Meet RIT’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni

The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented annually by each of RIT’s nine colleges and the School of Individualized Study to an alumnus/a who has performed at the highest levels of his or her chosen profession or who has contributed significantly to the advancement and leadership of noteworthy civic, philanthropic or service organizations. It is the highest award an RIT college can bestow upon its alumni.
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Ralph C. Derrickson ’78, ’81
B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
President and CEO, Carena, Inc.

Thomas Trytek, P.E. ’91
College of Applied Science and Technology
Vice President and Founding Principal of TDK Engineering Associates, P.C.
Vice President and Founding Principal of Aquarii, Inc.

Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton ’71
College of Health Sciences and Technology
Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, Pennsylvania State University

Gerald J. Hace ’74
College of Imaging Arts and Sciences
President, Gooding Company, Inc.

Michael Ciminelli ’78
College of Liberal Arts
Chief of Police, Rochester Police Department

Venkat “Puru” Purushotham ’81, MS ’82
College of Science
President and Owner, Jyoshan, Inc.

Paul Kayser ’93
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
President and CEO, Pretium Packaging

Barbara Ray Holcomb ’74, MS ’84
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Retired Associate Professor, National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Samuel Holcomb ’77
National Technical Institute for the Deaf
Retired Senior Lecturer, National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Gerald McCue MBA ’80
Saunders College of Business
Senior Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Barbara-Ann Mattle ’76, ’80
School of Individualized Study
CEO, Child Care Council, Inc.