A New York-based consortium, led by SUNY Polytechnic, Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rochester, has been awarded a multimillion-dollar federal investment to create a national photonics center. The new institute will be called AIM, short for American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics.
Photonics is the use of light, more specifically photons, to do many of the things that now use electrical circuits. It’s a field closely related to optics which involves the generation, detection and modulation of light.
Ryne Raffaelle, RIT vice president for research and associate provost, said advanced developments in integrated photonics are essential to the nation’s manufacturing capabilities in such areas as high-speed data and telecommunications. He said technologies developed at this national center would allow for more information to be transmitted far more efficiently.
Raffaelle said RIT is expected to support the institute’s work through workforce development, including short continuing education courses that use the university’s laboratories as well as its undergraduate and graduate programs, including a bachelor’s and master’s programs in microelectronic engineering, master’s programs in manufacturing and mechanical systems integration, telecommunications engineering technology, electrical engineering, computer engineering and imaging sciences, as well as its Ph.D. in microsystems engineering. More
Rochester Institute of Technology is at the epicenter of a public-private partnership that could catapult the region as a leader in the rapidly growing digital media industry. The college announced $12 million in funding from New York state, $3 million from Dell and $12.4 million from Cisco Systems Inc. that will be used to grow MAGIC Spell Studios, a university program that will link RIT’s internationally ranked academic programs with high-tech facilities needed to commercialize computer gaming, film and animation, graphic design and imaging sciences projects. That money will be added to the $1.5 million RIT has already received through the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council, which named MAGIC Spell Studios as a priority project. More.
Former RIT baseball standout, 2015 graduate Skip Flanagan (Framingham, MA/Bishop Feehan), signed a professional contract on June 10 with the Old Orchard Beach Surge for their inaugural season in the newly formed North Country Baseball League (NCBL). more
Being on co-op gave Christopher Fenn the opportunity to see learn about the soft skills required to communicate with or work along with different peers in a real world work situation. More.
A collaboration between Steven Forney, an alumnus working as a research associate at University of Alabama at Huntsville and Gary Behm, one of his former professors at RIT resulted in Behm’s Manufacturing Processes class of RIT/NTID engineering students experiencing an exciting real-world work experience.
Steven Forney, began a 3D CAD venture with the students to benefit an on-going project he has developed—taking a drone with him to demonstrate the engineering technology at schools and other colleges. Forney needed to assemble and disassemble the drone each time he traveled with it—a tedious process. Behm saw an opportunity for his class to work with Forney as an actual customer, on an engineering project. The expected outcome was that the drone could be changed from a ready-to-fly mode to a travel-accessible mode in a significantly less amount of time than currently was required.
Behm and Forney set up the project so that Forney and the students could meet via Skype. There, Forney outlined his real-world work requirements—writing a technical document, understanding the customer’s requirements, and understanding the scope of the project. Each team sketched three different designs relating to a travel-friendly retractable and/or quick disconnect system for the drone. After Forney’s approval on one design for each team, the students began sketching with the 3D computer aided drafting technology and created actual plastic parts using the 3D printer in the Department of Engineering Studies for the drone that would make it more easily transportable for Forney. Wendy Dannels, who teaches the 3D CAD course, supported the students with their 3D drawings.
“Each team will deliver their prototype adaptor, engineering documents and poster at the semester’s end,” says Behm.
Forney is pleased with the work on a solution to his travel woes. “Also, I was happy that the student teams were excited about the project and excited that they got to keep their 3D printed parts,” says Forney. He will use the students’ prototype solutions to assist him in building a final adapter for his drone.
A story about RIT/NTID alumnus Steven Forney appeared on WHNT-TV in Huntsville, Alabama. More
Natalie Snyder’s co-op helped give her focus and a passion for becoming a physical therapist. To become a Doctor of Physical Therapy is her next milestone. More
Justine Woodward’s co-op with the National Guard last summer helped her choose her career path. More
Often when the topic of jobs in health care comes up, people immediately think of traditional occupations such doctors and nurses. But it’s important for students to realize there are many other options for working in the health care field. On November 12, the NTID Outreach Consortium and the NTID Center on Employment hosted a panel of four RIT/NTID alumni who shared their paths to careers in health care in non-medical occupations.
Nearly 50 students filled NTID’s Student Development Center to learn about employment options in the fast-growing field of health care. Students learned about the growing need due to the expansion of the health care industry as the U.S. population ages. It’s estimated that by 2022, there will be 5,000,000 jobs in the healthcare field.
Garth Arnold, applications integration programmer at the University of Rochester Medical Center here in Rochester; Aaron Bosley, application developer at Highmark in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Shentara Cobb, administrative assistant at St. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky; and Camille Ouellette, lecturer in the Department of Science and Mathematics here at NTID, all shared information about their majors, co-ops, job searches and employment experiences with students and other visitors.
In terms of getting a job in this, or any field, and being successful, the panel offered these suggestions:
- When at work, be a team player.
- Network, network, network to get to the job you want.
- Cultivate relationships with professors on campus; they can connect you with valuable resources.
For more information about health care careers for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, visit http://www.rit.edu/ntid/healthcare/education.
On co-op, Steven Wilson found something he really loved doing. More