If you want to surround yourself with students who demonstrate a special
dedication to learning and a willingness to challenge themselves inside
and outside the classroom, you'll have no trouble finding those students
in RIT's mechanical engineering programs. Check out what some of our students
have to say about their RIT experiences, and some of the great things
that they have accomplished:
Annual FIRST Robotics Competition at RIT
Hundreds of boisterous competitors and distinctive robots will come
together at the Gordon Field House on the campus of Rochester
Institute of Technology for the Finger Lakes Regional FIRST Robotics
competition. Nearly 50 high school teams from across New York, New
Jersey, Connecticut and Ontario, Canada participate in the
regional contest held each March at the Gordon Field House and
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
is an international sporting and technology competition, with events
taking place in all 50 states and around the world. Winners from
regional competitions meet in Atlanta in April for the championship.
"Today, with the challenges of strengthening our fragile global
economy, combating the effect of climate change, replacing
fossil-fueled energy production, and addressing worldwide public
health concerns, companies continue to value innovation, especially
now, and FIRST is inspiring the innovators of tomorrow," says Ron
Borden, director of the Finger Lakes Regional FIRST competition.
The Mechanical Engineering Department is home to two Regional
Woodie Flowers award recipients for outstanding team
mentorship -- Ms. Kate Liepold, a Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering,
and Dr. Edward Hensel, Professor and Department Head of M.E.
Mechanical Engineering is pleased to
support the RIT Collegiate FIRST student chapter, advised by Ms.
Liepold. The chapter supports the regional event each year, provides
technical classes for local teams, and assists with mentors new high
school teams getting started in the area.
RIT students participate in engineering and cultural program in
On their very first trip to France, several
RIT engineering students traveled to Rennes, Rochester's first Sister
City, and experienced the historic region most known for William the
Conqueror and D-Day at Omaha Beach. They were welcomed by city leaders
of Rennes and then began a four-week study abroad program at the
Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, a public engineering school
in the city. The students participated in a series of engineering and
liberal arts classes at the college. They also lived in the dorms and
traveled with members of the college through the Brittany and Normandy
regions during their stay.
"I was most looking forward to exploring the country and broadening
my ability to speak French," says Patrick Villaume, a fourth-year
mechanical engineering student. "Hands down, my personal excursion to LeMans for the 24-hour race was a great trip. It did help that it was
on my birthday.
"Some of the other areas we enjoyed while on our trip were visiting
the World War II Memorial at Caen the day after President Obama was
there for the anniversary, visiting St. Malo on the coast of Brittany
to observe the typical coast, visiting the ancient Monastery at Mont
Saint Michel, and the island tour of L' Isle de Groix by bicycle,"
"This was my first trip to Europe, not to mention my first trip
overseas," says Samantha Huynh, a third-year mechanical engineering
student. "I was looking forward to new people and experiences. I had
heard so much about students learning more about themselves in these
trips and I was looking forward to a similar self-discovery. I was
interested in the European style of study, having heard so much about
the differences. I couldn't wait to try my hand at their trade!"
"The RIT/INSA student exchange program was developed about 10-years
ago and is targeted at fourth- and fifth-year engineering and computer
science students," says Margaret Anderson, assistant dean for student
services in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. "The college
developed the INSA Summer Program to give first- or second-year
students an opportunity to experience life at INSA while beginning to
study the French language."
"The Rennes community was very open and welcoming to anyone willing
to speak their language and ready to have a good time in their
beautiful city," says Villaume. Rennes is the capital of Brittany in
northwest France, about 200 miles from Paris. It was the first of
Rochester's 11 Sister Cities, the relationship formalized in 1958 by
then Rochester mayor Peter Barry.
"I would tell people doing the same trip to immerse yourself in the
culture, language and everything to benefit fully from the trip at
hand," Villaume added. "I learned so much, and saw so much just by
being willing to listen and interact with everyone and everything that
Students Clubs and
Our students are engaged.
They are active, and we need to challenge them and offer them
opportunities to come together, to apply their skills in a highly
effective, and ethical manner, and to coordinate their actions with
other members of the team. Our competition teams and co-curricular
clubs are designed to provide our students with that opportunity, with
the added twist of giving our students the chance to apply the
technical skills learned in the classroom and laboratory to an open
ended design problem.
First Year Students
Over one quarter of our
entering class participated in high school music programs before
coming to RIT, while 70% of them have taken AP exams, and two thirds
have participated in sports. Our first year students have volunteered
to bring peace to Cyprus, work in their local hospitals, or support
the special olympics. Many of them want to design cars, or
become inventors, while some have already set their sights set on
getting a Masters in Engineering, or an MBA.
Spring 2006, FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH Recognizes RIT ME First Year
Student Christine Lowry as a recipient of the Learning Through
Listening Scholarship Award for high achieving students with
dyslexia, in recognition of her outstanding accomplishments .
A co-op story: Delphi Corp.