Power Game Day a huge success

The Video Game Design Technology program held its 5th Annual NEIT Power Game Day on October 24th with a record audience in attendance. Students were treated to industry insights from speakers from Sonalysts Studios, Defective Studios, WGBH Digital, Dassault Systemes SIMULA, Muzzy Lane Studios, Fablevision, Disco Pixel, VT MAK DiGuy, and animator and NEIT adjunct instructor Pete Paquette.

During the mini-trade fair, students interacted with the speakers to gain additional information and to network. Several student teams exhibited games they had created and developed in their coursework, getting valuable feedback from the crowd of game testers.

Evening video game tournaments were sponsored by NEIT’s Game Developer’s Network Student Club. The event was a fundraiser with all proceeds going to Hasbro Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network as part of the national “Extra Life” gaming marathon fundraisers. Winners were crowned in three tournament games, Guitar Hero, Super Mario Brother’s Smash Mouth, and Injustice.

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Susan Shim Gorelick named Assistant Professor

Susan Shim Gorelick

Susan Shim Gorelick

Susan Shim Gorelick began teaching in the Mathematics and Sciences Department as an adjunct instructor in January, 2014, and now joins the department full-time. Susan has taught a variety of math and science courses at the Community College of Rhode Island, the University of Rhode Island, Portsmouth Abbey, and Damascus High School (MD). She served as a teaching assistant in Chemistry for the Nursing programs at American University (DC) and Adelphi University (NY).

As a researcher, Susan has studied wind energy for the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources; consumer preferences valuation on aquaculture and eco-labeling, and on seafood sustainability and eco-labeling at URI; Cisplatin therapy for ovarian cancer at the University of California at San Diego; and high performance liquid and gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy for the FDA. Susan has authored papers and presented at conferences on a variety of topics relating to wind energy, water quality, and sustainability.

Susan holds a Ph.D. in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Rhode Island and a Master of Science Degree in Chemistry from the American University. She has completed some graduate courses in Chemistry and Education at Adelphi University. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from Stony Brook University (formerly State University of New York at Stony Brook).

 

Global Game Jam is set to return in 2015

For the Fourth year in a row, New England Institute of Technology is set to host Global Game Jam from January 23 to January 25, 2015!

Rhode Island Global Game Jam at New England Tech

For 48 hours teams from across the country and around the world will collaborate to fully conceptualize and develop a video game, from start to finish.

2014 Global Game Jam - Rhode Island - New England Tech

If you’re interested in participating in Game Jam at the New England Tech campus, you’re in luck. We’re currently accepting registrations. You do not need to be a New England Tech student, however you must be at least 18 years old. If you decide to participate at New England Tech you’ll have access to our cutting edge computer labs (11 PC labs and 3 Mac labs!) and facilities, as well as refreshments throughout the duration of the Game Jam.

Click here to register to participate at New England Tech!

Adam Breckenridge named Assistant Professor

Adam Breckenridge

Adam Breckenridge

Adam Breckenridge joins the Humanities and Social Sciences Department, teaching a variety of courses. Prior to this position, he taught First Year Composition, Professional Writing, and Communication for Engineers at the University of Tampa and the University of South Florida.

Adam has been exploring how emerging technologies have changed workplace communication. Incorporating social media, blogs, websites, and Twitter into course content, his students explore ethical questions relating to privacy and the dangers of misinterpretation when writing in a public space. Adam was also involved in creating the program, contributing to the textbook, and creating projects for the standardized curriculum for First Year Composition at the University of South Florida. In addition to teaching, Adam is an accomplished writer, contributing to professional journals and textbooks, and writing fiction.

Adam holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition from the University of South Florida, a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Creative Writing from Antioch University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature from the University of Hawaii.

 

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.

 

Sensation Station to fill gap by closure of Meeting Street outpatient facility – Warwick Beacon

Carol Doehler, professor and chair of Occupational Therapy at New England Institute of Technology, sits on a swing with Audrey Pavlak in the sensory gym at Sensation Station. Doehler partnered with Randy Fedoruk to bring Sensation Station to Warwick

Great story in the Warwick Beacon about the Newly opened Sensation Station in Warwick, RI, where graduate students will be able to intern.

From the Warwick Beacon:

Sensation Station, a private, family-centered therapy facility specializing in the care of children dealing with learning, social and physical challenges, was welcomed to Warwick by Mayor Scott Avedisian and Congressman Jim Langevin with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday.

The facility, located at 535 Centerville Rd., opened on Oct. 14 and will provide specialized individual intervention by occupational therapy, speech pathology and physical therapy professionals for children from birth to 21 years of age. Most of these services are reimbursed through health care insurance. Other one-on-one services include advocacy support with school IEP [Individualized Education Program] development, parent and sibling support, and home environmental assessments.

Owner Randy Fedoruk, a pediatric occupational therapist and associate professor at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) first established Sensation Station in 2010 in Guilford, Conn. Working together with Carol Doehler, professor and chair of Occupational Therapy at NEIT, Fedoruk brought Sensation Station to Warwick and Rhode Island to help fill the gap left by the closure of the outpatient department at Meeting Street, the main resource for kids with special needs in Rhode Island.

“We were told it was due to finances,” Doehler said of the Meeting Street department closure. “The reimbursement structure makes it challenging to do an outpatient program, so we had to be innovative.”

Doehler said Sensation Station is not driven by a traditional medical model, but rather by a family-centered model.

“The child and family come first,” she said. “Working together with Randy, we had the common belief that when you’re working with kids with special needs, it’s a family affair; it affects everybody.”

Fedoruk said a Parents Advisory Committee was established to assist staff by telling them what needs to focus on and determining which services to run because they are familiar with the day-to-day issues that may arise at home, school or in the community.

According to a press release, “The Parents Advisory Committee meets closely with staff to help meet those unique needs of the entire family and better incorporate the lessons learned at Sensation Station into all meaningful interactions.”

When the outpatient department closed this summer, it left more than 200 families “without high quality resources and few places to turn.”

Doehler said she and Fedoruk loved the therapists at Meeting Street, and since they were out of a job with the department closure, they were hired and brought to Sensation Station.

“We’re happy to do this in Warwick,” Fedoruk said. “We’re here to help kids make connections, learn motor skills and address developmental needs; to meet the needs of social skills and develop physical skills.”

Fedoruk said the facility features a kitchen to help develop living skills, such as cooking and cleaning, a private therapy quiet room, and a gym containing everything from swings and trampolines to a climbing wall.

“We’re still having things shipped in,” he said.

Langevin said the program is an exciting addition to the community and will fill a vital need.

“When Meeting Street closed its outpatient department, it left a void for families and kids; you’re filling that void,” he said, before presenting a citation to the facility. “I’m the proud uncle of a boy with autism, so I understand the benefit to the community. I love the concept of integrative therapy and play. It will be therapeutic and a lot of fun.”

Avedisian said Sensation Station is about appropriate interventions at appropriate times.

“We know what families need and we have the ability to provide that, it’s just a question of getting it all together,” he said. “You’re filling a huge, unmet human need in the community. There will be lots of little voices, activity and noise to show how interventions pay off dividends.”

Fedoruk said Sensation Station is not just about children with delays and learning disabilities, but welcomes all children, who are eligible to join the Kid’s Club.

“The Kid’s Club is facilitated by professional outpatient therapists and is open to all children,” Doehler said. “We hope to service 150 to 200 kids through the Kid’s Club and do it through play.”

Doehler explained that no more than six kids would meet at a time to use the gym space for an hour.

“They can schedule what works for them,” she said.

Doehler said the Kid’s Club does not require insurance or a medical referral, but rather utilizes a monthly membership fee, similar to a health club.

“Parents told us that was a huge deal,” she said.

Doehler said NEIT features both an associate degree and graduate masters degree in occupational therapy. She said graduate students will have the opportunity to intern at the Sensation Station facility.

via Sensation Station to fill gap by closure of Meeting Street outpatient facility – Warwick Beacon.

Equipment Expansion in Engineering Programs

New England Tech has collaborated with Rockwell Automation, Inc. in the development of a new automation lab for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science Degree program in Electrical Engineering Technology (ELT) beginning in the 2014 fall quarter. These students will learn high tech skills on the latest equipment found in industry. Rockwell Automation personnel and New England Tech faculty worked together to procure the Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s) network and drive hardware needed to create six new work stations. Through hands-on learning, students will acquire the high tech automation and process control skills required in the manufacturing industry.

NEIT has also added the Instron 5982 Advanced Mechanical Testing System to its extensive equipment inventory for students in the Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technologies. The Instron 5982 provides 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.

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s and online degree programs, including Electrical Engineering Technology or Civil Engineering Technology, contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu

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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