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Featured Alumnus

The Office of Graduate Studies would like to highlight the achievements of our students both past and present.  Each semester we will choose one current student and one Alumnus.  If you would like to nominate a student or alumni for this honor please contact Rauncie Ryan at

Alumni of the Semester – Fall 2013

The Office of Graduate Studies was recently privileged to have our Alumni of the Semester Brian O’Shaughnessy give a presentation at our Graduate Student Success Brown Bag Lunch Series.   He has inspired many Graduate Students and we are proud to name him our first Alumni of the Semester.

Early in his career, Brian O’Shaughnessy quickly learned a key difference between the scientific world and the legal world: There isn’t always a right answer when it comes to the law. As an intellectual property attorney, O’Shaughnessy works in a field that he says is often filled with uncertainty. One thing he does know for certain, though, is that his contributions to RIT have not gone unnoticed.

Like many other RIT students and alumni, O’Shaughnessy ’81, ’84 (chemistry) was attracted to the university by the opportunity to participate in the co-op program.

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