sparks inventors' ideas
Inventions come in many
forms, from unusual devices to a newspaper's re-design to the
latest Web software. At RIT, invention proposals have ratcheted
up this past year, with more people connecting to facilities and
think-tank settings in labs like RIT's Center for Digital Media.
Charles Schumer, United States Senator from
New York, right, talks with William Johnson Jr., Mayor of
the City of Rochester, left, and President Simone at the
convocation of the commencement ceremonies on Friday evening,
May 21. Schumer gave the commencement address; Johnson received
an honorary degree for his contributions to RIT and the
Growing great ideas
into successful ones for their creators fulfills a university
objective: "A significant goal of this university is to have
the public make use of our technology," says Stanley McKenzie,
RIT provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Technology
transfer is a key component to an institution like RIT."
proposals submitted this year to RIT's newly formed Intellectual
Property Policy Committee cover a wide range of areas, such
as optics, plastics, robotics, manufacturing processes and software
This past year saw
the first licensing to a faculty start-up company--New Media
Interactive Corp. Through RIT's Center for Digital Media, the
group (Malcolm Spaull, Mike Yacci, Tim Wells, Nancy Doubleday,
Steve Kurtz and Aaron Cloutier) has developed a CD-ROM for industry
use in gaining control of the software development process.
The Interactive CMM (Capability Maturity Model) is a six-hour,
self-paced training program using human-design factors that
tells a story through a computer instructor and two voice-only
human characters. Xerox Corp.'s Engineering Excellence Institute
funded the project.