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Observations About Life as an IYRS Student by Dan Purcell '23
Dan Purcell '23

Dan Purcell '23 came to IYRS from Baltimore, Maryland where he had a successful career as a commercial property management executive. But the boating itch had taken hold and he knew his future career happiness would be based on and around the water. A career change was in order.  Today he's a student in our Marine Systems program and shares some of his observations about being an IYRS student and living in Newport!

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Deadwood
Porter Hoagland '22 - Boatbuilding & Restoration

Each type of wood seems to continue to respond to the environment in and around Restoration Hall in sometimes unpredictable ways, making us wonder whether the boundary between life and death in a tree is as discrete as we often assume. We ask: “Does the incorporation of wood into a boat help to extend its life, imparting a new body and—daresay—even a soul to a former existence?”

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There must be a better way
Gustav Enzie - Boatbuilding & Restoration '23 Student Ambassador

As I stood in the predawn hours taking trash to the curb, my head spun with the stress of the various meetings I had scheduled for the day and the number of outstanding issues which required my involvement to resolve.  I muttered under my breath, “There must be a better way.”

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Easy as X, Y, Z
Andrew Cedrone, Digital Modeling & Fabrication Student Ambassador

Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing or rapid prototyping is the construction of three-dimensional objects by use of materials including plastic, resin, or powder-media. Typically, these materials are added layer by layer using an X, Y, Z plotter through various means of extrusion, fusion, jetting, deposition, sintering, or lamination.

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