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The Mechanical Engineering Department is the largest academic department in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

 

Mechanical engineering is a broad discipline, covering such diverse topics as aerodynamics, medical devices, energy systems, system control,  robotics, new product development, materials development, structural integrity, manufacturing, automotive systems, and space vehicle systems. The mechanical engineering department at RIT offers a solid foundation in ME fundamentals as well as the opportunity for students to concentrate their studies in one of several specific areas of engineering.

The Mechanical Engineering Department is the largest academic department in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, with a headcount of over 900 students in first year through graduate programs. We offer Bachelor of Science Degrees in Mechanical Engineering, and undergraduate options in Automotive Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Energy and the Environment, and Bioengineering. At the graduate level, we offer Master of Science and Master of Engineering Degrees, and an Advanced Certificate in Vibrations Engineering. Traditionally, we have three primary tracks of enrollment for our graduate programs: dual degree students, who are working on a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree concurrently; full time Master’s degree students; and part-time Master’s degree students. Many of our graduate courses are taught in the late afternoon and early evening to accommodate our part-time students. The Mechanical Engineering Department has undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at both our Rochester NY, USA campus and our sister M.E. program located at the RIT Dubai, UAE campus.

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Mission

Our goal is to establish the mechanical engineering department at RIT as one of the top 25 ME programs first in the nation, and then in the world.

 

Our goal is to establish the mechanical engineering department at RIT as one of the top 25 ME programs first in the nation, and then in the world.   We should accomplish three tasks, in pursuit of our goal:

  1. Demonstrate a revolutionary advance in engineering education whereby we turn every entering student into graduates who achieve outstanding success.
  2. Provide solutions to three compelling problems of national and global significance.
  3. Other ME departments must emulate us. We must disseminate our model of education and research, and become the role model to which other institutions aspire.

The Program Educational Objectives of the Bachelor of Science degree program in mechanical engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology are to have graduates who will:

  • practice mechanical engineering in support of the design of engineered systems through the application of the fundamental knowledge, skills, and tools of mechanical engineering.
  • enhance their skills through formal education and training, independent inquiry, and professional development.
  • work independently as well as collaboratively with others, while demonstrating the professional and ethical responsibilities of the engineering profession.
  • successfully pursue graduate degrees at the Master’s and/or Ph.D. level.

The ME Department achieves these objectives by:

  • Integrating cooperative education into the program for all students,
  • Providing a strong foundation in mathematics and science with a balance between liberal studies and technical courses,
  • Establishing balance between the engineering science, an appropriate computational experience, experimental work, and engineering design components of the program,
  • Incorporating a strong laboratory component in the program with outstanding laboratory facilities,
  • Having a diverse faculty committed to engineering education,
  • Making available a combined BS and Masters option to academically stronger students.  This option allows a student to complete the requirements of both the BS and Masters degrees in a five-year period.  A student in this option completes four co-op work-blocks, and three courses count toward both BS and Masters degrees.
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History

The Mechanical Engineering Department at RIT offers a solid foundation in ME fundamentals as well as the opportunity for students to concentrate their studies in one of several specific areas of engineering.

Rochester Institute of Technology

As noted in the RIT Archives at Wallace Library, Colonel Nathaniel Rochester and other Rochester community leaders founded the Athenaeum in 1829 as an association “for the purpose of cultivating and promoting literature, science, and the arts.” Later, in 1847, The Athenaeum merged with the Mechanics Literary Association, which had been founded in 1836 by William A. Reynolds (son of Abelard Reynolds), to form the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Association. Distinguished speakers during this time period included Charles Dickens, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and Frederick Douglass. The Athenaeum remains a viable program still today, focusing on educational and cultural experiences for RIT emeritus faculty and staff. As the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Association matured, this led to the founding of the Mechanics Institute in as city leaders, Henry Lomb, Max Lowenthal, Ezra Andrews, Frank Ritter, William Peck and others sought a school to provide technical training for skilled workers for their growing industries.  The first class offered at the newly formed Mechanics Institute was mechanical drawing, held in the evening on November 23, 1885. The community response is overwhelming with more than 400 students enrolled. Thus, our department heralds its roots back to the very first class on the very first day of the Mechanics Institute.  The Athenaeum remains a viable program still today, focusing on educational and cultural experiences for RIT emeritus faculty and staff.

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In 1903 the Institute consisted of five departments: Industrial Arts, Mechanic Arts and Sciences, language, mathematics, science, Manual Training, Domestic Science and Art, and the Department of Fine Arts with a total enrollment of 3,000. The cooperative education program began in 1912 and continues to be a key component of many RIT degree programs today. In 1916 the first president, Carleton B. Gibson, was appointed, serving until 1916. In 1940 classes were offered all day and all night to train thousands for jobs in the defense industry and enrollment reached 4,565. In 1942 evening classes were opened to women to aid in the war effort as well. In 1944 the institute adopted the name Rochester Institute of Technology.

RIT became the first technical school to offer an associate degree in applied science in New York State in 1950 and in 1955 the first Bachelor of Science degrees were awarded. The first masters degrees were awarded in 1960 (all were master of fine arts). The 1960s also saw a reorganization of the institute into six colleges and the decision to move from downtown Rochester to a new campus in Henrietta, NY.

Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Mechanical drawing classes were offered at the Mechanics Institute in 1885 with classes in electrical engineering following in 1896. In 1912 the department of industrial arts was established to include mechanical, electrical and chemistry courses. By 1940 two departments were established – electrical and mechanical and five years later RIT offered associates degrees in electrical and mechanical technology. In 1953 RIT offered it first BS degrees in electrical and mechanical engineering.

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Dr. Edward T. Kirkpatrick was named the first dean of engineering in 1965 and in 1969 ABET accredited the electrical and mechanical engineering BS programs.  Dr. Dick Reeve established the industrial engineering department in 1970 and the College of Applied Science changed its name to the College of Engineering in 1971 with Dr. Richard Kenyon as dean in 1972.  By 1975 the college of engineering offered ABET accredited BS degrees in electrical, mechanical and industrial engineering, and MS degrees in electrical and mechanical. The year 1975 saw the establishment of computer engineering in conjunction with the School of Computer Science, residing solely within the college of engineering by 1980.  In 1987 ABET accredited the BS in computer engineering program and the newly established microelectronic program – the first of its kind in the world.

Dr. Paul Peterson was named dean in 1990 as the college began joint programs with other colleges at RIT-software engineering with the department of computer science, and design, development and manufacturing with the college of business. In 1998 the college was renamed the Kate Gleason College of Engineering and in 2000 Dr. Harvey Palmer became dean. During this first decade of the new century the college has enjoyed steady growth in enrollment and the establishment of a PhD program in Microsystems engineering – the first of its kind anywhere as well as the new BS degree programs in biomedical and chemical engineering. The engineering complex has expanded several times with the last expansion taking place in 2007. The last few years have seen a growth in the enrollment of women and minorities and the college is enjoying an increase in retention.

The Kate Gleason College of Engineering offers programs to prepare students for present-day industrial and community life, and to lay a foundation for graduate work in specialized fields.  This is accomplished by offering curricula which are strong in fundamentals and maintain a balance among the liberal arts, the physical sciences and professional courses.

The College offers five, five-year cooperative education programs leading to the bachelor of science degree with majors in computer, electrical, industrial, mechanical and microelectronic engineering.  Graduate programs leading to a Master of Science and/or a Master of Engineering degree are offered in all five departments.  A Master of Science degree in Applied and Mathematical Statistics is also offered through the Center for Quality and Applied Statistics and a Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering is offered jointly with the College of Science.

The departments maintain extensive laboratory facilities to provide students with ample opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment in their respective fields.  The laboratories are equipped to provide meaningful practical experience, offer students the opportunity for independent projects and provide facilities for applied and fundamental research by students and faculty.

The Dean of the College is Dr. Harvey Palmer. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Washington and was long associated with the University of Rochester before joining RIT in the summer of 2000.

Department of Mechanical Engineering

While the "mechanical department" was one of the original departments in the Mechanics Institute, we are a relatively young department when we consider the size of our program as it has evolved. For example, our Bachelor of Science degree program in Mechanical Engineering was first accredited in 1969, upon arrival at our new campus in Henrietta, now under the name of the Rochester Institute of Technology. More than half of our alumni base has graduated in the last 20 years. This suggests that we have a large population of alumni who are in early or mid-career stages of their career, and a relatively small population of alumni that have had opportunity to move into senior executive positions.

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Mechanical Engineering is a broad discipline, covering such diverse topics as aerospace systems, bioengineering applications, energy systems, systems & controls, transportation, and vehicle systems engineering.  The Mechanical Engineering Department at RIT offers a solid foundation in ME fundamentals as well as the opportunity for students to concentrate their studies in one of several specific areas of engineering.  In ME classes, students will be exposed to a balance of theory, hands-on experiment, and design.  Our laboratory facilities are primarily intended for student use, although most professors participate in ongoing research projects in these same labs.  Undergraduate students can become involved with these projects through classes, co-op experiences, or through participation in the dual degree program which allows students to earn both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in a five-year period.  With a faculty that includes several recipients of teaching awards, RIT has demonstrated commitment to excellence in education.

 

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Facts and Figures

RIT’s campus occupies over 1,300 acres in suburban Rochester, the third-largest city in New York. The campus consists of 243 buildings total (5.6 million sq. ft.).

RIT Libraries are comprised of Wallace Library, the Cary Library, and RIT Archives and Special Collections. RIT's Wallace Library is the primary information resource center on campus. It is a multimedia center offering a vast array of resource materials.

 

 

 

 

 

The plot below is the graduation rate.

The plot below is the enrollment history.

This is the plot of enrollment history.

RIT Student Body

 

Degrees Awarded

  

Faculty and Staff

 

Fall 2013 Total

18,292

2012-2013 Total

4,051

Full-Time Faculty

1,036

Undergrad

15,410

Associate, Diploma, Certificate

249

Part-Time Faculty

16

Grad

2,882

Bachelors

2,685

Adjunct Faculty

491

Male (2013)

11,172

Advanced Certificates

99

Full-Time Staff (2013)

2100

Female(2013)

5,370

Master's

1,000

Part-Time Staff

138

 

 

Doctorate

18

Total

3,781

 

Mechanical Engineering

 

Mechanical Options

 

Faculty and Staff

 

935 Students

 

Aeronautical

92

Faculty

31

862 Undergraduate and Dual Degree

 

Automotive

50

Staff

9

54 Graduate (ME)

 

Biomechanical

15

 

 

16 Graduate (MS)

 

Energy and Environment

37

 

 

 

 

Dual Degree

92

 

 

RIT’s campus occupies over 1,300 acres in suburban Rochester, the third-largest city in New York. The campus consists of 243 buildings total (5.6 million sq. ft.). RIT Libraries are comprised of Wallace Library, the Cary Library, and RIT Archives and Special Collections. RIT's Wallace Library is the primary information resource center on campus. It is a multimedia center offering a vast array of resource materials. The library provides access to 200 electronic databases, more than 30,000 electronic journals, and more than 55,000 e-books. Resource materials include 11,000 audio, film, and video titles and more than 498,000 books and print journals.

ALUMNI

RIT alumni number over 106,000 from all 50 states and more than 100 nations.

ATHLETICS

At RIT, men’s hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and women’s volleyball and hockey are often ranked nationally. Many other RIT teams receive recognition in the Northeast. Men’s Teams—baseball, basketball, crew, cross country, Division I ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, and wrestling.

Women’s Teams—basketball, crew, cross country, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball.

RIT offers a wide variety of activities for students at all levels of ability. More than 50 percent of our undergraduate students participate in intramural sports ranging from flag football to golf and indoor soccer.

Facilities include the Gordon Field House, featuring two swimming pools, a fitness center, indoor track, and an event venue with seating for 8,500; the Hale-Andrews Student Life Center, with five multipurpose courts, eight racquetball courts, and a dance/aerobics studio; the Ritter Ice Arena; outdoor tennis courts; an all-weather track; and athletic fields.

ACCREDITATION

RIT is chartered by the legislature of the state of New York, accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, individual colleges have professional accreditation for specific programs.

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Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science degree program in Mechanical Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. http://www.abet.org.

Bachelor of Science Program

BS Educational Goals

The Goals of the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program in mechanical engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology are:

Goal 1: Engineering Professionals:  RIT Mechanical Engineering graduates will practice mechanical engineering in support of the design of engineered systems through the application of the fundamental knowledge, skills, and tools of mechanical engineering.

Goal 3: Engineering Practice:  Produce graduates who will work independently as well as collaboratively with others, while demonstrating the professional and ethical responsibilities of the engineering profession.

Goal 2: Life-Long Learners:  Produce graduates who will enhance their skills through formal education and training, independent inquiry, and professional development.

Goal 4: Graduate Education:  Produce graduates who will successfully pursue graduate degrees at the Master's and/or Ph. D. level.

BS Student Learning Outcomes

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program. Graduates of the bachelor of science degree program in mechanical engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology will demonstrate:

(a)     an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering

(b)     an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data

(c)     an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability

(d)     an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams

(e)     an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

(f)     an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility

(g)     an ability to communicate effectively

(h)    the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context

(i)     a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning

(j)     a knowledge of contemporary issues

(k)    an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. 

The Mechanical Engineering Department recommended revisions to the previous Goals and Outcomes statements in November 2010, to align the student outcomes with the ABET standard outcomes. These revisions were adopted by unanimous consent of the faculty.


Master of Engineering Program

MENG Educational Goals

The Goals of the Master of Engineering (MEng) degree program in mechanical engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology are to have graduates who will:

Goal 1: practice mechanical engineering in support of the design of engineered systems through the application of the fundamental knowledge, skills, and tools of mechanical engineering

Goal 2: enhance their skills through formal education and training, independent inquiry, and professional development

Goal 3: work independently as well as collaboratively with others, while demonstrating the professional and ethical responsibilities of the engineering profession.

MENG Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the master of engineering degree program in mechanical engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology will:

  1. Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge of mechanical engineering
  2. Demonstrate a depth of knowledge in a chosen focus area, inside or outside of mechanical engineering
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues in their chosen focus area
  4. Demonstrate the ability to independently complete a technical project.


Master of Science Program

MSCI Educational Goals

The Goals of the Master of Science (MSci) degree program in mechanical engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology are to have graduates who will:

Goal 1: practice mechanical engineering in support of the design of engineered systems through the application of the fundamental knowledge, skills, and tools of mechanical engineering

Goal 2: enhance their skills through formal education and training, independent inquiry, and professional development

Goal 3: work independently as well as collaboratively with others, while demonstrating the professional and ethical responsibilities of the engineering profession.

Goal 4: successfully pursue graduate degrees, if they so choose, at the Ph.D. level

MSCI Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the master of science degree program in mechanical engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology will:

  1. Demonstrate a breadth of knowledge of mechanical engineering
  2. Complete an independent research project, resulting in at least a thesis publication
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues in their chosen field of research
  4. Demonstrate an ability to defend their research work to a panel of experts.


Accreditation 

The BS program in mechanical engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/.

Annual program enrollment and degrees awarded information can be found at:  http://www.rit.edu/fa/irps/. The link is on the left-hand side navigation panel under “ABET Accreditation” (opens as a PDF).

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Awards

Mechanical Engineering faculty and student awards.

Dr. Stephen Boedo has been promoted to Full Professor in Mechanical Engineering in 2014

Dr. Stephen Boedo received his B.A. in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his M.S in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. He is also a general partner in the firm Tribology Associates specializing in software design and engineering consultation services pertaining to lubricated bearing systems. Dr. Boedo has also served as a Visiting Associate Professor at Cornell University. Congratulations on your promotion Dr. Boedo!!

Dr. Michael Schertzer has been appointed as Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering in 2013

Dr. Schertzer received the Bachelor of Engineering and Management (a double major in Mechanical and Commerce) from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He also received a Master of Applied Science from McMaster University for his work examining the heat transfer performance of capillary pumped loops in terrestrial and extra-terrestrial applications. He earned his Doctorate in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto for his work characterizing the motion and mixing of droplets in Digital Microfluidic Devices.

Dr. Patricia Iglesias Victoria has been appointed as Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Patricia Iglesias Victoria is an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Previously, she served as an assistant professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and as an associate professor at the Polytechnic University of Cartagena, Spain. She received her BSE in Mechanical Engineering and her Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering from Polytechnic University of Cartagena. Dr. Iglesias completed a post doctoral stay at Purdue University (Indiana) where she worked on Large-Scale Manufacturing of Bulk Forms with Nanocrystalline Structures. Her career as an educator encompasses teaching and designing undergraduate (Materials Science, Manufacturing Processes, Welding Technology, Computer-aided Manufacturing, Statics, Strength of Materials and Thermal Fluids lab) and graduate courses (Advanced Materials for Industrial Applications, and Corrosion and Wear of Materials). 

Dr. Alan Nye wins SAE Advisor of the year award for the 7th time

Dr. Nye has been nominated for his exceptional work with the Formula SAE team.  He has been advising the Formula Team for many years.  That he has been nominated for the seventh time is a testament to his commitment and dedication to the students.  The students love Dr. Nye and affectionately call him "Doc."  He has led the team to win many awards, most recently RIT Formula Racing won second place in the Generation Auto video competition, sponsored by the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, Deloitte and Society of Automotive Engineers. In the video, the team highlighted its use of carbon fiber composite materials. In its 2013 season, RIT Racing was recognized for its use of these materials and was awarded the Audi Ultra Light Design Award at Formula Student Germany.

Dr. Michael Schrlau has been appointed as Assistant Professor in 2012

Dr. Schrlau is interested in several aspects critical to the interface of nanotechnology and biology, including nanomanufacturing, nanomanipulation, technology-biology interactions, and biomedical applications, and investigates micro/nanoscalefluid behavior and develops related micro/nanotechnologies for biological metrology. Dr. Michael Schrlau earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from the University of Pittsburgh in From 1998 to 2004, he worked for Kimberly-Clark Corp in roles ranging from R&D engineering to operations management. In 2009, he earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania for his research on carbon-based biological nanoprobes.

Dr. Marca Lam-Anderson has been appointed to Senior Lecturer

Dr. Marca Lam received her B.S. (summa cum laude) and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University at Buffalo, and her Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Lam’s specialty is in vibrations and control. She teaches a variety of courses to both graduate and undergraduate students, such as a 3-D graphics course, a computer programming course, materials science, system dynamics, optimal design, and the vibrations sequence.

Kate Leipold has been appointed to Senior Lecturer

Ms. Leipold received her B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She teaches courses in solid modeling, geometric dimensioning & tolerancing, statics, mechanics and materials processing. Ms. Leipold joined the Mechanical Engineering Department in 2004 as an adjunct instructor and 2007 as a lecturer. Prior to pursuing a career in academia, she worked at Pactiv Corporation as a new product development engineer and holds four patents from her work there. Outside of teaching, Ms. Leipold is an advisor for the RIT FIRST Robotics club and the RIT Sailing Team club. She also enjoys volunteering as a member of the FIRST Robotics Finger Lakes Regional planning committee. Through her work with FIRST Robotics, Ms. Leipold won the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award in 2008, and the Regional Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award in 2010.

William Humphrey has been appointed as a lecturer of mechanical engineering at RIT.

Bill is an accomplished mechanical engineer experienced in industrial product development testing and testing systems optimization as well as engineering education. His formal education at Carnegie Mellon University was in the area of atomization and sprays and at Case Western Reserve University he studied aerospace engineering. Bill is committed to enabling students to develop intuitive understanding of fundamental concepts to maximize their ability to retain and successfully apply the concepts beyond the classroom.  Bill was previously a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and earned his M.S. from Case Western Reserve University in 1992 and his B.S. from Case Western Reserve University in 1987.  Bill has taught as an adjunct faculty member here in mechanical engineering since 2002. In addition to his formal training in Aerospace Engineering, Bill has nearly a decade of industrial work experience in the Automotive Industry with Delphi and Trialon Corporations.

 

 

 

 

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Mech. Engineering Academy

The Mechanical Engineering Academy was set up to recognize people with outstanding representation...

The Mechanical Engineering Academy was set up to recognize people with outstanding representation of the mechanical engineering discipline.

Greg Germain  (2014 Inductee)

Greg Germain is the Vice President of  NetApp where he leads SAN and NAS engineering teams that deliver innovative storage and data management solutions designed to accelerate customers’ business models through IT efficiency and flexibility. In addition to guiding worldwide teams in San Jose, Vancouver and Bangalore, he is responsible for the RTP engineering site which was recently recognized as the #1 “Best Place to Work” in the Triangle for 2013. Germain has over 30 years of experience in information technology companies including NetApp, Dell, IBM and Paradyne Networks. He started an east coast engineering site for Jetstream Communications and co-founded Centennial Systems on NC State’s Centennial Campus. During his career his teams have delivered over 75 enterprise and telecom solutions in the areas of servers and storage, cloud computing, mobile and desktop devices, networking and telecommunications. He holds a Masters degree in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University and a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Mark Redding  (2012 Inductee)

Mr. Mark Redding is President at Poseidon Systems and Managing Director at Impact Systems. Mark was co-founder and President of Impact Technologies for 13 years before selling the company to Sikorsky Aircraft in November, 2011. During this period, Impact created more than 200 RIT co-op positions, and hired more than 60 RIT graduates to full-time positions. A leading U.S defense R&D contractor, for eight consecutive years Impact was the most successful company in New York in securing federal R&D funding under the Small Business Innovation Research program, totaling over $75 M in that period of time. Poseidon Systems, LLC develops and manufactures real-time fluid monitoring solutions that provide detailed insight to the health state of in-service lubricants and associated equipment. Established in 2010, as a spin-off of a leading diagnostics and prognostics development company, Poseidon Systems' mission is to provide the sensing capabilities necessary to reduce operations and maintenance costs through real-time lubrication health monitoring. He is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, with a BS in Computer Science. Mr. Redding has been a member of the RIT Mechanical Engineering Program Advisory Committee since 2003. He was a finalist for Rochester Business Person of the Year in 2010.

Paul Kayser  (2012 Inductee)

Mr. Paul Kayser is Group President, Packaging with responsibility for all Nypro Packaging business worldwide. He was appointed to that position in 2008. He had been Vice President/General Manager, Nypro Packaging since 2005. Paul also has corporate leadership responsibility for Global Supply Chain, Global Technology and Global Customer Satisfaction. Paul joined Nypro in 2002 and held positions in Business Development and Finance. Previously, he worked in the electronics manufacturing (EMS) industry in engineering and program management. He is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering

Gregory J. Kacprzynski  (2012 Inductee)

Mr. Gregory J. Kacprzynski is Director of Engineering Services and co-founder of Impact Technologies; a small business headquartered in Rochester NY, USA with over 120 engineers and scientists. Greg directs engineering teams that develop software and provides consulting support for system health management including diagnostic, prognostic and reasoning technologies, physics of failure modeling, intelligent control and maintenance optimization for both private industry and US DoD agencies. He has published more than 25 papers and journal articles in this field and holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering

 

Roger Barry  (2012 Inductee)

Mr. Roger Barry worked for Reliance Electric in Cleveland for 14 years after leaving RIT. Then he started and ran his own company for 14+ years, selling it to a Pittsburgh company 12 years ago. He still serves in a consulting capacity for the firm and works closely with their CEO, who depends on Roger’s advice for many reasons.Roger studied mechanical engineering, and took that knowledge, meshed with a great capacity to work in sales and marketing and became very successful. He believes going to RIT was a godsend for him, particularly the co-op program. He credits co-op for making it possible to finish college, and feels it was instrumental in preparing him for work. His business focus is/was microsystem industrial controls, mostly for any kind of web applications, including rolled steel products, etc. As he said, he knows how to apply electrical control applications to mechanical engineering challenges.

William Schmitz  (2009 Inductee)

Mr. William Schmitz graduated from the Mechanical Engineering department at RIT. As of 2009, he was Chief Operating Officer of Ultralife Corporation, which began as a battery company, and now offers products and services ranging from portable and standby power solutions to communications and electronics systems. Bill joined the Company in December 1999 as Vice President, Manufacturing, Primary Batteries, and became Vice President and General Manager, Primary Batteries in 2001 and Chief Operating Officer in 2002. Before this, Mr. Schmitz worked for Bausch & Lomb from 1985 to 1999 in several positions, most recently as Director, New Product Development in the Eyewear Division from 1995 to 1999. Mr. Schmitz has an M.S. in Operations Management from the University of Rochester and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Britta I. MacIntosh  (2007 Inductee)

Ms. Britta I. MacIntosh graduated from the Mechanical Engineering department at RIT. At the time she was inducted, Britta was the Vice President of Business Development for NORESCO, LLC, Westborough, MA the nation's premier energy service company. She directs the sales and development staff to win, negotiate, and execute performance contracts in the Federal and Public Housing markets, with a focus on renewable energy projects. Britta holds the Professional Engineer's license in NY, MA, CT, ME, and NH. She is Past President and member of the Board of Directors of the Boston Chapter of ASHRAE. She is a frequent speaker and moderator at energy and engineering conferences and associations. Britta is a former volunteer firefighter, an avid cyclist and a triathlete.

Robert O. Frasca (2006 Inductee)

Rob Frasca has built extensive shareholder value in a publicly-traded company, and in venture-backed start-ups eight times! Frasca was a co-founder and CEO of GALT Technologies, one of the first companies focused solely on e-commerce. (Galt was sold to Intuit in 1995.) Rob's second company Wise Wire, an early-stage technology company with proprietary intelligent agent software for web based community-building and search optimization, was sold to Lycos in 1998. Post-acquisition, Frasca became Vice President and General Manager of Lycos.com. Some of Rob's other companies are: Internet Venture works (CEO), Affinnova (CEO), Viximo (CEO), Kaneva (COO), Khepera Group (CEO), and Drync (MD).  Frasca earned a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business.

Michael G. Field  (2006 Inductee)

Mr. Michael G. Field is the Vice President of Engineering for The Raymond Corporation, the market leader for electric material handling vehicles, headquartered in Greene, NY. Previously, Michael served as Vice President of Global Program Management for Brooks-PRI Automation in Chelmsford, MA, which led the semiconductor automated material handling industry with state of the art controls, vehicles and robotic solutions. Prior to that assignment, he was Vice President of Systems Integration at PRI Automation where he led their engineering systems organization. Mike began his career with Carrier Corporation in Syracuse, NY, where he had a progression of product development leadership positions in compressor design and manufacturing. He holds 4 US patents in compressor design.  A graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology, Mike holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University and an MBA with a concentration in International Operations from Boston University. He lived and studied in Japan while attending the International Management Program at Boston University.

Dr. Charles W. Haines  (2006 Inductee)

Dr. Charles W. Haines is Professor Emeritus of the Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics departments at RIT. Dr. Haines earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and physics from Earlham College, and went on to earn his Masters and PhD from RPI. Dr. Haines has a long and distinguished career here at RIT, dating back to 1971. He has taught courses in mechanical engineering and mathematics throughout his career, and has played an important role in growing the mechanical engineering department into what it has become today. Dr. Haines has served RIT as a faculty member, as a Department Head (of both M.E. and Mathematics), as Acting Dean of Engineering, Associate Dean of Engineering, Assistant Provost, and as Associate Department Head of M.E. Since the beginning of his career, the ME Department has grown in size, depth, and national recognition. Dr. Haines has served as a reviewer for the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research, along with consulting to Xerox Corporation and conducting research at NASA Langley. Dr. Haines was responsible for developing and growing the BS/MS program in mechanical engineering, which became a role model for other programs around campus. Dr. Haines initiated, supported, and grew our international student exchange program whereby students from INSA, in France, study here at RIT, and students here are able to study abroad. Dr. Haines had a global vision of our ME department long before globalization was a household word.

Mr. Bart G. Guerreri (2006 Inductee)

Mr. Bart G. Guerreri is a 1967 graduate of Mechanical Engineering at RIT. Bart's career has been a full one, and he has a wealth of personal experiences to share.  Bart's professional career includes experiences ranging from design engineering, to business trouble-shooter, entrepreneur, and inventor, to successful businessman. Bart Guerreri is a devoted husband and father whose thought provoking ideas continue to provide the Information Technology world with exemplary services, products and training. Bart Guerreri's creative innovations in broadband tele-communications played an integral part in the IT world's evolution.  Following graduation from RIT in 1967, Bart went to work for Raytheon Company in Massachusetts, where he excelled as a design engineer and in program management for 13 years. He also worked at IBM's research laboratories in East Fishkill and Yorktown Heights, New York, on the advanced logic units for the IBM Mainframe computers.

Bart's creativity in development served the companies that he worked for very well, however, he needed to express himself on a more personal level so he left the Fortune 500 corporate world and started his own consulting firm, initially part time from his home in Framingham, Massachusetts in 1976. Bart was the only employee for three years as he worked in the field now known as commands and control. DSD Laboratories was incorporated on November 6th, 1978, and Bart remains there as President and Chairman of the Board today. In his early days at DSD, Bart designed interface systems for sensors, radars & satellites and their custom designed digital systems and displays. He would then add the custom software and hardware and plan out the usage.
Times were hard for Telecommunication entrepreneurs in the 1970's. After all, there were not that many computer savvy people, in fact, a very select few even endeavored to buy home computers. Keep in mind that this was long before the advent of the IBM personal computer. It truly took dedication and determination, not only from Bart, but also from his wife, Andrea, to nurture and support this start up company. Over time, Bart's company migrated into a prototype production company with DSD's first contract to design and manufacture a dual port memory system. Bart started production of this dual port memory system in the basement of his home while his wife recruited some of her friends to assemble the printed circuit boards. Ten people, including Bart, were producing the boards on top of sawhorses and plywood sheets in his basement. These systems garnered enough attention to warrant a published interview and feature article in Electronic Magazine. Two weeks following the appearance of the article, major interest sparked over 320 requests for technical information. As his company began to grow, Bart was busy developing and creating new products as well as writing and publishing articles. In late 1982 Bart began to develop a broadband Local Area Network (LAN) to enable the passing of video as well as voice and data thru the same cable buss. By 1983 DSD was growing with contracts. As the company gained momentum, word got out about Bart's latest broadband development and venture capitalists began to advise Bart of their interest.

To keep DSD focused on the projects at hand, Bart started another company in Westboro, Massachusetts, called Link Telecommunications, Inc. (LTI). LTI devoted itself exclusively to the development of LINKNET, a broadband local/wide are network system using buss interface unit (BIU) that would allow dissimilar computers to communication. Utilizing a broadband Cable TV based technology; LINKNET became a multi channel system capable of simultaneous data, voice and video transmission. LINKNET was so successful, that the House of Representatives and US Department of Defense adopted it. By 1984, with just over 50 employees, sales forecasts for LTI products were estimated to be in excess of $50 million by 1986. In addition, predictions indicated for the overall U.S. market for wideband networks would surpass $3 billion by 1990. LTI was fulfilling all of the stockholder's requirements and there was no way the venture capitalists could resist. In November, all the venture capital milestones were met, which triggered a second round of venture capital, funding for expansion. LTI was gearing up for a major market announcement and full production to commence in January 1985.

On Christmas Eve, 1984, at 2:20PM, Bart received the venture capital call that still rings in his ears today. The venture capital firm that had promised the January funding was going bankrupt, and Bart had to layoff all of his employees that very day. In the state of Massachusetts the CEO was personally liable for employee salaries. Bart contacted every company and investor he knew to offer for sale all of LTI's assets, including proto-types, designs, etc. Due to legalities, the company that bought Bart out will remain nameless, however, they became one of the largest suppliers of local area networking equipment in the industry.

With his assets sold and his employees paid, Bart came home from the office, put his children to bed, picked up the old shoe box containing all of his business and personal bills, and he and his wife began adding up the remainder of their debt. Bart found that he still owed over $273,000. Bart contacted every one of his suppliers, advising them of his situation and assuring them that he would pay every single dollar owed. Time dragged on as Bart was hit with 26 bankruptcy related lawsuits. On February 28, 1985, Bart declared Chapter 7 Bankruptcy closing the door forever on LTI. Two years later, with numerous consulting jobs, and working virtually seven days a week, sixteen to seventeen hours per day, and with the support of his Wife, Andrea, and employees from DSD Labs, all debts were paid in full. It was time to grow DSD.

That time in their lives evokes many memories for Bart and his family. Bart will tell you, however, that what is more important are the many lessons learned as a result of that experience. Bouncing back from bankruptcy in 1985, Bart led DSD Labs on to become one of the most successful and well respected IT firms in the nation, attracting federal government attention with it's ability to fulfill a contract above and beyond obligation and customer expectations. As DSD gained momentum, Bart branched off into locations throughout the US that specialized in specific areas like domain engineering, security engineering, system engineering and program management.

In 1999, Bart began to develop a new computer security company to address the growth of computer vulnerabilities. Bart incorporated "Backbone" security on September 11, 2000, and was able to bring the notably successful and accomplished computer security expert, Mr. Glenn Watt, to the team. At that time, it was obvious to Backbone, that there was a lack of highly trained computer security specialist in the United States. Not one school in America was training students in Security Engineering - Backbone quickly moved to fill that need, and developed and offered computer security courses. In 2000, Bart was named to the Dean's Committee for International Development at Harvard University's John F Kennedy School of Government.
By 2001 Bart garnered national notice and approval for Backbone's development of the nation's first Bachelor of Science degree in security engineering curriculum taught at East Stroudsburg University. That accomplishment was preceded by having the National Security Agency (NSA) evaluate and rate the qualifications and ability of his company to execute the NSA's assessment methodology. Many companies throughout the country were evaluated and most were rated as inadequate; in fact, only seven companies in the nation received a NSA approval rating and Bart's company Backbone Security is one of them. Bart received even more notoriety when, within hours of the September 11th terrorist attack, utilizing his company's secure virtual private network product, Ribcage®, Backbone, made a rapid response to the needs of the FBI, tightening and insuring cyber security by providing the FBI with secure links from it's intelligence sources to the Hoover building in Washington D.C.

In 2002 Ribcage(r), Backbone's Secure Private Network, won Bart honors as a security product of the year in one of the world's largest healthcare challenges for providing a HIPAA compliance solution for securely transporting patient information. He also received honors for Backbone receiving the "Company of the Year" award by academia's internationally renowned Association of University Research Parks (AURP) whose mission is to promote and support the development and operation of university research parks worldwide. In 2003, Bart proudly accepted security curriculum certification from the NSA and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) for Backbone's security training. Bart has been recognized with the "Entrepreneur of the Year" award, and holds over 30 patents and publications.

Recognized and honored for his contributions to his community and country, both philanthropic and as an active volunteer, Bart continues to play an integral lead role in the development of his community, of the IT world, and of his country. He is an adviser to the US Congressional Armed Forces Committee, a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), The Board of Directors of The Kennedy School of Government - Harvard University, Association of Old Crows, American Electronics Association (AEA) and Security Affairs Support Association (SASA). He lives by the lessons taught to him by his parents and his life and he continues to give every task performed a quality of effort, believing a man is only as good as his word, and that a hand shake is as good as any written contract.

Mr. Jeff Bench (2006 Inductee)

 

GILBERT JAMES HATCH  (2005 Inductee)

The first 2005 inductee into the ME Academy is a 1972 Bachelor of Science and 1980 Master of Science graduate of the mechanical engineering department here at RIT. Gilbert James Hatch was formerly president of Xerox Corporation's Production Systems Group. He passed away on August 26, 2004 after a long battle with cancer. Gil's wife, Bernice, his son, and daughter-in-law accepted the award on his behalf.  Gil Hatch had a long track record not only of professional accomplishment, but also of service to the community. He was a member of the RIT board of trustees and of the Monroe Community College Foundation. He served as a board member of C-E-D-P-A, a non-governmental organization dedicated to empowering women in global leadership. He was awarded three patents in xerography and digital imaging. During his 35-year career with Xerox, Gil held a number of senior technical and general management positions in both the United States and the United Kingdom. In his last position, he had worldwide responsibility for high-end monochrome and color systems for the production publishing and transaction printing markets, including the DocuTech, DocuPrint, DocuColor and Nuvera product lines.

TED DIEHL (2005 Inductee)

The second 2005 inductee into the ME Academy is a 1988 BS/MS graduate of RIT who has been very successful in his career, has contributed to the Mechanical Engineering profession and is a positive role model for our current students. Upon graduation from RIT he spent seven years with Eastman Kodak as a Senior Engineer, investigating general non-linear, post buckling of extremely flexible structures for media support. In 1995 he received his Ph.D. from the U of R, where his thesis dealt with the Analysis of Non-linear NIP Mechanics with Hyper-elastic Material Formulations. After a brief period in "management' at Xerox Ted then joined Motorola, Inc. in Ft. Lauderdale, FL as Principle Staff Engineer. Ted is also a Co-Founder and President of Bodie Technology, Inc. which provides distinctive expertise deciphering complex problems in the fields of nonlinear structural mechanics and fluid mechanics. They are currently developing a Mathcad based toolbox designed to organize and analyze very large, complex data sets that occur in material law development, FEA analysis and system analysis.

GORDON TSENG (2005 Inductee)

The third 2005 inductee into the ME Academy earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1990 and his MSME in 1992. He is currently the Manager/Director of Sosuco Ceramic Co, Ltd, one of the major manufacturers of ceramic tile in Asia. The company was founded in 1991 and a recently announced expansion will bring its floor tile capacity to 20 million square meters. Its headquarters are located in Bangkok, Thailand.

STACY KALISZ JOHNSON (2004 Inductee)

This 2004 inductee to the mechanical engineering academy earned her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Science in mechanical engineering from RIT in 1996, and a Master's Certificate in Program Management from the George Washington University in 2000. After graduating from RIT in 1996, she went to work for Motorola Semiconductor Products in Phoeniz, Arizona where she participate in a year-long Engineering Rotation Program working in applications engineering for Sensor Products, in the MOS4 Powerfab, and in New Product Development for the Power Products division. She went on to become a project leader and package development engineer at the Motorola Digital DNA Laboratories in Tempe, Arizona until April of 2000. She joined Agilent Technologies in 2002, and began working for the Ireland Imaging Operations and Singapore Vision Operation from a base in Gilbert, Arizona. More recently, she has worked as Product Marketing Engineer, and is responsible for managing the world-wide market of solder paste inspection for the Ireland Imaging Operation. In addition to being very active in her career, Stacy is a role model for all of us when it comes to community involvement. Stacy was recognized in 2003 for "People Making an Impact", was voted "Phoenix Panhellenic Woman of the Year in 2000" and has received numerous other recognitions for her contributions to her community. She remains active in the Society of Women Engineers, the Alumnae Association, plays on three club soccer teams, and is a girl scout leader.

ROBERT L. SNYDER (2003 Inductee and Founding Member)

The founding member of the Mechanical Engineering Academy was inducted in 2003. Bob has made positive impacts on the lives of countless RIT mechanical engineers. He earned a BS in chemistry from RIT in 1956, and his Ph.D. in metallurgy from Iowa State University in 1960. He worked in industry for 6 1/2 years, and retired from the RIT mechanical engineering department after a distinguished career of 34 and 1 / 2 years. He was named as the Distinguished Alumni from the College of Science in 1979, received the Eisenhart Award for outstanding Teaching in 1979, and in the year 2000 was named the Distinguished Educator by the American Society for Metals. He serves on the RIT Alumni Board of Directors, and with his wife, established an endowed scholarship for engineering students at RIT in 2001. He has 2 daughters and 4 grand daughters, of whom he is right to be proud.

 

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Program Advisory Committee

The Program Advisory Committee is comprised of successful Engineers who work at various businesses throughout the United States.

The Program Advisory Committee is comprised of successful Engineers who work at various businesses throughout the United States.  Together they review the Mechanical Engineering curriculum to ensure that our program remains up to date and one of the best.  They have annual meetings which take place at the end of the academic year.

Mr. Thomas Bojko Mr. Levi A. Campbell Bruce C. Chesley, Ph.D.
Mr. David Cook Mr. Dominic N. Dalo Patrick Darby
Mr. Dale J. Davis Mr. Ron Dufort Ms. Joyce Faville
Gus Graham Mr. Jason Grow Mr. Geoff Hitchings
Jim Hubbard Rick Langkamp, PE Adam Ledgerwood
Michael Len Ms. Britta MacIntosh, P.E. Mr. Scot Martinelli
Kelley McCart, SPHR Thomas F Natalie Mr. Liberato Pietrantoni
Mr. Eugene Rogalski Mr. Bill Schmitz Mr. John Smid
Brent Stratton Jerry L. Sturdivant Jim Talley
Mr. Tim Trapp Mr. Paul Van Brocklin  

 

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Join the Team

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We frequently have job openings in the Mechanical Engineering department so please visit our website often or go to http://careers.rit.edu/.

If you are interested in becoming an adjunct faculty member in the Mechanical Engineering department please contact Dr. Alan Nye at 585-475-6121 or ahneme@rit.edu.

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General Information

Dr. Risa Robinson, Department Head
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Rochester Institute of Technology
James E. Gleason Building
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Rochester, NY 14623-5604

585-475-5181

Additional Contacts

If you would like to meet with a Mechanical Engineering department representative please contact Jill Ehmann at jceeme@rit.edu or 585-475-5181 to schedule an appointment.

If you are interested in transferring to the Mechanical Engineering Department and you have questions please contact Dr. Alan Nye, Associate Department Head at ahneme@rit.edu.

If you would like more information about our Graduate program please contact Dr. Agamemnon Crassidis, Graduate Coordinator at alceme@rit.edu.

If you have specific student support questions please contact:

  • Diedra Livingston, Student Services Coordinator at djleme@rit.edu or 585-475-7489
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