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‘Father of RIT computer science’ receives honorary degree

The B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences honored Richard Cheng, a visionary who founded RIT’s School of Computer Science and Technology in 1971 and served as an associate professor until 1979.

Richard Cheng, center, with, from left, President Albert Simone, Provost Stanley McKenzie, and Dean Jorge Diaz-Herrera.

Cheng also was instrumental in establishing computer science programs at Old Dominion University, University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, Hunter College and King Saud University in Saudi Arabia.

“RIT and the scientific community at large have benefited tremendously from the pioneering spirit of visionaries such as Dr. Cheng,” states Jorge Díaz-Herrera, dean of GCCIS. “He was the founder of the computer science school at RIT back in the early ’70s, at a time when most universities barely had computer departments, let alone a school. This bold move undoubtedly played a crucial role, 30 years later, in the creation of our great college of computing and information sciences.”

GCCIS was established in 2001.

Kelly Downs