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The University Magazine


Filmmaker kicks off ‘Visionaries’ series

Film producer Joslyn Barnes will headline the Caroline Werner Gannett Project’s 2009-2010 “Visionaries in Motion III” series this fall.

Barnes, a noted film producer and political activist who co-founded Louverture Films with actor Danny Glover, will discuss “Imagination and the Cinema of Resistance” on Sept. 21. Barnes was executive producer of the 2008 film Trouble the Water, a documentary of a couple’s struggles in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

All Gannett events are free and open to the public. For more information about the series visit

Chemical engineering program begins

In response to the increasing demand for chemical engineers, a new undergraduate degree program has been launched by RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering. The first students will begin studies this fall.

In the past two years, the college has also gained approval for a master’s degree program in sustainable engineering as well as minor options in energy and the environment and in sustainable product development.

Funding brings viable fuel cells closer

Delphi Corp. and RIT will receive $2.4 million in federal funding for joint efforts to develop a cost-effective method to manufacture fuel-cell auxiliary power units.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter helped secure the funding, which could help Delphi’s fuel-cell unit become the first commercially produced solid-oxide fuel-cell unit to hit the market as soon as 2012.

Delphi has produced a prototype solid oxide fuel cell that produces electricity by “harvesting” hydrogen from diesel, biofuel or natural gas.

At the same time, RIT engineers have been working to identify options to minimize fuel cell life-cycle costs. Delphi and RIT have come together to merge their researchers and resources to develop a cost-effective way to mass-produce Delphi’s fuel cell technology.

Grant will help students in computing disciplines

The Department of Networking, Security and Systems Administration in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences has secured a grant from the National Security Agency, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Defense, to fund a scholarship program aimed at students studying a discipline related to computer and network security.

The scholarship covers the full tuition for the winner. In addition, undergraduate winners receive a $12,000 stipend and graduate recipients receive a $17,000 stipend. In exchange, recipients agree to work for the Department of Defense for one calendar year for each year they receive the scholarship.