20th Annual New England Tech TechXpo a Success!

The Career Services Office at NEIT hosted it’s 20th annual TechXpo Career Fair on the East Greenwich Campus on Thursday, March 9th. The well-attended event attracted over 60 employers from the region who were impressed by the level of quality of both current students and alumni. Jeremy Girard of Envision Technology Advisors, who is an NEIT alumnus from ’00, commented that,

“The weakest candidate I saw here today was better than the best candidate I’ve seen at other career fairs.”

Many of the employers in attendance were NEIT alumni, with about 25 in total returning to the college to represent their respective companies. A few representatives even made a point to stay after the event to visit with instructors they had while they were in school.

Students and alumni who were able to speak with employers expressed the importance of this event and how they felt it prepared them for employment. In addition to learning more about the companies themselves, attendees also learned about types positions in their field they might not have thought of. One IT student explained,

“Getting to know what companies are looking for is more than just helpful, it’s essential.”

The TechXpo is the biggest career fair that the Career Services Office hosts, and one of several technology-tailored career fairs held annually. These events are only open to NEIT students and alumni, and are not open to the public. NEIT would like to thank the students and staff who volunteered and helped to make this another great event! For a list of companies who attended the event, and their contact information, please visit the Career Services Office in S104.

Jeremy Girard of Envision Technology Advisors (right) speaks with a potential candidate.

(L to R): James Sloan, ’08 ELTB grad, and David Balls, ’14 ESTA grad

Student volunteers from Business Management with Business instructor, Hank Johnson

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NEIT is First University in the World to Use IdeaLens K2 VR Headset for Interactive College Campus Tours

Over the weekend of March 10 – 13, 2017, New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) students are demonstrating its IDEALENS K2 Virtual Reality (VR) headset at the PAX East gaming conference in Boston.

NEIT is currently the first and the only university in the world to use the headset for virtual campus tours and for college student instruction, according to Henry Zhang, Overseas Market Manager for the headset producer IDEALSEE GROUP – IDEALENS VR.

New England Institute of Technology offers over 50 associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in programs such as Digital Media Production; Game Development & Simulation Programming; Graphics, Multimedia and Web Design; Information Technology; and Video Game Design.

The IDEALENS K2 offers VR without wires or a phone, and doesn’t require any additional equipment. The headset has an onboard processor, graphics card, and battery, providing wireless mobility and a built-in battery pack that lasts for up to two hours.

The headset is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 7420 processor coupled with 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage with support for external expansion, 3.81-inch 2.5K AMOLED display, and 3,800mAh battery. Offering a staggering 770ppi, the IDEALENS K2 hits the industry benchmark of <17ms low latency and 90Hz high refresh rate.

The IDEALENS also offers instantaneous over-the-head support that fits any head size or shape and has the main body weight of less than two-thirds of a pound. It provides 120-degree wide-angle Field of View, internal IMU sensor with gesture support, motion tracking, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

For a demonstration, stop by the New England Tech booth #10086 at the PAX East conference in Boston, play some student-designed games, and try out our virtual tour on our brand new IDEALENS VR headsets.

Learn more about NEIT’s hands-on degree programs at www.neit.edu

 

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New England Tech to Showcase its IdeaLens Virtual Reality Headset at PAX East, March 10 – 12

Boston PAX East Booth 10086 New England Institute of Technology #paxeast #neit

Visit NEIT at Booth 10086 at #PAXEast

Between March 10 – 12, New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) will showcase its new IdeaLens K2 Virtual Reality Headset at the annual PAX East gaming conference in Boston.

At PAX East booth #10086, NEIT will be using its IdeaLens Virtual Reality headsets to demonstrate games and a virtual college campus tour of New England Tech, along with monitors featuring games designed by NEIT students.

Started in 2004 as a show exclusively for gaming, the PAX conference has grown exponentially – now drawing tens of thousands of attendees annually across the United States – with Boston and Seattle representing the largest events in the country.

Stop by booth #10086 to play some student-designed games and try out NEIT’s virtual campus tour on its brand new IdeaLens K2 VR Headsets.

New England Tech offers unique associate and bachelor’s degrees in Video Game Design and Game Development & Simulation Programming. Learn more about our degree programs at www.neit.edu and get a better idea of how we translate hands-on education into real world application by checking out our student work at PAX East Boston http://east.paxsite.com/.

#PAXeast #GameDevAtNEIT #GraphicsMultimediaWebAtNEIT #InformationTechAtNEIT #VideoGameDesignAtNEIT #InformationTechAtNEIT

New England Tech Trains Electric Boat Employees Through The Real Jobs RI Initiative

New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) recently collaborated with General Dynamics Electric Boat (EB), which designs and builds nuclear submarines for the United States Navy to train five of its employees in robotic welding. The 120-hour program was sponsored by the state’s Real Jobs RI initiative.

Real Jobs RI is a demand-driven workforce and economic development initiative that is collaborative, flexible and business-led, designed to ensure that Rhode Island employers have the talent they need to compete and grow while providing targeted education and skills training for Rhode Island workers.

This training program was the first Electric Boat Real Jobs RI-sponsored robotic welding training where incumbent EB employees were identified and New England Tech developed and provided enhanced training.

Participants were exposed to the basics of automation and practical lab operations utilizing NEIT’s Fanuc robots and the WolfPac welding robot. The WolfPac is the same robotic welding system used at EB’s Quonset facility.

The course was a collaborative effort developed and taught by a team of instructors from NEIT with on-site technical assistance provided by Electric Boat supervisors from its Quonset, R.I. Robotic Welding division. Fred Santaniello, Director of Workforce Development Grants and Programs at New England Tech’s Center for Technology and Industry, coordinated the robotic welding program development and delivery. Dean Plowman, Department Chair of NEIT’s Mechanical Engineering (MCT) Department, supervised the instructional effort with classes taught by MCT instructors Dave Turner and Mike Eggeman as well as Matt Topper, Coordinator of the SAMI welding program. Electric Boat staff members provided excellent technical assistance to both the instructors and students throughout the training. EB employees each earned seven college credits upon completion of the five-week, full-time program.

Learn about our Welding Programs or SAMI Institute

 

#WeldingAtNEIT #sami #RealJobsRI

 

New England Tech to Host Microsoft’s DigiGirlz 2017 on March 17

DigiGirlz 2017 on March 17

Supported by Governor Gina Raimondo, and in partnership with New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), Microsoft is offering DigiGirlz 2017 at NEIT, an event for 150 middle and high school girls in Rhode Island.

DigiGirlz, a Microsoft YouthSpark program, gives middle and high school girls opportunities to learn about careers in technology, participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops, and the unique opportunity to connect with Microsoft employees.

During the one-day event, students interact with industry professionals to gain exposure to careers in business and technology and to get an inside look at what it’s like to work in the industry. The event provides girls with career planning assistance, information about technology and business roles, thought-provoking exercises, and interesting technology demonstrations. By participating in the Microsoft DigiGirlz Day, young women can learn about the variety of opportunities available in the high-tech industry and can explore future career paths.

Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day – a day full of festivities celebrated by the international community to increase gender equality, while celebrating diversity and the achievements of women worldwide. New England Tech supports women in all their professional career ambitions, including those in the fields of technology. New England Tech offers technology-focused associate and bachelor’s degree programs in Game Development & Simulation Programming, Graphics, Multimedia and Web Design, Information Technology, Network Engineering Technology, Software Engineering Technology, Video Game Design, Cyber Security and Network Engineering and Digital Media Production.

Learn more about how you can help build the world’s technology infrastructure at New England Tech at www.neit.edu

For information on attending, please contact us at Admissions@neit.edu

#DigiGirlz #DigiGirlzRI #CS4RI #YouthSpark #MakeWhatsNext

#FromNewEnglandTechTo #InternationalWomensDay 

Calling All Artists – Tech Arts 2017 Exhibit Runs March 28 – June 3

Calling All New England Tech Artists! Exhibit Your Work in Tech Arts 2017 from March 27-June 3!

Tech Art at New England Tech logoCalling all artists! New England Institute of Technology will soon be hosting Tech Arts 2017, the university’s yearly art exhibition featuring the work of our students, faculty, and staff.

All forms of art are welcome, including drawings, video, costumes, photographs, furniture, paintings, watercolors, pen and ink, model prototypes, props, costumes, stained glass, fabric or paper items, and digital art.

Exhibit Runs March 28 – June 3

Submission forms are available at the Library until March 11th as well as online.

The public is invited to view the exhibit in the Library at New England Tech’s main campus located at One New England Tech Boulevard in East Greenwich. Call for library hours.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Cindy Pankiewicz (cpankiewicz@neit.edu) or at 401-739-5000 x3474.

New England Institute of Technology Launches College of Graduate and Professional Studies

 New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) announced the establishment of its new College of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS). The College of Graduate and Professional Studies implements innovative teaching practices that incorporate NEIT’s tradition of providing practical learning with flexible programs that accommodate students’ work and personal schedules. Course programs are offered in one of three ways: on-campus (traditional classroom); on-line; or hybrid (a combination of on-campus and on-line). All GPS programs offer 24/7 technical support, easy-to-use technology and access to faculty, student advising, and the university’s library, among other university services.

College of Graduate and Professional Studies at New England TechNew England Institute of Technology’s College of Graduate and Professional Studies currently offers four Master’s degree programs in Information Technology, Occupational Therapy, Construction Management and Public Health; and four Bachelor’s degree programs in Nursing, Criminal Justice, Rehabilitation Sciences and Automotive Service Management. New England Institute of Technology was recently ranked #8 in the country by U.S. News and World Report (January 2017) for the quality and value of its online bachelor’s degree programs. (www.usnews.com/online).

Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Senior Vice President and Provost. stated, “The College of Graduate and Professional Studies was established to incorporate our Master of Science degree programs and specialized professional Bachelor of Science degree programs into a separate and distinct unit.”    “The demand for on-line and hybrid programs is rapidly evolving and will continue to grow. The schedules of today’s non-traditional students have become more demanding, and traditional on-campus programs do not always meet their needs. By establishing the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, New England Tech stands ready to assist these students as they continue their journey to an advanced degree and growth in their chosen professions.”

To learn more about the degree programs offered through NEIT’s College of Graduate and Professional Studies, contact Michael Caruso, Director of Admissions, at mcaruso@neit.edu or call 800-737-7744. Please visit http://masters.neit.edu/ for more details.

#GraduateProfessionalStudiesAtNEIT #MastersDegreesAtNEIT

Finalists of FIRST® Tech Robotics Challenge Decided at New England Tech

Finalists of FIRST® Tech Robotics Challenge Decided at New England Tech

First Robotics competition at Rhode Island's New England TechNew England Institute of Technology sponsored the eleventh annual FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Tech Challenge on Saturday, February 4th.  Serving as Rhode Island’s FIRST® Tech Challenge Affiliate Partner, NEIT hosted 32 Rhode Island middle and high school robotics teams which emerged from qualifying competitions to take part in this final round.

rhode island first roboticsThis season, approximately 40 middle and high school robotics teams throughout the state assembled to design, build and compete in the annual Rhode Island FIRST® Tech Challenge. This year’s theme, “Velocity Vortex,” was announced at the FIRST® Kick-Off held at NEIT on September 10th.

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 competed for four slots to travel to regional and national competitions to be held in Pennsylvania in March.

The four teams advancing to the Super Regional in Scranton, PA in March are:

  • Inspire Award Winner- 121 Aquidneck Island Robotics
  • Winning Alliance Captain- 9910 Scituate HS
  • Inspire Award 2ndplace- 6217 The Fellowship
  • Winning Alliance 1stteam selected- 154 Burrillville HS

For more information on the Tech Challenge, contact Erin Flynn at New England Tech at 401-739-5000, ext. 3462 or by email at eflynn@neit.edu. To learn more about the FIRST® organization, please visit www.usfirst.org or learn about our Mechanical Engineering Technology <click.

#MechEngTechAtNEIT #FIRSTrobotics #FIRSTtech

Pay Gap Between College and High School Grads Never Been Larger

To do list for high school gradsThe earnings gap between those with a college degree versus those with a high school degree has never been wider, according to a recent article by the Associated Press. On average, college grads earned 56 percent more than high school grads in 2015, according to an analysis conducted by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). This has increased from 51% in 1999 and is the largest gap since the EPI started collecting data in 1973.

Further, since the end of the recession in 2009, college graduates have secured a significantly higher percentage of new jobs along with pay gains. By contrast, non-college graduates have faced a shortage of employment opportunities along with a 3% decline in their income. Just two-thirds of adults with high school-only degree aged 25 through 64 were employed in 2015, a steep drop from the 73 percent employment rate in 2007. For college graduates in the same age range, the employment rate fell just slightly from 84 percent to 83 percent.

“College grads earned 56 percent more than high school grads…”

College grads have traditionally earned more than those with less education. As the pay gaps widen, however, it is affecting lives beyond just income, including lower levels of home ownership, geographic mobility, marriage rates and age and quality of retirement.

College grads are also far more likely to have access and contribute to a 401(k)-style retirement plan. In 2015, college graduates contributed 26 percent more to their retirement savings even when individuals from both groups had similar income levels and similar access to these plans.

It’s increasingly clear that high school grads need to continue beyond high school to acquire the skills needed for higher-paying work. Though many middle-income jobs don’t require a bachelor’s degree, nearly all of them require some post-high school education or training, such as an associate degree.

New England Tech Mechanical Engineering Students Send 3D Printed Hands to Children in Rwanda

New England Tech mechanical engineer student assembling 3d printed hand for Rwanda children

Students assembling a 3D-printed hand in NEIT’s Mechanical Engineering Lab

NEIT Helps Students Create 3D Printed Hands for Children in Rwanda

The New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) Rotaract Club and Rocky Hill School’s Interact Club joined forces recently at NEIT’s East Greenwich campus to assemble fifteen 3D printed prosthetic hands that will ultimately be used by children in need in Rwanda. Five prosthetic hands will be shipped unassembled to an Interact Club in Rwanda where they will be assembled and distributed within their community.

Rocky Hill School’s Interact Community Service Club has aligned with Enable Community Foundation, a non-profit organization that connects with schools to help produce prosthetic hands produced on a 3D printer.

The hands are assembled by students and ultimately distributed to amputee children in need throughout the world.

The “raptor” hands give children the ability to grip items that dramatically changes their lives. The Interact Club and the Rotaract Club are sponsored by the East Greenwich Rotary’s New Generations program.

Instructors and students in New England Tech’s Mechanical Engineering Technology Department printed the prosthetic hand parts. Using an Objet 30 Prime Polyjet 3D printer with RGD720 Full Cure material, all of the hand parts are printed in a process that takes nearly 16 hours and costs approximately $50 in materials per hand.

The East Greenwich Rotary donated $750 towards the printing costs and secured a matching donation of $750 from a Rotary District grant. The Rocky Hill students obtained the hardware needed to assemble the hands and raised more than $1,000 to sponsor those costs.

Rotary Clubs around the globe sponsor Interact Clubs (grades 7-12) and Rotaract Clubs (college level) as a way to connect with and support students who want to give back to their communities. The program is actively involved with students at East Greenwich High School, Cole Middle School, Rocky Hill School, and New England Institute of Technology.

#MechEngTechAtNEIT #3Dprinting