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Message from the Provost

Message from the Provost

RIT faculty and students continue to engage in research, pedagogical undertakings and scholarly activities that break down boundaries inside and outside the university. We graduate more Ph.D. students each year, and have now entered the second year of our doctoral university status via the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Under the leadership of our new president, Dr. David Munson, Jr., we have embarked on new partnerships, and set even loftier goals for our faculty research and scholarship.

The scholarly and artistic efforts within this report continue to have a profound impact within the local communities, and contribute to the greater good our global society. This work, which ranges from making our university and our communities more sustainable, to understanding the very fabric of our universe, engages students in ways that prepare them for our ever-changing world.

Our vision for the future guides the upward trajectory of our existing disciplines and interdisciplinary programs, and provides the groundwork on which we can build new signature research areas and centers to address the challenges facing our world in the future. As we grow our graduate enrollment and to attract top students and faculty, the research and artistic efforts will only grow in number and in quality. The application of these pursuits will place our faculty and our students at the forefront of the global economy.

RIT faculty engaged in this important work establish new opportunities for the university, and prepare our students for the next stage of their careers. It is through these diverse scholarly pursuits that students and faculty are able to collaborate across disciplinary frontiers, and bring new insights and perspectives to their work. It is with great pride that I present this report highlighting our faculty's scholarly achievements during 2017.

Jeremy Haefner, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Rochester Institute of Technology