NEIT Offers New, Leading Edge Electronics, Robotics, & Drone Degree

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Want to fly high in the technical revolution? The new Associate in Science Degree in Electronics, Robotics, and Drone Technology (ERD) at New England Institute of Technology provides leading-edge education and training in some of the most robust, exciting and emerging fields of the 21st Century.

The use of robots and aerial drones will drive structural changes in our economy and everyday life in areas ranging from driverless cars and medical procedures to automated manufacturing processes and aerial product delivery.

The Federal Aviation Administration anticipates the creation of 100,000 new jobs in the drone technology field, while USA Today reports that in the next three years, the use of drones is predicted to inject $13.6 billion in the U.S. economy.

Electrical and Electronics Engineers working with robotics and automated systems are responsible for the design, testing and operation of robotics and associated equipment. You’ll learn the necessary skills in robotic programming languages, robotic architecture and operating systems, and software interfaces. Beginning with electronic foundation core courses and culminating in aerial drone, robotics, and automation systems, our curriculum will provide you with the knowledge required to succeed in these modern high-tech fields.

Laboratory projects highlighted in ERD courses include active, hands-on experiences with robotic control systems and drone applications, data acquisition/control/communication, digital electronics, microprocessor control, and programmable automation controllers (PACs). Lab projects have been developed to simulate actual job conditions.

Aerial drone-specific courses will prepare you to sit for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Section 107 Commercial Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) exam for pilot certification. In addition, technical elective courses provide the opportunity for in-depth study in areas including drone engineering, renewable energy systems, computer networking, CAD and manufacturing quality.

Graduates of this program are qualified to seek entry-level employment in several emerging areas such as drone mission programming [KS2], research and development, new product design, product testing, field service, controls engineering, manufacturing of complex electronic assemblies and systems, installation, marketing, and customer service. Associate degree graduates can also continue in the NEIT Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology program.

Learn more about how New England Tech can help your career take flight at www.neit.edu.

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New England Tech Digital Media Production Students to Showcase Their Videos at Backfocus Exhibition on May 17

New England Tech Backfocus Exhibit for Digital Media Production

Have a passion for video? Want to see where professional education can take your creative and technical skills? Curious about what New England Tech students are producing? Then check out the latest and greatest student videos at this year’s Backfocus exhibition on May 17, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the Hall of Fame Room.

Backfocus is an annual showcase of outstanding video work from students in New England Institute of Technology’s Digital Media Production (DMP) program. Pieces shown in the exhibition are selected by faculty from more than 40 media-focused classes. This year’s exhibition will include music videos, short documentary subjects, video poems, promotional pieces, advertisements, radio and podcast content and animated films.

“Many things stand out about this year’s work,” says Sally Kingsbury, the creator of Backfocus. “We have some great storytelling examples, both sound and picture, as well as a high degree of technical artistry.”

At the heart of our Backfocus showcase is the developing artistry and voice of our DMP students. Viewing the show, you’ll be able to see the progression from novice to professional digital producer manifest itself in the work. “One of the things that faculty try to emphasize is not only the excellent visual imagery that students have the ability to produce, but also what story their projects are telling,” says Professor Matt Morin. “In the end, as technically savvy as our students are, we are ultimately training visual storytellers, and I think this year’s Backfocus proves that.”

Stop by, grab a slice of pizza, and enjoy the showcase!

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Alumni Spotlight: Retired Army Vet Glenn Josephides Pursuing His Passion

New England Tech - military friendly college“My military career made me a better student”

Retired U.S. Army veteran Glenn Josephides pursued his life-long passion for automotive technology at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) by securing three associate degree programs in Automotive Technology with High Performance; Automotive Collision Repair Technology; and Advanced Marine Technology.

  • What prompted you to return to school as an adult learner?
    One simple phrase sums up why I returned to school after I retired from the Army. I’ve made it a life motto: ‘Life is a learning lesson:  If you don’t learn something during the day; that was wasted.’
  • Why did you choose New England Institute of Technology?
    I’ve worked on cars as a hobbyist and tinkered with other types of equipment my whole life. I was self-taught and have never had formal or even informal guidance. New England Tech not only provided an opportunity for that formal instruction, but it also offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees and not just Certificates of Training. The combination of lecture and hands-on application provides the ‘Full Spectrum of Learning.’
  • What military education benefits, such as the GI Bill, did you use?
    New England Tech is a Yellow Ribbon participant. I started at NEIT using the last of my Montgomery GI Bill (Ch. 30). Then used my Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch. 33) with the Yellow Ribbon.
  • What has your experience been like as a student or alumnus?
    As a ‘non-traditional’ student I’ve had a different set of challenges to overcome. The traditional student is fresh from a learning environment and typically has fewer responsibilities in life. My academic career has a different set of hurdles in addition to furthering my knowledge; fatherhood and homeownership to mention a couple. The instructors have been nothing short of magnificent. Their ability to instruct the complex material at levels to keep everyone challenged and yet not over-burdened is an art skill.

“Life is a learning lesson”

  • What challenges did you have adjusting to campus culture after military life?
    The challenge one faces during a transition from a structured to a non-structured way of life are unique.  Timeliness, accountability, and responsibility are more exemplified in the military, plus there’s a level of efficiency in the military that’s not appreciated until it becomes void in your life.
  • Do you believe your military experience made you a better student?
    There’s absolutely no question that my military career has made me a better student! Time management, focus, and respect are only a few non-tangible lessons learned that have helped me through all of my aforementioned challenges during my academic career.
  • What advice do you have for veterans returning to school?
    Be the example! Maintain your ‘military bearing.’ You’re looked to as a leader by your fellow students as well as by your instructors.
  • Any additional thoughts?
    My overall experience at New England Tech has been very fulfilling. All three degree programs have proven to be rewarding challenges. I’m looking forward to seeing what adventures are coming as I enter the next chapter of life……. Stay tuned J

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News from Career Services: April Recap – Who hires New England Tech grads?

In addition to having 1,162 graduates become part of the Class of 2017, over 40 students and graduates let the Career Services Office know that they secured employment, while almost 300 job leads came into the office from employers looking to hire our skilled candidates.

  • Electronics Engineering Technician with Voltserver, East Greenwich, RI (ELTB)
  • Cyber Security Tech with General Dynamics Mission Systems, Taunton, MA (CYBT)
  • Software Engineer with MIKEL in Middletown, RI (ITSA)
  • Traveling Marine Technician with Freedom Boat Club, Brockton, MA (MT)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant with Orchard View Manor, East Providence, RI (PTA)
  • Network & Communication Engineer with Narragansett Bay Commission, Providence, RI (CYBT)
  • Network Engineering Tech with Verizon (ITN)
  • Production Technician with Yushin America, Cranston, RI (MCTA)
  • Draftsman with Gateway Ventures working at Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Newport, RI (MCTB)
  • Leap Training Program Associate with Fidelity in Smithfield, RI (ITS) Training will be in North Carolina for several months for experiential learning before starting the role at the Smithfield location
  • Respiratory Therapist with Tavares Pediatric Center, Providence, RI (RC)
  • IT Technician with Verizon (ITN)
  • IT Specialist with Arkendale Consulting, East Greenwich, RI (ITN). The company provides a free laptop and will pay for IT certifications
  • Design Draftsman with Antron Engineering & Machine Co., Bellingham, MA (MCTB)
  • Inside Sales Technician with Northeast Electrical Distributors, Brockton, MA (ELY)
  • Technician with State Nissan, East Providence, RI (AUT)
  • Technician with Boston Boat Works, Charlestown, MA (MT)
  • Rehab Director for Preferred Therapy Solutions, Brooklyn, CT (OTA)
  • Design Engineer with Advanced Technology Innovation, Wrentham, MA (MCTA)
  • Production Technician, with Sensata Technology, Attleboro, MA (ESTA)
  • Engineer for PMC Lighting, Warwick, RI (MCTA)
  • Mechanical Designer with Parkinson Technologies, Woonsocket, RI (MCTA)
  • Internet Sales with Langway Toyota – Nissan, Middletown, RI (MGTA)
  • Architect Intern for BKA Architects, Brockton, MA (IDB)
  • Apprentice Technician for Regan Heating & Air Conditioning, Providence, RI (RACH)
  • Electrical Engineer with Mulvey & Banai International Airport, Canada (ELTB)
  • Assistant Project Manager with Gentry Moving and Office Installation, Cranston, RI (CMT)
  • Field Engineer with Connecticut Engineering Enterprises, Bloomfield, CT (ABT)
  • Apprentice hired by CJ’s Plumbing & Heating, Smithfield, RI (PLBH)
  • Design Assistant – part time for Cypress Design, East Providence, RI (IDA)
  • Project Manager with D’Ambra Construction, Warwick, RI (CMT)
  • Analyst for IT Security with Dell Secure Works, Providence, RI (CYBT)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant with Orchard View Manor in East Providence, RI (PTA)
  • Customer Care Specialist with Cox Communications, W Warwick, RI (ITN) -free cable and on-site gym!
  • Web Designer with Ocean State Job Lot, N. Kingstown, RI (GMW)
  • Graphics Design & Marketing with Aqua Science, Wyoming, RI (GMW)
  • Vet Tech with Meadow Hill Veterinary Shoppe, Lebanon, CT (VET)
  • Clinical Medical Assistant with Concentra Urgent Care, Warwick, RI (CMA)
  • CMA grad landed a job in Vermont with an OBGYN
  • IT Technician with the Horace Man Educational Association, E. Greenwich, RI (ITN)

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Students in NEIT’s Nationally Ranked Vet Tech Program Further Their Training at Pets in Need Vet Clinic

Veterinary Technology students at New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) are getting real-world, hands-on experience doing what they love – working two days a week at the Pets in Need (PIN) Veterinary Clinic. The Clinic offers services to low-income pet owners at a 70 percent discount and offers a perfect experiential education opportunity for students.

The PIN clinic opened without fanfare in June of 2016. Within 48 hours, it received 106 calls from people who were unable to afford the veterinary care their pets desperately needed. Today, thirty veterinarians, including a board certified radiologist and board-certified surgeons, volunteer time to help PIN’s pets and their owners.

In 2016, New England Institute of Technology was cited as among the top 20 best colleges in the United States for the quality and value of its Veterinarian Technology degree program for 2016-2017.

The rankings were released by The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org), a leading higher education information and resource provider. The organization analyzed data from thousands of colleges across the U.S. to determine its list of top schools.

The story of Pets in Need is the story of love and determination—in equal parts. It began with an introduction. Dr. Hank Wietsma and Dr. Gary Block had helped create the Companion Animal Foundation, an organization that helps low-income pet owners—and it was through Block that Wietsma met John Gillespie. Gillespie, a retired healthcare executive and the owner of two dogs, was well aware of the cost of veterinary care. Gillespie was a founder of the Rhode Island Free Clinic, which opened in 1999 and provides medical services to low-income Rhode Islanders—and for some time he’d been thinking of a similar clinic for pets. Wietsma had the same vision of a place where low-income Rhode Islanders could bring their pets for low-cost, high-quality veterinary care. When Gillespie met Wietsma, the clinic came a step closer to being born.

Gillespie and Wietsma turned to Dr. Ernie Finocchio, president of the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and to the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association. Would the organizations support the creation of a clinic for people who couldn’t afford the care their pets needed? Two years of hard work followed as they searched for the right space and the right staff, culminating in the clinic’s opening in 2016.

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New England Tech – one of nine American Boat and Yacht Council’s Marine League of Schools

New England Tech - one of nine American Boat and Yacht Council Marine League of Schools logoBoats are big business. Powerboat mechanics is an active and growing industry throughout New England and particularly in Rhode Island. As the only (ABYC) Marine League of Schools in New England – and one of only nine in the United States – New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) offers a unique, multi-faceted associate degree in Marine Technology that sets the region’s education industry standard.

NEIT’s industry-focused, hands-on curriculum builds from its core focus on inboard/outboard marine engine gas and diesel maintenance and repair.

From there, topics covered include specialized areas such as marine drive systems, shipyard safety, management and operations, hull maintenance and repair, marine surveying, marine fuel systems, and marine electronics.

Specific program highlights include:

  • OSHA Marine Industry Shipyard Safety
  • Forklift Safety & Operations
  • Specialized NEIT – Yamaha Marine Outboard engine courses
  • Hull Maintenance and Repair, including welding, fiberglass repair, and painting
  • The opportunity for an industry internship
  • An optional quarter term of study in diesel engine advanced marine technology training

To further help students further their careers, program graduates are eligible for a range of industry-recognized certifications including:

  • RIDEM Boat Safety Certification
  • OSHA Marine Safety Certification
  • Yamaha Technician Certification
  • OSHA Forklift Operation Certification

The American Boat & Yacht Council developed the Marine League of Schools to address the marine industry’s need for post-secondary technical education. It assists these few select schools in the areas of curriculum development and instructor training/certification to help ensure that the training provided is relevant and up-to-date. Member schools are held to a higher standard due to their affiliation with ABYC. This targeted, industry-focused knowledge provides graduates with a unique opportunity to propel their careers as marine industry professionals and help them rise above their peers due to their advanced level knowledge.

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New England Tech Students Receive Recognition at International Student Business Competition

Three students from New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) competed in the case study competition at the Society for Advancement of Management (SAM) International Business Conference in Orlando, Florida recently – where two of the team members were recognized as “outstanding students.”

Over 30 U.S. and international business schools were invited to participate in the competition. The format for the competition was a 15-minute presentation with 10-minute Q&A. While most teams had several weeks to prepare the case and develop their solutions, New England Tech was only recently recognized as an official chapter of the Society in late March and its team had only a week and a half of preparation time before this competition.

“There were a lot of late nights and Domino’s orders,” said Brandon Verfurth ’17. “We thrived under the pressure and ended up with a really innovative solution. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when the clock is ticking faster than you’d like it to.”

This year’s case focused on Facebook, the global online social media and social networking service. The case asked teams to predict the needs of Facebook considering the rise of recent technology that is blocking advertising and impacting Facebook’s profitability. Teams could recommend adaptations of Facebook existing platforms, suggest a new product offering, pitch a merger/acquisition, or come up with any other ideas.

Alex Mathieu ‘17, explained the team’s solution. “We argued that blocking technology would always be at the same level, or one step ahead of Facebook. We looked at changing Facebook’s core business model,” he said. “We suggested a “premium” Facebook application that people would pay $1.00 a month. With recent developments in machine learning and strong expectations for future growth, we recommended that Facebook makes investments in machine learning now; so that it is the leader in predictive analytics software.”

Ally Dolan ’17, continued: “We learned a lot from the other teams especially how they approached the case. We thought we had a creative solution, but other teams looked at corporate leveraging and buyouts. It was amazing.”

While New England Tech did not place in the top three, Alex Mathieu ‘17 and Ally Dolan ’17 won Regional Outstanding Student Awards. The Regional Outstanding Student Awards are designed to recognize the outstanding academic, extracurricular, and professional achievements of SAM students. In addition to winning her regional award, Ally Dolan ’17 was also chosen as National Outstanding Student. The National Outstanding Award is selected by the Society for Advancement of Management’s Board of Directors from among the regional winners.

“These students have demonstrated a commitment to management excellence through practice and personal merit,” said faculty advisor Professor Hank Johnson. “Their accomplishments demonstrate the precepts of the Society and their general character. As the first President of the New England Tech SAM chapter, Ally worked so hard to build the chapter and overcome each challenge with poise and professionalism. She graduates leaving behind one of the strongest SAM chapters in the United States because of her leadership. For her to be recognized nationally is a huge honor and very well deserved.”

Learn more about how you can get on the fast track to success at www.neit.edu

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New England Tech Mechanical Engineering Students Pass National NIMS Exam

Recent Mechanical Engineering Technology students from New England Institute of Technology passed the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) Measurement, Materials, and Safety exam. This is the first exam (out of 52 distinct certifications) that must be taken by all students seeking NIMS credentials.

NIMS was established in 1995 by the metalworking trade association to develop and maintain a globally competitive workforce. The organization sets skills standards for the industry, certifies individual skills against the standards, and accredits training programs that meet NIMS quality requirements. Today, NIMS is the industry standard for training and skill validation for precision manufacturing jobs.

NIMS maintains accredited metalworking training programs and NIMS-registered organizations from coast to coast. NIMS has a stakeholder base of over 6,000 metalworking companies in partnership with the major trade associations in the industry, including the Association for Manufacturing Technology, the National Tooling & Machining Association, the Precision Machine Products Association, the Precision Metalforming Association, and the Tooling and Manufacturing Association.

It also provides exclusive training seminars for instructors and trainers, spotlighting machinist credentialing, and on-the-job training preparation, apprenticeship and workforce development training, and Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) training.

Great job by these students as well as the Mechanical Engineering Technology faculty who prepared them so very well.

Zachary Anderson
Jacob Bosse
Nickolas Cabral
Nicholas Carpenter
Alexander Caruso
Peter Chighine
Camden Clory
Michael Devona
Jarod Drury
Adrien Francois Jr.
Braer Franklin-Vinbury
Chase Gibson
Ryan Hiscox
Danielle Huguenin
Zachariah Lamoureux
Amber Levesque
Nicholas Martino
Comori Matthew
Andrew Miga
Juliana Odisi
Hunter Pratt
Ian Purdy
Antonio Rodriguez
Daniel Servant Jr.
Michael St. Rock
Nicholas Tricarico
Eric Wichland

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Red Sox Legend David Ortiz 34 to Deliver New England Tech Commencement Address

Red Sox 34 David Ortiz gives commencement address to New England Institute of Technology university

Boston Red Sox baseball legend David Ortiz [34] will deliver New England Institute of Technology’s (NEIT) commencement address on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

Ortiz, affectionately known as “Big Papi,” is one of the most prolific hitters in baseball history and a fan favorite on and off the field. Ortiz is credited with helping the Red Sox to their first World Series win in 86 years, and with leading the team to two more World Series championships. He hit an impressive 541 home runs during his career and is considered one of baseball’s all-time greatest clutch hitters for his ability to deliver under pressure. He was a galvanizing figure for the city of Boston following the Marathon bombings, encouraging the citizenry to “stay strong” and showing the way. New England Tech will have the honor of presenting Ortiz with his first honorary degree. During commencement, he will receive a doctor of humane letters in recognition of his leadership, and his work to help others – especially his efforts help children in New England and the Dominican Republic who face significant health challenges.

Ortiz, affectionately known as “Big Papi,” is one of the most prolific hitters in baseball history and a fan favorite on and off the field. Ortiz is credited with helping the Red Sox to their first World Series win in 86 years, and with leading the team to two more World Series championships. He hit an impressive 541 home runs during his career and is considered one of baseball’s all-time greatest clutch hitters for his ability to deliver under pressure. He was a galvanizing figure for the city of Boston following the Marathon bombings, encouraging the citizenry to “stay strong” and showing the way. New England Tech will have the honor of presenting Ortiz with his first honorary degree. During commencement, he will receive a doctor of humane letters in recognition of his leadership, and his work to help others – especially his efforts help children in New England and the Dominican Republic who face significant health challenges.

New England Institute of Technology will also honor two prominent Rhode Island business and community leaders. Bob and Warren Galkin are Chairman and Vice Chairman of Rhode Island’s NATCO Products Corporation, a home furnishings manufacturer and four-generation family business celebrating 100 years in operation. Together the brothers have steered their business through economic success and challenges and grown it into an international company with factories in China, Canada, Maine, Georgia and Rhode Island. They manufacture a variety of consumer products including curtains, carpets, and wooden furniture, and sell them in major retail stores. They have also invested in companies as diverse as employment agencies, assisted living centers and indoor soccer fields. They will receive honorary doctorates during commencement in recognition of their work to improve the lives of Rhode Islanders. They have been significant supporters of education, research, and healthcare. Warren set up endowment funds for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Warwick and spearheaded building and remodeling of the clubs. Bob and his late wife Wini have gifted hospitals, colleges, and historic preservation societies. The brothers are working together to turn the John F. Kennedy aircraft carrier into a Rhode Island museum. Both are dedicated to creating opportunities for the next generation.

This year marks New England Institute of Technology’s 76th commencement.

  • DATE: Saturday, April 30, 2017
  • TIME: Ceremony begins at 11 a.m
  • VENUE: Dunkin Donuts Center, 1 La Salle Square, Providence, Rhode Island (click for map)

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New England Tech Hosts Architecture, Construction, and Engineering Mentorships

New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) hosted an event recently showcasing the final presentations of 20 Rhode Island high school students who participated in the 2016 – 2017 ACE Mentoring RI West Bay program.

High school student developing an architectural model at NEIT

Rhode Island high school students with an interest in construction, architecture, and engineering technology participated in a five-month program at New England Tech which began in October of 2016. The program met weekly at NEIT through the final presentation of student projects on March 15. The student teams presented designs for a four story mixed use building consisting of commercial and residential spaces. The teams explained how they arrived at their decisions and final designs, with one team showing a 3D virtual interior tour video of its building.

The mentoring project was administered by a local affiliate of ACE Mentor Program of America, Inc., which mentors high school student across the country and helps them to pursue careers in architecture and construction and engineering (ACE). The organization works with more than 8,000 students each year. NEIT joins Rhode Island School of Design and Roger Williams University in providing support and sponsorship of this mentoring activity.

High school students display their ACE program completion certificates

In this year’s program, two of the industry mentors were NEIT alumni, Luis Rodriquez and Bill Pepin. “I had been looking for a chance to volunteer and give back,” says Bill, a project engineer. “I heard about ACE mentoring RI through my employer, Gilbane Building, and thought this was a great opportunity to guide young people, right here at New England Tech.” Thomas Gilbane, of Gilbane Building and chairman of the national ACE Mentoring board, was in attendance and spoke to the students and their families. Gilbane Building’s District Chief Estimator, Paul Olean – the ACE NEIT leader stated: “ACE Mentoring is a great program for high school students to get an idea of what it’s like to be part of our industry. New England Tech offers a tremendous environment to mentor in, and we’re very grateful to Erin Flynn and her team from the university.”

ACE not only involves professional volunteer mentors to work with students, it also provides scholarships. To date, ACE has granted more than $14 million in scholarship support to participating program students.

NEIT Department Chair of Design and Architecture, Phil Marks, spoke to the group about New England Tech and its numerous relevant majors at the associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree levels. Learn more about New England Tech’s unique degree programs and how they can help you realize your potential ahead of schedule. You can also Learn more about ACE at > http://www.acementorri.org.

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