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Graduate Study Research and Projects
As RIT transforms into an innovation university, research is becoming an integral part of the learning experience. As a result, you’ll have abundant opportunities to be involved in and contribute to meaningful research and to interact with leaders in your field on campus and around the country.
Three key research programs are offered by RIT—research services, corporate research and development and sponsored research.
The Research Services program includes short-term research projects involving evaluation or analysis, conducted by undergraduates with supervision of faculty or staff. Intellectual property in these projects is not anticipated. The Printing Applications Laboratory in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences is working with substrate suppliers, under Research Services agreements, to evaluate the performance of different types of media on HP Indigo printing technology.
In the Corporate R&D program, research projects address a specific company problem and typically involve master’s students working directly with the company with mentoring from faculty. Under these agreements the company owns the intellectual property, but RIT retains the right to publish and present the research findings. For example, Kathleen Lamkin-Kennard, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and two mechanical engineering students are working with Johnson & Johnson Ortho Clinical Diagnostics on a Corporate R&D project to develop a modular simulation platform to better simulate antibody/antigen reactions.
Sponsored Research addresses long-term research goals, which advance a specific field or technology and usually involve Ph.D. students working with faculty. All intellectual property developed through the research is owned by RIT and licensed to the sponsor. For the past five years, Karl Hirschman, Micron Professor of Microelectronic Engineering, and a team of graduate students have been conducting a sponsored research project with Corning Inc. to advance the development of silicon-on-glass technology for use in flat-panel displays.
Research at RIT is often inter-disciplinary, giving faculty, staff and students the chance to work with their colleagues in one or more of RIT’s eight colleges. This provides students greater exposure to other disciplines and experience working in a collaborative approach often preferred by business and industry.
In addition to research, RIT’s graduate students also participate in projects pertaining to their academic studies.
Research Centers and Labs
As a growing research University, RIT has 50 research centers supporting applied research, consulting and innovation.
- Overview of Imaging Science
- Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
- Rochester Imaging Detector Laboratory
- Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing Laboratory
- Laboratory for Imaging Algorithms and Systems
- Munsell Color Science Laboratory
- Biomedical Imaging/Ultrasound
- Biomedical Imaging/MRI
- Visual Perception Laboratory
- Laboratory for Printing Materials and Process
- Laboratory for Digital Image Restoration
- Print Research & Imaging Systems Modeling Laboratory
- Overview of Microsystems Engineering
- Nanopower Research Laboratory
- Semiconductor and Microsystems Fabrication Laboratory
- Center for Electronic Manufacturing and Assembly
- Center for Nanolithography Research
- RF/Analog Mixed Signal Laboratory
- Thermal Analysis and Microfluidics Laboratory
- Analog Devices Integrated Microsystems Laboratory
Astrophysical Sciences and Technology
Access and Learning Technologies
- Overview of Access and Learning Technologies
- Center on Access Technology (PDF)
- Research and Teacher Education Center
- Center for Education Research Partnerships
Printing and Graphic Media
- Sloan Printing Industry Center
- Printing Applications Laboratory
- Image Permanence Institute
- Printing Industry Education Program
- Open Publishing Lab
Computing and Information Sciences
- Overview of Computing and Information Sciences
- Center for Advancing the Study of Cyberinfrastructure
- Game Design and Development
- Laboratory for Intelligent Systems
- Laboratory for Social Computing
- Laboratory for Environmental Computing and Decision Making
- Overview of Sustainable Systems
- Golisano Institute for Sustainability
- Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS)
- National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery
- Systems Modernization and Sustainment Center
- Sustainable Systems Research Center
- Center for Excellence in Lean Enterprise
- Manufacturing Technologies Program
- Imaging Products Laboratory
- Occupational Safety and Ergonomics Excellence Program
- CIMS Training Programs
Multidisciplinary Research and Training Centers
- The IT Collaboratory
- Center for Quality and Applied Statistics
- Center for Applied and Computational Math
- Center for Biosciences Education and Technology
- Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation
- International Center for Hearing and Speech Research
- American College Testing
- Venture Creations Incubator
- Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The Institute’s research structure, partnerships, opportunities, current projects and publications are described on the main research web site at http://www.rit.edu/research/
Research at RIT
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