The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's 2012 Environmental Quality Award has been given to Dr. Anahita Williamson, Director of the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute at RIT and member of the GIS Research Faculty. The award recognizes Williamson's record of leadership and significant contributions to greening New York State. GIS Director Nabil Nasr, congratulated her, saying, "We are thrilled to see Anahita receive this important recognition for her efforts to help companies reduce their environmental footprint while at the same time helping them to lower their costs and improve their bottom line." Dr. Williamson was nominated for this award by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Dr. Nabil Nasr, Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs and GIS Director, was invited to deliver three presentations at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore recently. He gave a technical lecture on "An Approach to Comprehensive Sustainable Manufacturing Tradeoffs;" he then served as a panelist at an industry seminar, hosted jointly by NTU and Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology, and spoke on "Next-Generation Remanufacturing". Dr. Nasr then gave the keynote address at the first in a series of Distinguished Speaker Lectures at NTU. His keynote was titled " Sustainable Manufacturing and Closed Loop Systems".
The new Finger Lakes Food Processing Cluster Initiative (FLFPCI), a coordinated effort led by RIT's Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS) and New York State Pollution Prevention Institute together with several partner organizations to spur economic growth and job creation in the nine-county Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, recently launched a new website to help disseminate key program information to eligible businesses and individuals. FLFPCI, co-funded by three Federal agencies under a Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge grant, provides targeted technical and environmental support, assistance to small businesses, and customized training for cluster companies and both current and prospective food cluster employees.
RIT's Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS) was acknowledged as one of a small number of U.S. organizations that have "taken on the task of helping manufacturers adapt to breakthrough in tools and methods." The CIMS citation appears in Accelerating Advanced Manufacturing with New Research Centers, a report issued February 2011 by the Brookings Institution's Project on Metropolitan Innovation.
At a University-wide reception on February 16, two GIS professionals were recognized for exceptional success in securing funding for research and development projects during 2011. Mark Coleman, CIMS Sr. Program Manager, and Paul Stiebitz, GIS Associate Professor and Associate Academic Director, were inducted as PI Millionaires. This title is bestowed by Sponsored Research Services on RIT researchers who have achieved funding of $1 million or more since 2000. Also recognized were 28 other GIS-CIMS faculty and staff who have served as Principal or co-Principal Investigators on projects active during the past fiscal year.
The new M.Arch program launched by RIT-GIS last year has been granted formal candidacy status from the National Architectural Accrediting Board, Inc. (NAAB). In November a NAAB team reviewed student work, examined facilities, and met with RIT leadership, students, faculty and members of the professional community. The team also assessed the program's initial Architecture Program Report which outlines the program's vision, mission, direction and scope. Dennis A. Andrejko, FAIA, Chairman of the Master of Architecture Program, said, "We are delighted to have met this major milestone, which builds upon the hard work, dedication, and commitment of both professional and academic leadership."
Thanks to the mild winter, construction of the new high-tech classroom/laboratory/ headquarters of the Golisano Institute of Sustainability (GIS) continues ahead of schedule. These photos illustrate the high-efficiency windows installed on the building's south-facing exterior and completion of many core utilities and major structural elements of the four interior floors and central atrium. Completion of the super-energy-efficient building is anticipated by October, 2012.