Charles McLaughlin

Henry Barnard School (HBS) 206
(401) 456-8793

Academic Background

PhD. Technology Education. University of Maryland, College Park. May 1991.
M Ed. Industrial Education. Rhode Island College. May 1984.
B.S. Industrial Arts Education. Rhode Island College. December 1978.


I earned my BS and MS at Rhode Island College. I have been a Technology Educator since 1978. My first position was at Bridgham Middle School in Providence, RI. While teaching there I explored interdisciplinary scenarios for the Technology Education classroom by working with the History, Science, Mathematics and English departments. I was offered a position at The University of Maryland-College Park to write curriculum. I became an instructor of graphic communication while earning my PhD in Technology Education. I was hired in 1990 by Ball State University where I continued to work on integration projects and was awarded three federal math and science improvement grants. I was a reviewer for the Standards for Technological Literacy. I returned to Rhode Island College to coordinate the Technology Education program. During this time we received National Recognition from NCATE/CTETE accreditation. I also coordinate the Langevin Center for Innovation Design and Advanced Manufacturing.

Courses Taught

TECH 200 Introduction to Technological Systems
TECH 202 Design in Technology Education
TECH 204 Energy & Control Systems
TECH 205 Production Processes
TECH 300 Orientation to Technology Education
TECH 306 Automation & Control Processes
TECH 326 Communication Systems
TECH 328 Manufacturing Systems
TECH 329 Transportation Systems
TECH 406 Methods in Technology Education
TECH 408 Practicum in Technology Education (7-12)
TECH 421/422 Student Teaching in Technology Education & Student Teaching Seminar


McLaughlin, C. (2015). Humor in the Classroom. Children’s Technology and Engineering. 19(4), Reston, VA: International Technology & Engineering Education Association.

McLaughlin, C. (2013). Activity: Inquiry: Beaches on the Move! Children’s Technology and Engineering. 18(2), Reston, VA: International Technology & Engineering Education Association.

Berger, C. & Cousteau, P. (2010). Going Blue: A Teen Guide to Saving Our Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, & Wetlands. Text on pages 86 – 88 adapted from “Our Blue Planet: Ocean Exploration” by Charles H. McLaughlin, Jr., Technology and Children. December 2005. Copyright 2009. International Technology Education Association. Used with permission.


McLaughlin, C. H., Jr. (2016). Medical Applications for 3D Printing. ITEEA. 78th Annual Conference, Washington, DC. March 2 – 4, 2016.

Carriuolo, N.; Giroux, J.; Giuriceo; C.; McLaughlin, C.; & Todorovich, A. (2015). Rhode Island College and Rhode Island’s Economy. Small Business Association of New England, Warwick, RI. March 4, 2015.

McLaughlin, C. (2015). Manufacturing Renaissance: Technology and Engineering Education's Role. ITEEA. 77th Annual Conference, Milwaukee. March 26 – 29, 2015.

McLaughlin, C. & Todorovich, A. (2015). 3-D Printing and Prototyping Technology. New England Mid-Range Users Group. Rhode Island College. June 17, 2015.

McLaughlin, C. (2015). Panel Member. What I Learned from Using Advanced Manufacturing Problem Based Learning. Capstone Showcase and Workshop. New England Board of Higher Education. Framingham, MA. July 14 -15, 2015.

McLaughlin, C. (2015). Student Designed Solutions for AM PBL Challenges: Flo-Tek and Hypertherm Problems. Capstone Showcase and Workshop. New England Board of Higher Education. Framingham, MA. July 14 -15, 2015.

McLaughlin, C. (2014). Teaching Sustainability Within Technology & Engineering Education. ITEEA. 76th Annual Conference, Orlando, FL. March 26 – 30, 2014.

Todorovich, A., and McLaughlin, C. (2014). 3-D Printing as an Integration Tool at Rhode Island College. New England Association of Technology Teachers. 77th Annual Conference. Providence, RI. November 14 – 15, 2014.

Research Interests

Exploring Medical Applications for 3D Printing
Technology and the Environment
Sustainability and Technology
STEM Education
Using Robotics to Integrate Math and Science with Technology Education

Grants and Awards

2016 Council on Technology and Engineering Teacher Education Teacher of the Year. ITEEA. 78th Annual Conference, Washington, DC. March 2 – 4, 2016.

Rhode Island Innovation Initiative. (2016). $37, 600.00. With S2S Surgical LLC. Development of replacement trapezium prototypes with3D printing technology. Funded by Rhode Island Commerce Corporation.

Industry Cluster Grants Program Technical Assistance Planning Grant (2016). $75,290. With International Yacht Restoration Trade School. Development of an Advanced Manufacturing Mobile Lab. Funded by Rhode Island Commerce Corporation.

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