You’re Getting Innovation All Wrong

If you think Innovation is only for Einstein, you’re wrong.  Innovation is about being finding a better, creative way to do ANYTHING!  Anyone can be innovative.  Let’s get creative.

From LinkedIn.com:

You’re Getting Innovation All Wrong

You hear the word “innovation” all the time these days, especially as it relates to competitive advantage. Most people just see innovation as a rare big bang. It’s a lot more than that.

In reality, innovation is a series of little steps that, cumulatively, lead up to a big deal that changes the game. Yet in so many companies today, everyone defaults to thinking, “Innovation… Einstein. Edison. Jobs.” “That’s for somebody else, some genius.”

The word just scares the bejesus out of everyone.

“I can’t innovate.”

“I can’t come up with a new theory of relativity or a new lightbulb or a new iPad. I’ll leave that for the crowd over there to do.”

That’s all the wrong headset. Organizations should make it their mission to reward every little incremental improvement their people make. There’s a saying we’ve been using for the past 15 years or so with all the companies we work with: “Find a better way every day.”

It’s not just a slogan, it’s an operating principle. You want to engage every single person on your team to find a better way. You want to champion them for doing it and make a celebration out of what they improve, whether it be a more efficient accounting system, launching a new customer program, or making a screw in a factory turn a little faster to make things run a little better. Those are the real innovations. And together, with every mind in the game, they are what makes a company competitive.

So when you think about innovation, don’t let it scare you. Don’t let it be a buzzword that isolates 10 people in your company while the other 90 sit on the sidelines, waiting for the innovators to innovate. You’ve got to make innovation everyone’s job, all the time.

via You’re Getting Innovation All Wrong | LinkedIn.

Inspiring young people in science and technology

It’s time this the people of this country celebrate inventors and engineers over athletes and movie stars.  That is how we will get young people to appreciate math and science more.

In 2012, the United States ranks 30th for math and 23rd for science regarding student performance as compared to other industrialized nations. Dean Kamen of FIRST, For Inspiration & Recognition of Science &Technology, discusses efforts to inspire young people to lead in science & technology.

New Scholarship Established

PMA

Special thanks to (from left): Bob Litchfield, PMA New England District Chair; Doug Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost at NEIT; Bob Dupuis, Regional Manager, Dayton Progress Corporation; John Rogers, PMA New England Secretary/Treasurer; Barbara Gallonio, PMA New England District Director; Ollie Silveira, PMA New England; Joe Palmer, PMA New England Program Chair.

NEIT is pleased to announce that the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) – New England District has generously established a $2500 scholarship in honor of Bob Dupuis, Regional Manager of Dayton Progress Corporation, a PMA member and training presenter for the Association boasting 27 years of experience in this industry. PMA is a full-service 900 member trade association representing the $113 billion metalforming industry in North America.

Based on established criteria, scholarships will be awarded to two outstanding NEIT Mechanical Engineering Technology students in the Associate in Science and Bachelor of Science degree programs. Precision Metalforming will participate in the selection process and awards ceremony held at NEIT in December, 2014.

 

Facts about 3D Printing

Facts About 3D Printing infographic

New material could make smartphones paper thin

This looks like really exciting new technology that could really change not only smartphones but could have endless possibilities!

From TheTechGets.com

We’ve been hearing about the potential of graphene in the electronics industry for years. Just last month, Samsung announced that it had discovered a new production method that could bring graphene to commercial products even sooner. Taking advantage of the material’s flexibility, Samsung believes that flexible displays will be much more than a gimmick in the coming years.

Sadly, we haven’t yet had the chance to see that potential in action as manufacturers continue to research ways to implement the recently discovered material into phones, tablets and other devices. As graphene hasn’t yet been used in commercial applications, most of us are entirely unaware of what the “miracle material” actually consists of, and why so many companies are spending time and resources on the production of graphene.

The Loop’s Dave Mark has pointed us in the direction of a video from The One Showon the BBC, which explains graphene in terms that anyone should be able to comprehend. As the show’s host explains it, graphene is “stronger than diamond, more conductive than copper, more flexible than rubber and it’s so thin you can barely see it with the naked eye.”

If you’re at all interested in what could be one of the landmark discoveries of the 21st century, it’s worth your time to understand some of the basics of graphene.

via This is the incredible material that could make our smartphones paper thin – THE TECH GETS.

International Mechanical Engineering Grad Makes His Mark

Libardo OchoaLibardo Ochoa earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology in 2013 after receiving his Associate in Science degree in 2011 from the same technology program. What makes Libardo’s story unique is that when he relocated from Colombia to the United States six years ago, he had difficulty finding work in his field. He had been a mining engineer at a large Colombian coal mine. He also had a problem with the language barrier. Libardo eventually found work here with his first job at the Keffe Commissary Network, a division of Department of Corrections, but he soon realized that he needed to further his education. Libardo now serves as the Vice President of Engineering at Quick Fitting, Inc. in Warwick, RI, a company that plans to bring 650 manufacturing jobs back to the state. Libardo is proud to share his story.

What made you decide to attend NEIT?

I was invited to attend an Open House back in 2009. The presentation of the mechanical engineering program was very interesting and attracted my attention.

How did you choose your program?

I am originally from Colombia where I was a mining engineer with nine years of experience. I tried to apply for some positions over here using my experience but with no luck. Then the NEIT Open House presentation made me think about becoming a mechanical engineer. I felt it would be a good opportunity for me in this country, and I was right!

What did you do to get started with your career?

I did some research about job openings in this country before I made my decision to enroll in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program.

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3D Makeup Printer Could Destroy The Cosmetics Industry

Wow, 3-D printers that can print makeup!

Who will come up with the next unbelievable thing in 3-D printing? Will it be you?

  

A lot has changed about makeup since we were little girls.

Back then, if we wanted to wear it, wed have to sneak a little bit of lipstick when no one was looking or save up our allowance to buy a mascara. But now, everything is about to get way easier … and digital. Grace Choi, a Harvard Business School grad and our new favorite person on earth debuted her new 3-D printer that not only PRINTS MAKEUP but does it in any color you could possibly want. Simply by grabbing the color code from a photo and hooking the small device up to your computer, you have an endless supply of lipsticks and eye shadows in any shade.

via This Makeup Printer Could Destroy The Cosmetics Industry.

Quadricycle Club News

Quadricycle PhotoChristopher Vasconcelos, an NEIT adjunct faculty member, still manages to find time to work with members of the college’s Quadricycle Club as they continue to build a replica of Henry Ford’s quadricycle. Chris took advantage of a great opportunity and had his vocational high school students from Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School collaborate with New England Tech Quadricycle Club students on this project. He took the quadricycle engine frame to his high school Metal Fabrication and Welding students to see if they could assist.

As a result, the water jackets and engine frame assembly were welded by three of his high school students. NEIT club members then assembled the engine at their last meeting of the quarter. Great job, Chris, and all of the students involved as the progress of building the replica rolls on!

For more information on Mechanical Engineering Associate and Bachelor degree programs, please contact Admission by phone at 800-736-7744 ext. 3357 or by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu.

RI Creative features NEIT’s 3D Printing

We are excited to have been included in RI Creative Magazine’s February 2014 issue with a featured article about New England Institute of Technology’s 3D printing training as part of our Mechanical Engineering Technology program.

3D Printing at New England Tech

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2013-2014 RI FIRST Tech Challenge Awards New England Institute of Technology

rhode island first robotics Inspire Award

This formally judged award is given to the team that truly embodied the ‘challenge’ of the FTC program. The team that receives this award is chosen by the judges as having best represented a ‘role-model’ FTC Team. This team is a top contender for all other judging categories and is a strong competitor on the field. The Inspire Award Winner is an inspiration to other teams, acting with Gracious Professionalism™ both on and off the playing field. This team is able to communicate their experiences, enthusiasm and knowledge to other teams, sponsors, and the Judges. Working as a unit, this team will have demonstrated success in accomplishing the task of creating a working and competitive robot.

Three teams considered:

1. 121-Aquidneck Island Robotics,

2. 6217-The Fellowship (Scituate, Foster)

3. 5030-Ladybots Mt Hope HS

Winner 6217 The Fellowship (Scituate, Foster)

Team 6217 The Fellowship (Scituate, Foster) as the Inspire winner and  5030 Ladybots  from Mt Hope HS as Inspire winner 2nd place will advance from the RI  FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship Tournament to one of four Super-Regional Championship Tournaments before advancing to the FTC World Championship. The East Super-Regional will be held April 3-5, 2014 at the York Expo Center in historic York, Pennsylvania.

Rockwell Collins Innovate Award

The Rockwell Collins Innovate Award celebrates a team that not only thinks outside the box, but also has the ingenuity and inventiveness to make their designs come to life. This judged award is given to the team that has the most innovative and creative robot design solution to any or all specific field elements or components in the FTC game. Elements of this award include elegant design, robustness, and ‘out of the box’ thinking related to design. This award may address the design of the whole robot, or of a sub-assembly attached to the robot. The creative component must work consistently, but a robot does not have to work all the time during matches to be considered for this award. The team’s Engineering Notebook should be marked with journal entries to show the design of the component(s) and the team’s robot in order to be eligible for this award, and entries should describe succinctly how the team arrived at that solution.

Three teams considered:

1.  121 Aquidneck Island Robotics,

2.149 Hendricken HS,

3. 154 Renegade Robotics Northern RI

Winner 121 Aquidneck Island Robotics

PTC Design Award

This judged award recognizes design elements of the robot that are both functional and aesthetic. All successful robots have innovative design aspects; however, the PTC Design Award is presented to teams that incorporate industrial design elements into their solution. These design elements could simplify the robot’s appearance by giving it a clean look, be decorative in nature, or otherwise express the creativity of the team. The winning design should not compromise the practical operation of the robots but complement its purpose. This award is sponsored by Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC), developers of the CAD tools, Creo and Mathcad. PTC gives licenses to the FTC student teams for these software products to help them with their designs. Use of these tools is not required to be eligible; however, teams that use them in their design are given extra consideration for this award.

Three teams considered :

1. 154 Renegade Robotics Northern RI,

2. 5468 Knox Home Robotics (Scituate, Foster),

3. 5030 Ladybots Mt Hope HS

Winner   154 Renegade Robotics Northern RI

Connect Award

This judged award is given to the team that most connected with their

local community and the engineering community. A true FIRST team is more than a sum of its parts, and recognizes that its schools and communities play an essential part to their success. The recipient of this award is recognized for helping the community understand FIRST, the FTC, and the team itself. The team that wins this award is aggressively seeking engineers and exploring the opportunities available in the world of engineering, science and technology. In addition, this team has a clear Business or Strategic Plan and has identified steps to achieve their goals.

Three teams considered:

1. 5468 Knox Home Robotics,

2. 652-Underdogs Mt. Hope HS,

3. 5030 Ladybots Mt. Hope HS

Winner :5468 Knox Home Robotics (Foster)

Motivate Award

This judged award celebrates the team that exemplifies the essence of the FTC competition through team building, team spirit and enthusiasm. They celebrate their team, their individuality and their spirit through costumes and fun outfits, a team cheer and their outstanding spirit. This team has also made a collective effort to make FIRST known throughout their school and community.

Three teams considered:

1. 652 Underdogs Mt. Hope HS,

2. 4578 North Providence HS Tech Club,

3. 6217 The Fellowship ( Scituate, Foster)

Winner: 652 Underdogs Mt. Hope HS

Think Award

This judged award is given to the team that best reflects the “journey” the team took as they experienced the engineering design process during the build season. The engineering section of the notebook is the key reference for judges to help identify the most deserving team. The team’s engineering notebook should focus on the design and build stage of the team’s robot. Journal entries of interest to judges for this award will include those describing the underlying science and mathematics of the robot design and game strategies, the designs, re-designs, successes, and those ‘interesting moments’ when things weren’t going as planned.

A team is not a candidate for this award if they have not completed the Engineering section of the Engineering Notebook.

Three teams considered:

1. 3901 Wm. Davies Career and Tech HS,

2. 5468 Knox Home Robotics (Foster),

3. 7046 Slater Jr. High School (Pawtucket)

Winner:  7046 Slater Jr. High School  (Pawtucket)

Promote Award

The Promote Award is given to the team that is most successful in creating a compelling video message for the public designed to change our culture and celebrate science, technology, engineering and math.

Teams considered:

1. 6217 The Fellowship,

2. 657 Providence Career and Tech Academy

Winner: 6217 The Fellowship (Scituate, Foster)

Compass Award

An FTC team is about more than building robots, and competing at tournaments, it is a journey to a destination through trial and error, success and failure, with challenging new technology and obstacles to navigate where no road maps are provided. How does a team find their way?

The Compass Award recognizes an adult Coach or Mentor who has provided outstanding guidance and support for a team throughout the year. The winner of the Compass Award will be determined from candidates nominated by FTC team members, via a 40-60 second video submission, highlighting how their Mentor has helped them become a champion team. We want to hear what sets the Mentor apart.

Two Teams considered:

1. 121 Aquidneck Island  Robotics,

2. 6217 The Fellowship (Scituate, Foster)

Winner: 121 Aquidneck Island Robotics

The Final match of the day:

Winning Alliance Award

This award will be given to the winning alliance (three teams) represented in the final match of the day.

Captain _154 Renegade Robotics Northern RI_

Partner 1: 5468 Knox Home Robotics

Partner 2:  4531 Looney Tuned Robotics Mt Hope HS

Finalist Alliance Award

This award will be given to the finalist alliance (three teams) represented in the final match.

Captain: 121 Aquidneck Island Robotics

Partner 1: 651 Coventry HS

Partner 2: 5801  Providence Career and Tech Academy

Team 154 Renegade Robotics of Northern RI as Captain of the winning alliance will advance from the RI FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship Tournament to one of four Super-Regional Championship Tournaments before advancing to the FTC World Championship. The East Super-Regional will be held April 3-5, 2014 at the York Expo Center in historic York, Pennsylvania.

For additional questions please contact Erin Flynn at eflynn@neit.edu.