Mechanical Engineering News

New England Tech Mechanical Engineering forms Quadricycle ClubStudents benefit greatly when instructors bring industry knowledge into the classroom, and that is especially true for individuals enrolled in NEIT’s Mechanical Engineering Technology (MCT) program.  Christopher Vasconcelos is an Assistant Professor in the MCT program and also serves as the advisor for the NEIT Quadricyle Club.  Similar to other faculty members, earning industry certifications and writing articles for publications are methods Chris uses to share his passion for mechanical engineering with his students.

Most recently, Chris received three certifications in machining through the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), an organization founded in 1995 by the metalworking trade associations to develop and maintain a globally competitive workforce by setting skills standards, granting 52 NIMS skills certifications, and accrediting training programs. Congratulations to Chris for earning Metalworking Skills Certifications in Milling I, Measurement, Materials & Safety, and Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout.

Chris has also authored several publications with his latest article, the “Shortstack Twin”, appearing in the July/August 2015 issue of “The Home Shop Machinist” magazine. Since 2008, MCT associate degree students have built more than 100 similar air engines and experienced the importance of a team building approach to learning.

Health Sciences Fair a Success

10-Health Sciences FairCareer Services Office held the annual Health Sciences Fair on Thursday, October 29, 2015. Nineteen employers were on campus to speak with potential health science’s candidates.  Employers included Care New England, Lifespan, Southcoast Health and Newton Wellesley Hospital. CharterCare Health Partners established a pipeline of candidates with the students they met.  First-time exhibitors were very impressed with the facility as well as the professionalism of the students.

Alumni Association Sponsored Workshops

David Lucier Explains the importance of incorporating a small business.

David Lucier Explains the importance of incorporating a small business.

Over the past several months, the NEIT Alumni Association has organized and sponsored workshops and seminars for alumni and their guests. As these events were so well received in the spring, they returned for a repeat performance this fall.

“Passport to Retirement”, hosted by Pioneer Financial, was a two-part, two-hour seminar conducted on September 10th and 17th and September 15th and 22nd.  This workshop was presented by Pioneer principal, Donald Horne, CLU, AIF, CFP, who created a “soup to nuts” retirement planning experience including information to help prevent negative consequences affecting retirement savings.

Tony Bucci discusses the insurance needs of a small business.

Tony Bucci discusses the insurance needs of a small business.

“How to Start and Run a Small Business” was conducted on October 14th and October 20th. “Starting and Running a Construction Company” was held on October 27th.  David Lucier, CPA, the principal of David Lucier, CPA, Inc. and Tony Bucci, President of Bucci Insurance Group, presented these informative workshops. Together with their collective business expertise, Lucier and Bucci educated attendees on the nuances of starting, running and growing a business.  Topics included writing a business plan, incorporating a business, developing a marketing campaign, securing financing, and insuring a business.

Because of the popularity of the small business workshops, they will be held again in January 2016.

For more information, contact Joan Segerson, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, at 401-739-5000 ext. 3704 or jsegerson@neit.edu.

2015 Industry Links Week

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From Left: Hans Kuster, CEO, AquaMotion; Ron Como, NEIT Heating Department Chair; Heating students: Joshua Loper, Victor Mariaca, Jeffrey Lenihan, Devon Hebert, Michael Sullivan, Matthew Henriques; and Mike Ferruccio, General Manager, AquaMotion.

Sixth quarter Heating Technology students participated in “Industry Links Week” from September 14-18 as they witnessed first-hand how their classroom knowledge is applied in the field.  On-campus presentations were held on Monday and Thursday provided by Nicholas Ranone, Chief Mechanical Investigator at the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, and Ron Manish, Service Manager at Dupuis Energy of Pawtucket, RI .  On Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, students visited Modine® Heaters in West Kingston, RI, Aqua Motion Inc. in Warwick, RI, and Amtrol® in West Warwick, RI where plant tours and presentations were given.

For more information on NEIT’s Associate in Science degree programs in Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology or Heating and Plumbing Technology or any of the college’s other building trades, technical, health sciences or professional programs, contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744, email NEITAdmissions@neit.edu or visit www.neit.edu.

Automation Lab Features New Training Equipment

12-Automation LabThe Electrical Engineering Technology department has completed the installation of its new Lab-Volt® 3531 Process Control Training System.  The equipment, which was purchased through a $117,000 grant from the Champlin Foundations, was installed in the department’s Automation Lab located in room S351.  The training system will be used by both Electrical Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology students for process measurement and control classes in the respective Bachelor of Science degree programs.  The courses will prepare students for today’s high-tech methods of process control techniques in the areas of flow, pressure and level.  The equipment installation completes the second phase of the Automation Lab.  Faculty from both departments completed a two-day training session provided by Lab-Volt®.

For more information on NEIT’s Electrical Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering Technology degree programs, contact the Admissions Office at 800-736-7744, by email at NEITAdmissions@neit.edu or visit www.neit.edu.

Surgical Technology Program Receives National Recognition

New England Tech’s Associate in Science degree program in Surgical Technology has received the annual merit award from the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (NBSTSA) for achieving at least a 90% graduate pass rate on the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) examination from August 1, 2014 to July 31, 2015. Graduates obtaining national certification as a CST demonstrate by examination the understanding of the basic competencies for safe patient care in the operating room. The CST is widely recognized nationally as the foremost credential for surgical technologists. This certification is required for employment by many local, state and national health care organizations. Congratulations to the graduates and faculty of NEIT’s Surgical Technology program for this achievement.

Student Tutors Hard At Work

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Travis Wilson, left, and Eddie Dipasquale with their test stand.

Travis Wilson is a 6th quarter student in NEIT’s Associate in Science degree program in Electrical Technology (ELY). Eddie DiPasquale is a 3rd quarter student in the Bachelor of Science degree program in Electrical Engineering Technology.  Both ELY tutors, Travis and Eddie designed a Power Factor Correction test stand to be used for lab demonstrations to NEIT students. The test stand will also be used during Electrical Technology’s Tech Nite presentations to prospective students and their families.

Power factor measures the percentage of electricity that is being used to do useful work and determines whether energy is being wasted.  Power factor monitoring is a demand-side energy management usage issue important to states, utility companies, and businesses to ensure safe and efficient use of power. Students in ELY’s 2nd quarter use trigonometry to study power factor as well as inductive and capacitive circuits.  This test stand allows students to see a real time power factor issue and learn how to correct it through the use of capacitors that reduce the electrical current drawn from a power supply and increase a system’s capacity.

Incorporating a one-horsepower motor, controls, wiring, lumber, and a ladder, Travis and Eddie worked together to design and build the test stand. They researched and sized all components and re-used various materials available in the lab.  Michael Petit, Department Chair of the Electrical Technology program stated, “This project demonstrates another way in which our ELY tutors help support our program, and we are all very grateful for the time they spent completing this project.”

Let the Games Begin!

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Jono Forbes, of the video game company Defective Studios, prepares a NEIT gaming student to help demonstrate his company’s virtual reality game “Archean Worldbuilder.”

The Video Game Development and Design Department held its 6th Annual Power Game Day on October 23rd. The day-long event featured nine guest speakers representing a wide range of companies from small independent developers to large gaming companies, from both the design and programming sectors of the video game industry, presented to more than 160 NEIT gaming students.  While most of the presenters were from the New England area, Rod Haxton, a sound engineer from Maryland, and Shota Nakama, a video game music composer who recently returned from a trip to his native Japan, shared their insights with gaming students and faculty.  A trade fair was held in the afternoon showcasing new technologies emerging in the field. Students had the opportunity to network with the morning speakers as well. To cap off the day, students enjoyed a “Super Smash Brothers” video game tournament.

In addition, the 2015 Summer Game Jam was held for 24 continuous hours on August 9-10. Thirty‐three students were divided into seven teams. Each team had to design a variety of games from concept through completion incorporating this year’s theme, “Which came first: the chicken or the egg”? One team broke from the video game tradition creating a full table card game, adding a new dimension to the mix.

For the fifth consecutive year, New England Tech has been selected as an official host site for the 2016 Global Game Jam.  This international, 48-hour game design event will be held on January 29-30, 2016, at the college’s East Greenwich campus.  Last year, more than 11,000 gamers participated at nearly 500 jam sites worldwide. Now in its eighth year, Global Game Jam continues to grow in popularity.  Individuals over the age of 18, who have pre-registered, will work together in small teams to create and complete a playable video game within the 48-hour time limit.  There is no pre-planning.  Teams are informed of the “secret game theme” at the start of the event. To register, visit http://games.neit.edu.

Respiratory Care

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From Left: (Back row) Jose Vieira, Andre Petrarca, Verlisa Smith, Shaquilah Dooley-Respiratory Care Club President, Melanie Deady, and Jason Holder. (Front row) Kaitlyn Poitras, Stephanie Velho, Tatiane Espada, Laysa Neto, Monica Carvalho, Rodney Ferreira, and Cheryl Ebbinghaus. (Not pictured): Nonja Borgella, Tamala Facas, and Danielle White.

Seventeen students from the 5th cohort of the Associate in Science degree program in Respiratory Care were the first graduates to participate in a traditional pinning ceremony.  Working together the class created a ceremony that was very memorable. The pinning ceremony is a symbolic event serving as a transitional step when graduates begin their professional careers.  The keynote speaker was Steven Trabucco, Manager of Respiratory Care at Landmark Hospital and a strong supporter of NEIT’s Respiratory Care program since its inception. Best of luck to the graduates.

The Road to a Career in Filmmaking

Katrina Morgan

Katrina Morgan

Katrina Morgan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Recording Arts (now named Digital Media Production) from New England Tech in 2009.  Since that time, Katrina has made her mark in the world of filmmaking.  The mother of two children, Aurora, 11, and TJ, 5, Katrina works long days as a Production Office Coordinator and film Co-Producer.  With the help of her mom, Katrina is able to balance her career with raising a family.  “Working three months and then enjoying a few months off before I gear up for the next film allows me to spend quality time with my children.   They are amazing being so supportive of my unique job.” Katrina shares her experiences with Tech News Readers. 

Why did you decide to attend NEIT for your degree? 

I really liked how unique the campus was along with the class sizes. The degree program attracted me as well as the hands-on experience using various video and audio equipment.

How did you choose your program? 

I grew up in the theatre and always knew I wanted to work in the entertainment business. However, it was difficult for me to find an area within the business that I felt confident in.  By attending NEIT, I was able to learn all aspects of film and audio production, which helped me focus my career. 

How did you get your career started? 

I was willing to work for free. A friend, Andrea Ajemian, who is a film producer, had posted on Facebook that she was looking for volunteer Production Assistants (PA) for her new movie. At the time I was freelancing so I was able to work for free.  I also wanted the opportunity to learn about the film scene in Worcester, which is near where I live. After I interviewed with her and volunteered for a few weeks, the production team ended up hiring me during the shoot as the Assistant Production Coordinator. 

Tell us about your current position.

I am a member of Local 161 as a Production Office Coordinator, and I am also a Co-Producer with Andrea whom I have now worked with for five years. I have worked on 12 movies as the Production Office Coordinator and 2 movies as the Co-Producer where I received my first front end credit. I have learned a lot from Andrea and look forward to doing more films together.

Most of the films can be seen on Lifetime.  Currently, two features that I co-produced are being shown on Lifetime, “The Assault” and “Don’t Look Back” the latter of which was filmed in Idyllwild, California, and my first film shot outside of Massachusetts.

One theatrical film, “The Forger” with John Travolta, was released to On Demand while other theatrical films I have done are yet to be released. I recently worked on “Purge 3” filming in Warwick and Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

What do you feel ultimately prepared you for your position? 

I feel my years in customer service, my education at NEIT and my drive to work in this business prepared me for the job.

Do you have any advice for graduates who are just beginning their job search?  

To be honest, getting your foot in the door is the hardest part, but once you’re in and you prove yourself, people will refer you for other projects. My advice is to be honest and true to yourself. Don’t take a job on a film if you don’t really believe in it or want to be there. Working in film production means 12 hour days or longer so if you don’t want to be there, it won’t be a good experience.

What can current students do to better prepare themselves for jobs in this field? 

Although you do a lot in school, you have a lot more to learn out in the field so never stop learning. Be willing to “get the coffee” without complaint, no one is above getting coffee.  Also listen and pay attention. There are opportunities everywhere. When I first was volunteering, I was doing various PA jobs for the production. Only by paying attention to what the production needed was I able to end up working in the office and thus starting my career as a Production Office Coordinator.