Welcome to “Innovation Pipeline,” an online newsletter updated regularly, highlighting innovation and entrepreneurial activity
by RIT students, faculty and staff–as well as companies of RIT’s Venture Creations. If you have a story idea for “Innovation Pipeline,”
please submit it to Greg Livadas at Greg.Livadas@rit.edu.
Innovation Hall of Fame Class of 2013
Congratulations to the six individuals named to RIT’s Innovation Hall of Fame this year, established in 2010 to highlight and celebrate the remarkable RIT-affiliated individuals whose innovations have impacted the world.
See video profiles of each inductee:
Graduation from Venture Creations
Jorsek, a company created by RIT alumni Casey Jordan and Patrick Borsek, recently graduated from RIT’s Venture Creations business incubator. Read more: www.websterpost.com/x997480773/Venture-Creations-business-incubator-helps-startup-companies-grow. (Pictured from left to right are Jordan, Venture Creations Director Bill Jones and Borsek.)
Innovation Hall Makeover
Renovations were made to Innovation Hall this summer to better accommodate three programs. Walls were added and new furniture installed. Four coaching labs were built for the Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship, consisting of small meeting rooms accommodating four to six people.
The Innovative Learning Institute, which supports systematic experimentation with and adoption of emerging modes and models of teaching and learning, now has a studio resembling a large conference room.
And the MAGIC Center and is comprised of two parts: the RIT Laboratory for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction and Creativity, a nonprofit university-wide research and development
laboratory, and MAGIC Spell Studios, a for-profit production studio that helps raise up
digital-media creations to marketplace standards and assist in
There is still a general purpose space in the center of the hall that can be used for presentations. Read more: http://www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=50321.
To see a video on the MAGIC Center, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox-CchdpfY8.
Professor Robert Bowman in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering completed a 15-week online certification course with 20 seasoned engineers from Bendix Corp., of Elyria, Ohio. The course was commissioned by Bendix in order to offer its engineers a way to enhance their skills for designing solutions in both analog and mechanical engineering. The course had a hands-on component thanks to design kits that connect to laptop computers called Analog Discovery kits, produced by Analog Devices Inc. and Digilent Inc.
There is a nationwide trend in engineering where engineers are expected to take on greater responsibility for designing across the signal chain.
“To my knowledge, this is the first online course in electrical engineering that used student-owned test and measurement equipment and that the exercises were conducted by students in their own workspace. These were not remotely operated instruments. The actual lab exercises were conducted by the students using their own equipment,” he says.
Assistance for labs was provided by online video lectures, online interactive office hours, and an online discussion board.
“Our electrical engineering department is fully committed to this approach,” Bowman says. “We purchased 200 Analog Discovery modules and parts kits for the Fall Freshman Practicum course. We will also use this course at our campus in Dubai. This completely changes our thoughts on engaging students in the electrical engineering program. These are exciting times.”
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