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thumbnail imageGrad symposium draws regional participation

RIT’s fourth annual Graduate Research and Creativity Symposium held July 17 was a big success. For the first time, symposium participants included students from colleges and universities in the region. Approximately 100 RIT master’s and Ph.D. students along with peers from University of Rochester, Nazareth College, University at Buffalo and Syracuse University presented their research. Symposium awards and honorable mentions were given out in various categories. Here are the students who took top honors:

• Overall Winner: Adam Sadilek, recent computer science Ph.D. graduate from UR, “Predicting Disease Transmission from Human Interactions Observed through Social Media”

• Session 1 Winner: Abdul Syed, RIT imaging science Ph.D. candidate, “Topological Information in Multi-Scale Remotely Sensed Data”

• Session 2 Winner: Joshua Horn, biophysics Ph.D. student at UR, “Using Molecular Dynamics Simulation to Probe Protein and Peptide Dynamics”

• Session 3 Winner: Ray Ptucha, RIT computing and information sciences Ph.D. candidate, “Fusion of Static and Temporal Predictors for Advanced Facial Understanding”

• Session 4 Winner: Joshua Winans, materials science doctorate student at UR, “A novel suspended thin film solar cell for the study of Ag nanoparticle plasmonic enhancement”

• Poster Winner: Steven Barber (pictured, far left), Master of Science candidate in RIT’s E. Philip Saunders College of Business, “How RIT can save the environment and money with clean burning natural gas”

• Interactive winner: Devin Wilson, Master of Fine Arts student at University at Buffalo for his exhibit WChess 2000.

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