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Abbey DonnerIndustrial & Systems Engineering

I will never forget my time at RIT, and I look back on it fondly.  The vast hands-on learning experiences and enriching co-op opportunities that I was exposed to through the Industrial & Systems Engineering department have helped me to become an adaptable and thorough engineer in the field.  RIT creates an incredibly supportive environment for female engineers which I have not seen duplicated anywhere else!

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Adam SteenkamerElectrical Engineering

I am glad I decided to attend RIT. The co-op program and my visit to the school made an impression. I have already completed one co-op and am eagerly looking for a second. I had a great time on co-op and learned things I could not have in a classroom. In addition, the electrical engineering program here is superb. Despite being a decently large school, the faculty and most of my classes are small. I can talk with professors one-on-one and many know me personally. The education, along with the co-op program and resources RIT has to offer, make the school a great place to grow and learn.

 

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Alessandro SarraComputer Engineering

The academic challenge presented to me by the Computer Engineering department at RIT has helped me to confirm that a change in career was the best option for me. Starting work in a new field can make for a scary situation, but the professors and student mentors were consistently available for assistance, providing a friendly and supportive environment in which to learn. My academic adviser was extremely helpful in providing a schedule that I could maintain while still being present for my family on a daily basis, and department staff and career services assisted in making connections for me to a new job prior to graduation.

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Alicia CampbellProduct Development

The knowledge and experiences obtained through the MPD program gave me a broader view of how to successfully manage new global products and services across all aspects of the development lifecycle.  By gaining exposure to other business practices and leveraging insights from experienced faculty, I was able to more confidently apply new practices and improve performance in my daily work. Overall, the RIT program provided a challenging and enjoyable environment to learn, exchange ideas, and make lasting business connections and friendships.

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Amanda MurrayBiomedical Engineering

RIT has given me an experience that I will never forget. Here, I had the opportunity to do everything that I could ever dream of and more. I got to challenge myself with captivating elective classes in my major, as well as have the experience of playing in the Women’s Soccer Division 3 NCAA tournament, twice. The school has nudged me outside my comfort zone so that I could find new experiences. Biomedical engineering has so many opportunities encompassed in it because it is a mixture of so many things. The co-op program allowed me to explore different fields and find the one that’s right for me. RIT has given me the opportunity to get all the things that I wanted to get out of college at one school, from the social experience, to athletics and academics. There are so many different clubs here to get involved in depending on your interests. No matter what you are interested in, you can find it here.

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Amos BaptisteIndustrial and Systems Engineering

My experience at RIT has been a great experience with wonderful memories. I combined Industrial Engineering and Sustainable Engineering through the BS/ME dual-degree program. The Industrial Engineering program helped me become an adaptable and thorough engineer while the Sustainable Engineering program offered an innovative approach for a new set of challenges. The co-op opportunities helped me gain real work experience with great corporations and gave me the option to travel. As a student athlete my time management and leadership skills were developed building my confidence in the classroom and at work. I feel well prepared to enter the working world after my years at RIT as I could not imagine another college that would enable me to graduate on time with 2 degrees saving me a lot of money!

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Ariana HongComputer Engineering BSMS

When I started in Engineering Exploration at RIT, I was not really sure what I wanted to study. However, it became readily apparent to me that RIT was a place for self-motivated students like myself.  The school provided such a wealth of resources and support for students to help them grow and reach their goals as engineers. Once I decided to join the Computer Engineering department, all of the staff and faculty showed an earnest interest in helping students succeed, some even going out of their way to set up mentors, tutors or interviews to aid in student development. Above all, I love the fast-paced and stimulating environment, the Co-op program, the new experiences, and all that RIT has to offer. 

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Beth FischerMechanical Engineering

The mechanical engineering department and engineering honors program have provided me with a broad education and a strong background in mechanical engineering.  The honors program in particular provides students with a unique blend of knowledge of many engineering disciplines, and the honors trips to a variety of engineering companies are invaluable.  There are many opportunities to get involved with projects and leadership activities in engineering and these opportunities have enhanced my education greatly.  The faculty and staff are all dedicated to student success and innovation, making RIT and the mechanical engineering department an exciting place to learn.

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Brenda LisitanoMechanical Engineering

During my time at RIT I have had the opportunity to be a student member of the KGCOE Ethics Committee. In this capacity, I have been able to weigh in and give a student’s perspective to the faculty members. The student members help shape decisions on university curriculum that incorporate ethical decision making with engineering content and help make changes to the ethics program, leading to an even better RIT.

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Bria CherebinChemical Engineering

Although it has only been a year, RIT has become my community and the Chem-E Department my home. The professors are kind and willing to help; even professors I have not yet had. MCAS (Multicultural Center for Academic Success) has also been a huge part of my support system. I joined the RIT chapters AICHE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) and NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) to get involved outside the classroom, and volunteered with WE@RIT. The professional organizations exposed me to fellow engineering students of all disciplines. Through WE@RIT, I introduced high school girls to engineering and all that RIT has to offer. I look forward to future experiences such as going on my first co-op. I know upon graduation I will be prepared to begin my career as a successful Chemical Engineer. I am exactly where I am supposed to be. I love RIT, GO TIGERS!!!

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Brian RomanczykMicroelectronic Engineering

The uniqueness of the microelectronic engineering program, with its combination of physics, chemistry, and engineering, has been a perfect fit for me.  I enjoy the fact that I am working on technologies that enable most other engineering and technology disciplines.  RIT has done a great job preparing me for the future.  While on co-op with Northrop Grumman in Baltimore, MD and HRL Laboratories in Malibu, CA my employers always spoke very highly of microE graduates showing that RIT has done a great job preparing students for the real world.

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Chieh-Chang HsuApplied Statistics

The MS Applied Statistics program has helped me to get into the career of statistics. In my career at the Center for Quality and Applied Statistics, the faculty established solid knowledge in statistics from foundation to the advanced levels, and tons of practical examples help me catch ideas quickly. A series of course projects has developed my capability of professional analysis and interpretation as well as sharpen programming skills in SAS, R, and Minitab. The most attractive part is that the program is in conjunction with Lean Six Sigma, Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, and SAS Programmer certificates. The significant training and experience from CQAS has made me well-prepared and competitive for future careers.

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Christopher DeckerComputer Engineering

I liked the Computer Engineering bachelors program so much I decided to get my Masters in it as well.  The reason I chose to get my Master’s at RIT is, the professors actually care about you and the staff is willing to bend over backwards to help you succeed. Numerous co-op supervisors have been so impressed with my knowledge and practical experience that the next year they requested RIT CE students fill their co-op positions.  Additionally, I have made great friends that I will have for the rest of my life.  If I had to go back and do it all over I'd choose RIT computer engineering program again in a heartbeat.

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Christopher SchwabElectrical Engineering

RIT was my top choice of colleges because of the school’s incredible co-op program and Electrical Engineering Department. The professors and staff in the department are always available to assist with any needs. Most importantly, they will challenge you every day and help you grow to be a better engineer by the time you graduate. Co-op blocks are worked into your schedule and not only provide a break from classes but more importantly allow you to apply your engineering skills and gain valuable experience working in industry. I continue to be impressed and take advantage of the numerous opportunities that the department offers, such as being a Teaching Assistant and enrolling for the dual-degree BS/MS Electrical Engineering program.

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Daniel CrossenMechanical Engineering

RIT was the best choice in post-high school education I could have made!  Not only am I going to leave after 5 years with both a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, but the co-ops I have had along the way will almost guarantee me a job right out of school.  My last co-op was at Toyota doing work that the full time engineers were doing, something that few students outside RIT have had experience with.  Student life at RIT has been great as well.  Whatever your interests, there is definitely multiple clubs out there just waiting for you to join, and if you can’t find one, it is easy to create your own!

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Dave AndersonMechanical Engineering

The engineering exploration program helped me make a well-informed choice to pursue mechanical engineering. Many professors and advisers have open-door policies that make them easily accessible - I had no problems getting questions about courses or career answered. Research after freshman year expanded my skills early on. My co-ops prepared me for industry and got me a full-time position before I even finished my degree. The BS/MS program challenged me academically. I studied abroad in Dubai directly through RIT. I’ve also worked on campus as a tutor, computer lab assistant, and teaching assistant – each of which added to my education in some way or another. The tutoring and teaching assistant positions have helped grow a side passion I have for teaching. I will leave RIT with experiences that far exceed the expectations I had when I started.

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David BrennerComputer Engineering

I completed my undergrad at RIT in Computer Engineering and so thoroughly enjoyed my time here that I decided to pursue my MS as well. I can already see the value of my degree through my co-ops at AMD and Intel, my work experience at IBM, and my current career prospects. Clearly, our industry has a great deal of respect for RIT CE graduates. We have wonderful professors with a good mix of experience in industry and academia. Our labs are always clean and stocked with new equipment and tools. I was even able to publish my research and travel to conferences in Salt Lake City, UT and San Jose, CA to present it. Combine all of this with a motivated student population, on-campus intramural sports and clubs, and, well, that's why I chose RIT!

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Derek JedamskiApplied Statistics

I could not be any happier with my decision to attend RIT for my MS in Applied Statistics. This program provides a very rewarding experience and prepares you well to enter the workforce. The applied nature of the program sets you up extremely well to transition seamlessly into the workforce. This includes bi-weekly seminar meetings where you hear from alumni currently working in various statistical fields and learning newly emerging techniques. The program is structured exceptionally well with the right blend of support and challenging material. The faculty provide support beyond the classroom; I have received career advice, interview prep work, and research help from each of the professors. They bring a fantastic blend of experience, expertise, and passion that makes program extremely enjoyable.

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Eileen KobalChemical Engineering

Being in a new program at RIT, I love how connected the professors are with the students. I always feel like there is somewhere I can go if I need help with an assignment or if I need to have a concept re-explained to me. What I have learned in the classroom has been reiterated with the experiences I've had while on co-op, so it makes me feel like the concepts I am learning will be useful when I enter the workforce full-time. 

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Elizabeth DayIndustrial Engineering

RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering provided the strongest education and greatest flexibility to meet my interests and career goals. I combined industrial engineering and sustainable engineering through the BS/ME dual-degree program while gaining real work experience through the co-op program with extraordinary corporations. I was never shorted of any possible experiences and had limitless career opportunities upon graduation. My time at RIT was definitely well spent – I learned the value of dreams, responsibility, innovation and philanthropy plus I’ll always have access to a strong support network! 

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Elizabeth KohlIndustrial and Systems Engineering

I have had the best college experience possible at RIT. From the first day, you are able to get right into classes directly related to your major. The class sizes are very reasonable so you get to know both your professors and the other students very well. Having access to unique labs such as the Toyota Production Systems Lab prepared me for several different co-ops, one of which turned into a full time job. I feel extremely prepared to enter the working world after my five years at RIT. I could not imagine going to college anywhere else.

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Emily HeitzhausIndustrial and Systems Engineering

Beginning as a freshman in the Engineering Exploration program, RIT immediately provided me with the resources necessary to explore all my options in the engineering field. I did not have a doubt in my mind when I finally decided to study Industrial and Systems Engineering. I enjoyed having such easy access to all my professors and different labs within my major. On campus, there are also many clubs and volunteer opportunities offered for students to get involved. I was able to find my place as a student but also as a member of the RIT community.  I always enjoyed volunteering for the WE@RIT Office to join in the effort to encourage more women to join the engineering field. One of the best decisions I ever made was coming to RIT because it provided me with the greatest opportunities available.

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Emrys Scott-MurrellMechanical Engineering

As someone who worked for years in the tech industry before returning to school, coming to RIT was the best decision I could have made for my future. These days a degree is necessary to advance your career, and with RIT’s focus on real world experience and skills, I know I am getting more out of my time here than just the degree. The Co-Op program and career services will help me build my professional network and abilities well before entering the job force.

I transferred from a community college in Virginia and the transition was made easy by the helpful staff at the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.  Everyone from office staff, the professors, even department administrators are always working to help you succeed. I came to the mechanical engineering degree program with the expectation of a worthwhile and rewarding learning experience. Since coming to RIT my expectations have been exceeded in every way.

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Eric EvangelouElectrical Engineering

I transferred to RIT expecting a top-notch technical education, and suffice it to say I was not disappointed. The professors of the Electrical Engineering department are incredible. Their years of industry experience help keep courses grounded in reality- practical skill never takes a back seat to theory, and the combination of the two makes for very comprehensive learning. I was thoroughly prepared for my first co-op, and I feel lucky to be studying under engineers that have taught me how to put my knowledge to work.

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Erika BlissIndustrial and Systems Engineering

My experience at RIT has been a memorable one. Coming in freshman year, I didn’t know anyone, but as the years progress, I feel like I’ve developed a second family here. If you’re ever lost, the faculty and staff are more than willing to help! From the beginning, you’re immersed in the major by having hands-on lab that introduces you to tools that you’ll use in future labs. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved here too! I was fortunate enough to do undergraduate research. Through research, I’ve been able to apply what I’ve learned in my classes and delve deeper into certain topics. RIT is definitely a place that lets you get involved!

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James MnatzaganianMicroelectronic Engineering

After completing four academic years at RIT, I am convinced that KGCOE is one of the best, if not the best, colleges at RIT. Through a combination of pure academic endeavors, hands-on experience, and the opportunity to practice what I have learned in the "real world," I feel that I am fully prepared to begin a successful career and make a difference in this world. My exact career choice involves furthering my education, and I hope to do so right here in KGCOE. The faculty has been supportive and helpful, and I was even able to start taking courses to aide in my transition to graduate school. If you are interested in getting your hands dirty, rather than simply reading a book, then KGCOE is the place to be.

 

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Jamie HowardComputer Engineering

I can't say enough about RIT's computer engineering program.  This program provided me with amazing professional exposure throughout my education and beyond.  Through the co-op program, I was able to apply the skills taught in classes to projects in leading engineering companies around the world.  The year of industry experience I had upon graduation was very attractive to employers, and this set me apart from the rest - vitally important in today's job market.  My favorite aspect of the co-op program was that it provided insight into different job environments and career paths, and let me better determine what I wanted for my own career.  I graduated with breadth and depth of experience in both large and small companies.

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Jonathan SzymaniakComputer Engineering

RIT’s BS/MS Computer Engineering program has prepared me well for the challenges I’ll encounter in my career, and has instilled in me a dedication to lifelong learning and continued professional development. While the CE curriculum provided a solid theoretical foundation, the co-op program allowed me to apply my skills in the real world and gain invaluable experience. Furthermore, the research opportunities in BS/MS program helped me further develop my critical thinking tool set and gain confidence in my ability to tackle problems without a clear solution. In my mind, the keys to this program’s success are its top-notch facilities and its passionate, dedicated, and caring faculty and staff. 

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Julia OkvathMicroelectronic Engineering

Every second I have spent in the program has only convinced me that I made the right choice when I decided to switch into KGCOE my first year. So many opportunities have come my way since I joined; everything from Co-Ops to research projects and the chance to network with the leading companies in technology. On top of that, the professors are dedicated to helping the students learn and understand the material and each professor’s passion for the subject shows in the way they teach their class. My experience here has been amazing so far and I definitely recommend joining KGCOE and the microelectronic engineering department to anyone who wants to learn and understand the natural sciences and apply that knowledge to discovering and improving cutting-edge technologies.

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Karina RoundtreeMechanical Engineering
My experience here at RIT has been very rewarding. The faculty and staff in the Mechanical Engineering Department have been a blessing. They care so much about their students and push them to do their very best. The classes offered by the department are challenging at times but the knowledge that I have gained from those classes is immeasurable. I will truly miss the various people I have met here at RIT when I leave. 
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Kathryn KingElectrical Engineering

I am a third year electrical engineering student from Orchard Park, NY and so far my experience at RIT has been extremely positive. The professors I have had have all been very knowledgeable, not just academically, but professionally as well. This is my third year here and I already have experience working for a major company in my field through the co-op program leaving me very hopeful for my future career. RIT creates a great atmosphere conducive to learning.

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Kayla WheelerBiomedical Engineering

So far, I absolutely hands down have loved every minute I have spent at RIT. Our advisors and mentors are extremely helpful and flexible in our department. They make sure that everything I want to do and experience can be done with the short time I have here, and believe me it does fly. They are also extremely helpful and supportive when we are searching for coops or internships and jobs. It is a lot of hard work, but a lot of fun too! RIT is filled with great people, experiences, and opportunities, and for me choosing biomedical engineering at RIT was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

 

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Kelly DunnBiomedical Engineering

My top three reasons for choosing RIT were the athletic facilities, the environment of the campus, and being part of a new major. RIT’s athletic facilities are far superior to comparable schools; in fact, I liked them so much that I applied to work there and I am now a student manager of the facilities. RIT is not like other technical institutes or engineering schools; the community is all connected and very friendly, and there is a niche for every single type of person. Finally, as a BME, the faculty is amazing. They are always willing to answer questions, talk in general, and they will go the extra mile to make sure you understand fundamental concepts. I have never once regretted my decision to come to RIT, and I am beginning to feel sad that I only have three semesters left here.

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Kenny ChungComputer Engineering

My experience at RIT has exceeded my college expectations.  I enjoyed the fact that the core classes are conducted in relatively small groups such that each student receives individual attention in class. The course content prepared me very well for all my co-ops, during which I applied the principles and concepts learnt in class.  During my years at RIT, I acquired a solid engineering foundation.  The combination of strong academic background and industrial experience has given me a significant advantage in securing a full-time job offer prior to graduation.

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Kevin HallApplied Statistics

I chose to pursue a graduate Advanced Certificate from CQAS after more than 20 years (’87 – IPKT) when I suddenly discovered an interest in applied statistics triggered by an extensive work training program. It made me think in ways that I hadn’t thought before, and I wanted to learn more. The department chair met with me directly to determine my interests, and helped me set up a plan of study to fit them. The certificate program’s shorter nature was just the right level of challenge and commitment for me. Taking courses online was a very attractive feature that let me study when I could, which my family has appreciated greatly. I’ve been able to leverage what I’ve learned here quickly and directly into my work.

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Kevin HoytApplied Statistics

When I decided to go back to school in pursuit of a Master's degree, after teaching high school mathematics, I knew that I wanted to be part of an institution with a great reputation for science and technology.  The Applied Statistics M.S. program R.I.T has just that reputation.  In addition to the incredibly knowledgeable faculty, countless helpful students, and amazingly informative staff, the professional work-environment that the program promotes truly benefits me in transitioning from instructing in the classroom, to preparing for my career outside of public education.  I am really happy with my decision and am excited to know that R.I.T will ready me for my future.

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Kristi WeaverMechanical Engineering

Attending RIT has been a unique experience. The co-op program is what drew me to RIT and my co-op experiences exceeded my expectations. They prepared me well for my professional career after college and assured me that I had chosen a major I would enjoy and succeed at for years to come. The professors here are always willing to help and take whatever time is necessary to ensure the students fully understand the material. Although the campus is nearly all brick, I still think it's gorgeous and I enjoy using the green spaces for volleyball, Frisbee, etc. If I had the chance to “re-live” my college career I would follow the same path! (Plus, attend a few more RIT hockey games..)

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Kristin RobertsMechanical Engineering

RIT has provided me with so many unique opportunities! I had the chance to study abroad for a quarter in Dubai, UAE as well as visit engineering companies in Munich, Germany over spring break through the Honors Program. I spent two summers living in Seattle, WA working at The Boeing Company and gained invaluable “real world” experience. My co-op experiences helped me find where my passions lie within the field of mechanical engineering. Compared to other schools, RIT really prepares its students to be successful in the workplace after graduation.

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Lauren SamarBiomedical Engineering

Regardless of the hard work that the program demands, I love Biomedical Engineering because we are trained to be engineers first which gives the perspective needed to analyze and understand the majority of the situations and problems within biomedical engineering as well as outside of the field. Biomedical Engineering is a relatively new program at RIT and I am extremely proud to be a part of its growth knowing that present classes are creating an improved solid foundation for future students. The faculty and staff are motivators and drive my thirst for knowledge within this field. Although I do not know what exactly I would like to pursue after graduation, every class, co-op, and experiences at RIT in all aspects, help me assess what would fit me the best in the future.

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Lennard StreatComputer Engineering

The expansive curriculum of the Computer Engineering department has placed me on on the path to a successful future career. With this, I have also made great connections with fellow peers, faculty and the industry through my time here. The best thing about the Computer Engineering department is that it functions as a small family. One highlight of my time here has been getting to know the faculty and staff within the department. Most students know one another, and the professors care for the success of the students as developing engineers and as individuals. Truly the Computer Engineering department here is top class.

 

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Lori LiebmanMechanical Engineering

With the one year left at RIT for my undergrad studies I am sad that my time here is already almost over. Time has flown by and I am amazed at how much I learned in four years. I’ve been working in the Machine Tool Lab since I was a freshman and I have had the opportunity to be involved in some really amazing projects. The Mechanical Engineering program opens so many doors and allows the students to learn more than we ever thought we would. I just wish the 5 years didn’t pass by so quickly and I could stay here at RIT!

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Lydia HaysComputer Engineering

What really grabbed my attention about Computer Engineering was the variety. Not only have I learned programming, but electrical as well, and a focus on the bridge between the two. The best part is that the professors here are as excited about these subjects as I am. From network security to GPU design, there is ongoing research and it is possible to be a part of it. The summer after my freshman year, I researched capturing network attacker behavior in mathematical models. Now, I’m putting my network security skills to use at my current co-op. With the BS/MS program, I am on track to graduate with my masters in two and a half years at which point I’ll head on to my PhD. My goal has always been to become a professor and here at RIT. I have gotten all the help I need and met great role models I hope to emulate.

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Madeleine DaigneauComputer Engineering

From the first time I visited the campus I could tell that RIT was the school best suited for me. I arrived at RIT in the Engineering Exploration program, completely unsure of which engineering field I wanted to pursue a career in. Now I'm in my 4th year at RIT in the BS/MS Computer Engineering program. The teachers and the other students here are always welcoming and ready to offer advice and assistance with anything. The co-op program is a great opportunity to apply what you've learned in classes and to expand your knowledge through solving real world problems. I'm looking forward to the experience RIT provides for the coming years and to starting my career with all that I've learned here!

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Mallory RauchBiomedical Engineering

When I became a part of the Biomedical Engineering program at RIT, I knew that I was in the right place. The department faculty and staff are an incredibly supportive team as they prepare students for the exciting challenges they will face in their future careers. Through classes, co-op, and working with the Honors Program I have been continuously inspired to learn and be the best that I can be. I’m very happy and proud to go to RIT!

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Maria Eugenia FumagalliSustainable Engineering

My graduate experience at RIT was an unforgettable one. The Sustainable Engineering program prepared me to face the new sustainability challenges in the industry with a holistic systems view. In addition, my involvement in the SHPE at RIT chapter enabled me to extend my professional network and provided me with promising opportunities. The development of my Masters thesis was a rewarding path, and my advisors were a great part for the success of my research. I will be forever grateful to RIT for my 2 years in graduate school!

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Matthew HartensveldMicroelectronic Engineering

I was excited to begin my journey with RIT as a freshman because of the microelectronic engineering program. Here at RIT, this is the only place in the country that offers this major to undergrads. This is an amazing field that encompasses many different subjects such as chemistry, physics, and engineering to make new advances in the semiconductor industry. The professors here are passionately involved in guiding us to succeed. Using the knowledge I gained at RIT I was accepted over many applicants to preform research over the summer funded by the National Science Foundation. I am looking forward to a bright future with all the possibilities that RIT is helping me achieve.

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Matthew KellyElectrical Engineering

Throughout my time in Rochester, RIT has provided me with great opportunities both academically and outside the classroom.   I have had the chance to take classes with distinguished professors who are experienced in their fields of study, and are truly passionate about teaching.  Aside from coursework, RIT has given me the ability to be a part of honors societies such as Tau Beta Pi, and service groups like Habitat for Humanity.  I have also enjoyed RIT’s intramural program, which I would highly recommend.  A very attractive aspect of RIT for me has been the co-op program, which has allowed me the chance to network with great companies and professors, and complement my classroom knowledge with real world experience.  Thanks RIT!

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Matthew MumfordManufacturing Leadership

The Manufacturing Leadership program at RIT has given me more confidence, and the technical skills I need to advance my career in Supply Chain Management and Operations. The real world experience of the faculty is invaluable—it provided me with insight and an understanding of what it takes to be a successful manufacturing Professional.

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Maura ChmielowiecMechanical Engineering

RIT has given me the opportunity to take a dream and make it reality. Over the past four years the Mechanical Engineering program has immersed me in a wide variety of classes that have exposed me to the endless possibilities that are available to me upon graduation. By applying what I have learned in the classroom I have gained invaluable co-op experience. I have also been part of an electric vehicle team on campus where I can apply my skills to a hands on design and build project. RIT has helped me to lay the foundation for a successful career in Mechanical Engineering, I couldn't imagine myself anywhere else!

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Michelle GarofaloMechanical Engineering

Deciding to go to RIT was one of the best decisions I have made thus far in life. The Mechanical Engineering faculty and staff are invested in their students and want everyone to succeed. The classes can be challenging but very rewarding. The co-ops provide insight into real, applicable experiences and give you the opportunity to make professional connections that can last a lifetime, especially when seeking full-time employment. The dual degree program gives you the chance to earn your Bachelors and Masters in the same amount of time. Outside of academics, RIT has a variety of clubs, teams, and organizations that suit your varying interests as well! RIT diligently prepares its students to progress academically, develop professionally, and expand interests and hobbies so that its students can lead successful and happy lives well after graduation.

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Michelle RodriguezApplied Statistics

RIT's MS in Applied Statistics is a flexible model of learning based on applied methods with theoretical backgrounds, allowing students to specialize in the area of interest most applicable to their particular field. The curriculum makes use of cutting edge statistical methods for analysis that are essential to creating a unique toolkit that addresses real world applications. The emphasis on world experiences is evident through the faculty and staff who are constantly integrating their own experiences into the class setting. These advanced educational tools, along with a dedicated faculty and staff, are complimented by a diverse student body, many of whom are international students - a perfect mix for teamwork that truly represents the scale and complexity of our times. 

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Mike FleszarIndustrial and Systems Engineering

RIT has been a perfect fit for me academically and socially. Classes and activities have provided me with an amazing education and close group of friends, both of which will last far beyond graduation. Entering RIT as a transfer student in 2012, it was impossible to not consider fitting in to the social and academic circles at RIT. Fortunately, RIT offers everyone, from any background, the ability to fit in and really thrive in the environment. From day one RIT, specifically the ISE faculty and students, have positively impacted my life and academic successes; daily, these individuals are pushing me towards the path to success. I chose RIT for the co-op program. To be perfectly honest, it more than exceeded my expectations. Like most engineering programs at times the course load and expectations can be challenging, the differences at RIT is that their team provides the resources, support and dedication to help each student meet those challenges.

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Morgan StoesselBiomedical Engineering

As a child, I knew I wanted to be an engineer, although it wasn't until an RIT Open House that I knew what kind of engineering I wanted to pursue. As soon as biomedical engineering flashed across the screen, I knew I had found my niche. Being an engineering student at RIT has been an incredible blessing. RIT has provided me with many opportunities to grow and learn as an individual throughout my career here. I have been able to help pave the way for future biomedical engineering students with support from faculty and staff who are willing to go the extra mile to maximize a student's educational experience. Through the co-op program, I have been able to apply the knowledge I have gained in the classroom to the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. Although the course load is challenging, I have matured personally and professionally. It is obvious now that choosing RIT was one of the best decisions I could have made for my future.

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Neil DempseyElectrical Engineering

Both of my RIT graduate degrees have helped me become a more well-rounded professional, giving me a balanced perspective in several subject areas.  RIT faculty took a genuine interest in me as a both a student and a colleague, a key enabler for an adult student in the learning process.  Faculty seemed to know how to motivate and assist me at the times when I needed it most.  My RIT experiences prepared me to learn continuously through my career in the face of constant change.

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Neil Wong Hon ChanComputer Engineering

My experience at RIT and the Kate Gleason College of Engineering has been fantastic. Indeed, the community here at RIT is really special and, there are so many multidisciplinary clubs and organizations to get involved in. Pursuing a BS/MS in Computer Engineering (CE) was the easiest choice that I had to make; to obtain my Master’s in the same amount of time as my Bachelor’s was an opportunity not to be missed. The CE courses are varied and the classes are never the dreaded auditorium rooms. The professors do care that you understand the subject and the staff has been extremely helpful. Through the Computer Engineering program, I have met some of my best friends, mentors and role models and I feel that I am ready for the challenges that lay ahead.

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Nicholas HenselMechanical and Electrical Engineering

The ME department at RIT is amazing. To me, that is just fact. To convince you: The professors are knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and concerned with student growth and development. The staff, both in the ME office and throughout the engineering building, are incredibly kind and helpful and I have never been afraid to ask if I have a question about anything. The students all seem to want to learn and I have never had trouble finding people to study with or discuss homework. And perhaps most important of all, I know that when I am done with RIT (as sad a thought as that is!) I am going to be ready for whatever comes next.

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Nick KorachApplied Statistics

I am extremely grateful for having the opportunity to spend my graduate experience at the John D. Hromi Center for Quality and Applied Statistics.  This department consists of very knowledgeable professors who genuinely care for the success of their students.  The staff at CQAS ensures that students will be well prepared for the future by stressing a thorough understanding of the curriculum.  The MS Applied Statistics program has only broadened my interests, emphasizing the application of statistical methods to a variety of fields.  Upon completion of this degree, I am confident that I will have the knowledge and tools to begin a very successful career.

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Pablo SantizoIndustrial and Systems Engineering

I’m from Guatemala and sometimes it can be hard to be far away from home. However, the ISE department at RIT makes me feel like I’m at home. This is a small department, and I love that, because every professor knows my name and says hi when they see me. I feel like the staff cares about me and is willing to help me with anything I need.  I like the program, the courses, and especially the co-ops. Having a varied curriculum helps you to find out what facet of industrial engineering you are most interested in, and the co-ops help you to experience practical applications of what you have learned. It is not easy being an Industrial Engineer but with all the help and support you get, you find it interesting, fun, and rewarding.

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Ray AliIndustrial and Systems Engineering

The BS/ME program offered by the Kate Gleason College of Engineering and the Industrial and Systems Engineering department at RIT has been an invaluable experience for my educational and professional development. The variety of available courses has allowed me to focus on topics that I'm interested in, and to continue to pursue once in industry. The strong co-op program was a key aid in securing a paid internship working as a logistics consultant for the Department of Defense. My time working for LMI in Washington D.C. was crucial in gaining professional experience and maturity in a formal business setting - all while still a student. I would not be the leader I am today, both inside and outside of the classroom without the time I have spent at RIT and in the ISE department.

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Riti SharmaComputer Engineering

I had a wonderful time at RIT. I came from a different country and adapting to a new culture wasn’t easy. However, the faculty and staff are extremely kind and caring. They are very friendly and always there to help and assist. I had worked in the Real Time Vision and Image Processing Research Lab for one and a half years and got the opportunity to be involved in really innovative projects which helped me gain hands on knowledge and land a full time job after graduation. I credit my advisors for my academic growth and success. They were extremely approachable and constantly guided and mentored me on many levels apart from academics. I learned a lot during my days at RIT and I will always be grateful to the Computer Engineering department for helping me grow and giving me the confidence to face the real world.

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Ryan ForingerChemical Engineering

Being in my final year of study at RIT, I can’t express how much I have loved my undergraduate experience. Originally a Mechanical Engineering major unsure of where I wanted to be, I found my home in the Chemical Engineering family. The best thing about the RIT Chem-E community is that every professor is so helpful and genuinely wants to see you succeed. Chemical Engineering at RIT gave so many wonderful opportunities like getting involved in research as an undergrad and attending AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers) conferences in Salt Lake City, UT, Minneapolis, MN, and State College, PA. I even got a chance to live and co-op in England for 6 months for a brewery and distillery design company! Cheers RIT!

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Sam PerryMechanical Engineering

I have had a great experience at RIT in the KGCOE. All of my engineering classes where taught by knowledgeable professors who ingrained in me a love of engineering and life learning. On top of the experience of classes, RIT allowed me to see what it is like to be an engineer in a professional setting though the coop program. All of my coop experiences left me with a greater appreciation of what I had learned in class and an excitement for a life long engineering carrier.

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Samantha PustulkaChemical Engineering

Out of the many colleges that I viewed in my senior year of high school, RIT's chemical engineering program appealed to me the most.  The positive atmosphere here on-campus, co-op program, and the department staff are what made me choose RIT.  Although the department is relatively new, the professors and advisors are excellent.  The professors are personally interested in every student's success and go to great lengths to make sure that the students are exposed to all aspects of chemical engineering and the business opportunities it presents.  The academic knowledge and workplace experience I gained from attending RIT has prepared me for a successful future upon graduation.

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Sara SmacherApplied Statistics

I’m having a very beneficial experience earning my Master’s in Statistics with CQAS. When I was searching for grad schools, my criteria were that tuition had to be affordable, class sizes had to be small, and the location had to be suburban and student-centered. CQAS at RIT fulfilled all these expectations. Besides that, my professors know me on a first-name basis and are happy to help me out in office hours or with research. I was able to apply much of what I’d learned from the Regression and Statistical Computing classes at my internship as a methods analyst, and thus I’m confident that my skills will likewise be advantageous when I apply for a career in the field.

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Sean HarrimanMechanical Engineering

I have only good things to say about KGCOE and RIT. The mechanical engineering department is very accommodating and a wide variety of courses; it is really easy to explore any particular area of interest. The professors are really knowledgeable and welcoming and are always there to answer any questions. The best part of my experience was that I was able to design my own senior design project which is the powertrain and traction controller for an electric superbike. RIT is on the forefront of sustainability and new innovative design and has great relations with top companies in many fields. The co-op experience really sets up students for success after graduation.

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Shannon McCormickChemical Engineering

Every year that goes by, I become happier with my decision to pick KGCOE at RIT.  My professors and advising staff are always willing to help with homework or projects. Being a four-year athlete, my professors were even willing to cooperate with me and my often hectic schedule. The Career Fair that is organized by the Co-op Office has provided me with opportunities to work for excellent companies such as OSHA and Budweiser. I cannot say enough good things about KGCOE and the Chemical Engineering Department. I am just glad I am in a five-year major because I did not want to leave!

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Sheryl DillMechanical Engineering

My experiences in the Mechanical Engineering program definitely left me better prepared for the “real world”. The faculty and staff made the program both fun and challenging while helping me develop into a much better problem solver and team member. Being able to forge relationships with a company made the co-op experiences invaluable and really helped me get to where I am today.

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Shimona GorelickElectrical Engineering

When I was searching for colleges I couldn’t decide if I wanted to go to a larger school or a smaller school, but here at RIT I get the best of both. With over 18,000 students on campus, there is so much diversity. Students come from all different backgrounds and there are clubs and organizations to suit everyone’s interests. Despite the large number of students, my classes in KGCOE have been reasonably sized and my professors have always been more than happy to help answer any of my questions. Individual attention is something I find very valuable. The co-op program gave me the opportunity to experience various fields of electrical engineering to learn which path I’d like to pursue.

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Stephen RuggMechanical Engineering

My experience at RIT has been great. RIT is large enough that you have the option to pursue classes and experiences, outside of your major, that you can’t find at other institutions. While at RIT, I have had the chance to study abroad in Dubai for 3 months, travel to Phoenix, Arizona and Munich, Germany on class trips, and take classes on wine and woodworking.

Also, RIT has so many clubs and activities going on that anyone can find something of interest. I have been involved in the Ultimate Frisbee Team, Rock Climbing Team, and the ping pong club, and I met many of my friends through those activities. If given the chance to choose what college I went to I would choose RIT again in a heartbeat

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Steve HoganIndustrial and Systems Engineering

My time in the Industrial & Systems Engineering department at RIT has been an incredibly rewarding experience. My professors and advising staff have been inspiring and helpful throughout my journey here. Between the classes I have taken and the experiences I have had during my co-ops, I was able to decide what direction I wanted to go in my career once I am done at RIT. Because of everyone in the ISE department, I have not once second guessed my decision to come to RIT!

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Subrina FarahApplied Statistics

Being an MS student in Applied Statistics at RIT has made me fully aware that statistics is one of the fields that will dominate the current century. RIT's career oriented curriculum, state-of-the-art statistical programming and solid theoretical foundation have helped me build up my professional development. In this connection, I have worked as a data analyst at Building Maintenance of RIT during the summer. Furthermore, I presented a research poster on my analysis at RIT's Graduate and Research Symposium. At present, I am working as an analyst at NSF ADVANCE project and a Graduate Assistant at College Restoration Program, RIT. While working on real life problems, I feel lucky that RIT has provided me with a complete package of world-class methods of applying statistical tool in practical scenario.

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Tom KnackComputer Engineering

My experience at RIT as a BS/MS Computer Engineering (CE) student has been amazing! The professors are engaging and always willing to assist students in need of extra help.   Additionally, I met many talented students from all over the USA and the world in the CE program.  I learned a lot from them and developed life-long friendships. The CE program also gave me the opportunity to conduct relevant research that was both stimulating and rewarding.  Lastly, I participated in four separate co-ops, which eventually led to a full-time position upon graduation.  The co-op program was invaluable and is one of the reasons this program stands out.  There is no doubt that the RIT CE program was the right choice for me. Thanks, RIT!

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Trevor SandsElectrical Engineering

Looking back, transferring into RIT's Electrical Engineering program was one of the best academic decisions I could have made. The EE curriculum here is, in my opinion, one of the best the country has to offer. The combination between theory in the lectures and practical application in labs and co-ops makes the curriculum very demanding, but also very rewarding. Students are encouraged to utilize the knowledge they gain from their classes and the facilities on campus to make their ideas come to life!

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Tyler RonekerBiomedical Engineering

I knew that I wanted Biomedical Engineering because it combined both science and engineering along with the chance of bettering someone else’s life.  With more than 200 different clubs and student organizations ranging from the Leadership Institute to Dumbledore’s Army, there is a something here for everyone!  The small class sizes really make the classes more hands-on and personable as you are not one of 200 students trying to get your question through to the professor!  The faculty truly care about their students inside and outside of the classroom and are always available for help or even just to talk. Choosing RIT Biomedical Engineering was probably one of the best choices I have ever made and am excited to see what other opportunities will arise throughout the rest of my time here!

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Wunna KyawMechanical Engineering

Choosing to attend KGCOE at RIT was the best decision I could ever make in my life. I am not only going to graduate with a Bachelor's and Master's degree because of the dual degree program, but I have attained real world engineering experiences during my 40 weeks of co-op I had to do.  Everyone in the Mechanical Engineering Department including the staff, faculty and fellow students are very kind and helpful. The professors make sure that you completely understand the material. There are a lot of student clubs with an interest in engineering. American Society of Mechanical Engineering is a great way to meet fellow students who enthusiastically to work on projects and compete with other sections. ASME has helped me improve my leadership skills with E-Board positions and make great connections with other people and faculty.

 

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Ye WangApplied Statistics

I finished my bachelor degree in interior design in China and my first grad degree in Human Resources Development last year at RIT. With this background, applied statistics has been a challenge for me. However, I find new challenges motivating.  Reading about CQAS and talking with the professors and coordinator makes me feel that this program will definitely help me with my future career. I am also impressed with the CQAS lab which creates a positive study environment for all students all the time. With excellent faculty and support, I believe everyone would enjoy their time in this program while preparing for their future.

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