Every day, engineering students and faculty at the University of Rhode Island turn big ideas into reality. Meet some of our Big Thinkers and explore how their transformative ideas shape our world.
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URI Assistant Professor Bin Li feels right at home at URI, despite growing up and completing his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees more than 7,800 miles away in Xiamen, China. “Xiamen University, where I studied, is very close to a beautiful beach and like many of the URI building that surround the Quad, their oldest buildings […]
Thomas Garabedian has an eye on the future. While at the URI Engineering, he majored in Industrial Systems Enginering and minored in Business Administration. Thomas came into URI as an undeclared engineering major, but quickly determined that Industrial and Systems Engineering really sparked his interest. He says it’s a different type of engineering– it is […]
Nicole Nigri has always had a passion for science and math. While she is graduating in 2016 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, both Mechanical and Industrial Systems Engineering have a place in her heart. During her time at URI, Nicole has worked to broaden her understanding of what real-world engineering experiences will be like. […]
By: Angela Marshall 05/17/2016 Excellence truly shines in Engineering. On May 22, 2016, University of Rhode Island’s College of Engineering honored eight students representing the best of the best from the undergraduate degrees conferred by the college. Recipients of the University Rhode Island College of Engineering Excellence Awards spanned not only degrees in Electrical or […]
From a young age, Matthew Carroll expressed a keen interest in computers, math, and science. When looking into turning passion into a possible career, computer engineering was the perfect fit. The URI Engineering, in particular, offered an excellent program in his area of interest while allowing him to stay within Rhode Island, something he considered […]
Katie Brown is passionate about helping people. As a biomedical engineer, she intends to help improve the lives of many applying the skills she’s learned at URI Engineering. Her experience in the International Engineering Program (IEP) and travels to Chile showed her the global need for affordable and accessible health care options. She says, Chile […]
Michael Desmarais attributes his love for science and math to great teachers in high school that sparked his interest early in the STEM fields. Chemical engineering was a natural outgrowth of that, he says. He notes that while chemical engineers may be working on a small scale in terms of molecules, nanotechnology, and so on, […]
Anthony DiGiantomasso inherited a passion for civil engineering from his father. The senior DiGiantomasso also has a degree in civil engineering and works for the construction industry; Anthony himself got a taste for it while working with his father. “I always thought I would go into construction myself,” he says, but once at the University […]
For Rhode Island native Ian Mace, the IEP program and its international perspective was a real draw in choosing URI Engineering from the start. Because his interests spanned both engineering and languages, URI’s International Engineering Program (IEP) a perfect fit. IEP Director Sigrid Berka suggested he consider the program when he first visited. Even though […]
Originally from Maine, Jack found the University of Rhode Island (URI) through its ocean engineering program. When Jack Clark was in high school, great teachers sparked a love for both languages and science. When he found out about the International Engineering Program (IEP) at URI, he knew he would be able to meld both loves […]