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.
You can also meet more of our Big Thinkers by reading the college’s magazine, Innovations, which showcases the college’s diverse community of scholars undertaking cutting edge 21st-century research and learning.
Biomedical Engineering: Samuel Spink Samuel received his Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering, with a minor in Spanish. He was named to the Dean’s list throughout his four years at URI. Samuel made the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society and was a prestigious Goldwater Scholar. He received the Peter A. Pelletier Endowed Scholarship, the […]
E-WEEK COMMITTEE PLANNING Representatives from 10 different URI professional engineering society student chapters helped plan the week’s events (listed below). American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) National Society of Black Engineers […]
Gov. Gina Raimondo, University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley and URI College of Engineering Dean Raymond Wright joined other state, University and business leaders in a ceremonial groundbreaking on April 24 to launch construction of URI’s new $125 million engineering complex. The 190,000-square-foot facility will feature a truss support system, which is often used in […]
URI Hall Director Michael Lapointe wanted to create an event that would unite the five dorms that fall under his supervision: Hopkins, Hutchinson, Merrow, Peck and Tucker. Since four of the five halls comprise the Engineering Living and Learning Community (ELLC), Lapointe thought the perfect event would be a Rube Goldberg competition. Rube Goldberg was an engineer turned […]
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 […]