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THE RI VOTES project received a $226,942 grant from the the Rhode Island Board of Elections, the Secretary of State’s office, the URI College of Engineering, and a private foundation known as The Democracy Fund. Above, the projects research team, from left to right, Ahmad Siddiqi, Assistant Professor Gretchen Macht, Nick Bernardo and James Houghton. They are posed with a screen reflecting an image of a 3D mock-up of a polling precinct created by the team during their research. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND/NEIL NACHBAR

Improving R.I. voting system is the focus of URI professor, students

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A $226,942 grant is aiding research being conducted by Gretchen Macht, a University of Rhode Island assistant professor of mechanical, industrial...
PROBLEM-SOLVERS: University of Rhode Island assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering Gretchen Macht and a team of student researchers are using a state grant this summer to design something that would improve voter wait times, using queuing theory and facilities layout. From left, URI graduate students in system engineering Nicholas Bernardo, of North Haven, Conn., and James Houghton, of Holtsville, N.Y.; Macht; and URI mechanical engineering junior Ahmad Siddiqi, of Lincoln.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

When opinions won’t solve the problem

Engineers are problem-solvers. But is there an engineering solution to long lines at the voting precincts? A professor of industrial and systems engineering at...
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