Pictured above: Dr. Gerald Elysee (center) with BFIT students.
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.
Kyle Gathers delivers BFIT Commencement speech. May 2017.
A year ago, Kyle Gathers ‘17 never imagined he would stand before 700 distinguished faculty, students, friends and family, and deliver the student commencement speech at his BFIT college graduation. Kyle, a native of Grove Hall, went from spending 9 years in jail to becoming a poet, a Kraft Scholar, and a college graduate. This May, he earned a Certificate in Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC&R) and will go on to a promising future in the HVAC&R industry.
Kyle has a poised and relaxed demeanor which he uses to tell his story— a tale of a bright, thoughtful young man who faced the challenges of a difficult environment, made a life-changing mistake, and with resilience and determination got himself back on the right track. Although his parents had always stressed the importance of a good education, the shooting of his sister (who survived) and the tragic loss of his brother to gun violence had a negative impact on his trajectory.
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.