The United Nations says more people die annually from dirty water than war. Polluted water is one of the leading causes of death for children and is wreaking irreversible harm to our world’s ecosystem. University of Rhode Island civil and environmental engineering student Maria Briones (’14) finds that simply unacceptable.
“It’s heartbreaking to me to know there are people that don’t have necessities such as toilets,” Briones says. “I think it’s a basic human right to have access to proper sanitation and clean water.”
The energetic 22-year-old from East Providence, RI has soaked up as much experience as possible in hopes of reducing deaths attributed to dirty water.
In 2011, she traveled to Guatemala with Engineers for a Sustainable World to assist a rural village with developing sanitation infrastructure. Briones assists civil and environmental engineering Assistant Professor Vinka Oyanedel-Craver with clean water research projects and interned with the R.I. Department of Transportation environmental division. She joined the Spanish International Engineering Program to gain the engineering and language skills necessary to work in Spanish-speaking regions, many of which suffer from severe water issues. After she graduates in May 2014, Briones hopes to join the Peace Corps while simultaneously pursuing a master’s in environmental engineering.
“Maria’s determination to use her engineering skills to make this world a better place is truly inspirational,” Oyanedel-Craver says. “When she traveled with me to Guatemala she not only performed engineering work but also prepared civil engineering lessons for local high school students. Students in the community still remember that activity.”
For Briones, the quest to deliver clean water is personal. Her family immigrated to the United States from Ecuador when she was a baby. Although Briones has known only a lifestyle where toilets always flush and clean water always flows from the tap, she frequently thinks of her extended family in South America who views such plumbing as luxuries.
“That could have been me,” Briones says.
Her family also lacks access to the educational opportunities available to Briones, who will become just the second member of her family to graduate college. It’s one reason Briones has pushed herself to excel in every fashion. During her academic career, she routinely took challenging course loads. She served as the first woman president of the University’s chapter of Theta Tau, the professional engineering fraternity. She was a resident academic mentor in the Engineering Living Learning Community and serves as an ambassador to foreign exchange students.
“We invest so much in education we have to make the most of it,” she says. “I find it silly when people don’t take every opportunity to make something of themselves because this is a perfect time.”
The opportunities for Briones have extended beyond the Kingston Campus. Through the IEP, Briones spent a year in Spain, studying at the University of Cantabria and then interning at the Center of Studies and Technical Research in Gipuzkoa. At both places, Briones spoke solely in Spanish, a language she never learned growing up despite her Ecuadorian roots. It challenged her, especially speaking rapidly about fluid dynamics in Spanish, but Briones viewed it as another opportunity. It’s a philosophy Briones expects to carry with her wherever she goes.
“People should challenge themselves,” she says. “Sometimes they will fail but if you prevail that’s what sets you apart.”]]>
Osei is an engineer at Aetna Bridge Co. in Pawtucket, RI. Training to be a superintendent, the civil engineering alumnus (’13) helps manage a litany of contractors and building supplies at bridge sites around southern New England. On a typical day, he may need to organize 50 workers, coordinate among a dozen contractors and serve as a liaison to state officials.
“There’s a lot of responsibility involved,” he says. “Obviously you want to make sure that everything is being done correctly.”
The North Providence, RI resident takes a methodical approach to ensuring the bridge rising from the ground matches the plans drawn up at the office. It helps that he knows what state inspectors will check because he interned at the R.I. Department of Transportation construction management office during college.
In the classroom, Osei learned about construction management, design calculations, structural engineering and other subjects that he now applies in the real world.
“You go to school to gain knowledge so you have the capabilities to do your job,” Osei says. “URI was a great place for me to learn and they gave me the proper tools I need to do my job.”
An ocean engineer at Navatek in South Kingstown, RI, Craig is part of a research team seeking ways to improve ship design. Her research modeling the impact of waves on hull bending is so new and specialized that few people in the world study it. For Craig, it makes it all that more exciting.
“There’s always something new going on,” she says. “We try and find solutions that haven’t been done.”
The Narragansett, RI resident finds herself drawing heavily from her engineering courses at the University. The complex nature of waves means she must combine the education she received in hydrodynamics, fluids, calculus, computer programming and more. During college, she also gained firsthand experience of how ship motions affect onboard operations. Aboard oceanography Professor Robert Ballard’s research ship Nautilus, she piloted a remotely operated underwater vehicle.
Craig says she appreciates that her software – being designed as open-source and available to researchers around the world – holds bigger implications than the homework assignments she delivered as a student.
“You have to get the answer right,” she says. “There is no close enough.”]]>
Sony Wonder Technology Center: Sony Wonder Technology Lab is a FREE technology and entertainment museum for all ages. Explore exciting interactive exhibits in a dynamic, state-of-the-art facility that brings technology and creativity together to New York, New York.
USS Intrepid: The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is the only museum where visitors can experience a legendary aircraft carrier, the first space shuttle, the world’s fastest jets, and a Cold War-era submarine. Welcoming more than one million visitors a year, the Museum is using history and technology to inspire and advance innovation by developing the next generation of leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math.
The Submarine Force Museum, located on the Thames River in Groton, Connecticut, maintains the world’s finest collection of submarine artifacts. It is the only submarine museum operated by the United States Navy, and as such is the primary repository for artifacts, documents and photographs relating to U.S. Submarine Force history. The museum traces the development of the “Silent Service” from David Bushnell’s Turtle, used in the Revolutionary War, to the Ohio and Virginia class submarines. The museum’s collections include more than 33,000 artifacts, 20,000 significant documents and 30,000 photographs. With so many holdings, the displays change frequently and a return visit will be a new experience. The 6,000 volume reference and research library is a world-renowned collection relative to the history of U.S. submarines and is open to anyone looking for information on submarines or submarine history.
The MIT Museum invites you to explore invention, ideas, and innovation. Through interactive exhibitions, public programs, experimental projects and its renown collections, the MIT Museum showcases the fascinating world of MIT, and inspires people of all ages about the possibilities and opportunities offered by science and technology.
The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design (The RISD Museum) contains a broad range of works from around the world, including ancient Egypt, Asia, Africa, ancient Greece and Rome, Europe, and the Americas. It also features many notable works by a range Rhode Island artists such as 17th century Newport furniture makers Goddard and Townsend and nineteenth century Rhode Island painters, such as Anglo-American impressionist John Noble Barlow and portraitist Gilbert Stuart. The museum also features prominent international and American artists such as Picasso, Monet, Manet, Paul Revere and Andy Warhol. The RISD Museum houses over 86,000 works of art.
Newport, RI: Newport is a seaside city on Aquidneck Island in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States. It is located 23 miles (37 km) south of Providence, and 61 miles (98 km) south of Boston. Known as a New England summer resort and for the famous Newport Mansions, it is the home of Salve Regina University and Naval Station Newport which houses the United States Naval War College, the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and a major United States Navy training center. A major 18th-century port city, Newport now contains among the highest number of surviving colonial buildings of any city in the United States. The city is the county seat of Newport County (a county that no longer has any governmental functions other than court administrative and sheriff corrections boundaries). Newport was known for being the city of some of the “Summer White Houses” during the administrations of Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.
Local sights include the Rhode Island and Connecticut Shoreline including beaches in Narragansett and Matunuck, Rhode Island, Providence, Cape Cod and Mystic, CT.
Self guided campus visits to Brown, MIT, Harvard, Yale and other institutions in the area can also be arranged. Tours offered by institutions can be joined if possible.
The cost of the weekend program is in addition to the regular Academy Fee, and includes transport and admission costs only. Students can carry a packed lunch or purchase food of their choice locally.
Weekend Program fees: $400, to be paid in full prior to the start of the summer session.
|Researcher||Project||Sponsor||Project Amt.||Portion Amt.|
|Barnett, Stanley||Narragansett Bay Commission Supplement to Energy Management for Wastewater Treatment Facilities Project||STATE||$4,900||$2,450|
|Baxter, Christopher||University of Delaware Modeling Tsunami Inundation and Assessing Tsunami Hazards for the U.S. East Coast||DOC||$117,498||$2,937|
|Baxter, Christopher||Usgs Submarine Landslides of the US Atlantic Continental Margin: Investigation of Geotechnical and Physical Properties||INT||$19,248||$9,624|
|Besio, Walter||NIH A US-Mexico Collaborative Effort to Improve Epilepsy Control and Diagnosis||HHS||$50,347||$50,347|
|Besio, Walter||NIH: A US-Mexico Collaborative Effort to Improve Epilepsy Control and Diagnosis||HHS||$44,771||$44,771|
|Bose, Arijit||Fundamental Investigations of Damage Mechanisms in Lithium Ion Battery Materials||ENERGY||$658,674||$164,669|
|Bose, Arijit||Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Multifunctional Colloidal Particles as Dispersants for Maximizing Biodegradation of Crude Oil||NONPRO||$419,208||$251,525|
|Bothun, Geoffrey||NSF Career: Nanoparticle-Bacterial Membrane Interactions and their Role In Nanotoxicology||NSF||$10,000||$10,000|
|Bothun, Geoffrey||NSF NUE: Interdisciplinary “Nano Tools” Course at URI||NSF||$199,896||$67,965|
|Bothun, Geoffrey||NSF Supplement: Collab. Research: The Antimicrobial Properties of Silver Nanoparticles: Mechanisms and Water Chemistry Effects Investigating and Improving the Production of Butanol by C. Pasteurianum for the Value-Added Conversion of Biodiesel-Derived Crde Glycerol||NSF||$10,000||$10,000|
|Bothun, Geoffrey||NSF Supplement: Multifunctional and Tunable Lipid-Nanoparticle Assemblies||NSF||$10,000||$10,000|
|Bradshaw, Aaron||Mar Helical Anchor Testing||NAVY||$49,603||$49,603|
|Bradshaw, Aaron||NSF Collab. Research: Green Foundations For Green Energy||NSF||$269,921||$269,921|
|Bradshaw, Aaron||RIDOT Joint Research Project RIDOT/URITC: Guidelines on Site-Specific Seismic Analyses for Rhode Island Bridge Projects||STATE||$57,790||$57,790|
|Bradshaw, Aaron||Triton Systems Starfish Versatile Automated Shallow-Water Anchor||NAVY||$40,412||$8,082|
|Bradshaw, Aaron||URITC/RIDOT Supplement to Development of a Resilient Mdulus Testing Capability at URI||STATE||$33,380||$33,380|
|Bradshaw, Aaron||USGS 2013 Water Resources Center||INT||$55,525||$12,771|
|Craver, Vinka||NSF International Collab. Research: Desalination for Global Water Resources Using Biofouling-Resistant Nanocomposite Membranes||NSF||$32,829||$32,829|
|Craver, Vinka||NSF NUE: Interdisciplinary “Nano Tools” Course at URI||NSF||$199,896||$65,966|
|Craver, Vinka||NSF Supplement: Collab. Research: The Antimicrobial Properties of Silver Nanoparticles: Mechanisms and Water Chemistry Effects||NSF||$1,989||$1,989|
|Dahl, Jason||NSF MRI: Acquisition of a Digital Particle Image Velocimetry System for Studying Fluid Flow around Orgasmal, Robotic, and Marine Structures||NSF||$207,028||$51,757|
|Faghri, Mohammad||NSF Investigation of Nanoscale Thermal Transport across a Point Construction in Contact and within a Sub-10 Nm Gap||NSF||$100,761||$5,038|
|Fischer, Godi||Epitaxial Technologies, LLC Rapid Transition of High Geolocation Ultrasensitive Laser Warning Receiver||NAVY||$60,000||$60,000|
|Greenfield, Michael||Ford Motor Company Urp Molecular Modeling of Functionalized Rubber-Filler Interactions for Development of Low Rolling Resistance Tire Tread||PRIPRO||$40,000||$40,000|
|Gregory, Otto||Rolls Royce Development of Thin Film Thermocouples for Ceramaic Matrix Composites||PRIPRO||$17,740||$17,740|
|Grilli, Annette||Phase 3: Fine Grid Coastal Modeling of Relevant Tsunami Sources affecting Northern Mozanbique Tsunami Hazard||MISC||$60,203||$30,102|
|Grilli, Annette||University of Delaware Modeling Tsunami Inundation and Assessing Tsunami Hazards for the US East Coast||DOC||$117,498||$93,998|
|Grilli, Stephan||Applied Sciences Associates Detailed Site-Specific Tsunami Hazard Assessment For Oyster Creek Nuclear Generation Station||PRIPRO||$24,971||$24,971|
|Grilli, Stephan||Phase 3: Fine Grid Coastal Modeling of Relevant Tsunami Sources affecting Northern Mozanbique Tsunami Hazard||MISC||$60,203||$30,102|
|Grilli, Stephan||University of Delaware Modeling Tsunami Inundation and Assessing Tsunami Hazards for the US East Coast||DOC||$90,854||$90,854|
|Grilli, Stephan||University of Delaware Modeling Tsunami Inundation and Assessing Tsunami Hazards for the US East Coast||DOC||$117,498||$17,625|
|He, Haibo||Adaptive Learning and Prediction for Large-Scale Dynamic Data Analysis for Optimal Decision Making||NASA||$14,346||$14,346|
|He, Haibo||Army Research Office Incremental Learning and Fusion on Multi-Modal Sensor Data Streams||ARMY||$163,000||$81,500|
|He, Haibo||NSF Supplement: Dfg Collab. Research: Adaptive Incremental Learning of Impalanced Data Stream for Machine Intelligence||NSF||$326,000||$326,000|
|Hu, Sau-Lon||Image Acoustics, Inc. Low Cost Acoustic Transmitter||NAVY||$50,000||$25,000|
|Huang, He||NSF Career: Understanding and Analyzing User-Prosthesis Interaction for Desgning a Volitional Controller for Powered Lower Limb Prostheses||NSF||$102,928||$102,928|
|Huang, He||NSF HCC: Medium: Collab. Research: Neural Control of Powered Artificial Legs||OFA||$141,243||$141,243|
|Huang, He||Ocean State Research Institute Response to Tripping in Transfemoral Amputees||OFA||$38,151||$38,151|
|Huang, He||US Dept. of Education Building The Foundation of Clinical Practice of Emg Pattern Recognition For Prosthetic Arm Control||EDUC||$599,604||$599,604|
|Kay, Steven||Army Research Office Incremental Learning and Fusion on Multi-Modal Sensor Data Streams||ARMY||$163,000||$81,500|
|Kim, Thomas||Naval Undersea Warfare Center Student Support Services*||NAVY||$377,209||$377,209|
|Maier-Speredelozzi, Valerie||Veterans Administration Assessing Climate for Systems Improvement Initiatives in Healthcare||OFA||$83,974||$83,974|
|Meyer, Donna||NSF MRI: Acquisition of a Digital Particle Image Velocimetry System for Studying Fluid Flow around Orgasmal, Robotic, and Marine Structures||NSF||$207,028||$51,757|
|Miller, James||ONR: The Effects of Sediment Properties on Low Frequency Acoustic Propagation||NAVY||$100,000||$50,000|
|Park, Eugene||Narragansett Bay Commission Supplement to Energy Management for Wastewater Treatment Facilities Project||STATE||$4,900||$2,450|
|Park, Eugene||RI Office of Energy Resources RI Pep – Rhode Island Public Energy Partnership||ENERGY||$269,670||$13,484|
|Park, Keunhan||NSF Collab. Research: Exploration of Near-Field Thermophotovoltaic Energy Conversion||NSF||$176,993||$176,993|
|Park, Keunhan||NSF Investigation of Nanoscale Thermal Transport across a Point Construction in Contact and within a Sub-10 Nm Gap||NSF||$100,761||$95,723|
|Park, Keunhan||NSF NUE: Interdisciplinary “Nano Tools” Course at URI||NSF||$199,896||$65,966|
|Potty, Gopu||ONR: The Effects of Sediment Properties on Low Frequency Acoustic Propagation||NAVY||$100,000||$50,000|
|Shukla, Arun||Air Force Response of Air Force Materials to Extreme Environments||AIRFOR||$108,705||$108,705|
|Shukla, Arun||NSF Collab. Research: Deformation and Damage Mechanisms in Ternary Carbides and Nitrides under Dynamic Conditions||NSF||$150,099||$150,099|
|Shukla, Arun||NSF REU Supplement to Collab. Research: Deformation and Damage Mechanisms in Ternary Carbides and Nitrides under Dynamic Conditions||NSF||$12,000||$12,000|
|Shukla, Arun||Office of Naval Research: The Blast Performance of Marine Composite and Sandwich Structures under Extreme Environments||NAVY||$12,980||$12,980|
|Shukla, Arun||Office of Naval Research: The Blast Performance of Marine Composite and Sandwich Structures under Extreme Environments||NAVY||$74,101||$74,101|
|Shukla, Arun||ONR Experimental and Numerical Investigation on Fundamental Understanding of Implosion within a Tube||NAVY||$25,000||$25,000|
|Shukla, Arun||ONR Experimental and Numerical Investigation on Fundamental Understanding of Implosion within a Tube||NAVY||$25,000||$25,000|
|Shukla, Arun||ONR Experimental and Numerical Investigation on Fundamental Understanding of Implosion within a Tube||NAVY||$50,110||$50,110|
|Shukla, Arun||ONR Experimental Investigation of Free Field and Shock-Initiated Implosion of Composite Structures||NAVY||$5,000||$5,000|
|Shukla, Arun||University of Connecticut Advanced Composite Materials for Blast and Fire Resistances||OFA||$120,000||$120,000|
|Sun, Yan||NSF Scholarship Program to Increase Numbers and Strengthen the Workforce In Technology and Mathematics (Spin+)||NSF||$638,939||$210,850|
|Thiem, Leon||USGS 2013 Water Resources Center||INT||$55,525||$42,754|
|Vincent, Harold||Image Acoustics, Inc. Low Cost Acoustic Transmitter||NAVY||$50,000||$25,000|
|Vincent, Harold||RI Office of Energy Resources ARRA: OER State Energy Plan||STATE||$422,377||$67,580|
|Vincent, Harold||Triton Systems Diver Helmet Noise Quieting||NAVY||$24,809||$24,809|
|Vincent, Harold||Triton Systems Starfish Versatile Automated Shallow-Water Anchor||NAVY||$40,412||$32,330|
|Wang, Jyh-Hone||RIDOT Portion of Joint RIDOT/URITC Research Project||STATE||$37,499||$2,625|
|Wright, Raymond||University of Massachusetts Northeast Alliance for LSAMP at URI||NSF||$65,999||$65,999|
|Wright, Raymond||University of Massachusetts Northeast Alliance for LSAMP at URI||NSF||$66,000||$66,000|
AIRFOR – US Air Force
ARMY – US Army
DOC – US Department of Commerce
EDUC – US Department of Education
ENERGY – US Department of Energy
HHS – US Department of Health & Human Services
INT – US Department of the Interior
MISC – Miscellaneous
NASA – National Aeronautic & Space Administration
NAVY – US Navy
NONPRO – Private Not-for-Profit Corporations & Other Entities
NSF – National Science Foundation
OFA – Other Federal Agencies
PRIPRO – Private for Profit Corporations & Other Entities
STATE – State of Rhode Island
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