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RIT is the NY Affiliate university for Project Lead The Way (PLTW).  Our role is to help NY K-12 schools administer their PLTW programs.  We serve NY schools by offering teacher professional development, undergraduate college credit for PLTW students and a network of support, guidance and best practices in STEM education.

Project Lead The Way offers the following programs to students in K-12 schools:

  • Launch (K-5th grade)
  • Gateway to Technology (6th-8th grade)
  • Computer Science (9th-12th grade)
  • Pathway to Engineering (9th-12th grade)
  • Biomedical Sciences (9th-12th grade)

To lear more about PLTW, visit their website

Meet the Team

Deborah A Cooper

Assistant Director, School Relations


Deborah is your contact for information regarding your school including undergraduate and graduate college credit, mini-grant questions, and information specific to your school.

Sarah Pillittere

Associate Director, Operations and Professional Development


Sarah is your contact for information regarding teacher professional development, and the NY PLTW STEM Conference.

George Zion, PhD.

Affiliate Director


RIT PLTW program oversight

George provides full oversight of RIT’s Office of Project Lead The Way as well being a Professor in RIT’s Electrical, Computer, and Telecommunications Engineering Technology Department.

Carolyn Malstrom, PhD.

Sr. Director of School Engagement


Project Lead The Way, Upstate NY

Carolyn is your direct contact to PLTW.  Her role is to help you set up, maintain and grow your PLTW program.