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spacer spacer spacer spacer January 17, 2008

Imagine RIT (ongoing)

Innovation + Creativity Festival

More than 200 proposals have been submitted to Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival, in addition to events being planned by each of the eight colleges. The proposals include demonstrations, exhibitions, performances and hands-on activities.

“This festival, to which we will invite parents, alumni, prospective students, the Rochester community, the entire RIT community, and the world, will showcase the incredible variety of research, scholarship, innovation and creative work going on at RIT,” says RIT President Bill Destler. “Our hope is to have as many as 30,000 people attend the festival on May 3, and to make it a fun and educational event for all who participate.”

Two informational sessions regarding the festival were held in December. To view a video of one of the sessions, visit the festival Web site at http://www.rit.edu/imagine.

Leading up to the festival, News & Events will feature an exhibit in each edition. Here is this edition’s spotlight exhibit:

Name of exhibit: The Green vehicle Team R Car.

Presenters: RIT students

Corey Mack, Patrick Villaume, Matthew Rothberg, Victor Sanchez, Jeff Nao, Zeid Nasser, Sean Croteau, Jason Sauers and James Taylor.

Brief description: The Greenvehicle Team will officially unveil its first vehicle in its “R”eliability series on May 3. Engineers and technologists in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering designed the vehicle’s mechanical and electrical components, and industrial designers in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences designed the exterior.

How is the exhibit creative and/or innovative: The purpose is to show how feasible it is to build a small fuel-efficient vehicle. This particular vehicle was built for less than $5,000. The R car is a vehicle that can attain more than 800 miles per gallon.

Exhibit experience for visitors: Visitors will be able to see the vehicle and sit inside.

Bob Finnerty

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