Jun
13
Thu
Venture Cafe Providence – Funders Unplugged @ South Street Landing
Jun 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Hosted by Venture Café Providence, Funders Unplugged actually has the funders pitch entrepreneurs on the truth about funding your business.  Speakers Ben DiScipio (Chief Strategy Officer, Fundopolis – Boston, MA), Fatiha Ainane (Lending Team Leader, Accion – Boston, MA) and David Martirano (Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Point Judith Capital (PJC) – Boston, MA) come from lending and venture capital firms, to discuss the types of funding available to startups and how to attain it.

CONNECT WITH FUNDERS

  • Funders Reverse Pitch Presentations
  • 1 on 1 Office Hours with Funding Organizations
  • Networking with Funders
  • Local Food and Beverage

All FREE of charge!

Register here: https://venturecafeprovidence.org/meetfunders/

Jun
26
Wed
NE I-Corps @ Rhode Island Short Course Final Presentation @ Galanti Lounge, URI Library
Jun 26 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
NE I-Corps @ Rhode Island Short Course Final Presentation @ Galanti Lounge, URI Library

NE I-Corps is partnering with URI Ventures and Venture Mentoring Service of RI to offer NE I-Corps @ Rhode Island. This program is part of the National Science Foundation initiative to help move innovations to market. It is a free, 3-week interactive program to help researchers and engineers learn the skills necessary to engage in informed product development and explore the potential applications of their new technologies.

The program kicks-off on June 5th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at the URI campus in Kingston with a final presentation on June 26th from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. Applications are due May 20, 2019.

NE I-Corps @ Rhode Island is open to any individuals and/or teams who are working on new, innovative and differentiating technology that could be a candidate for future SBIR proposals. Whether you have an idea or have started a business, this program will help you explore the potential applications of your new technology. –

Jun
27
Thu
SURF-Career Workshop @ White Hall, 113
Jun 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
SURF-Career Workshop @ White Hall, 113

Engaging Science with SURF

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) students, over 10 weeks of intensive research training, will:

  • Develop professional relationships with faculty, graduate students
  • Gain hands-on experience with active C-AIM research projects
  • Become familiarized with complex lab, field equipment
  • Learn about topics such as applying to grad school, communicating research effectively

The SURF program offers undergraduates detailed insight into real-world research, helping students decide upon a future career path.

Jul
18
Thu
Venture Cafe Providence – Corporate Innovation Night @ South Street Landing
Jul 18 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Hosted by Venture Café Providence, Corporate Innovation Night, is designed to help corporates and startups form better collaborations to catalyze sustainable innovation. This event will also help entrepreneurs understand the specific problem-sets corporate innovators are battling and practical ways to co-create on solutions.

All FREE of charge!

Register here: https://venturecafeprovidence.org/corporateinno/ 

Jul
26
Fri
12th Annual RI SURF Conference
Jul 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
12th Annual RI SURF Conference

The 12th Annual Rhode Island Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows Conference will be held on Friday, July 26, 2019, in the North District of the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston Campus, in the Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical & Forensic Sciences and the Center for Biotechnology and Life Sciences.

The Conference, co-sponsored by the RI IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (RI-INBRE) and the RI C-AIM/NSF EPSCoR, provides undergraduate students from around the state with a unique opportunity to present their summer research findings to a group of their peers. More than 140 posters will be presented in the biomedical, behavioral, environmental, and life sciences.

The conference is expected to draw an estimated 400 faculty, students, and administrators from the University of Rhode Island, Brown University, Providence College, Rhode Island College, Roger Williams University, Salve Regina University, Bryant University, the Community College of Rhode Island, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

REGISTER for the SURF Conference.

Aug
29
Thu
2019 Annual SSEER Workshop @ URI Bay Campus
Aug 29 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

The purpose of the annual SSEER workshop is to share resources and provide training to improve the ability of scientists, administrators, communicators, and first-responders to assist the state of Rhode Island in addressing environmental emergencies and threats to public health and safety. Areas of focus this year will be the SSEER process; a National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS) overview; and a special guest presentation on emergency preparedness at sensitive Rhode Island facilities.

Sep
11
Wed
URI Ventures Fall Kick-Off @ URI Graduate School of Oceanography
Sep 11 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Ever wondered how to commercialize your research into a new product or business? Join us for food, drink & information on how you can.

We invite you to join the URI Ventures team, URI faculty and students at the Graduate School of Oceanography on September 11 from 4:30-6PM.

Enjoy food and drink at URI’s beautiful Bay Campus where you’ll hear from those whose research discoveries were turned into commercial products and startups, and from the resources that can help you do the same.

Who is URI Ventures?

URI Ventures promotes industry/academic collaboration and new technology ventures for economic growth and job creation in Rhode Island, the U.S., and the world. Our unique private, nonprofit status allows us to support a broad range of technology transfer activities, including licensing, startup company formation, equity investments, and intellectual property protection.

We help move your research from the lab to the marketplace.

URI Ventures works together with the URI Division of Research and Economic Development to develop the inventive and creative works of URI’s faculty, employees and students, and to commercialize this intellectual property for the benefit of society.

So what are you waiting for, register now to learn how URI Ventures fits in the technology commercialization and entrepreneurial ecosystem on campus and how it can help you. Network with other researchers interested in technology commercialization and entrepreneurship.

Sep
19
Thu
Amgen Seminar Series in Chemical Engineering – Dr. Thomas Dziubla @ Cherry Auditorium, Kirk Hall
Sep 19 @ 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Biocompatibility or Toxicology? Oxidative Stress as a Focal Point of Nanomaterial Design

Speaker

Dr. Thomas Dziubla
Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky


Overview

Of the weapons employed by the body’s defense mechanisms, oxidative stress appears to be the most ubiquitous, non-specific, and damaging. When oxidative mechanisms have been induced (e.g., the leukocyte respiratory burst), it can result in a degenerative cycle of chronic inflammation and cell death, which further stimulates the release of more harsh oxidants. However, under mild conditions, this oxidative stress stimulates tissue regeneration and cellular upregulation of protective mechanisms (e.g., ischemic preconditioning), improving the overall viability and prognosis of tissue health. A delicate balance of pro-oxidant and antioxidant mechanisms constitutively exist to ensure that only the beneficial effects are observed. For nanomaterials, oxidative stress poses an especially troubling challenge to their biocompatibility. Indeed, no material is in all biological settings and situations 100% non-inflammatory, non-toxic, non-teratogenic, non-carcinogenic, nonthrombogenic, and non-immunogenic. Yet, while it is classically considered a mechanism of toxicity, regulation of oxidative stress can be a new tool by which we tune and widen the biocompatibility window of nanomaterials. Here we present some initial efforts in creating materials with inherent antioxidant capabilities to tune and control biocompatibility for the effect of controlling chronic inflammation.

Bio: Dr. Thomas Dziubla, Ph.D. is Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Chair of the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Kentucky. He received his B.S. and Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University (1998) and Drexel University (2002), respectively. In 2002–2004, he was an NRSA postdoctoral fellow in the Institute for Environmental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he worked on the design of degradable polymeric nanocarriers for the delivery of antioxidants. His research group is interested in the design of new functional polymeric biomaterials which can actively control local cellular oxidative stress for improved biomaterial integration and disease treatment. In 2019, he was inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering College of Fellows. He holds 5 patents, has authored over 75 peer reviewed publications, has edited a book on Oxidative Stress and Biomaterials, and is an editor of the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B. Along with Dr. Zach Hilt, he is the Co-founder of Bluegrass Advanced Materials, LLC, a company that is currently developing and commercializing technologies based upon research from their laboratories.


This series at the University of Rhode Island is made possible through the generosity of Amgen, West Greenwich, R.I.

Refreshments provided by the Joseph Estrin Endowment.

Sep
26
Thu
Amgen Seminar Series in Chemical Engineering – Nicole Loontjens @ Cherry Auditorium, Kirk Hall
Sep 26 @ 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Inherently Safer Design – It Starts With You

Speaker

Nicole Loontjens
Process Safety Manager, Americas Styrenics LLC


Overview

Trevor Kletz, the godfather of process safety, said, “What you don’t have can’t leak.” If you aren’t using a hazardous chemical, then that chemical can’t leak. If you use one tank instead of two, that is one tank less that can leak. As researchers, engineers, and plant operators, there are an unlimited number of ways that we can design inherently safer systems. This talk will introduce you to the inherently safer design principles using examples throughout industry.

Bio: Nicole Loontjens graduated from URI’s chemical engineering program in 2001 and is currently the Process Safety Manager for Americas Styrenics – a company that produces styrene and polystyrene for the North and South American markets. She began her career with Dow Chemical in Midland, MI, before transferring to the polystyrene facility in Connecticut in 2004. She has a Process Safety Practice Certificate from Texas A&M University and is an ISA 84 Safety Instrumented Systems Expert. Nicole contributed to the forthcoming book from AIChE’s Center for Chemical Process Safety – Guidelines for Inherently Safer Design.


This series at the University of Rhode Island is made possible through the generosity of Amgen, West Greenwich, R.I.

Refreshments provided by the Joseph Estrin Endowment.

Oct
17
Thu
Amgen Seminar Series in Chemical Engineering – Dr. Stephen J. Kmiotek @ Cherry Auditorium, Kirk Hall
Oct 17 @ 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Chemical Process Safety in the Chemical Engineering Curriculum

Speaker

Dr. Stephen J. Kmiotek
Chemical Engineering Department, Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Overview

In 2011, ABET modified its accreditation criteria for Chemical Engineering programs to include “….. the hazards associated with (chemical, physical and/or biological) processes.” The new criterion was added in large part because of continued serious process safety incidents within the chemical industry and, based on the incident investigations, an apparent lack of understanding of these hazards by chemical engineering graduates. ABET left it to universities to address how best to meet the criterion at their institutions. Despite resources provided by, for instance, the Center for Chemical Process Safety, it has proven a challenge to add significant new content to a packed course of study. To address the needs, the chemical engineering faculty turned to their roots: spiraling the core content into the curriculum in foundational courses and turning to project-based learning for a summative experience.

This talk will discuss how we have implemented these process safety requirements within the context of WPI’s program, including examples of some of the projects our students have conducted.

Bio: Dr. Kmiotek is a Professor of Practice in Chemical Engineering at WPI, primarily focused on chemical process safety and environmental issues as they pertain to chemical plant design. Prior to joining the WPI faculty in 2012, he was the Responsible Care Leader for the Dow Chemical Company’s northeast operations, with overall responsibility for environmental, health, safety, industrial hygiene, emergency response, and security at Dow’s northeast manufacturing sites. In total, he has more than 30 years of experience in the chemical industry, and consulting engineering. He has worked and managed operations in manufacturing and in research and development and has designed environmental control systems and process safety systems for companies as diverse as pulp and paper mills, foundries, organic and inorganic chemical manufacturers, and electronics and microelectronics manufacturers throughout North America. At WPI, he is also the Faculty Advisor for Tau Beta Pi and for the student chapter of AIChE. His awards include the 1986 Sigma Xi award for outstanding doctoral research and the 2017 WPI Trustee’s Award for Outstanding Teaching. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from WPI and is a Registered Professional Engineer.


This series at the University of Rhode Island is made possible through the generosity of Amgen, West Greenwich, R.I.

Refreshments provided by the Joseph Estrin Endowment