New England Tech Architecture Students Design Keefe Transportation Center RI

Ribbon Cutting and Dedication of The Keefe Transportation Center
Text by Gita Brown, Staff Writer | RIC

The Keefe Transportation Center – a site for RIC’s new bus shelter, zip cars, rental bicycles and, perhaps, a recharging station – was dedicated this month.

Keefe Transportation Center - Zip Car, Bus, Bike - designed by New England Tech

Like so many of the milestones that mark Nancy Carriuolo’s presidency at Rhode Island College, this center is the result of extraordinary collaborations.

In her opening remarks at the ribbon cutting, Carriuolo said, “This is a story of two higher education institutions working collaboratively, of students and the administration working to make the college greener and safer, of local professionals providing their expertise and of donors stepping forward to provide all the necessary resources. Quite a team and quite an achievement.”

She recounted how two years ago students from RIC’s Student Community Government requested
a bus shelter. “They were led by a very able, very vocal student Aaron Buckley ’12,” she said.

The students were concerned that commuters waiting for the RIPTA bus had no shelter from bad
weather. They argued that without a bus shelter, commuters might stop catching the bus. Decreased usage of public transportation meant more cars on campus.

One of the primary goals of Carriuolo’s presidency has been to create a greener campus. The herding of more cars into lots – and more carbon emissions – was not the green campus she envisioned.

“We understood the need for a shelter,” Carriuolo said, “but our problem was how to put up a shelter with a very limited budget.”

She contacted an old friend, Richard Gouse, president of the New England Institute of Technology (NEIT), to ask if his architectural students might take on the challenge of designing a bus shelter for RIC. Gouse was delighted.

Architectural design for RI Keefe bus shelter, Zip Car terminal by New England TechThe students were grouped into teams, and each team presented their designs before a RIC panel.
Once a final design was selected, Saccoccio & Associates, an architectural firm in Cranston, RI,
agreed to refine the specs pro bono.

“They saved us a great deal of money,” Carriuolo said.

RIPTA also worked on the specs, making modifications.

And in June 2012 the Bailey Group began construction on the building. Funding came from private
donations made to the college and by a donation from the Class of 2011.

The most significant private contribution was made by John Smith, ’63, ’67 MA, a longtime supporter of RIC, a former trustee, a member of the board of RIC’s Foundation and current vice chair of the Foundation.

In honor of his generosity, the transportation center was named after his deceased mother Anna Veronica Keefe Smith ’33, ’67 MA.

John Smith ’63, ’67 MA Following the president’s remarks, Gouse, Smith and Travis Escobar, speaker of parliament for

RIC’s Student Community Government, addressed the audience.

Richard Gouse – New England Tech
Nancy Carriuolo – RI College

Gouse commended Carriuolo for being a catalyst for bringing people together. While Escobar said President Carriuolo and her administration really listen to student ideas.

Smith extolled the changing landscape at RIC under Carriuolo’s leadership – the newly renovated Recreation Center, construction of the Alex and Ani Art Center, the passage of Referendum 3 – the largest bond in the history of the college – which slates Craig-Lee Hall, Gaige Hall and the Fogarty Life Science building for renovations. RIC has many ribbon cuttings to look forward to and much to be proud of, said Smith.

“We are on the move.”

Ribbon cutting for Keefe Transportation CenterDignitaries at the ceremony included Scott Avedisian, mayor of the City of Warwick and chair of RIPTA; Raymond Hull, state representative; J. R. Pagliarini, representative of Mayor Taveras’ office; Doug Sherman, associate provost and special assistant to the president of NEIT; Richard McNeil of the Bailey Group; Mark Saccoccio and Ron Stevenson of Saccoccio & Associates Architects; Edward Scott, director of information technology at RIPTA; and Cristy Raposo, marketing coordinator at RIPTA.

New England Tech Provides Flight Training To Fill The Hire Demand

Airlines Face Pilot Shortage – New England Tech Has A Solution

Excerpts from an article by Time Magazine on the current shortage of airline pilots and the need for more flight training to fill the skills gap and immediate hire demand:

Flight Training School - New England TechAir travel can be torturous enough as it is—with delays, cancellations, lost luggage and expensive tickets—but experts warn that another problem looms on the horizon, threatening to further complicate the commercial airline experience: a pilot shortage. According to the Wall Street Journal, U.S. airlines are on track to run out of pilots in the near future and are facing the most serious scarcity of trained aviators since the 1960s.

The paper reports that more than half of American pilots are over age 50, and there is a dearth of qualified candidates to fill the cockpits that will be left empty when they retire. The mandatory retirement age for pilots is 65 years old (extended from 60 in 2007), meaning that thousands are expected to leave their careers with no one to replace them, the Journal notes.”

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“According to the Journal, JetBlue Airways Corp.’s chief executive, Dave Barger, said in October that the airline industry is “facing an exodus of talent in the next few years” and may “wake up one day” to find that there is no one to “operate or maintain” the planes.”

“Although estimates vary, Darby’s firm calculates that U.S. airlines collectively employ close to 96,000 pilots, but that they will need to hire at least 65,000 more in the next eight years.”

“American Airlines, which recently announced it will add more international routes next year, said it intends to hire 2,500 pilots over the next five years—although even that may not be enough to maintain its ranks at current levels. The carrier currently employs 8,000 active pilots—down from the 14,000 it had in 2001 after it bought TWA, according to the Associated Press.”

“While passengers may still complain of jam-packed cabins, the cockpits now appear decidedly less crowded.”

 

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Check Out What Employers Are Saying About New England Tech Grads

New England Tech - Where New England HiresCheck out what employers are saying about New England Tech Grads:

 “Of all the local schools in RI, New England Tech has been the most responsive when it comes to recruiting students and alumni.”
American Ring Co., Inc.

“The trend for NEIT grads is still positive relative to finding jobs.  A great school with great results!”
Jeffrey Tracey, Manager, IBM

“We have had a great deal of success using NEIT grads to staff our organization. Fully one-third of NetCenergy employees are graduates of or current students at NEIT.”
Don Nokes, Present, NetCenergy

“We have been very impressed with the quality of the applicants that you have forwarded to us here at Astro.  In fact, we had hired six previously who continue to work out well and have also hired two more in the past week.
Mike Fanning, Astro of New England LLC.

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New England Tech Professor Takes the Plunge for Special Olympics

New England Tech Professor Takes the Plunge for Rhode Island Special Olympics

Robin and MikeCongratulations to Robin Schutt, Professor and Department Chair for the Humanities and Social Sciences department, for being selected as excelsior for the 37th Annual Rhode Island Penguin Plunge (01/01/2013) sponsored by Special Olympics RI. 

Robin was selected based on her commitment to this very worthy organization along with her last year’s donations. She will share her new responsibilities with fellow excelsior, Mike Horan.  In this role, Robin and Mike will work with Tracy Garabedian, Special Olympics RI’s events coordinator, to plan this year’s plunge.

As an excelsior, Robin, along with Mike, will wear the traditional red bow-tie and white bathrobe prior to the plunge. Then at plunge time, they will lead the brave crowd into the water!  The plunge was originally located in Jamestown, RI, but it has been moved to Roger Wheeler State Beach in Narragansett, RI (the old Sand Hill Cove).

Dawn Edmonson, Assistant Professor in the Architectural/Building Engineering Rhode Island Penguin PlungeTechnology program at NEIT has also donated her time and expertise to work with Robin on designing the logo for the 2013 plunge. The logo was used on all the sweatshirts, t-shirts, pins, and hats as well as billboards and advertisements promoting this great event.

Great job Robin & Dawn with this most worthy cause!

New England Tech Automotive School High Performance Professor Awarded

Derek Martel Teaching Automotive High Performance Class at New England Tech.NEIT Automotive School – High Performance Faculty Member, Derke Martel, receives national recognition

Derek Martel, Assistant Professor in New England Tech’s Transportation Technology department (the automotive school), couldn’t be happier.  The New England Tech college community couldn’t be prouder either.

Derek receives national recognition

Derek is the recipient of the MAHLE Champion Technician Award recognizing him as the top high performance engine technician in the country.
His nomination by Professor Christopher Bannister in New England Tech’s Transportation Technology program was chosen from all those received by MAHLE Clevite.  The other nominees were all very qualified as well, yet Derek was voted as the most qualified to be named “Champion.”  In addition to this honor, Derek and his wife will be traveling to Las Vegas to participate in MAHLE’s Champion’s Week and receive his award.MAHLE Celvite, Inc., in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  MAHLE is an aftermarket supplier of more than 100,000 automotive products that are designed and manufactured to the same strict quality standards used for the large automotive brands. The company has 24 international locations including six sales offices and employs nearly 1,500 employees.

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We congratulate Derek for this well-deserved honor – we are so fortunate to have such an outstanding faculty member at New England Tech’s Automotive School!