The Education Committee of RIT’s Board of Trustees selected Roy Berns from the College of Science as the 2011 recipient of the Trustee Scholarship Award. The award, established in 2005, is the premier RIT recognition for faculty contributions to scholarship, research and creative work.
Berns, the Richard S. Hunter Professor in Color Science, Appearance and Technology at the Munsell Color Science Laboratory, received his doctorate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a professor of imaging science. Since assuming the professorship, Berns has raised several million dollars in endowed scholarships, fellowships, equipment donations and unrestricted grants for research and education in color science.
Berns has developed research, measurement and academic programs in color science. His primary responsibilities include academic curricula, industrial short courses and seminars and research in color science, appearance and technology.
Berns teaches courses in applied colorimetry and the color modeling of materials and imaging systems. He is also coordinator of the Master of Science degree program in color science. The Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science accepts visiting scientists supported by their companies to study and perform research with individual faculty members. Scientists from Konica, Fuji, Fujitsu, Fuji-Xerox, Dupont, Panasonic, Samsung Aerospace, Samsung SAIT, Toppan and Sony have engaged in research under Berns’ guidance. Through development efforts with personal and corporate donors, the Grum Memorial Scholarship, the Macbeth-Engel Fellowship in Color Science and the Saltzman Memorial Fund were promulgated at RIT under Berns' leadership.