Category Archives: Spotlight

RIT/NTID Engineering Students Create 3D Printed Parts for a Drone

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.

RIT/NTID Students Present Research at CURM and AMS Mathematics Conferences

RIT/NTID students Thomas Ansill (Computer Science), Jaime Penzellna (Information Technology) and Daniel Saavedra (Information Technology) recently presented their research at the 2014 Center for Undergraduate Research in Mathematics Student Research Conference in Provo, Utah and at the 2014 American Mathematics Society and Mathematical Association of America’s Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore, Md. More.

Merit—A New Way to Share Good News!

Merit is a user-friendly and secure software program that RIT is offering to help your student share academic successes and achievements with you, friends and family and keep you all updated on important things happening in your student’s life at college. Each RIT student gets a Merit profile page and should recently have  received an email from Merit with instructions on how to claim their profile page and get started sharing.  Read more here

Faculty Spotlight: Annemarie Ross

Annemarie RossAnnemarie Ross, RIT/NTID alumna and assistant professor in NTID’s Department of Science and Math, received the Environmental Merit Award from the American Chemical Society after presenting her scholarship related to environmental chemistry at the national conference of the ACS in Indianapolis.The Merit Award recognizes efforts by individuals who assist the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry help the community better understand and protect the environment. Read more here >>