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Message from the Associate Dean

Our faculty teach graduate students and do substantial research within the Kate Gleason College of Engineering and in several other colleges here at RIT. Some of our research is focused on the fundamentals of engineering principles, while other research focuses on engineering applications and some on the technology that supports those applications – the magic behind the TECH!

That magic is nano-science and engineering or microsystems engineering. We offer and PhD in microsystems engineering – the only one of its kind in the world. The broad application areas of research are Transportation, Energy, Communications, and Healthcare. This constitutes our PhD in engineering.

Within these broad areas, faculty and graduate students are conducting research in a variety of focus areas and industries such as:

  • advanced materials
  • computer vision
  • embedded systems and control
  • high performance computing
  • operations
  • photonics
  • semiconductor processing
  • supply chain and logistics
  • sustainability as it applies to all of the broad areas mentioned above

The following pages provide more details about research and specific faculty to contact for various areas investigation with links as appropriate. Here is a video that describes the program in detail too.

Information on our graduate programs can be found in these pages too with helpful links to program sites.


Dr. Edward Hensel, P.E.

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, KGCOE

Ph.D. in Engineering Director

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Rochester, NY 14623-5603
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