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

24 Mar

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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/NTID hosts summer STEM camp for deaf, hard-of-hearing middle schoolers

24 Mar

two young girls work on robotics in a computer lab.

Deaf and hard-of-hearing students with interests in science, technology, engineering and math and who are entering seventh, eighth or ninth grades in September can attend TechGirlz or TechBoyz summer camps at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf, July 23–28.

TechBoyz and TechGirlz camps are designed to help students learn about and consider jobs and careers in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Through hands-on activities, campers will explore chemistry, computers, engineering and science—even building their own computers to take home and commanding simulated missions to Mars. They also will meet other students with similar interests and enjoy social activities.

Camp classes are held in English and sign language, are certified by the New York State Department of Health, and incorporate National Science Education Standards. The cost is $700 and includes tuition, housing in a campus residence hall, and meals and snacks for the week. Limited scholarships are available based on financial need. Parents are invited to opening and closing activities.

For more information or an application, go to www.rit.edu/NTID/TechGirlzNR or www.rit.edu/NTID/TechBoyzNR, call 585-475-7695 (voice), 585-286-4555 (videophone), or email TechGirlz@ntid.rit.edu or TechBoyz@ntid.rit.edu.

RIT Men’s Hockey NCAA East Regional Tournament Information

22 Mar

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

18 Mar

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.

‘U.S. News & World Report’ ranks RIT among best graduate schools

18 Mar

Photo by: A. Sue Weisler

Six Rochester Institute of Technology graduate programs are ranked among the best in the nation, according to “U.S. News & World Report’s” 2017 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” More.