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Innovations: February/March 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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Dorothy Rasco Tackles the Final Frontier

When the last space shuttle landed on July 21, 2011, the job for University of Rhode Island civil engineering alumna Dorothy Rasco began. The head of NASA’s Space Shuttle Transition and Retirement Office must wind down the country’s space shuttle program while ensuring that work on the next-generation space program advances.


Malcolm Spaulding, a Titan in Ocean Research, Retires

When Malcolm Spaulding moved into his dorm room at the University of Rhode Island in the fall of 1965, his family had modest expectations for the first Spaulding ever to attend college. Spaulding himself assumed he would graduate from URI, find a career in engineering and never turn back. Life didn’t quite work out that way.

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Big Ideas in Tiny Particles

Engineering professors Arijit Bose and Geoffrey Bothun like to tell their students that thinking small is big here. For the research that students and faulty undertake in nanoscience promises to redefine how we do everything from administer drugs, to clean up oil spills, to power cars.


Reading Minds to Better Lives

Imagine if we could detect and stop seizures before they occur. Imagine if our understanding of brain signals could, without surgery, let paralyzed people move. Engineering Professor Walter Besio imagines such a world is possible.


Alfred Rodriguez Engineers Success

He came to the United States in search of the American dream and found it at the University. The journey of Alfred Rodriguez from the Dominican Republic to the University shows how hard work and determination can lead to great things.


At The College & Other News

Awards, new staff, electric vehicles, and much more.


A Message from the Dean

It has been an exciting year for the URI College of Engineering. Here are some of our highlights.

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