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The University Magazine


Dec. 15 deadline for publishing award nominations

RIT is seeking names of potential recipients for the Isaiah Thomas Award in Publishing, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the publishing industry. RIT's School of Print Media will honor the award recipient next April.

Nomination forms are available at, or by calling Lisa DeRomanis in the School of Print Media at 585-475-2728.

The award is named in tribute to an early leader of the American printing industry.

RIT recognized for support to veterans

RIT is on the 2010 Military Friendly Schools List, which honors colleges, universities and trade schools that recruit students with military experience and provide academic programs and integral support systems for veterans.

More than 300 RIT students are currently receiving veterans' benefits, one of the highest numbers in the Rochester area. Support services at RIT include benefit counseling, assistance with admission, credit transfer help, support with student financial aid, enrollment certification, tutorial support and problem resolution advocacy.

More information about RIT and NTID programs for veterans can be found at

RIT expands connections with Torvec

Rochester automotive technology company Torvec Inc. has named RIT President Bill Destler to its board of directors. The company, established in 1996, has more than 300 worldwide patents and inventions such as the IsoTorque differential, the infinitely variable transmission, CV joint, hydraulic pump/motor and full terrain vehicle technology.

RIT and Torvec have also signed a memorandum of understanding to create the Safety and Efficiency in Automobiles Laboratory at RIT. Torvec and RIT will share access to technology, personnel, and facilities and will partner on joint research and development projects for the global automotive and energy sectors.

Destler serves on the boards of several other Rochester organizations, including Rochester General Health System, Greater Rochester Enterprise, Rochester Business Alliance and High Tech of Rochester.

NSF funds disaster response research

Improving disaster response is one of the goals of the Information Products Laboratory for Emergency Response, a partnership between RIT and the University at Buffalo. The collaboration will foster research to improve disaster mitigation planning, real-time response and recovery efforts, and to create potential business opportunities for industry.

The incubator, funded with $600,000 from the National Science Foundation, will focus on technology, policy and business-development and bring together university researchers, private sector service and product providers and emergency response decision makers.

Two dual-degree engineering programs launched

New programs focusing on industrial and systems engineering and sustainable engineering are underway in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. The programs will allow undergraduate students to obtain their undergraduate degree in industrial engineering and their graduate degree in sustainable engineering in an integrated manner, as well as an accelerated time frame.

RIT's multidisciplinary graduate programs in sustainable engineering engage faculty and coursework from across many different disciplines including indus- trial and systems engineering, mechanical engineering, public policy, business and management, science and engineering technology.