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Message from the Dean

Welcome to the College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST).   

One of the largest on the RIT campus, CAST is a unique college that brings together the disciplines of engineering technology with environmental, packaging  and service sciences all under one roof.  As a result, six dynamic departments are housed in two schools within the college.  

The School of Engineering Technology is comprised of four departments – Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management & Safety (CETEMS); Electrical, Computer & Telecommunications Engineering Technology (ECTET); Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology (MMET); and Packaging Science (PS).  All engineering technology programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).  

The School of International Hospitality and Service Innovation houses the Hospitality and Tourism Management Department and the Department of Service Systems. Additionally, CAST is also home to the United States Army and United States Air Force ROTC units.

All our innovative academic programs challenge our students across multiple levels and prepare them to graduate as lifelong learners. The hallmark of an RIT education - required cooperative education - allows our students to continue to adapt, grow and succeed as they immediately apply what they are learning in the classroom to the real-world.  Our students “hit the ground running” once they are employed given our commitment and dedication to experiential and hands on learning and academic excellence.  

State-of-the-art laboratories and facilities help to further support student learning, faculty research and academic success throughout all our academic programs.   Many of these labs and centers of excellence have been made possible by the support of local and global Fortune 500 companies that have chosen to partner with us upon realizing the caliber of our students and faculty.  These companies also actively recruit our students for co-op and employment opportunities.  

Our renowned faculty bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the classroom.  Their vast industry experience coupled with their cutting edge research, scholarly work, and advanced degrees allows our students to not only receive world class teaching but the opportunity to work alongside their professors on exciting and meaningful research.

I am proud of the collaborative spirit that fuses our college together as demonstrated by our outstanding faculty and staff who are fully committed to our students’ success. These but are just a few of the many reasons our students are set apart from their peers once they enter the global business environment.

Outside the classroom, under the supervision of faculty and staff advisors, students have an interesting and varied selection of activities, clubs and organizations to participate in within the college and on the RIT campus.  Be it study abroad opportunities, intramural sports, professional student organizations or clubs that participate in international competitions, students can find fulfilling and interesting activities to become a part of as they create their lives at RIT. We are very proud of the diversity found on our campus that allows students to broaden their horizons and get a true sense of the global world they will find themselves working in upon graduation.

Thank you for affording me a few minutes of your time.  I invite you to peruse our website and take a closer look at what we offer and to learn more about our departments and programs.  If you have questions, or would like 

more information, please let us know.  Should you find yourself close to campus, please arrange for a visit.  We’d love to show you the many wonderful laboratories and facilities in the College of Applied Sciences and Technology!


S. Manian Ramkumar, Ph.D.

Interim Dean