RIT honors outstanding professors of the year
Each year, RIT pays tribute to faculty members hailed as the university's finest educators with the Eisenhart Awards for Outstanding Teaching. Meet this year's recipients.
By Michelle Cometa
When American author John Burroughs said, “Leap and the net will appear,” he must have had the chemical engineering program at RIT and students like Garry Clarke and Shannon McCormick in mind.
In 2008, the new degree program in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering was awaiting approval from the New York State Department of Education. Clarke came to RIT as ... (more)
By Susan Gawlowicz
Teraisa Chloros made faces at her laptop computer. Her mock expressions appeared on the overhead screen with labels identifying her emotions—happy, sad, surprised, angry, disgusted or scared—based on the position of her facial muscles.
Chloros ’11 (medical informatics) illustrated the FaceReader software by Noldus Information Technology to mental health professionals in March at a conference sponsored by the RIT College of ... (more)
By Susan Gawlowicz
John Schott likes to take on big projects. During his 33 years at RIT, Schott helped form the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science and built the university’s first Ph.D. program. He won initial research funding in 1981 in support of NASA’s Landsat program of Earth-orbiting satellites that monitor global climate change and gave RIT a reputation for remote sensing. ... (more)
By Greg Livadas
It seems like a dream job any computer geek would enjoy: spend hours each day playing video games and getting paid for it.
For the 20 employees of Darkwind Media, creating, designing, debugging and converting video games to other platforms is what they do. A glimpse inside their office at RIT’s Venture Creations makes visitors think they have stepped into an ... (more)
By Marcia Morphy
Dr. Seuss had it right in his book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
The right direction for two students, Jamie Post and Ryan Harriman, came from an unexpected source when they came to RIT as freshmen four years ago. Both were ... (more)
By Ellen Rosen
The driving force behind the Innovative Learning Institute (ILI) is to provide RIT
students with a truly exceptional learning experience, says interim executive director Neil Hair.
“There’s been a sea-change in learning,” says Hair, associate professor in the Saunders College of Business, tapped by RIT leadership to head this initiative. “Students are demanding a more personal, dynamic educational experience that truly engages ... (more)
Hundreds of visitors received a firsthand look at the new Sustainability Institute
Hall during an April 12 dedication event. The facility is “a living lab” that represents RIT’s commitment to the environment
and houses the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. Nabil Nasr, center, assistant provost and director of GIS, presented 3-D print versions of the building as mementos to Phillip Singerman, left, ... (more)
RIT’s cyber defense team took home the first-place trophy for the first time ever at the 2013 National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in April in San Antonio. During the two-day competition, teams work to fend off cyber attacks while also completing other tasks.
The RIT student team is made up of Scott Smith, a fourth-year computing security student from Orchard Park, N.Y.; ... (more)
Tona Henderson has been named director of RIT’s School of Interactive Games and Media.
“Tona Henderson brings prior administrative experience, as well as a strong focus on student retention and achievement, to the position,” says Andrew Sears, dean of RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. “In addition, her interest in increasing the number of women pursuing computing-oriented careers ... (more)
For the third consecutive year, RIT has been named one of North America’s greenest universities by The Princeton Review.
The publication’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges evaluates colleges and universities on environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings. In partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, best known for developing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard for green building ... (more)
Undergraduate students will again showcase their research to their peers and members of the Rochester community at the annual Undergraduate Research symposium, 8 a.m.–
5 p.m. Aug. 2, at the RIT Inn & Conference Center. The symposium showcases student research, innovation and creativity from all of RIT’s colleges and institutes. The day’s event includes two alumni keynote addresses, oral presentations and poster ... (more)
Robert Morgan, CEO
and founder of Morgan Management LLC,
has received the 2013
Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award, sponsored by RIT’s Saunders College of Business.
“Bob pursued his dream and has made a tremendous contribution to the Rochester community—building a significant business that has given jobs to the Rochester community, building projects that give people good housing options, and making ... (more)