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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.