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Innovation and creativity on display

9 May

Ferris wheel made out of Kinetics blocks.

Tens of thousands of visitors came to RIT’s campus on May 7, 2016 to tour the more than 400 interactive exhibits that comprised the ninth annual Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival. The festival showcases the talents and entrepreneurial creativity of RIT students, faculty and staff. More.

RIT men’s lacrosse team wins fifth straight Liberty League title

9 May

RIT men's lacrosse players

The top-seeded RIT men’s lacrosse team defeated third seed Rensselaer 15-5 on Sunday, May 8, 2016 in the Liberty League Men’s Lacrosse Championship. The Tigers will play John Carroll University in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. More.

 

RIT all-female race team places third in national competition

6 May

RIT student wearing a purple helmet driving an orange and sliver electric race car.

Hot Wheelz, Rochester Institute of Technology’s all-female race team, finished third in the electric category in its first national event, the Formula Hybrid competition that took place May 2-5, 2016 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. The team’s on- and off-track performance also was recognized with two additional trophies, the GM Spirit of Formula Hybrid and the Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s Gracious Professionalism awards. More.

 

Unlimited possibilities

5 May

Jasmine Zambrano Oregel

Jasmine Zambrano Oregel’s packaging science major will make it possible for her to work almost anywhere in the world. More

 

RIT/NTID student team making strides with Wavio wireless sound recognition system

4 May

Greyson from Hz Innovations in black t-shirt explaining invention to man in suit and bow tie

The student team of Hz Innovations is confident that they have developed a product that deaf and hard-of-hearing homeowners can’t possibly live without. A working prototype of their Wavio wireless sound recognition system will be on display and in action at Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival, May 7.

Wavio contains sound-capturing units that are connected to a home Wi-Fi system. When a doorbell rings, smoke alarm chimes, water faucet drips or dog barks, for example, the unit notifies the homeowner via smartphone, smart watch, tablet or laptop, and identifies the sound. According to developers, virtually any sound deemed important to the homeowner can be recorded and “memorized” by the system during installation.

At the booth, visitors will participate in live demonstrations and be able to offer feedback on the Wavio device. The team is also interested in collecting testimonials from deaf and hard-of-hearing students and homeowners to find out how Wavio could impact their lives.

The team—Greyson Watkins, Chrystal Schlenker, Zach Baltzer and Nicholas Lamb—have won or placed in several local and regional business competitions over the past year and recently secured a contract to produce 1,000 units. In fact, with product manufacturing a key component to success, the co-founders are anxious to grow their team and are encouraging students to drop off résumés at their Imagine RIT booth in the Student Alumni Union.

“We’re certainly looking for deaf people and engineers to join our team,” said Lamb, a fifth-year electrical engineering student from Waterloo, N.Y. “And we’re also looking for people who are anxious to learn more about becoming part of a unique start-up business.”

Added Baltzer, a fourth-year microelectronic engineering student from Hilton, N.Y., “It’s amazing that a little more than a year ago we were looking for a cool project to focus on. Now we’re co-founders of a company.”