Thanks to the hard work of RIT student engineers, led by alumnus Dan Scoville ’05, deep-sea explorers are getting their first look at a commercial sailing vessel that sank to the bottom of Lake Ontario more than 160 years ago.
Cool story, right? That’s what we thought when Mike Saffran introduced it to the RIT community last May in an article that appeared in News & Events. Mike has spent a great deal of time and effort pitching it to the external media in hopes of sharing the story with a broader audience. Seven months later, a little persistence and patience has paid off.
On Sunday, columnist Gary Fallesen featured the project in the Democrat and Chronicle. Just a few days later, it became the focus of an article by The Associated Press, which has been distributed this week to media outlets across the country. At last count, about 75 major metropolitan daily newspapers have made the article available to their readers, including the The Los Angeles Times.
So many people in the Rochester area are already familiar with the remarkable projects and programs taking place on the RIT campus. It’s very rewarding to see that awareness starting to spread across the country.