Providing cyber security training and job opportunities for deaf and hard-of-hearing RIT students

female student with glasses working on computer next to male student with other students and computers in background

While most RIT students are sleeping late and enjoying some free time during spring break, 23 deaf and hard-of-hearing students are participating in a rigorous, week-long training designed to provide them with experience in the rapidly growing field of computer forensics.

The first-of-its-kind Computer Forensics Boot Camp for deaf and hard-of-hearing students held March 21-24 at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, provides 32 hours of training toward EnCase certification – the standard in cyber forensics.

The boot camp is the brainchild of RIT/NTID alumnus Scott Van Nice, systems manager, Forensics Information Security, Cyber Security – Threat Intel at Procter & Gamble, who has been on campus throughout the week. Van Nice connected with fellow RIT alumnus and president and CEO of Guidance Software Patrick Dennis, whose company is providing the training and who visited campus Tuesday. Procter & Gamble, Guidance Software and Ernst & Young are major sponsors of the boot camp.

Students were selected based on their high GPAs and majors related to the cyber forensics area such as Networking and Systems Administration, Criminal Justice, Human Computer Interaction and Computer Science.

“We are incredibly grateful to Guidance Software, Procter & Gamble, Ernst & Young, and all of the companies involved in making this boot camp a reality for our students,” said Gerry Buckley, NTID president and RIT vice president and dean. “Patrick, Scott and their companies recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion in all phases of business. The students attending the boot camp represent some of RIT/NTID’s best and brightest, and they are eager to take advantage of this outstanding opportunity for training.”

Computer forensics, sometimes known as cyber forensics or cyber security, is a field that is becoming increasingly more important to companies of all sizes.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “The proliferation of criminal activity on the Internet, such as identity theft, spamming, e-mail harassment and illegal downloading of copyrighted materials, will increase the demand for private investigators. Opportunities are expected to be excellent for computer forensic investigators.”

Throughout the week, students have been in classroom training from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., breaking for lunches and dinners featuring keynote presentations by Van Nice, Dennis and others. A career night for program participants Wednesday evening featured networking opportunities with representatives from companies including Prudential, JP Morgan Chase, the CIA, Cisco, Comcast, Procter & Gamble and Ernst & Young.  

RIT Men’s Hockey NCAA East Regional Tournament Information

RIT hockey players on the ice with american flag in the stands

The NCAA East Regional Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championships will take place this weekend, March 26 and 27, at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York. RIT will face top seed Quinnipiac at 4 p.m. eastern Saturday. 

A limited number of discounted alumni tickets are available. These tickets are located in an official RIT section (124) and feature access to our alumni pre-game reception at the Times Union Center 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. These discounted, single-game tickets for the game and reception on Saturday, are only $50 (regular single game tickets alone are currently $45 plus service fee). To register for the alumni pre-game reception, click HERE.  

RIT Weekend Pass Availability
There are a limited number of weekend pass tickets located in RIT section(s) available through the Gene Polisseni Center box office. These weekend pass tickets will be $80 for adults and $40 for RIT students and are available Tuesday, March 22nd and Wednesday March 23rd from 10am to 6pm as well as Thursday, March 24th from 10am to 4pm, pending all tickets being sold. You may purchase weekend pass tickets at the box office either in person or over the telephone at 585.475.4121. No single game tickets will be sold at the RIT box office, they are available through the venue only (Times Union Center). Tickets bought through the venue WILL NOT be in the RIT section(s). 

Cheer on the Tigers In Rochester!
The official RIT Alumni Viewing Parties for Rochester, NY, will take place at the Gene Polisseni Center and Jeremiah’s Tavern on Monroe Ave. For details, click HERE.

Gather with alumni around the world!
An updated list of Alumni Viewing Parties can be found HERE. If you are getting together with alumni in your area to watch the game(s), let us know where! We’ll post the information on the RIT Alumni website and our Facebook & Twitter feeds so more alumni can join you. Email us today and tell us where you’re watching the game(s).

Follow the action on Facebook & Twitter!
Become a fan of RIT Men’s Hockey on Facebook or Twitter and receive the latest updates on the team and news about this weekend’s festivities.

Broadcast Information
In the Rochester-area, ESPNU is digital cable channel 370. For those outside of Rochester, please check with your local cable or satellite provider for channel information.

Visit the RIT Athletics website to keep up to date. 

Go Tigers!

 

Princeton Review ranks RIT as a top video game design school

David Schwartz, director of RIT’s School of Interactive Games and Media

Rochester Institute of Technology is one of the top schools in the world to study—and launch a career in—game design, according to new international rankings from The Princeton Review.

RIT’s game design and development program was ranked third at the undergraduate level and seventh at the graduate level for 2016. RIT ranked sixth at both levels in 2015. RIT’s program is housed in the School of Interactive Games and Media within the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. More.

Jeannette Vargas receives Outstanding Advisor Award

Jeannette Vargas receives Outstanding Advisor Award

Jeannette Vargas, senior staff specialist, development and alumni relations at NTID, was awarded the Outstanding Advisor Award by the Center for Campus Life, Fraternity and Sorority Life. She was nominated by the brothers of Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity, one of RIT’s Latino fraternities, to honor the work she has done with the group. She has been the fraternity’s advisor as well as the advisor for NTID’s Latin American Deaf Club for 20 years.    

 

RIT/NTID to offer new degree program in mobile application development

image of a smart phone screen showing icons for various applications

Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf has received approval from the New York State Department of Education to offer an associate degree program in mobile application development. The program will prepare students for work in the software development industry with a focus on application design and development for mobile platforms.

“Mobile app development is a field that brings concepts in programming, Web development and interface design together,” said Elissa Olsen, chairperson of NTID’s Department of Information and Computing Studies. “Using current and emerging technologies, students will develop skills in app design, learn relevant programming languages for application development on a variety of smart-devices, and learn the policies and procedures for submitting apps for distribution.”

The program pioneers a unique curriculum that incorporates a cross-platform development framework to create apps that work across multiple platforms, such as iOS, Android and Windows. Most programs adopt the traditional “silo approach” where developing an app for a single platform occurs first before making it work on another platform. By incorporating this cross-platform strategy into the curriculum, students will learn code-sharing strategies through shared projects or portable class libraries with the potential to reuse up to 99 percent of code that will work across multiple platforms and still retain native performance.

The program also incorporates a learning support community, bringing students and faculty together in various activities such as coding competitions, guest speakers and team building exercises. Through this model, faculty and industry experts will serve as mentors to build self-confidence among students and promote greater academic progress.

Experiential learning, such as cooperative work experiences and capstone courses, bring students together with industry partners in all aspects of mobile application development. Students will acquire soft skills, learn teamwork and understand the value of communication beyond the scope of the classroom.

“The new degree program in mobile application development provides our deaf and hard-of-hearing students with the skills needed to compete for highly sought-after positions in this growing field,” said Gerry Buckley, president of NTID and vice president and dean for RIT. “The combination of training and real-world experiences will help to ensure their success.”

Courses for the new degree will begin this fall.

RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences also awards a bachelor’s degree in Web and mobile computing with a concentration in mobile application development.

RIT’s upward momentum and monumental discovery

The past year has been Rochester Institute of Technology’s most productive year of research on record, and last month, RIT played a pivotal role in a major discovery in the world of science. Our researchers were part of a team that proved Albert Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity was right, opening an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos.

This is just one of many areas of research in which RIT students and faculty currently are engaged. Watch and learn what other discoveries RIT researchers are hard at work preparing to bring to the world.

RIT/NTID’s Todd Pagano named outstanding undergraduate science educator

Todd Pagano in check shirt and sweater vest in front of lab equipment

Todd Pagano, founding director of the Laboratory Science Technology program at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Outstanding Undergraduate Science Teacher Award by the Society for College Science Teachers. He will receive the award at the National Science Teachers Association national conference in April in Nashville, Tenn. The award is co-sponsored by Springer publishing.

Pagano is being recognized for his highly successful, American Chemical Society-approved program to prepare deaf and hard-of-hearing undergraduate students for technological careers in chemistry. The program enrolls more than 60 students each year, with about 80 percent of those students completing the program and 98 percent of those who graduate securing jobs or continuing their learning through additional education and advanced training. Both of these metrics exceed the success rates of their hearing peers.

As a testament to his passion for student success and building and leading the LST program, Pagano has helped to place a large number of his deaf and hard-of-hearing students into meaningful careers and cooperative education placements in the sciences. He also actively involves his students in conducting scientific research. He has been honored by his students for his work in building exciting, rigorous and student-centered courses that prepare them for chemistry careers beyond the classroom and for promoting research projects among his students.

Pagano was named the United States Professor of the Year for 2012-2013 by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education/Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He was also named to the Fulbright Specialist Roster in 2015.

Pagano has published numerous articles and books about working with underrepresented students in STEM fields. He is a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and has authored a number of technical papers in environmental and analytical chemistry and given nearly 200 presentations at technical conferences. His undergraduate student researchers are often co-authors on these publications and presentations.

“Dr. Pagano’s work is significantly narrowing achievement gaps in education and employment for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in the science field,” said Gerard Buckley, president of NTID and vice president and dean for RIT. “He brings an energy and enthusiasm to the field that the students are inspired to follow.”