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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.

Habib Lawal

Habib Lawal: Perfecting sensors to predict seizures

Habib Lawal (’16) wants a better way to treat seizures. The electrical engineering student is testing a novel approach in partnership with Professor Walter Besio.

Smart Cities

Smart cities based on the human nervous system

Thousands of sensors linking critical infrastructure in our cities could make them safer and more enjoyable places to live if three engineering professors have their way.

FiberID Cables

Unbreakable Identity

Strands of fiber optic cable will serve as tomorrow’s identification devices that even the best hackers can’t break say two URI engineering professors.

Godi Fischer

Fishy Business

To best study the ocean and climate, Professor Godi Fischer relies on fish carrying tiny electronics.


Modern medicine: A watch to treat chronic disease

To best monitor and treat chronic diseases, biomedical engineering Assistant Professor Kunal Mankodiya turned to a smartwatch, a smartphone and the Internet.

Robert Hernandez

Protecting democracy

Using lessons learned studying bionic legs at URI, engineering alumnus Robert Hernandez (’10 & ’14) is developing the country’s future weapons systems.

Orrett Douglas

Orrett Douglas-Prawl: Coding the next great app

Technology companies are vying to hire Orrett Douglas-Prawl (’15), a URI computer engineering student who already counts two apps, an internship and presidency of a student group to his name.

Tabitha Koehn

Tabitha Koehn: On a Mission for Clean Energy

Inspired by a train ride while studying in Germany, Tabitha Koehn wants to move the United States toward energy independence.

Erik Simpanen

Erik Simpanen: Science fiction medicine

Globetrotting engineering student Erik Simpanen plans to leverage an international engineering experience to usher in a new generation of medical devices.

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