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‘BusinessWeek’ lists RIT among top design programs

RIT joins 33 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada recognized by BusinessWeek for “graduating the innovators companies hunger for.” Criteria for selection included design programs that offer multidisciplinary studies and emphasize collaborative ventures with schools of business and engineering.

“The design workplace today demands that students are educated and that an important part of this be in interdisciplinary teams,” says R. Roger Remington, RIT’s Massimo and Lella Vignelli Distinguished Professor in Design. “These teams must include groups from different areas of competency that expose students to the give and take of the real world.”

BusinessWeek highlighted RIT’s Program for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (PIE). Founded last year as a university-wide organization to promote innovation-related activities, PIE enhances entrepreneurship across the campus by facilitating business creation and product commercialization projects among business, creative and technology-oriented students.

Brian Lio, a 2006 graduate who participated in PIE, was also featured in the article. Lio is a product manager for Microsoft.