The blog post you’re reading comes to you courtesy of billions of microscopic electronic components inside your computer and the other computers that form the Internet. In case you were wondering, a single computer microprocessor can pack more than 400 million transistors on a piece of silicon about the size of your thumbnail.
Today’s world of PDAs, cell phones, iPods—the whole array of digital necessities—owes its existence to computer chips, and RIT’s Center for Nanolithography Research is intimately involved in the effort to make them smaller and more powerful. That’s the subject of the cover story of the winter issue of RIT: The University Magazine, which will arrive in 120,500 mailboxes in the next week or so. You’ll also be able to find it online later this week at the new and improved RIT News Web site. We like to wait until the printed version of the magazine has had a chance to make its way into the world before we post the issue online. Why? Well, we feel that alumni, parents, the campus community and special friends should see it first.
Professor and alumnus Bruce Smith and his team at the Nanolith Center are recognized by the semiconductor industry worldwide for their groundbreaking work; I hope the story gives readers a glimpse into that amazing world.
I think the latest issue of the magazine is one of the best we’ve ever put together. OK, I’m the editor and probably biased, but this issue reaches from the bottom of Lake Ontario (via a robotic underwater explorer built by engineering students) to the Highlands of Scotland (an alumni travel destination) and on to the Land of Oz (the subject of a graduate’s book). We update the story of The Invictas, a 1960s rock band formed at RIT now enjoying a revival. And readers will discover how a photo of a dog in a pink-tiled bathroom pays tribute to Susan B. Anthony.
The best part of being the editor of the RIT magazine is talking to members of the RIT family about the great things they are doing. There is never a shortage of ideas. Quite the opposite: Often there is not enough space for all the great stories.
But I am greedy: I always want more good ideas! Right now I’m working on a feature for the spring magazine incorporating readers’ reminiscences about favorite RIT faculty and staff members. I would love to hear more of those stories. Please send them—or any other ideas—to firstname.lastname@example.org.