Stove for Haiti receives EPA recognition
A multidisciplinary team of undergraduate students in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering won honorable mention in a national design competition sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency. The students developed a cook stove that utilizes thermoelectrics and a simple blower.
The project has the potential to provide a beneficial resource for Haiti, especially as it recovers from the January earthquake. The team is planning to develop a business model for manufacture and maintenance of the stoves.
RIT was one of 42 collegiate teams entered in the National Sustainable Design Expo April 23-26 in Washington, D.C. The expo was part of the EPA’s People, Prosperity and the Planet Awards Program. The team collaborated with Haiti Outreach Pwoje Espwa, H.O.P.E., a non-profit agency doing development work in the areas of health care, education and economics in Borgne, Haiti.
Powerful idea could mean huge energy savings
Information technology students Ian Mikutel and Daniel Lampie grew tired of seeing computer power lights on in labs across campus during the overnight hours. Those lights signified the burning of energy—and the burning of their tuition dollars.
They began working with Information and Technology Services and Facilities Management Services staff members to investigate implementation of a campus-wide policy to set all computers to “sleep” mode when not in use. To determine the potential energy savings, a power meter was installed in Nathaniel Rochester Hall’s computer lab. After three weeks, a 66 percent decrease in power was recorded when sleep mode was enabled.
Mikutel and Lampie presented their proposal to RIT’s Committee on Sustainable Practices, which implemented it immediately.
“It’s easy to get eight administrators on board,” Lampie says. “It’s much harder to get more than 2,000 faculty and staff members to buy in. But all they have to do is check their power settings and make sure sleep mode is enabled. It makes a huge difference.”
Team tops in e-waste competition
A team of industrial design students won first place and $5,000 in the International E-Waste Design Competition, part of the Sustainable Electronics Initiative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The contest is designed to prompt the industrialized world to discuss product designs for environmentally responsible computing and entertainment. The team’s project was part of the advanced product design course taught by Alex Lobos, assistant professor ofindustrial design. After evaluating the issues surrounding electronic waste, the RIT team chose to design a cell phone. The winning team designed a cell phone that can be disassembled and includes a generator component and a replaceable hardware cartridge. Their goals were to design a phone that was simple, timeless and intuitive to disassemble.
Entries were judged in two categories: technical/geek and artist/designer. Da Deng, a graduate student, and fourth-year students Chandra Baker, Chris Platt and Jason Schuler bested 25 other team submissions to take the top prize in the artist/designer category.
Student filmmakers show work at George Eastman House Film Festival
Women student filmmakers showed their films at the inaugural 360 | 365 George Eastman House Film Festival in May. The films included animation and live-action works that range from documentaries to fictional to experimental. The following students had their films featured as part of “RIT Student Shorts: Women of SOFA”: Gayane Bagdasryan, Lindsay Berkebile, Elizabeth Cardella, Laura Crombe, Riannon Delanoy, Noelle Evans, Melisande Fritzsche, Alice Goldfuss, Zeeone Kang, Amy Kawabata, TzuHui Lin and Samantha Pyra.
Students examine international hospitality practices through study abroad
Students from RIT’s School of Hospitality and Service Management had the chance to take in the beauty of Eastern Europe while learning first-hand about the area’s growing travel and tourism industry.
While studying at the American College of Management and Technology, RIT’s campus in Dubrovnik, Croatia, the students traveled to several four- and five-star hotels and resorts in Bosnia, Montenegro, Istria and several locations in Croatia. They met hotel managers and staff to learn about hotel design trends, employee education and work experience, customer service and guest satisfaction, and the effects of European Union accession on the hospitality industry.
Seven hospitality students were selected to participate in this program through a $35,000 gift from the Statler Foundation in Buffalo. Each student received a stipend to cover travel, lodging and field-trip expenses.
Swimmer honored for academic and athletic achievement
Senior Caitlyn Burr of the women’s swimming and diving squad won the 2010 Barbara Radef Award, presented to a graduating senior who was successful in the classroom and enjoyed distinguished performances at the state and national levels. Burr was also named 2010 RIT Female Athlete of the Year. A twotime honorable mention All-American, Burr won 35 events and made her third straight appearance at the NCAA championships. She also recorded the eighth fastest time in the nation in the 200-individual medley. On the academic front, the accounting major holds a 3.76 grade-point average.
Recycling of electronic devices is focus for doctoral candidate in sustainability
Erinn Ryen, a first-year doctoral candidate in sustainability, has been awarded the 2010 Jacqueline Shields Scholarship for Waste Management Research. The award, given by the Air and Waste Management Association, goes to doctoral students conducting original research in pollution prevention, sustainable design and waste reduction. Ryen will utilize the scholarship to improve the recyclability and end-of-life management of electronic devices such as computers and cell phones. Ryen is working in RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability under Callie Babbitt, an assistant professor at the institute.
Women’s hockey player earns Press-Radio Club honors
Katie Stack, a third-year packaging science student and a forward on the women’s hockey team, received the Paychex Female College Athlete of the Year Award at the Rochester Press-Radio Club Dinner on May 12. Stack is the second RIT female athlete to be honored by the Rochester Press-Radio Club. Hockey player Kristine Pierce Brassie ’99 was the first, in 1999.
Compiled by Vienna Carvalho from University News reports