Newport, Rhode Island
Known as the city of “Summer White Houses” during the mid-20th century where US presidents escaped from the bustle of the Capital, Newport, Rhode Island is still the desirable Oceanside town to visit by all. Founded in 1639 by English sea merchants, Newport quickly became a safe haven for persecuted Jews, Brazilians (a strong Portuguese presence persists today) and later for English Quakers and Irish immigrants.
Today Newport is a richly diverse city with ethnic food, worldly art and music festivals, Gilded Age mansions and exciting golf, tennis and yacht tournaments rivaling others throughout the world. Carved out of Narragansett Bay with gargantuan rock formations jetting out into the Atlantic Ocean, the natural beauty of Newport will treat you well.
Wake up in the early morning hours during the Colloquium to locally brewed coffee and freshly made pastries. At day's end sit back and take in the setting sun over the Ocean after discussing the future of international engineering education with colleagues and friends from around the world.
Feel free to learn more about Newport, Rhode Island here.
Drs. Sigrid Berka and John Grandin from the International Engineering Program at URI.