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The University Magazine

Celebrate innovation and creativity on May 3

Bill Destler
President Bill Destler

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” - Albert Einstein

As I reflect on Einstein’s words above, I can’t help but think this is a remarkable time in RIT’s history. We are on a quest to become the nation’s first “Innovation University.” Please join us at our inaugural “Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival” on Saturday, May 3.

This distinctive festival will showcase hundreds of examples of student, faculty and staff creations. We will display research, new ideas for products and services, design projects, creative arts and crafts, unique performing arts productions and more. The festival -
free to the public – will have interactive experiences for visitors of all ages.

Here’s a taste of what you will discover at the festival:
• The Greenvehicle Team will showcase a car that can attain more than 800 miles per gallon, built for less than $5,000. Students in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering and the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences designed the vehicle.
• Visitors will learn how computer science student Josh Allman created a software program that can generate poetry.
• Those in attendance will also get to experience the next generation of miniature golf, through an interactive hole that was created by a team of electrical, computer
and mechanical engineering technology students.

The campus will be transformed. All activities, for example, will be grouped by themes, such as:
• Imagine Being Green
• Imagine Healthy Living
• Imagine a Global View
• Imagine Innovative Science and Technology
• Imagine Creative Play
• Imagine a Communication Revolution
• Imagine on Stage
• Imagine Artistic Visions
• Imagine New Ventures
• WOW! Imagine That!

Imagine RIT offers an opportunity to put a stake in the ground so we can show the world that we are going to identify the university with innovation and creativity. I look forward to seeing you on campus - rain or shine - from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday,
May 3. And if you can’t make it to campus, visit the festival Web site to view live video and a real-time photo gallery. To find out more, visit


Bill Destler