RIT Engineering College Names Department Leaders

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The Kate Gleason College of Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology announces department leadership appointments for the 2006-2007 academic year.

Vincent Amuso, of Penfield, will lead RIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering as department head. A member of the RIT faculty since 1999, Amuso specializes in signal processing and communication systems theory and design. Prior to joining RIT, the Utica native was a senior systems engineer with Sensis Corp., in East Syracuse; an instructor and department coordinator of electrical engineering technology at Mohawk Valley Community College, in Utica; and an electrical engineer with Lockheed Martin Corp., in Utica, and the Air Force Research Laboratory, in Rome, N.Y.

Amuso earned a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Western New England College, in Springfield, Mass.

“I’m leading a department that’s in great shape and continues to move onward and upward,” Amuso says. “My goals as the new department head are to further the scholarship agenda of the institute while maintaining excellence in our undergraduate programs. RIT is extremely student-oriented and that’s the reason why, when I decided to leave industry to join academia, RIT was an obvious choice for me.”

Amuso replaces Robert Bowman, of Fairport, who will devote full-time effort to teaching and microsystems-related research interests as a professor of electrical engineering at RIT.

Also in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering, the following were appointed to second five-year terms as department heads:

  • Edward Hensel—mechanical engineering. Hensel, of Fairport, came to RIT in 2001 from New Mexico State University. The Pembroke native holds degrees in mechanical engineering from New Mexico State University (Ph.D.) and Clarkson University (B.S.).

  • Jacqueline Mozrall—industrial and systems engineering. Mozrall, of Pittsford, a member of the RIT faculty since 1994 and an RIT Athletic Hall of Fame inductee for her standout collegiate soccer career, holds degrees in industrial engineering from SUNY at Buffalo (Ph.D.), North Carolina State University (M.S.) and RIT (B.S.). She is a native of North Greenbush, N.Y.

  • Andreas Savakis—computer engineering. Savakis, of Perinton, joined the RIT faculty in 1994 from Eastman Kodak Co., where he was a senior research scientist. The Athens, Greece, native was a research assistant professor and research associate at the University of Rochester and has taught at North Carolina State University, in Raleigh, and Old Dominion University, in Norfolk, Va. He holds degrees in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University (Ph.D.) and Old Dominion University (M.S.).

    “I am extremely fortunate to be working with such a strong team of academic leaders who are single-mindedly committed to academic excellence and student success,” says Harvey Palmer, dean of RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

    Note: RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering is among the nation’s top-ranked engineering colleges. The college offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in applied statistics, engineering science, and computer, electrical, industrial and systems, mechanical, and microelectronic engineering and a doctoral degree in microsystems engineering. RIT was the first university to offer undergraduate degrees in microelectronic and software engineering. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls 15,300 students in more than 340 undergraduate and graduate programs. RIT has one of the nation’s oldest and largest cooperative education programs.