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Construction begins on $12 million bioscience center
New York legislators and Excellus BlueCross BlueShield recognized at groundbreaking

Rendering of RIT's CBET facility
RIT's CBET facility is expected to be completed by September 2006

The new building for RIT’s Center for Bioscience Education and Technology (CBET) will be open in fall 2006, but the center’s work is already well underway.

The groundbreaking event in April recognized a new corporate partnership with Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, which is investing $2 million in CBET. At the same time, RIT President Albert Simone acknowledged the efforts of Sen. Jim Alesi and Assemblymembers Joe Morelle and Susan John, who secured state funding for the project. Of the $12 million total, $8 million was provided by the state of New York through the Gen*NY*sis and RESTORE NY programs.

“The Greater Rochester region has identified bioscience as a strategic economic development opportunity,” Simone noted. “In order to realize that opportunity, we need a workforce that has the skills industry needs. Thanks to the foresight and persistence of our state delegation members, and the generous investment of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, RIT’s Center for Bioscience Education and Technology will play a key role in meeting this need.”

As a multipurpose teaching, training and research facility, CBET will introduce academic programs such as forensic medicine and expand workforce-training classes. It will offer certificate programs, workshops and seminars for the bioscience and healthcare industries, promote applied research initiatives and support community education programs, encouraging students to pursue careers in science and technology.

CBET grew from a workforce study assessing the needs of the biotechnology industry in western New York. The center began offering workshops for people working for biosciences companies in 2001. In fall 2004, CBET launched a workforce development initiative with funding from Eastman Kodak’s Economic Development Fund. To date, 20 students have completed the intensive, hands-on 10-week program, and 14 more will finish this August, receiving certificates in basic biotechnology skills for bioprocessing operations. The majority of these people have already found jobs in the bioscience or related fields.

For more information, visit www.cbet.org, or call 585-475-2532.

Susan Gawlowicz

Bausch & Lomb pledges $2.5 million to endow professorship

Bausch & Lomb is committing $2.5 million to fund the Bausch & Lomb Endowed Chair in Microsystems Engineering, based in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

In addition, the Rochester-based company and RIT will collaborate on the development of several research programs that could involve additional funding of $2.5 million over the next five years. The goal of the research being considered is to develop therapeutic and diagnostic technology to address ocular diseases and conditions that impair vision.

Research projects under consideration include advanced microsystems and technologies to diagnose, monitor and treat eye disease; the development of bio-degradable devices for sustained drug delivery to the eye; and accommodating intraocular lenses to provide presbyopic vision correction for cataract surgery patients.

Bausch & Lomb chairman and CEO Ronald L. Zarrella shared the news at the company’s annual meeting in May, held this year on the RIT campus.

The relationship between Bausch & Lomb and RIT dates to 1885 when company co-founder Henry Lomb helped establish one of RIT’s predecessors, the Mechanics Institute. Lomb later became the first president of the Institute’s Board of Trustees.

With the advice of scientists and researchers from Bausch & Lomb, RIT will begin recruiting a scholar to assume the Bausch & Lomb Chair in Microsystems Engineer

ing. This individual will lead an interdisciplinary team of RIT faculty and students to develop initiatives consistent with the company’s research interests.

Paul Stella

McAfee Day

RIT students

As part of McAfee Day, May 13, teams of students were challenged to build, test and defend computer network systems against simulated attacks generated by McAfee engineers and the RIT student group S.P.A.R.S.A. (Security Practices and Research Student Association). The event celebrated a new partnership between McAfee Inc.,
a leading producer of computer security software, and RIT. McAfee Inc. recently donated more than $1 million in technology to the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences (GCCIS) to launch the college’s master’s program in computer security and information assurance. Winning the challenge were, (from left): Jordan Sissel, fifth-year computer science major; Mike Goffin, fourth-year information security major; Jym Ferrier, information technology graduate student; and Sean Jordan, first-year applied networking and systems administration major.

RIT awards world’s first microsystems engineering Ph.D. degrees

President Simone & Shiela Sarratore
Anand Gopland, left, and Mark Stienke are the first to recieve new Ph.D. degree

Anand Gopalan and Mark Steinke, graduate students in RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering, in May became the first-ever recipients – anywhere – of Ph.D. degrees in microsystems engineering.
Gopalan and Steinke began doctoral studies when RIT launched the microsystems engineering Ph.D. program in December 2002.

Gopalan, who completed his M.S. in electrical engineering at RIT in 2002, researched and designed built-in, self-test circuits and techniques for high-speed communication devices such as cell phones and wireless circuits. His research, partially funded by Semiconductor Research Corp., created new methodology for efficient and cost-effective testing of RF (radio-frequency) circuitry.

Originally from Mumbai, India (formerly known as Bombay), Gopalan is currently interviewing for post-graduation positions in industry.

Steinke came to RIT from Mars, Pa., and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from RIT in 2000 and 2002 respectively. He researched advanced liquid cooling methods for microprocessors. Steinke developed his microprocessor cooling method with his advisor, Satish Kandlikar, the James E. Gleason Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

After graduation, Steinke joined IBM Corp. in Research Triangle Park, N.C., as a thermal engineer working on next generation microprocessor cooling for mid-size servers and personal and laptop computers.
Steinke left RIT with more than his three degrees. He met his wife, Kate Prescott, at RIT.

Currently, 26 other students are enrolled in RIT’s microsystems engineering Ph.D. program.

“This year’s commencement is a landmark in the history of RIT and defines the university’s role as a leader and innovator of leading-edge technology education,” says Mustafa Abushagur, RIT professor and director of microsystems engineering.

Michael Saffran


Five join RIT Board of Trustees

Five new members, including three alumni, have joined the RIT Board of Trustees, bringing the total to 54 active members of which 20 are alumni.

The new members are:

Andrew Brenneman ’88 (business management), a senior government account executive with Sprint Business Solutions. He is a past member of the advisory board for Visual Language Interpreting Inc. and served on the Alumni Campaign Leadership Committee for NTID.

Arunas A. Chesonis, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of PAETEC Communications. Chesonis holds a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an MBA from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester, and an honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Rochester.

Robert Davila, who served as CEO and vice president of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf from 1996 to 2004. He now serves as senior vice president for national programs with Communication Service for the Deaf, a non-profit organization that manages the telephone relay programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing persons.

Chester Watson ’74 (accounting), general auditor for General Motors Corp. since 2004. Watson came to General Motors from Lucent Technologies Inc., where he was vice president of corporate audit and security.

Brian P. O’Shaughnessy ’81, ’84 (chemistry), a partner in the intellectual property law firm of Burns Doane Swecker and Mathis in Alexandria, Va. O’Shaughnessy is a registered patent attorney with more than 18 years of experience in intellectual property law. O’Shaughnessy is the new chairman of RIT’s Alumni Network Board of Directors (ANBOD, see page 55).

Bob Finnerty


Engineering students win EPA award for solar oven

A team of RIT engineering majors won first place and $75,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for design of a solar oven for use in developing countries in Latin America.

The EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) Award recognized “innovative solutions for an environmentally sustainable future.” RIT’s seven-member team was one of seven among 65 honored in May in Washington, D.C.

About two billion of the Earth’s 6.4 billion inhabitants burn organic material such as wood in daily cooking, according to the RIT team, led by Emma Fulton, a fifth-year industrial and systems engineering major. The use of solar ovens for cooking and water pasteurization reduces wood consumption, deforestation, air pollution and related health problems. The RIT solar oven – constructed of glass, particleboard and recycled printing plates – can be built at a cost of $32.33.

Team members traveled twice to South America to gather information from potential users. They were guided by Andres Carrano and Brian Thorn, professors in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.


Dyer Pledges $1.5M to NTID for arts center
A $1.5 million commitment from the benefactor of NTID’s Joseph F. and Helen C. Dyer Arts Center will provide resources for special exhibitions and expansion of the permanent collection as well as additional curatorial and support staff, regular maintenance and improvements. The Joseph F. and Helen C. Dyer Endowment Fund has been created by Joseph Dyer, a retired mechanical engineer who is deaf.

Dyer and his wife, Helen, donated $2.5 million in 2000 to create the arts center. Mrs. Dyer died a few weeks before the opening in 2001.

The exhibition space, located in NTID’s Lyndon Baines Johnson Building, includes seven exhibition areas for NTID’s permanent collection, student work and visiting exhibits.

COB launches faster EMBA program
To address the needs of busy professionals, the College of Business is offering a 15-month Executive MBA program. Formerly a two-year program, the EMBA program has produced more than 200 graduates since it was launched in 1993.

The first students in the new EMBA program begin their studies in August 2005. Information about the program is available at www.ritemba.com or by calling 585-475-5224.

NTID creates Center of Excellence for interpreting
NTID’s new Center of Excellence for the Study of Sign Language Interpreting will bring experts from around the United States together to better understand how interpreting affects learning and to determine what factors related to interpreting influence comprehension, learning and access.

In collaboration with faculty at NTID and other RIT colleges, the center will study teaching and learning via interpreting and alternative methods in a variety of content areas and settings.
At present, center projects are focusing on learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in postsecondary settings via two grants from the National Science Foundation totaling more than $1.5 million. More information can be found at www.ntid.rit.edu/InterpretingResearch.

Summer ‘vacation’ is life-altering experience
Summer jobs for students often involve a minimum-wage salary and a drive-through window. Mike Zelinski’s summer job will quite possibly save lives.

Mike Zelinski
Mike Zelinski

Zelinski, a fourth year student in the Center for Imaging Sciences, is spending his summer in Roskilde, Denmark, working for Risoe National Laboratory, under Denmark’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Working with a team of scientists, Zelinski uses mathematical models and high level imaging equipment to observe and record the properties of cancerous brain tissue. By analyzing the results, researchers hope to be able to provide faster and more accurate diagnosis of certain types of cancers.

Making a big splash

Mini Baja East

The 30th annual Mini Baja East, hosted by RIT in May, drew hundreds of spectators and more than 71 challengers – making this the largest-ever eastern regional competition. The team from Ecole De Technologie Superieure, Montreal, captured first place overall. RIT, which entered two cars, earned seventh and 15th places. The design and off-road driving competition took place in RIT’s Gordon Field House and Activities Center and Hogback Hill Motocross track in Palmyra, N.Y. For more results from the 2005 Mini Baja East, visit http://students.sae.org/competitions/minibaja/east

First Division I hockey season opens Oct. 8

For their first season competing at the Division I level, RIT men’s hockey will play 34 games, including 14 home games at Ritter Arena.

RIT, a new member of the Atlantic Hockey Association, opens the season at Ritter Arena on Oct. 8 with an exhibition game against the University of Waterloo from Ontario, Canada. Single game and season tickets will go on sale in September. For
more information consult the Tiger’s Web site at

Here’s the schedule:

Oct. 8: Waterloo, home (exhibition)
Oct. 14: Quinnipiac University,
Hamden, Conn.
Oct. 15: Bentley/Air Force (Quinnipiac Tournament), Hamden, Conn.
Oct. 21: Canisius College, Buffalo
Oct. 22: Canisius College, home
Oct. 28: St. Lawrence University, home
Oct. 29: St. Lawrence University, home
Nov. 4: University of Alabama/Huntsville, home
Nov. 5: University of Alabama/Huntsville, home
Nov. 12: Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh
Nov. 13: Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh
Nov. 19: Niagara University, Buffalo
Nov. 26: American International, Springfield, Mass.
Nov. 27: Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Conn.
Dec. 2: Union College, home
Dec. 3: Union College, Schenectady
Dec. 9: Geneseo State, home
Dec. 10: Rensselaer, Troy
Dec. 30: Air Force, Colorado Springs, Col.
Dec. 31: Air Force, Colorado Springs, Col.
Jan. 6: Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y.
Jan. 7: Cornell, Ithaca, N.Y.
Jan. 14: Oswego State, home
Jan. 17: Fredonia State, home
Jan. 20: Quinnipiac University, home
Jan. 21: Quinnipiac University, home
Jan. 27: USA Under-18, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Jan. 28: USA Under-18, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Feb. 4: Bowling Green, Bowling Green, Ohio
Feb. 5: Mercyhurst College, Erie, Pa.
Feb. 10: University of Alabama/Huntsville, Huntsville, Ala. Feb. 11: University of Alabama/Huntsville, Huntsville, Ala.
Feb. 24: USA Under-18, home
Feb. 25: USA Under-18, home

U.S. House earmarks $3 million for CIMS initiatives
Representatives Kuhl and Reynolds secure additional defense-related funding

RIT’s Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies is in line to receive an additional $3 million in federal funding.

Congressmen Randy Kuhl Jr. and Tom Reynolds announced in June that the House Committee on Appropriations included the funds for CIMS’ Systems Modernization and Sustainment program in the 2006 Defense Appropriations bill.

“Keeping our troops safe and finding ways to reduce the costs associated with defense equipment are the two most important goals when it comes to funding the Department of Defense,” says Kuhl, whose district includes the RIT campus.

“The military is improving its equipment and its efficiency, and our community is benefiting from having this research done here. It’s a win-win situation,” adds Reynolds, a member of the House leadership.

Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.), chair of the House Appropriations Committee, also supported the federal investment in RIT, noting that “the money will go a long way toward strengthening our nation’s defense by spurring on important research initiatives.”

The National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery, a unit of CIMS, works with the Office of Naval Research to develop technology tools for extending the life cycle of military systems. Recent achievements include extending the life cycle of the Marine Corps’ Light Armored Vehicle fleet, at a savings of $42 million; the F/A-18 engine valve program, which saves the Naval Aviation Depot $552,000 per year; and the EA-6B Prowler program, in which one project alone will likely save the Navy around $3.25 million.

“We are most appreciative of this support and its affirmation of the importance of RIT’s contributions to our national defense preparedness,” says RIT President Albert Simone.

The Senate Defense Committee will develop its recommendations later this summer. Once approved, a House-Senate conference committee will determine a final amount for the RIT defense program. Over the past eight years, CIMS has received $21 million in previous Department of Defense funding.

Paul Stella


NTID begins $4.5M student center

Communication Service for the Deaf Inc. (CSD), a national non-profit organization dedicated to serving deaf and hard-of-hearing people, has committed a $2 million gift for a new student development center at RIT’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

The $4.5 million, two-story, 30,000 square-foot building will provide maximum accessibility through technology, lighting, room design and seating. Connected to NTID’s Lyndon Baines Johnson Building, the CSD Student Development Center will be home to NTID student government, student life, multi-cultural clubs, a study center, a communication center, commuter lockers, and informal spaces that will facilitate interaction and socialization.

“Only 25 percent of a student’s time is spent in the classroom,” explained T. Alan Hurwitz, vice president of RIT and CEO/dean for NTID. “This center will serve as a gathering place where education can continue day and night in a centrally located area with a safe, supportive atmosphere. This will be a place where students can enrich and celebrate their unique talents and skills.”

Construction will be completed by fall of 2006. For more information about contributing to the CSD Student Development Center, please contact the NTID College Advancement Office at 585-475-6836 (v/TTY).

Founded in 1975, CSD is a private, nonprofit telecommunications and human services organization based in Sioux Falls, S.D. CSD employs 3,000 people and has more than 30 offices nationwide to serve its 15 million customers.

Karen Black