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Charlie Murphy, Marine Systems Student Ambassador

Meet Charlie Murphy!  He is a Marine Systems Student Ambassador and a graduate of the Composites Technology program.

My name is Charlie Murphy, I am 19 years old. I am originally from Ridgewood, New Jersey, and this is my second year attending IYRS. Last year, I attended the Composites Technology program and this year I am taking the Marine Systems program. 

I first heard about IYRS from my parents looking around for alternative ways of study since I had no intent of going to college after high school out of my frustration with “traditional” school. Once I heard about IYRS I was immediately interested. Almost every summer I was around boats, but I had no idea how they were made, what they were made out of, or who makes them. It all seems interesting and complex, which is right up my alley. I scheduled an open house and planned a trip from Ridgewood to Newport. 

Arriving in Newport in 2018, I was immediately enthralled with the harbor town, and right in the middle, just off of Thames Street was a three building complex called IYRS. I admit going through all the program buildings I had no idea what most of the things I was looking at were. There were complicated wire panels and large engines in Marine Systems, exotic fabrics and EXTREMELY light material in Composites, really cool 3D printers in Digital Modeling & Fabrication, and a steam machine running in the giant Restoration Hall.

After going through all of the programs and hearing more about what they were all about and what I would be doing depending on which program I chose, the Composites program stood out to me. To be working with the most advanced materials on the planet, the same material that the space programs are using for their missions, seemed pretty cool to me. 

I loved the environment at IYRS, even though I had no idea what I was doing at first. I wasn't afraid to ask questions to make me feel more comfortable with what I was doing. Mostly because I wasn’t the only one there that had no idea what composites were I felt more at ease.

This made my decision to enroll in the Marine Systems program all the more easy to make. Not knowing the first thing about wiring, engines, or plumbing didn’t seem so intimidating anymore because I know the teachers would be helpful enough to point me in the right direction to learn and expand my knowledge over this intricate trade. 

And so far that has been the case. I have found myself capable of so much more than I thought I could do. My boat simulation (sim) panel grows more every day with the different components my partner Lisa and I wire and install. All interconnected, I can't really say how satisfying it is when we finally get what was troubling us working exactly the way we want it. I am excited and ready for whatever comes my way this semester at IYRS!