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Innovations: Summer 2012


The University of Rhode Island College of Engineering’s Innovations showcases the college’s diverse community of scholars undertaking 21st-century research and learning.

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Conquering a global danger

More than two million people annually die from water-borne illnesses, while billions more suffer from its effects. Engineering Assistant Professor Vinka Oyanedel-Craver is working to fix that.


Faster computers for a faster world

When your computer opens a file with lightening speed, you may just have Professor Qing Yang to thank.

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Advanced Materials and Structures in Extreme Environments

To design and build the infrastructure modern society relies on, our experts are breaking new ground structural mechanics, material design and colloid engineering.

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Alternative Energy and Offshore Power: Powering America’s future

America spends billions of dollars every year on energy. Finding innovative ways to harness energy from our sun, ocean and even highways is the mission of a team of engineers at the University of Rhode Island.

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Biomedical: Engineers with big hearts

Our researchers improve lives every day by crafting new medical diagnostic methods and devices. It’s our way of making the world a healthier place.

Clean Water

Clean Water: Ensuring access to the most basic human right

Water keeps the human race alive and our engineers are racing to ensure every man, woman and child has access to clean, safe water.

Cyber Security

Cyber security: Protecting the nation’s digital highways

With computers controlling everything from the nation’s power grid to airplane navigation, computer networks must be secure. At the University of Rhode Island, we aim to stop a digital strike that could bring the nation to its knees.


Moving space shuttles

NASA has sent space shuttles Discovery and Enterprise to space and back, but engineering their transport to museums was a new challenge. Fortunately, NASA employs URI alumna Dorothy Rasco.


Nanoscience and nanotechnology: Solving big ideas by thinking small

It’s true what they say; big things come in small packages. Nanotechnology promises to deliver big changes in how we fight disease, clean up oil spills and much more.


Sensors and instrumentation: Collecting the world’s data

With today’s world overflowing with data, it’s up to University of Rhode Island researches to make sense of it all and leverage it to keep us safe.

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