Sheila Palmer named Assistant Professor

Sheila Palmer

Sheila Palmer

Sheila Palmer has joined the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department. She comes to NEIT from Barrington Christian Academy, where she was a Science and Math teacher and lead teacher. Sheila taught courses in Physics, Chemistry, Algebra 2, Trigonometry, PreCalculus and AP Calculus. In addition to her teaching duties, she was a student and faculty mentor as well as the founder and advisor for the school’s National Honor Society Chapter and the Student Council.

For several years, Sheila was an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. She mentored students, developed laboratory applications for undergraduate courses, reviewed papers for inclusion in technical publications, and edited the division newsletter for the American Society of Engineering Education. Sheila has published many articles and presented papers in her field and has received numerous grants, awards, and fellowships.

Sheila holds both a Ph.D. and a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

 

Jacques Laflamme named Chief Information Officer

Jacques Laflamme

Jacques Laflamme

Jacques Laflamme joined New England Tech on October 6th as Chief Information Officer bringing more than 25 years of MIS experience in higher education and business. Prior to his new position at NEIT, Jacques served as the Director of Network Services at Harvard University. Jacques’ business experience included positions with Thompson Financial, State Street Corporation, and Fidelity Investments, all located in Boston, MA.

Jacques has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Operations Technology/MIS and an Associate in Science Degree in Telecommunications both from Northeastern University in Boston. He has participated in Harvard Business School Executive Education Program and has earned several IT certifications.

 

Annie Unger named Instructor, Mechanical Engineering Technology

Annie Unger

Annie Unger

In March, 2014, Annie Unger was hired as a Physics instructor and has transitioned to teaching in the Mechanical Engineering Technology Department.

Annie has spent most of her professional life as a tutor or instructor. She has held several positions at NEIT, beginning as a Math tutor, then serving as an adjunct instructor to the Coordinator of Mathematics Services in the Academic Skills Center. As an adjunct instructor, Annie taught Math, Physics, and Mechanical Engineering courses before teaching full-time in the Mathematics and Sciences Department. Annie has also worked as a Mathematics Learning Specialist at Bryant University’s Academic Center for Excellence and as an Upward Bound Math Instructor and a Math Tutor/Teacher’s Assistant at the UMass Dartmouth Math and Business Center.

Annie is pursuing her Master of Arts Degree in Mathematics Teaching from Providence College. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Annie also recently earned an Associate in Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from New England Tech along with the college’s “Best of Tech” award for her technology program.

 

Dedicated Employees Are Recognized

The 23rd Annual Employee Service Awards was held on Friday, October 17, 2014, at the East Greenwich campus. Congratulations and special thanks to the 21 employees who were honored for their many years of service to New England Tech. The following individuals were celebrated, and a commerative plaque was unveiled in their honor.

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30 Years

Felix Carlone
Patrick Collins
David Cranmer
David Loranger
Joseph Ranone

20 Years

Paula Cantwell
Shonna O’Neill
Janice Pulsifer
Lisa Reed
Maria Riccio
Patrick Tracey

10 Years

Benjamin Jay Bradley
Edwin Egge
Michael Eggeman
Eileen Flaherty
Melissa Hague
Amanda Metzger
Carolyn Piette
Norma Taylor
Megan Treloar
Judy Zaino

New England Tech Expansion is Underway

Protecting the environment while expanding the East Greenwich campus, construction workers are building environmentally friendly bridges approved by DEM to maintain the habitat and safety of local wildlife.

Protecting the environment while expanding the East Greenwich campus, construction workers are building environmentally friendly bridges approved by DEM to maintain the habitat and safety of local wildlife.

Phase 2 construction has begun at the East Greenwich campus as part of New England Tech’s $120 million expansion program. This phase of the college’s $250,000,000 campus development program will provide additional programs and services to NEIT students.

Phase 2 will include increasing the Information Technology facilities to more than 300,000 square feet and building the college’s first on-campus dormitory. Many academic programs will be expanded as well including information technology, advanced manufacturing, the health sciences, architecture, engineering, and video/audio production. Students will enjoy a new dining area, a fitness center, and a college “green” open space area.

New England Tech is proud to be entering its 75th year of providing its students with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in today’s competitive labor market. These are exciting times at New England Tech, and we should all be proud to be a part of this thriving college community.

A view from Warwick: Wind turbine generates energy and curiosity

Wow.  I can’t believe it has been five years already.  Seems like yesterday the wind turbine was being put up.  Check out this nice story from the Providence Journal about our wind turbine.

A view from Warwick: Wind turbine generates energy and curiosity

 The Providence Journal

When the wind turbine just off Route 95 at the New England Institute of Technology automotive campus isn’t turning, it’s not for academic reasons.

The wind has to blow at least 7.8 mph for the blades to turn.

Or the wind could be blowing too hard. “When it reaches 56 mph, it brakes,” said Michael Petit, chairman of the electrical technology department, who helped develop the institute’s green technology program.

Another time the blades won’t turn is when the tower unwinds itself. The turbine, made by Northern Power Systems in Vermont, automatically turns. “It will spin and circle with the wind,” Petit said. After four or five turns, “it will stop and rotate the other way so the cable doesn’t get twisted around.”

The tower spins so slowly that “you wouldn’t notice it, driving by,” Petit said.

Students don’t usually go inside the turbine, except for a peek. And they aren’t allowed to climb the rungs inside. Anyone who climbs has to be trained by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, and “it’s an expensive operation to get certified by OSHA,” said Petit, who is 60 and lives in Exeter. He hasn’t been to the top. “If there’s not an elevator, I’m not going. I’m the kind of guy, I’d get to the top and I’d forget why I’m up there.”

The turbine is run entirely by Northern Power, said Trevor Atkinson, a salesman and engineer for the company, which has its headquarters in Barre, Vt.

On its website, New England Tech has a link to an animated drawing that shows how fast the wind is blowing and whether electricity is flowing from the turbine to the automotive building, or, if the turbine isn’t moving, from the power grid to the automotive building. (See for yourself here.)

The turbine rarely makes more energy than the automotive building uses, Petit and Atkinson said.

“It’s not in a real good wind spot,” Petit said. “It’s not there to make money.”

It’s there for demonstration.

When it first went up, in August 2009, “people stopped along the highway to look at it,” Petit said. “It’s educational to the public and students.”

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NEIT names new Registration Coordinator

Evelyn Dennis

Evelyn Dennis

Evelyn Dennis comes to the Registrar’s Office after having worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Academic Skills Center since 2011. Previous to working at NEIT, she was the Administrative Assistant for a design firm where she assisted with bookkeeping, invoicing, billing, and maintaining records. As Document Control Administrator at JFK International Airport, she managed a system database for correspondence, organized documents, prepared regular reports, and generated a procedure manual. As the Accounts Receivable Clerk at Central Texas College, Evelyn worked with Pell grants and scholarship funds and maintained student accounts and files. 

Evelyn has an Associate in Science Degree in Accounting from Plaza College in New York and is pursuing an Associate in Science Degree in Business Administration from CCRI. She has also volunteered her expertise as a recording secretary and as a treasurer for the PTA in two schools.

 

NEIT gets 2nd federal grant of $2.5 million for shipbuilding institute

From The Providence Journal:

The New England Institute of Technology has won a second $2.5-million federal grant to expand the shipbuilding and advanced manufacturing institute it created when it won its earlier grant in 2013.

Steven H. Kitchin, vice president of corporate education and training at New England Institute of Technology.

New England Tech will add five programs to its two core training programs at the institute, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Those new programs will offer shipfitting, pipe welding, sheetmetal, pipefitting and robotics classes to 200 Rhode Island students.

U.S. Sen. Jack Reed hailed the grant Sunday night as the kind of business-education partnership Rhode Island needs to get people back to work and improve the economy.

New England Tech is one of 71 grant recipients the federal labor department is expected to announce Monday, with $450 million in grants to community colleges around the country.

This is the final round of a four-year program to invest nearly $2 billion in a career and training initiative, the department announced. The idea behind the federal stimulus money is to expand the ability of community colleges — and those like New England Tech that offer two-year associate’s degrees — to partner with local employers and create training programs to prepare people for jobs in high-demand careers.

The U.S. Department of Labor has invested nearly $11 million in Rhode Island over the last four years — “part of a long-term commitment to ensure that workers have access to training for the specific skills employers need to stay competitive in the global economy,” U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez said in a statement.

Reached earlier Sunday night by telephone before Reed’s office had confirmed the grant, a New England Tech vice president said he welcomed the prospect of additional federal funds.

“The college is obviously thrilled by the support that the U.S. Department of Labor is providing to our college to continue New England Tech’s 75-year history of preparing people for positions in the labor market,” said Steven H. Kitchin, vice president of corporate education and training at the Warwick institute.

Since New England Tech won its first $2.5-million grant in March 2013 for its shipbuilding and advanced manufacturing institute, the school has also raised $440,000 in funding for the program from the Governor’s Workforce Board and $50,000 from the Rhode Island Foundation, Kitchin said.

The shipbuilding institute currently has close to 140 participants working to earn certificates of completion, Kitchin said. The curriculum is designed for students to work in one of two labs — a manufacturing lab, which prepares them for work in basic machine operations and advanced computer numerical control, and a welding lab.

A federal project officer recently visited the program to monitor its progress, Kitchin said.

“We received high praise for our linkages with the private sector, that our curriculum was indeed focused, and they were quite pleased with the labs we had created,” he said.

The federal labor department hoped its funding would encourage colleges to find ways to sustain training programs after the federal funding runs out, Kitchin said. He said one way to do that is to turn the programs from certificate programs into degree-granting programs. New England Tech expects to announce soon that it will be adding certain degree-granting programs, he said.

The shipbuilding institute has a flexible admissions policy. Anyone interested in applying can find more information online at samiri.org.

via N.E. Tech gets 2nd federal grant of $2.5 million for shipbuilding institute | Business Notes – Business | providencejournal.com | The Providence Journal.

New England Tech hires new Chief Information Officer

NEIT_Logo_282_136NEIT’s Chief Information Officer, Stan Bailey, has informed us that he will be leaving his position. Stan has been at NEIT since 1983, and has progressed from being a classroom instructor, to assisting in developing and maintaining our original, home-grown administrative computer system; to being NEIT’s first and so far only Chief Information Officer.  Stan has provided incredibly insightful guidance as NEIT has built and developed a robust computational infrastructure and a set of administrative and academic tools to support the needs of the various constituencies of NEIT.  We are thankful for all that Stan has done for NEIT over his many years of service.

We are pleased to announce that Jacques Laflamme of Smithfield, RI, will be joining the staff on October 6 as Stan’s successor as Chief Information Officer.  Jacques will be working closely with Stan over the next several months to effect an orderly transition.

Jacques comes to New England Tech with over 25 years experience in both higher education and business.  His most recent position was as Director of Network Services at Harvard University.  Previously, he had also held positions at Thompson Financial, State Street Bank, and Fidelity.

We look forward to Jacques’ joining our team.  I know he is eager to meet with you to learn of and assist you in your information technology requirements.

President Gouse announces $120 million campus expansion

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New England Institute of Technology President Richard I. Gouse announced today that the college is embarking on a $120 million expansion program at its East Greenwich campus. 

President Gouse stated, “This is an exciting day for New England Tech. This is the 2nd phase of our $250,000,000 campus development program in East Greenwich. This expansion will allow us to offer on-campus housing for the first time in our college’s 75 year history. We will also be expanding our information technology’s facilities to more than 300,000 square feet. This will make us the region’s largest provider of collegiate level technology driven training. These changes will also allow our college to offer new and expanded degree granting programs in such related areas as information technology, advanced manufacturing, health sciences, architecture, engineering, video/audio production.

expansionThis second phase of the expansion project will include:

  • More than 300,000 square feet of new facilities
  • A 400 room on-campus dormitory
  • Expanded classroom space with increased information technology capability
  • A new student dining area
  • Expanded amenities for students, including a fitness center
  • The development of a “green” open space area
  • Infrastructure upgrades to accommodate NEIT’s 226 acre campus, including electrical, water, sewer, drainage, and traffic flow improvements

In addition to our expansion project, we can be proud of New England Tech’s many recent accomplishments:

  • The creation of an information technology workforce training initiative dedicated to meeting the needs of regional employers.
  • Renewal of NEIT’s accreditation through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
  • The recent expansion of the college’s nursing simulation lab making NEIT one of New England’s largest and most comprehensive health science education facilities.
  • In conjunction with the Town of East Greenwich and the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, the completion of two transportation projects to assist with traffic flow near our campus.
  • The success of our graduates. Continually sought after by employers, since 2005, close to 12,000 students have graduated from New England Tech and have subsequently found employment with more than 4,000 companies, nearly 2,000 of which are located in Rhode Island.
  • The celebration of New England Tech’s 75th Anniversary in 2015 with special 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. Our commitment however does not end there. The first two phases in our campus development will represent a $250 million dollar investment in Rhode Island and our host community, East Greenwich. For 75 years we have been on the cutting edge of hands-on career training and thousands of our graduates are employed in high level careers. This economic development investment will not only continue that tradition, but will now place our college at the most advanced levels of workforce training for 21st century employment. We recognize that these are turbulent times and that is why we have instituted progressive measures such as a tuition freeze program and increased financial aid to make our college more affordable. New England Tech, along with the region’s other not-for-profit institutions, understands the key role we play in expanding the local economy. This expansion furthers our on-going commitment to the State of Rhode Island.”

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, today the college offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and on-line degrees in more than 40 technical and business programs. Each of our degree programs is taught with a proven combination of technical expertise coupled with hands-on learning. For more information, call 800-736-7744 or visit www.neit.edu.