Alumni In The News

RIT alumni make news every day; winning awards, impacting industry, improving their communities and changing the world for the better. Here, we present some of the highlights from our alumni in the news.

  • Couple turns cider mill into destination
    Tue, 21 Nov 2017
    Bill and Brenda Michaels like to tell people that they have three children and their oldest child is never going to leave the house That oldest child is their business Fly Creek Cider Mill x26 Orchard in Central New York The couple recently published a cookbook to celebrate the cider mills Read more »

  • Graduates career takes an unexpected swing
    Tue, 21 Nov 2017
    In 2009 Ryan Steenberg graduated from RIT with a masters degree in medical illustration Seven years later Steenberg was runnerup in the 2016 World Long Drive Championship How does a medical illustrator become a champion at driving golf balls The answer is part timing mixed with a little luck and a love Read more »

  • GIS alumnus successfully sustaining his career
    Tue, 21 Nov 2017
    When first identifying where he would focus his education and ultimately his career Mike Waller 16 sustainability thought photovoltaicsthe technology that powers solar cells into energywould fuel his path forward I thoughtand still doits an amazing technology said Waller a native of Greece NY But since the only thing that really matters Read more »

  • Alumna crafts career in fresh food industry
    Tue, 21 Nov 2017
    Michele Conklin Williams 94 has had a career as colorful and varietal as the flavorful salads produced by Taylor Farms one of the top US companies in the fresh food industry As the companys vice president of sales and new product development she coordinates the multistep process of bringing an idea Read more »

  • Theme park ride designer nabs dream job
    Tue, 21 Nov 2017
    David Swerzenski has always had one career goalwork in the theme park industry Days after graduating from RIT Swerzenski 17 mechanical engineering accomplished it He began working on a project management team in the Engineering and Safety Division at Universal Creative the research and development group responsible for designing rides and attractions Read more »

  • Knowledge is power says the mayor of Dubrovnik
    Tue, 21 Nov 2017
    Thirtyfiveyearold Mato Frankovic a political candidate from HDZ Hrvatska Demokratska ZajednicaCroatian Democratic Union was appointed to a fouryear term as mayor of Dubrovnik after winning the election in his hometown last June He said what set him apart in the raceand from his predecessorswas his leadership skills as a team player An Read more »

  • Reunion visit results in legacy student
    Tue, 21 Nov 2017
    An unplanned tour of campus during last years Brick City Homecoming x26 Family Weekend is the reason Daniel Tosti is a thirdgeneration student at RIT Daniel tagged along with this dad Mike 86 computer engineering to Mikes 30th college reunion last year Daniel a high school senior at the time in Los Read more »

  • RIT gives alumnus and his sons an edge
    Tue, 21 Nov 2017
    Growing up in the Philadelphia area Andrew Athias was surrounded by a close group of his fathers friends whom he considered aunts and uncles It wasnt until he was older that he realized they werent actually related Their connectionRIT Practically everyone I met growing up who was an adult was an RIT Read more »

  • RIT all in the family for David Fuehrer
    Tue, 21 Nov 2017
    RIT is in David Fuehrers DNA In 1907 Fuehrers great grandfather William J Fuehrer graduated with a degree in architecture from Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute the forerunner of RIT His maternal grandfather Charles Edwards graduated in 1937 with a degree in mechanical engineering His third cousin Gerard Rossner earned a BFA in photography Read more »

  • Legacy families uphold RIT traditions
    Tue, 21 Nov 2017
    Chernee Vitello was worried when the thin envelope arrived from RIT for her son Peter Thick envelopes traditionally indicate an acceptance letter The bachelors degree program Peter applied for game design and development is ranked second in the world by The Princeton Review and is extremely competitive And RIT was Peters first Read more »

  • The rise of RIT athletics
    Tue, 21 Nov 2017
    Amy Reed admits that her first year as coach of the RIT womens basketball team was trying When she started a decade ago the team had had only one winning season since 1987 On top of that she only had seven players It was a real struggle said Reed who played Division I Read more »

  • Online masters degrees make learning more accessible
    Tue, 21 Nov 2017
    There were blearyeyed mornings when Keita Wangari had to tell her children that she had been up all night After working a full day in sales operations and getting the kids ready for bed the 40yearold would spend the weehours of the morning researching search interface design as part of the humancomputer Read more »

  • Masters program like family for artists who teach
    Tue, 21 Nov 2017
    For nearly half a century the School of Art in RITs College of Imaging Arts and Sciences has offered a unique oneyear masters program for highly motivated students seeking to become certified in teaching art to students in kindergarten through 12th grade Were artists who teach said Lauren Maines Ramich graduate director Read more »

  • RITs graduate programs offer distinctive cuttingedge education
    Tue, 21 Nov 2017
    As Fatmah Bamashmous painstakingly crafts furniture for her thesis in RITs woodworking studio she uses a mixture of traditional hand tools and stateoftheart power tools She has a distinct vision for what she is trying to accomplish and her designs draw inspiration from calligraphy and the Arabic alphabet I want to create Read more »

  • Saunders College of Business cited in Bloomberg Businessweek rankings
    Tue, 21 Nov 2017
    Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology has been noted for being among 85 fulltime MBA programs in Bloomberg Businessweeks 2017 rankings of best US business schools Saunders College ranked at No 79 with a job placement rate of No 24 in the annual MBA rankings of graduate business schools Read more »

  • Two RIT Venture Creations companies will compete for 1 million accelerator grand prize
    Tue, 21 Nov 2017
    Two companies at Rochester Institute of Technologys Venture Creations incubator have been selected to compete for the 1 million grand prize in the New York statefunded Luminate NY accelerator program The companies Positive Science and Molecular Glasses will join eight others for a sixmonth accelerator program at High Tech Rochesters incubator space Read more »

  • New exhibits at Wallace Library explore the fight for womens right to vote and RITs past
    Thu, 16 Nov 2017
    Three new exhibits at Rochester Institute of Technologys Wallace Library explore historical artifacts from the universitys past as well as womens fight for the right to vote in New York state Two of the exhibits were curated by RIT Museum Studies students with support from the RIT Archives staff for their Read more »

  • RIT professor receives Excellence in Leadership Award from the American Vacuum Society
    Tue, 14 Nov 2017
    Bruce Smith professor and director of microsystems engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology was recently honored with the Excellence in Leadership Award from the American Vacuum Society for his contributions to the field of nanolithography and influence on the careers of studentgraduates in the fields of engineering and science The award is Read more »

  • Four RIT faculty and staff alumni will receive Golden Brick Award
    Fri, 10 Nov 2017
    RIT will recognize four faculty and staff alumni with the Golden Brick Award at this years Faculty and Staff Alumni Breakfast and Golden Brick Awards Ceremony The event Read more »

  • RITs School of Individualized Study hosts comic artist Adam Kubert Nov 16
    Fri, 10 Nov 2017
    Adam Kubert may not have superhero powers but he certainly has a talent for drawing them During his career as a comic artist he has worked for DC Comics and now exclusively at Marvel Comicsdrawing villains and heroes of the everpopular XMen Fantastic Four The Incredible Hulk SpiderMan Superman Ghost Rider and Read more »