

AutoCAD: Dimreassociate / Reassociate

Written by Cindra Drowne-Walsh

Not a highly used command but good to know to keep your drawings technically on track with functions and features that AutoCAD offers. 

Reassociate / Dimreassociate is the command that connects (Associate) or disconnects (Disassociate) dimensions to the geometry. One of the greatest features that AutoCAD offers is the association between Dimensions and Geometry. With this association when you update the geometry the dimensions update automatically. So there is no reason to modify a Dimension to “fudge” in a number, modify the geometry and the Dimension will updates.

Where to locate this Command:

From the Command Line:

Command: DIMREASSOCIATE ↵ (Enter)

Select dimensions to reassociate

Select objects or [Disassociated]: (select the dimension to be associated) 1 found

Select objects or [Disassociated]: ↵ (Enter)

Specify first extension line origin or [Select object] <next>: (select where the First extension line placement is wanted)

Specify second extension line origin <next>: (select where the Second extension line placement is wanted)

Command: (the command completes itself so no Enter is require and you are ready to start with the next command.)

*Anything in the color RED is my added input you will not see this on the command line.

From the Ribbon:

Associate tab – Dimension Panel – Associate Button.

Ribbon 2

The Command line prompts are the same as if they were Typed in as the above example.

Below is a quick example of how the Reassociate / Dimreassociate command works:

*note this command also offers the revers of Associate [Disassociate] if you want to take the association of the dimension to the geometry off.

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33 robotics teams compete in FIRST R.I. Championship at NEIT

New England Tech is proud to support FIRST Robotics because it is so much more than robots.

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From the Providence Journal

Patrick Anderson
Journal Staff Writer

WARWICK — Months of fundraising, planning and community events completed, Saturday was all about the robots.

Dozens of the metal-armed machines, middle and high school students at their controls, wheeled their way across the floor of the host New England Institute of Technology’s automotive center in an all-day competition as confusing to the uninitiated as the circuits that power the robots.

They scooped up rubber balls. They climbed obstacle-strewn ramps. Sometimes they flipped over.

And for the 10th straight year, a select few teams — Rhode Rage 1 from Aquidneck Island Robotics, the Westerly Bulldogs from Westerly High and North Robotics from North Kingstown High — earned a spot in the FIRST Tech Challenge’s regional finals in March against teams from up and down the East Coast.

“It is getting more challenging every year: more teams, more kids on each team and the games are different every year,” said Rick Powell, team mentor for North Kingstown High School’s three entrants in the FIRST Rhode Island Championship.

Over the last 20 years, school robotics has grown from a science class novelty to an educational phenomenon, with competitions in every state, teams in most school districts and students spending hours after school preparing for events.

And while engineering still lies at the heart of most robotics contests, the teams have become more than a refuge for tinkerers.

Within North Kingstown’s teams are building groups, software groups, design groups (for the logo) and “notebook” groups that record everything, Powell said.

The 33 teams that made it to the state finals Saturday — another 23 were eliminated in three preliminary rounds — represent 24 schools and extracurricular groups with different resources and robotics histories.

Source: 33 robotics teams compete in FIRST R.I. Championship at NEIT

NEIT Launches Super Bowl Ad Campaign

TommyDeNucciCampaign features accomplished filmmaker and New England Tech graduate Tommy DeNucci

East Greenwich, RI – New England Institute of Technology has launched a new ad campaign featuring notable alumnus and accomplished filmmaker, Tommy DeNucci. The university will run a 30-second spot during the Sunday, February 7 Super Bowl, and has begun running 15-second teaser ads leading up to the big game. The 30-second ad will not be unveiled until Super Bowl Sunday, but the university has released a three-minute film narrated by DeNucci, that tells the story of how he went “from New England Tech to Hollywood.”

“Tommy has a great story–the kind of success story we are proud of and we want to showcase,” stated Richard Gouse, President of New England Institute of Technology. “Tommy has credited New England Tech with giving him the skills and the confidence to thrive in the film industry.  That’s our mission. We help equip our students with the skills needed to succeed in the real world. We have a network of successful alumni across a wide array of industries and fields. Our graduates have gone on to become successful video game designers, filmmakers, IT technicians, 3D printing experts, engineers, nurses, occupational therapists, architects, police officers, and much more. We want to tell these stories, and what better platform than an ad during the Super Bowl.”

DeNucci, a Cranston, Rhode Island resident and 2005 graduate of New England Tech, has achieved great success in the film industry. An accomplished writer, actor, and director, he has been involved in the production of over fifteen feature films, including the upcoming Vinny Paz movie, which was directed by Martin Scorsese. He wrote, directed, and starred in a film that is now featured on Netflix and just finished directing a feature length film in Los Angeles.

The Super Bowl ad will run on WPRI, Channel 12, in the Rhode Island media market.

To view the three-minute film, visit www.neit.edu/tom

U.S. News & World Report Ranks NEIT Online Programs #1 in RI

East Greenwich, RI – U.S. News & World Report released its 2016 Best Online Programs on January 12, 2016, a resource used by millions of domestic and international students to compare the academic quality of more than 1,200 bachelor’s and master’s level distance degree programs offered at colleges and universities across the country.  Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), announced that the university has earned the No.1 spot in Rhode Island for its online bachelor’s degree programs and was ranked 3rd in New England as well as 49th nationally.

For the fifth year, the U.S. News Best Online Programs report is used by students and working adults seeking online education programs to complete their degree or advance their career while maintaining a flexible schedule that suits their lifestyle. Prospective students search the directory to explore factors such as program offerings, tuition, and online services.

To be considered in the bachelor level rankings, only degree-granting programs offered predominately online at regionally accredited colleges and universities are reviewed. The various methodologies used are based on such factors as faculty credentials and training, student services and technology, and student engagement. For more information on the Best Online Program rankings and methodologies, visit www.usnews.com/online.

“Online learning is becoming an integral part of higher education, and consumers are hungry for information related to legitimate online degrees,” said Anita Narayan, managing editor of Education at U.S. News. “The Best Online Programs rankings can help prospective students begin their search for a program that suits both their academic and career goals, as well as their work and family schedules.”

About U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report is a global digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Travel, Cars and News & Opinion, www.usnews.com provides consumer advice, rankings, news and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. 30 million people visit www.usnews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

About New England Institute of Technology

Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit, technical college with an enrollment of more than 3,000 students and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. Founded in 1940, New England Tech now offers more than 50 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and online degree programs.  For more information, visit www.neit.edu or contact the Admissions office at 800-736-7744 or by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu.

AutoCAD: Area command quicker than bringing out the calculator

Written by: Cindra Drowne-Walsh

The Area command calculates both the perimeter and area of your selections.

Points in space, points on geometry or selecting Objects to calculate the area is done easily within AutoCAD.

Where to access the Area command:

Command Line: type in MEASUREGEOM ↵ (Enter) or AREA will also work

Area 1

Ribbon: Home tab – Utilities panel – Measure drop down – Area.

Area 2

The Breakdown of the Area options: Area 3

Object: Select this when you have an entity such as a Circle, Ellipses, closed Polylines,

Polygon, a closed Entity. Not when you will be selecting individual point on the screen. This must also be selected after both the Add and Subtract area options if you will be selecting a closed entity.

Add area: Select this when you will be calculation more than one area at a time or when you want to subtract and area form the previously selected area.

Subtract area: This is selected after you have added in all areas to be added. This will remove (subtract) the areas selected from the Added areas.

Exit: Brings you into the other Utilities options:

Area 4

*When selecting objects with anything other than straight lines (such as Arcs or Splines) the geometry must be turned into a polyline (Edit Polyline command) – then the Object option may be used. When using the Area command with selecting points this only allows straight line selections.

Examples:

A: Object

Area 5

B: Points

Area 6a

Area 6b

Area 6c

C: Add and Subtract:

Start with the larger geometry to Add / Object options (select the larger Geometry) Enter when done – then within the same session of the command select Subtract / Object options (select the smaller object to be removed from the area) Enter when done. *Place a Rectangle or create a Polyline so there will be an Object to select

Notice the in the Command line the Total area decreases as each column is selected.

AutoCAD’s visuals are great the GREEN area is the Area being Added and Pink area is the Area being Subtracted.

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NEIT lab puts charge in student training – Providence Business News

Fantastic story from the Providence Business News about how New England Tech is training students for today’s manufacturing jobs.

STATE OF THE ART: New England Institute of Technology assistant professor Michael Eggeman and NEIT sophomore Gillian Eminger of Scituate examine the FMS- 200 in the newly completed automation lab for the school’s electrical engineering program. PBN PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Source: NEIT lab puts charge in student training – Providence Business News

(Updated Jan. 19)

Stephen Koester, 23, prepared last fall to intern this academic quarter at the Providence office of Woodard & Curran, by using equipment in New England Institute of Technology’s updated electrical engineering lab.

The Portland, Maine-based environmental engineering firm is one of a handful that has a longstanding relationship with the school and hiring NEIT graduates, said NEIT alum and Woodard & Curran controls engineer Jeff Souza.

“When we go to the job fair, we look for people with good technical background [and] hands-on experience,” Souza said. “The equipment in the new lab is very up to date. The graduates come in and can do more things than graduates from other programs at other schools right off the bat.”

Launched about four years ago, the revamped Electrical Engineering Industrial Automation Lab has been upgraded with equipment to give practical, real-world experience, said assistant professor Michael Eggeman. Koester, a senior, has used the lab and is eager to see what he can do.

“We got to see the different type of controllers, like the Proportional Integral Derivative, [in which] the system tries to recalibrate back to a set point number,” explained Koester, likening the effect to that on a cruise-control system in a car. “The lab has a lot of up-to-date, relevant technology; it just gets us more used to what we might see when we graduate.”

NEIT installed equipment for the lab’s second phase of development last spring, and Koester was one of the first students to use a so-called process-control training rig, in which he and his peers could learn how to control the pressure, flow and level of fluids.

While the students use water in the hands-on lessons for safety, the control rig has applicability in such areas as pharmaceuticals and water treatment systems, where chemicals are used, Eggeman said.

About 50 students a year are enrolled in NEIT’s 18-month electrical engineering bachelor’s degree program, which is undertaken following completion of the 18-month electrical technology associate degree, the professor said.

In addition to the process control training rig, Eggeman said, there are six workstations that give hands-on experience, and four others called the Flexible Manufacturing System, or FMS 200.

Up and running in fall 2014, the six workstations provide real equipment, like a motor, for instance, instead of so-called “trainer cases,” which hold devices in a suitcase-like container and only simulate the effect of correct electrical engineering coding.

So, when a student correctly writes and programs electrical code to control the function of a pump or motor, instead of a light turning on the way it does in a trainer case to show it’s working properly, the pump or motor at a workstation will kick into action, he said.

While the trainer cases are still in use, Eggeman said, “Slowly but surely, we’re rolling the workstations into the classes and the curriculum.”

Students also learn how to communicate over several industrial automation networks.

Built about eight years ago, the FMS 200 more realistically simulates the manufacturing environment in which component pieces are assembled into a final, though still simulated, product. It is used primarily for troubleshooting exercises by testing for 48 different potential bugs, Eggeman said.

Originally located on the Warwick campus, these stations were underutilized by associate degree students and consequently moved to the East Greenwich campus in early 2015, he said.

“It completed the lab,” he explained. “It allowed us to have a system in there so I could go in as the instructor and flip a couple of switches behind a locked door and all of a sudden the system doesn’t work anymore and students have to troubleshoot why.”

Eddie DiPasquale, 22, of Mahopac, N.Y., is an NEIT senior who has been writing code for programmable logic controllers, where a computer controls product production. The lab provides experience, not just textbook knowledge, he said.

“It gives you a real-world application in a classroom setting,” DiPasquale said. “We’re using equipment that gets used in the field. I think it gives us a competitive edge, because we actually get to use the equipment hands-on.”

Souza’s firm and Eric Freitas, president of the Control Automation Group in Warwick, say they’ve hired several NEIT graduates over the past few years. Souza has hired 20 for a staff that numbers about 40, while Freitas has hired five for a staff of about 20.

“All the components I use to design a machine, [NEIT students] are exposed to that in the lab, so they already know what it is and what it does,” Freitas said. •