Category Archives: Employers

MotionSavvy: The Next Big Idea

When a team of four students won third place in NTID’s The Next Big Idea innovation competition in spring 2013, they felt they had created something special. The team, known as MotionSavvy, had developed an application that would enable a tablet or other device to translate sign language into audible words and sentences, allowing deaf and hearing people to communicate much more easily and quickly.

Last summer the students, Ryan Hait-Campbell, a new media design major from Seattle; Alex Opalka, a computer engineering major from Glastonbury, Connecticut; Wade Kellard, a mechanical engineering technology major from Cincinnati, Ohio; and Jorden Stemper, an industrial design major from Waukesha, Wisconsin, were accepted into RIT’s Summer Start-Up course for new businesses at RIT’s Saunders College of Business and the Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The team is now in San Francisco working with Leap Motion, Inc. a company that manufactures and markets a computer hardware sensor device that supports hand and finger motions as input, like a mouse, but requiring no hand contact or touching. Leap Motion’s LEAP AXLR8R provides the technical support the MotionSavvy team needs to further their work on technology that will benefit deaf and hearing people. Quickly making the leap from college students to business people, the team now has created a tablet app and is seeking investors and grants for more research and development. More

NTID Opens Doors to Employment

Calvin Young expects to graduate in May with his bachelor’s degree in new media marketing. But unlike many new college graduates, he’s already working full time even before he’s donned his cap and gown.

His door to employment opened three years ago during one of his co-ops with ZVRS, a video relay company based in Clearwater, Fla.

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Success Story: Robin Alummoottil

Robin Alummoottil

RIT/NTID students and graduates are seeking and finding employment all over the country. Alumni Robin Alummoottil from Richardson, Texas is now in Kentucky, working for Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America. He says “I really believe that my Packaging Science degree from RIT/NTID and the co-op program helped me to find my job with one of the greatest companies in the world.” Read more here >>

Connecting for Jobs

Students rely on the NTID Center on Employment (NCE) to connect with potential employers and talk about the benefits of hiring RIT/NTID student for co-ops and permanent jobs. Last fall, employment specialists from NCE hosted an on-campus presentation by the Central Intelligence Agency The presenter was a CIA employee who also is an RIT/NTID alumna. In December, representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs were invited to visit NCE staff to build relationships and encourage hiring. If you have employers or know of organizations that NCE representatives could contact, or ideas about building relationships with potential employers, anywhere in the country, please contact me by phone 585-475-6726 (voice), 585-286-4622 (videophone) or by email jrmned@rit.edu.