the RIT family found many ways to serve during the war in Iraq.
Following are stories of just a few of the alumni, faculty, staff
and students who helped the effort.
On the front
Lt. Col. Daniel Stafford
of RITs Army ROTC department learned that 17 recent grads
of the program were among the 125,000 servicemembers deployed
as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
helped develop heating technology for military meals.
We heard a very
compelling story from 2nd Lt. Jeffery Bartel 02, says
Stafford. Bartel completed his officer basic course and was assigned
to Vilseck, Germany. Two weeks after arriving, he was ordered
to lead his platoon into combat. He was required to airlift his
Bradley Fighting Vehicles (armed personnel carriers) along with
M1 Abrams tanks from another unit to Bashir and then on to Kirkuk,
taking part in the first-ever airlift of M-1 tanks via a C-17
aircraft into a combat environment.
I have learned
so much already and what a way to start a career, Bartel
wrote. Regarding RIT and his ROTC training, he says You
have taught me so much . . . [I] cannot show you enough appreciation.
The department also
had word that the following were deployed:Capt. Todd Farrell 97;
Capt. Jacob Fox 98; Capt. Kevin Hickey 99; Capt.
Andrew Yeager 99; 1st Lt. Phillip Benner 00; 1st
Lt. Derek Boyle 00; 1st Lt. Meredith Chasler 01;
1st Lt. Jennifer Farrell (Funk) 00; 1st Lt. Roderick Van
Winkle 00; 1st Lt. Eric Yarbrough 00; 1st Lt. Daniel
Cohen 01; 1st Lt. Gregory Davis 01; 1st Lt. Sherri
Fazzio 01; 1st Lt. Andrew Sinden 01; 1st Lt. Thomas
Whitmore 01; 2nd Lt. Erin Griep 02.
This list represents
only a few of the dozens upon dozens of RIT alums stationed around
the world, notes Stafford. We pray for their safe
Turn on the
U.S. troops in Iraq
ate Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) heated by technology developed with
help from RIT.
The technology works
like this: water added to a plastic pouch containing a magnesium-and-salt
mixture produces heat, says Satish Kandlikar, professor of mechanical
engineering and director of the Thermal Analysis and Microfluidics
Laboratory in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.
Kandlikar helped simulate
and optimize heat generation and delivery in flameless
ration heaters under contracts with the U.S. Army. The
device, patented by the Army, has been used with MREs since the
Persian Gulf War in 1991. Similar technology under development
for tub rations would provide hot meals for groups
of soldiers. Kandlikar is also studying advanced cooling technology
for computer chips and electronic devices that may be useful in
military communication and missile-control applications.
research tools in support of soldiers in battlefield conditions
is something for which were very proud, Kandlikar
Two May graduates of
the Kate Gleason College of Engineering help keep U.S. service
men and women safe from chemical and biological attacks.
left, helps Scott Hunter with protective gear like that worn
by U.S. troops. Blodgett and Hunter received master’s
degrees in applied statistics in May.
Dan Blodgett 03,
an advanced statistician with Westar Corp., and Scott Hunter 03,
an advanced statistician for Lockheed Martin Corp., work as civilians
at the U.S. Army chemical protective equipment division at Dugway
Proving Ground in Utah. They devised sampling methodology to improve
the testing of protective gear and chemical- and biological-agent
detectors used by the military.
The two received masters
degrees in quality and applied statistics. They completed the
program via distance learning and visited campus for the first
time this past spring for final oral exams.
RIT has given
me the confidence to ensure high testing standards and to protect
our nations soldiers, Hunter says.
Andrew Soto is working
on an RIT degree from onboard a Navy vessel.
Soto serves as a chief
petty officer on the U.S.S. Coronado, a command ship providing
force protection from chemical, biological and nuclear attack,
part of the U.S. Navys 3rd Fleet. Hes pursuing a
bachelors degree in applied arts and sciences concentrating
on emergency management and safety through RITs College
of Applied Science and Technology.
involves much of what I have been studying, Soto says.
In his 19 years in
the Navy – the last four as an RIT distance learning student
– Soto has been deployed in Pacific Ocean and Mediterranean
Sea regions and Spain. Balancing work and online studies requires
self-discipline, he says. Its been a very good experience.
To stay in the air
for long missions, military aircraft must refuel in flight. High-tech,
flame-retardant fabrics produced by a company with RIT connections
help make this precarious maneuver possible.
|1st Lt. Sherri
Fazzio ’01 (business), right, and a colleague pose with
Iraqi currency. As an Army finance officer, Fazzio was responsible
for securing and accounting for millions in now-worthless
We make covers
for all the air-to-air refueling systems, says Bal Dixit
74 (MBA), chairman and CEO of Newtex Industries Inc. and
a member of the RIT Board of Trustees. The company, based in Victor,
N.Y., is a leading manufacturer of high-temperature, coated, aluminized
fabrics, tapes, ropes and tubing as well as safety clothing for
heat-resistant industrial applications.
Many of the companys
products have military uses, Dixit says. For two decades, Newtex
has supplied the United States Navy, which uses such materials
extensively in shipbuilding.
Dixit, who has a masters
degree in engineering as well as an MBA, founded the company in
1978 to manufacture a safe, affordable alternative to asbestos.
From its start with four original products Dixit developed, the
company now markets several thousand products including high-temperature
safety suits, gloves and mitts; safety clothing to protect from
radiant and ambient heat sources; insulation for boilers and pipes;
gaskets for exhaust manifolds; and fabrics for welding applications.
The Pentagon is
a good customer, says Dixit, but military contracts
are not the biggest part of our business. Most of Newtex
sales are to the private sector, including the oil industry. The
company also manufactures decorative, non-flammable, paintable