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Symposium Keynote Address

Please join us at Noon for a luncheon that includes an award ceremony and a discussion about the Strategic Plan for Graduate Students at RIT.  The discussion which will begin at 12:45 p.m.  will be led by Dr. Vicki Hanson and Dr.  Callie Babbitt. 

Dr. Vicki Hanson is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies at RIT, and Research Staff Member Emeritus from IBM Research. She has been working on issues of inclusion for older adults and disabled people throughout her career, first as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. She joined the IBM Research Division in 1986 where she founded and managed the Accessibility Research group. She joined the University of Dundee in Scotland 2009 and has been at RIT since 2013.

For her work, she received a Royal society Wolfson Research Merit Award and the Anita Borg ‘Woman of Vision Award for Social Impact.’  She currently is the Principal Investigator on the BeSiDE project which investigates issues of care home design and technology in support of resident mobility and wellness. She also is a Co-Investigator on the ‘Social Inclusion though the Digital Economy’ project.

Dr. Hanson is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of ACM (Association of Computing Machinery), and a Chartered Fellow of the British Computer Society.

She currently serves as Secretary / Treasurer of ACM, on the Executive Committee of ACM-W Europe, on the ACM Fellows Awards Committee, and on the Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellows Committee in Informatics, Mathematics and Statistics.

Dr. Hanson is currently involved in the RIT University Strategic Planning Committee on Research and Graduate Education as a co-chair.


Dr. Callie Babbitt

Dr. Callie Babbitt is an Assistant Professor in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at RIT, where she conducts research on environmental impacts and sustainable design of emerging technologies, including consumer electronics, nanomaterials, and lithium ion batteries. Prior to coming to RIT, Dr. Babbitt was a Research Associate at Arizona State University.  She received her Ph.D. and M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida, and her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.




The 6th annual Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium will be held April 18, 2014.

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