(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.
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.
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.