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Volunteers step up to help the campaign

Powered by the Future: The Campaign for RIT is approaching the $210 million mark. Key to this success have been friends of the university who engaged professional and personal contacts in industry and applied their influence on decision-makers on behalf of RIT. Just three of the many examples of individuals joining with RIT’s Office of Development to secure support for the university are:

Robert Bowman
Electrical Engineering faculty

Bowman provided invaluable leadership in pursuing a $1 million gift from Analog Devices Inc. to support construction and equipment for a new electrical engineering research laboratory and the expansion of an electrical engineering educational program focused on analog and mixed-signal design.

The Analog Devices Integrated Microsystems Laboratory (ADIML) will be constructed as part of a major expansion project in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

RIT?s new Ph.D. program in microsystems engineering will provide the critical mass of graduate student talent and the technical vitality in aligned engineering research topics required to conduct cutting-edge work in the focal areas of ADIML.

This grant also will support development of a new program concentration in analog and mixed-signal design. RIT electrical engineering students educated in these areas will have bridged the gap between analog and digital and will be well suited to address the engineering needs and utilize the emerging technologies of the 21st century.

Dave Hostetter
Director of customer support, Information and Technology Services

One simple e-mail was the catalyst for a $1 million grant for RIT. Dave Hostetter received the e-mail about CampusEAI, a non-profit group established by leading educational institutions to share, develop and distribute community-source software and content. The organization also makes grants to educational institutions to support their efforts to develop portal solutions for Web sites through which universities can provide a one-stop connection to students, prospective students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni.

Hostetter pursued a CampusEAI grant to upgrade and expand the ?myRIT? portal on rit.edu. The grant for $1 million over a five-year period was approved earlier this year.

As a result of receiving this grant, RIT has switched portal technology from a system that was being discontinued to a more stable Oracle system that provides greater opportunity for integration to existing applications. In addition, RIT is now a part of the consortium of schools in CampusEAI, allowing the university to contribute to and draw from an open-source technology pool, thereby adding to our technology development resources.

Guy Johnson
Director of the National Technology Training Center

Guy Johnson helped secure support for RIT's packaging science program from Rochester-based American Packaging Corp. The result is a $90,000 grant that will be used to suppot graduate research in RIT's Integrated Plastics Center in the college. The grant funds the American Packaging Corp. graduate assistantship and provides a one-year tuition stipend to two RIT graduate students. The gift will be given to RIT over three years.

Launched last year, RIT's 1,100-square-foot plastics center is used to evaluate and characterize plastic materils and develop cost-effective packaging. American packaging provides packaging for food, beverage, medical, household, personal care and other industries.

These members of the RIT community are making a difference in the campaign effort. For more information about Powered by the Future: the Campaign for RIT or to find out how you could help, please contact Lisa Cauda, associate vice president for development at 585-475-5911.