Unlike the other framers of the Constitution, Benjamin Franklin grew up poor, as did steel magnate Andrew Carnegie. Through shrewdness and hard work, both accumulated substantial fortunes. In 1790, Benjamin Franklin left a legacy to the citizens of Boston that Andrew Carnegie matched in 1906, leading to the founding of today’s Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. Mr. Carnegie accumulated a far greater fortune than he could ever use and sought—albeit unsuccessfully—to give it all away before he died.
(Boston, MA) —Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (BFIT) has named Kenn Turner, Massport Director of Diversity & Inclusion/Compliance, as the keynote speaker at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology’s (BFIT) 110th annual college commencement. Turner will speak to the college’s 150 graduates at the ceremony being held on May 12 at 10am at the school’s campus in Boston. BFIT is a private, affordable nonprofit college that combines the practicality of vocational education with the intellectual exploration of liberal arts to create the skilled STEM workers the Commonwealth needs.
BFIT's Women In Technology Student Organization. Fall 2017.
While March was Women’s History Month, here at BFIT many are continuing conversations about how to increase the numbers of successful women working in the STEM fields. At a recent presentation entitled “Why So Few Women Are Interested in Mechanical Engineering Technology,” Thomas Naderi, Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Technology (MET) Department, cited research including one particular study by the University of Colorado where 1/3rd of female students had dropped out of their engineering program by their junior year. Naderi’s presentation suggested solutions to reverse this trend— emphasize the practical ways that STEM can be used to solve real world problems and improve people’s lives and communities, and center social responsibility and caring for others at the heart of the profession. Naderi points to his own work in biomedical engineering as an example of grounding STEM in compelling societal issues and caring for others. He works to design wheelchairs, artificial knees, and hips for the elderly at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Department of Musculoskeletal Research.
Second Generation Franklin Graduate Domenic Screnci ’78 Offers Lessons from the Past and Supports the Future.
At the beginning of September, the Trump administration announced its decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) over a six month period during which the President has asked Congress to address through legislation the status of the 6,300 Dreamers in the Boston area and 800,000 Dreamers in the United States.
Lorenzo Harper Onsite at his Summer Internship on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. August 2017.
At a very young age, Lorenzo Harper '18 loved to build things with his own hands. On the island of St. Kitts, where he grew up, he raised animals and would construct small sheds to house them. “I’ve always wanted to be the person that people could turn to when they needed some type of renovation or remodel,” he explains.
This summer, while on an internship at the Rose Kennedy Greenway, he and the maintenance team completely took apart The Ring Water Fountain in the park and put the granite stones back together like a big puzzle. The fountain had been leaking from underneath and Lorenzo had to use the knowledge from his Construction Management courses at BFIT to repair and reconstruct the fountain according to the engineering plan.
Kelly Hassett is one BFIT student who is well on her way to overcoming the gender barriers that keep many women out of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
This summer, Kelly joined three other BFIT students at National Grid as an intern working in substation engineering and design. She is part of the team that builds and maintains vital components in the system that powers our homes and businesses. She finds that the critical thinking and hands-on skills she acquired in her mechanical engineering technology (MET) courses at BFIT are helping her to navigate the intricacies of the power grid. And she is making meaningful connections with National Grid’s engineers, some of whom are BFIT alumni. She notes that the engineers are devoted to helping her learn and advance in the field. Kelly is hopeful that her new contacts will also help her land a post-graduation job in engineering technology—a passion that was reignited the moment she walked through BFIT's doors.
Leslie Tuplin, Instructor of Construction Management, May 2017.
“Franklin did a lot for me, so it’s always been a dream of mine to come back.”
With professional experience from some of the most famous Boston construction projects of our time, Leslie Tuplin ‘80 returned to BFIT in January 2017 as a professor to teach Construction Surveying.
Tuplin first enrolled at the Franklin Technical Institute right after graduating from high school in the late 1970s and obtained her associate degree in Architectural Engineering Technology. “I felt like I needed hands-on work,” she said. “I loved the one-on-one availability of professors at the college when I was a student.” And today her students experience the same in her classroom. Even when there is no class in session, Tuplin opens the Construction Management lab for students to talk with her, do homework or just to sit and reflect.
Students in an Electrical Engineering class. 2017.
With the launch of BFIT’s new Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering program, the college is poised to meet the growing need for highly-skilled, quality engineers to revitalize the region's electric power industry and prepare us for a clean energy future. The Electrical Engineering degree will equip students with the skills to work in a wide range of fields including electric power, computers, robotics, and biomedical devices at local companies like Eversource, Raytheon, Textron, and National Grid, as well as many other local and national companies.