Department of Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology / Packaging Science

Mission & Philosophy

Vision

As a collaborative community, CAST will be a leader in innovative, interdisciplinary, and international career-focused education; experiential learning; applied research; and scholarship.  We will apply our unique values to undergraduate and graduate programs in technology, service, and applied science, preparing individuals to thrive in and contribute to an ever-changing global society.

Mission

Through an education rooted in technology-based applications, CAST prepares students to become successful professionals within a global society. CAST leverages this through its:

  • Faculty's broad academic and industrial expertise that provides students with an educational experience rich in theory, enhanced by scholarship, and reinforced with meaningful application-based learning;
  • Responsiveness to industry needs and global opportunities through incubation and implementation of innovative programs;
  • Student-centered teaching that emphasizes: a) innovative, engaging, and challenging coursework; b) intellectually vibrant instruction; c) project-based learning; d) practical team interactions; e) student-industry cooperative experiences; and f) industrial, government, and academic partnerships that prepare students for immediate career success;
  • Proactive and adaptive service systems that provide students with a flexible yet solid learning infrastructure;
  • Leadership in global outreach development through engagement with industries, regions, and countries that advance our educational mission.

Core Values

BALANCE:
We value the balance among teaching, scholarly activities, and service that capitalizes on the strengths and interests of the individual.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING:
We embrace the philosophy and principles of experiential learning through the application of theoretical knowledge.

INNOVATION: 
We embrace and encourage innovative curricula, teaching techniques, student discovery, entrepreneurial activities, and international outreach.

COLLABORATION:
We pursue partnerships with industry, government, education, and alumni.

STUDENT-CENTEREDNESS: 
We promote a student-focused environment through personal and professional interactions among students, faculty and staff.

DIVERSITY:
We recognize and embrace individual diversity. We are an inclusive community of scholars.

TRADITION: 
We embrace the tradition of career- focused education and core values of RIT; through the integrity of our curriculum and instruction, we instill these values in our students.