The cover story for this falls
magazine is just a sample of the advances being made here at RIT today.
Four years ago I first talked about starting a program called First
in Class. I called it that because it was my goal that RIT become
first in that class of universities that industry and government turn
to when they seek academic partners. Today, the First in Class Initiative
includes leading-edge research and teaching in remanufacturing, in printing
and publishing, in microsystems and nanosystems, information technology,
and biotechnology. What was a dream four years ago is becoming
a reality today.
which includes bioinformatics is one of the fastest-growing
fields in the country. With a foundation in miniaturization, information
technology and microsystems, and the explosion of information about
the human genome, this emerging field offers tremendous opportunity
for a better society and quality of life. I hope you will enjoy reading
how RIT is contributing to this national effort.
In the past year, I have traveled
from coast to coast, in each city meeting with a few alumni to talk
about the RIT of today. I found that RIT graduates are pleased to see
how RIT is growing and thriving. They want me to explain bioinformatics.
And they are willing and anxious to help RIT achieve the next level
of excellence. Some of their comments can be found in this magazine
(see page 6). I hope you will be inspired to write and tell me what
your dreams for RIT might be, and how we can better engage our alums
in the exciting work being done here today. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, you have a chance
to reconnect with other alums on the weekend of Oct. 10-13; Reunion 2002
will take place during the fifth annual Brick City Festival.
I look forward to seeing you
Albert J. Simone