FIRST Robotics 2014-2015 events scheduled

Rhode Island's New England Tech hosts robotics competition

2013 FIRST Robotics competition

The FIRST Robotics mini tournaments will be held at the New England Tech East Greenwich campus.  The events will bring as many as 16 Rhode Island High School robotics teams to NEIT for all-day competitions.

FIRST Qualifier

Saturday 11/ 22nd, Snow day Sunday 11/23

FIRST Qualifier

Saturday 12/6, Snow day Sunday 12/7

FIRST Qualifier

Saturday  1/3/15, Snow day Sunday 1/4

The Rhode Island State tournament will be held on Saturday February 7th at the Access Road campus.

For more information about FIRST Robotics contact Erin Flynn by phone at 800-736-7744 ext. 3462 or by email at eflynn@neit.edu.

EG Campus parking on Saturday, August 23, 2014

Art Festival ParkingNEIT will be hosting the East Greenwich Art Festival this coming weekend, as we have done for the past several years.

This event is typically very popular and, as such, will create competing demand for campus parking on Saturday.  Therefore, we plan to reserve certain parking areas for our students, faculty and staff that day, in addition to our normally reserved parking spaces for Admissions visitors.  Please refer to the color-coded site plan that accompanies this memo.

The red area, located in front of the building and extending along the North Wing by Stair 6, will be reserved for NEIT students, faculty, and staff.  This area includes the reserved visitor parking spaces.

Access to these reserved parking areas will be restricted by traffic cones.  Security guards have been assigned to allow access only to members of the NEIT community, and to redirect the art festival patrons to other parking areas on campus.  Please be prepared to present an NEIT ID card upon request

The yellow area on the site plan represents the location of the exhibit booths for the art festival.  The remaining, non-highlighted parking areas behind the building will be available to anyone on a first come, first served basis.

Virtual reality entrepreneur sees opportunity for jobs – Warwick Beacon

Here is another great story about a virtual reality start up Nexperience, which New England Tech Game Development and Video Game Design students have been working with at interns. Todays startup is tomorrows Google so it is a fantastic opportunity for our students get involved at the ground level.

From the Warwick Beacon:

VIRTUAL REALITY: Nexperience, which just opened in the Warwick Mall, allows people to try and buy their new virtual reality software. Pictured from left to right is Sean Couepel, Aaron James, Tayla Manson, Jack Kayrouz and Alan Caprio.

Roller coasters, space travel, ping-pong toss, and Rhode Island have a lot in common. The connection? Nexperience’s virtual reality programs.

Virtual reality is a computer-simulated experience that can visually transport an individual to another real or imagined world.

Nexperience, which opened in the Warwick Mall Aug. 1, allows individuals to try their virtual reality systems using the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality head set. By placing the Oculus Rift over the eyes with headphones, individuals are exposed to a separate reality from the one around them. The software costs only $7 and can be bought at the Nexperience Kiosk closer to the Target side in the mall.

The programs Nexperience has created are a roller coaster, a drive through space, a walk through Providence and Waterfire. Nexperience also, with the help of motion sensors, has allowed for gaming capabilities with their software; thus, the experience goes beyond a visual experience; a computerized reality that can be interacted with.

Tayla Manson tried out the roller coaster ride software. Her head moved from side to side and at one point her hands even flew up into the air.

She said, “This is absolutely amazing. Everything you see and hear, it’s exactly like really being on a real roller coaster; it even feels like it.”

Aaron James, Kevin Murphy and Eric Hall partnered together to begin Nexperience. They reached out to game development and simulation programming majors at New England Institute of Technology (NETECH).

Fifteen students participated in a four-week “hackathon” where they worked ceaselessly to design and produce virtual reality software.

This is the software you can try and buy at their kiosk.

James explained that many of the NETECH students have become part-time employees for Nexperience. The mall kiosk is to help the students have a job where they can put into practice all of their education while also helping fund the next step in their lives.

James said, “We wanted entrepreneurial students. They have basically employed themselves. They took it upon themselves to test and showcase their hard work. We have really talented students in this state.”

After the 38 Studios debacle, James said it will be a long time before any gaming or tech company wants to come to Rhode Island.

James said, “We want to restore hope and faith in Rhode Island and its tech community.”

Virtual reality is still a relatively new technology, but in the past few years it has begun to grow rapidly.

James said, “We all wanted to jump on the rising tide of virtual reality before it explodes.”

Nexperience is working with different companies sharing its technology. They have had discussions with NASA, whose virtual reality program has only two developers compared to Nexperience’s eight.

Virtual reality has many real uses beyond fun experiences and gaming. The software can help train first responders for natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other instances without any danger. They can visually see, hear and assess a scene without the cost of hiring people and renting places to do the training.

There is hope that virtual reality will also be able to better assist scientists handling robots in space.

There is also opportunity for virtual reality to soar in tourism. Travelers could explore their destinations and hotels before booking or leaving for their trip.

Virtual reality is just beginning to reach a consumer level and both James and his team believe virtual reality is about to take off.

James said, “We wanted to get into this business before it explodes hitting the consumer market. We could be the leading programmers.”

Nexperience is on the cusp of virtual reality technology and is sharing it with Rhode Island. They are looking to expand their business as well as their technology.

Nexperience is looking for help in expanding, the main reason they began selling their software, but they are also looking for donations.

For more information on Nexperience or to donate to their cause, visit their kiosk in the Warwick Mall or their Kickstarter fundraiser page on their website at www.Nexperience.technology. They also have a Facebook page, Twitter account and YouTube channel.

via Virtual reality entrepreneur sees opportunity for jobs – Warwick Beacon.

 

How 3-D Printing Will Change Our Lives – WSJ

3-D Printing, it has gotten a lot of attention over the last year. It is changing everything from the automotive industry to the medical industry. At New England Tech our focus is on Advanced Manufacturing. Our Mechanical Engineering Technology grads are in demand because we are teaching skills that are in demand, like 3-D Printing.

From The Wall Street Journal.com:

The technology could change how we do everything from packing for trips to what’s made in our kitchens

EARLIER THIS YEAR, a hapless penguin at the Warsaw Zoo lost his lower beak, either in a fall or a fight, and there were concerns that the bird might starve to death because the damage left him unable to eat. Omni3D, a Polish 3-D printer firm, came to the rescue, offering to produce a new beak—based on a dead penguin’s, to get an idea of the dimensions—from materials including nylon.

To read the entire story click the link: How 3-D Printing Will Change Our Lives – WSJ.

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs, including Mechanical Engineering Technology.

More Information | Apply Now

Contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu 

R.I. company’s product line close to becoming reality

VIRTUAL REALITY: Nexperience, which just opened in the Warwick Mall, allows people to try and buy their new virtual reality software. Pictured from left to right is Sean Couepel, Aaron James, Tayla Manson, Jack Kayrouz and Alan Caprio. Photo from The Warwick Beacon – Kelcy Dolan

New England Tech is Game Development and Video Game Design students have enjoyed their time interning for Nexperience and have found it to be a very rewarding experience.  Today’s start up could be the next Apple and these students are getting an opportunity to contribute at the ground level.

From The Providence Journal:

Shoppers at Warwick Mall get to test virtual reality software produced by Nexperience

By BARBARA POLICHETTI JOURNAL STAFF WRITER

WARWICK — The Warwick Mall carousel, tried and true with its poised steeds, had its fair share of riders Sunday as a gray day drew people indoors.

But some bypassed the merry-go-round and found a very different kind of ride when they stopped at a new kiosk in the mall that showcases the virtual reality software of a new Rhode Island-based company that hopes to make a name for itself.

Nexperience opened its kiosk — or “tech pod” — a couple of days ago to give people a chance to try out the virtual reality experiences it is creating.

People were invited to have a seat, pop on a special mask and headphones and then hop on a stomach-lurching roller-coaster ride through prehistoric terrain or take a more relaxing option and glide past the planets.

“Whoa!,” was the most frequently uttered exclamation as people grabbed the edge of their seats as they gazed into the electronic goggles that had them believing that they were being hurled about on a wild roller-coaster ride.

“Oh my goodness, it was so life-like,” said Staci Kolb, of East Greenwich, after she had watched her 11-year-old son, Christopher, laugh his way through the ride.”

“I felt like I had to hold onto the chair,” said Kolb, who also tried out the virtual ride.

“It was really like being on a roller coaster,” said Christopher, who then asked his mom if they could buy one.

Soon, but not yet.

Aaron James, one of three Rhode Islanders who recently launched Nexperience, said that the company hopes to have its virtual reality products for sale soon and predicts that they will be “hot items” come Christmas.

The company creates the visuals and the software that is teamed up with a special headset created by another company, Oculus.

James said that although Nexperience is new, its goals are big and potential product line limitless.

Virtual reality games are a first option because fun is a great way to introduce people to the technology, said Kevin Murphy of East Greenwich, who along with James and Eric Hall is a founding member of the company.

He was at the mall Sunday watching his 7-year-old daughter, Mary Grace, giggle as she “rode” the volcanic roller coaster over and over.

“It’s just like watching her play with blocks or a ball for the first time,” he said. “There is that sense of awe.”

James and Murphy said that beyond games, they have other plans for the technology. The virtual reality experience has many uses in education, they said, and also in job training.

Sensors put on participants can track how they respond to different scenarios, James said, noting that he thinks that Nexperience is capable of developing effective training software for firefighters, emergency medical technicians and other “first responders.”

The company currently has work space at the Hatch Entrepreneurial Center in Providence and is staffed by five employees, who are augmented by more than a dozen interns from the New England Institute of Technology.

James said that the company is seeking corporate sponsors and plans to launch an Internet fundraising drive shortly.

“From education to entertainment, there really are an infinite number of possibilities,” Murphy said.

 

Career Services upcoming Career Fairs

8-Tech Career ExpoThese events are NOT open to the public.  They are OPEN to all current students and New England Tech Alumni.

Summer Quarter:

Vet Tech Career Fair:Tuesday, September 16, (week 9) Time: 9:30 – 11:30 am

Location:Post Rd. Student Lounge

(Open to all current students and alumni for VET)

 

Fall Quarter:

Health Sciences Career Fair: Monday – October 20, (week 3) 9:30 am – 12:00 noon (?)

Location: Tech Way 3rd floor

(Open to all current students and alumni for RC, OTA, MSOT, PTA, NUR, CMA, ST, HIM, HCM)

SAMI Makes a Splash

Instructor Todd Sposato (left) with student David Luccier

Instructor Todd Sposato (left) with student David Luccier

The Official Launch of New England Tech’s Shipbuilding/Marine Trades and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI) was nothing short of a great success. Held on Monday, July 21, 2014, at the Post Road campus, NEIT’s administration, faculty and staff were joined by Rhode Island’s congressional delegation, SAMI industry partners, and other invited guests. SAMI is funded in part by a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, a $440,000 grant from the RI Governor’s Workforce Board, and a $50,000 award from the Rhode Island Foundation.

Student Philip DeLuca

Student Philip DeLuca

SAMI was established to provide Rhode Island employers with a pipeline of skilled workers in the shipbuilding and advanced manufacturing industries. NEIT staff worked closely with employers to develop evaluation curricula, training programs, and laboratories designed to provide eligible unemployed Rhode Island residents with the skills needed to enter the workforce. To date, 90% of the program completers are working in jobs with the following employers: General Dynamics/Electric Boat, Blount Boats, Senesco Marine, Aerotek Staffing Agency, Guill Manufacturing, R.I. Carbide Tool, Pilgrim Screw Company, Maro Display Company, Swissline Precision and Porter Machine.

Student Edward Vazquez (left) with Congressman David Cicilline

Student Edward Vazquez (left) with Congressman David Cicilline

Steve Kitchin, New England Tech’s Vice President for Corporate Education and Training, served as the Master of Ceremonies. Guest speakers included Senator Jack Reed; Senator Sheldon Whitehouse; Congressman James Langevin; Congressman David Cicilline; Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian; Sean Davies, Facility Manager at Electric Boat; and SAMI graduate, Donnie Daniel, Jr. Before closing the program, a submarine prototype built by SAMI students was christened by NEIT’s Senior Vice President, Cheryl Connors. SAMI facility tours were also conducted.

Senior Vice President, Cheryl Connors christened the submarine prototype built by SAMI students.

Senior Vice President, Cheryl Connors christened the submarine prototype built by SAMI students.

Since the SAMI launch, more than 100 individuals have inquired about the training programs. For more information, visit www.SAMIRI.org or call 401-467-7744 ext. 3700.

NEIT Expands Hands-on Training in Engineering Technology Programs

EAST GREENWICH, RI – New England Institute of Technology has added to its extensive equipment inventory in the engineering technology department with high-tech systems used in industry to provide enhanced hands-on training to students in the college’s Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Technologies. Today’s employers are seeking highly skilled technicians in the manufacturing and engineering fields. The Instron 5982 Advanced Mechanical Testing System will give 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. The most common uses of such mechanical testing systems are for tensile (pulling), compression (crushing), bend, peel, shear, tear and cyclic tests to determine the best material to use to manufacture a product.  NEIT added the Instron 5982 to its lab equipment inventory so that engineering technology students in both the associate and bachelor’s degree programs are trained on state-of-the-art equipment, making these individuals highly sought after by today’s employers in the manufacturing and construction fields.

NEIT’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program is accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

If you would like additional information about any of New England Tech’s over 40 Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs, including Civil Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology.

More Information | Apply Now

Contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744 or email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu

 

 

 

Temporary Closures of Route 2 at I-95 Overpass

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) has announced plans and dates to close a nearby section of Route 2 (Quaker Lane/South County Trail), both northbound and southbound, on four separate occasions beginning Tuesday, August 19, that will affect travel to NEIT’s  East Greenwich (EG) Campus.  This plan will allow RIDOT to replace the I-95 bridges that span Route 2 with new bridge structures that have recently been assembled on adjacent sites.

The following provides (1) SUGGESTED ROUTES as to how to avoid the construction and road closures and (2) PLANNED DATES OF THE CONSTRUCTION as provided by the Department of Transportation (RIDOT). For additional or updated information about this project visit RIDOT’s website at http://www.dot.ri.gov/.) SUGGESTED ROUTES:  Here are some suggested “work arounds” to facilitate your travel to the EG Campus. (If you live nearby and walk to NEIT using Route 2 in that area, please see the last suggestion.) Traveling Southbound on Route 95:  take Exit 9 (the left-hand exit onto the Route 4 ‘split’) and take the first exit (Exit 8) “Division Road” then take a left at the light at the end of the ramp (opposite the Eleven Forty Nine Restaurant).  Travel along Division Road until you cross Route 2. Traveling Northbound on Route 95:  You would continue to take exit 8A onto Route 2 South, as this exit will remain open at all times.  Alternatively, you could take Exit 7 off of Route 95, to avoid possible construction delays as you approach Route 2. From Exit 7 (New London Turnpike.) take a right.  New London Turnpike ends at Division Road.  Take a left onto Division Road to reach NEIT. Traveling Southbound on Route 2 (South County Trail/Quaker Lane):  DON’T!  If you haven’t already identified an alternate approach, RIDOT will detour you onto I-95 South at the ramp just beyond Cardi’s Furniture on Route 2, then to Exit 7 (New London Turnpike).  From there, take a left onto New London Turnpike, then either take a left onto the ramp for I-95 North to Exit 8-A (the continuation of Route 2 South after a 5-mile detour) or take a left where New London Turnpike turns onto Division Road, as described in the example above.  The Division Road option is a mile longer but may be quicker, depending on construction traffic. Another option from Quaker Lane is to take Cowesett Road, heading east, to Love Lane in Warwick.  At the end of Love Lane, turn right onto Division Street.  Division Street then merges into Division Road at the stop sign.  Continue west on Division Road to NEIT. Walking on Route 2: Contact the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) Flex Bus Service to request transportation by a Flex Bus to the NEIT campus. This service is by reservation only, with 48 hours notice (not including Saturday and Sunday) required. Information about RIPTA’s Flex Bus service can be found at http://www.ripta.com/flex-service.  PLANNED DATES OF THE CONSTRUCTION: Route 2, both north and south, at the overpass carrying I-95 traffic, will be closed on four separate dates in August, as follows:

  • Tuesday, August 19 – starting at 10:00 p.m. – through Wednesday morning commute August 20
  • Friday, August 22 – starting at noontime – through afternoon commute
  • Sunday, August 24 – starting at 7:00 a.m. – until 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 26 – starting at 9:00 p.m. – through 3:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 27

The Wednesday (8/20) morning commute and the Friday (8/22) afternoon commute would be of most concern to members of the NEIT community and to visitors to the EG Campus. 

During these construction periods, traffic on I-95 will experience lane shifts, with both northbound and southbound traffic using one bridge while the other is being replaced.

Getting people back to work

Great blog and video from The Rhode Island Foundation about our new SAMI program.

On Monday, July 21st the New England Institute of Technology officially announced its Shipbuilding and Advanced Manufacturing Institute (SAMI).

Catch up with students and faculty in this video from our Digital Reporter Connie Grosch.

For more on this visit: Rhode Island Foundation Blog | Getting people back to work.