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Big Ideas

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.

INNOVATIONS

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.


Michael Desmarais: Recipient of a 2016 URI Chemical Engineering Excellence Award

Michael Desmarais: Recipient of a 2016 URI Chemical Engineering Excellence Award

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 DiGiantommaso: Recipient of a 2016 URI Civil Engineering Excellence Award

Anthony DiGiantommaso: Recipient of a 2016 URI Civil Engineering Excellence Award

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 […]

Ian Mace: Recipient of a 2016 URI Electrical Engineering Excellence Award

Ian Mace: Recipient of a 2016 URI Electrical Engineering Excellence Award

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 […]

Jack Clark: Recipient of a 2016 URI Ocean Engineering Excellence Award

Jack Clark: Recipient of a 2016 URI Ocean Engineering Excellence Award

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 […]

ESW Brings Water, Jobs to Rural Guatemala

ESW Brings Water, Jobs to Rural Guatemala

By Angela Marshall - 05/04/2016   Clean drinking water is vital and hard to obtain in some parts of the world. This is what brought the University of Rhode Island’s (URI) Engineers for Sustainable World (ESW) back to Guatemala January 13 through 20. Faculty advisor Vinka Oyanedel-Craver, associate professor of civil engineering and lead investigator for […]

Ergonomic Chair Engineering Exercise not a Cardboard Lesson

Ergonomic Chair Engineering Exercise not a Cardboard Lesson

By Angela Marshall - 05/19/2016 Hands-on learning can really bring home a lesson, especially for engineers. This was especially true of an experience students had this semester in ISE 220, where Assistant Professor Gretchen Macht of the Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Systems Engineering gave students a lesson in design: building ergonomic chairs — out of […]

URI Engineering Hack­a­Thon Connects Ideas with Reality

URI Engineering Hack­a­Thon Connects Ideas with Reality

By Angela Marshall – December 10, 2015 A limited time frame and budget doesn’t always limit possibilities. The University of Rhode Island hosted it’s first Hack­a­thon event November 13 through 15. Over the course of the three day event, four teams of students were tasked with coming up with solutions to real­-world problems and develop […]

URI Student Engineers think big, improve mobility for children with disabilities

URI Student Engineers think big, improve mobility for children with disabilities

By Angela Marshall – December 9, 2015 Collaboration can jumpstart a great idea and give it real traction. In order to give mobility to their young patients with disabilities, students from the University of Rhode Island Department of Physical Therapy met with counterparts from the College of Engineering. Together, they’re making cars that make children’s […]

Entrepreneurship Minor

College launches Engineering Entrepreneurship Minor

The college launches a minor to blend technology and business to provide engineering undergraduates with the skills needed to become entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders in both start-ups and established companies.

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Smart wristband takes on Parkinson’s

For the 4 million people worldwide with Parkinson’s disease, a smart wristband invented by a team of University of Rhode Island engineering students could let them lead healthier lives.

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