Microsystems Engineering PhD Program
Stefan Preble, Assistant Professor of Microsystems Engineering, has received a prestigious Young Investigator Research Program award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. He was one of 38 scientists and engineers from around the country who submitted winning research proposals. Dr. Preble's research group is developing ultra small devices that one day will be able to process hundreds of terabits of information on a low cost chip. He was also selected as a rising star to participate in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Young Faculty Award (YFA) program .
Bruce Smith, Director and Professor of Microsystems Engineering, received $527K from the US Department of Education for a Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) grant. The RIT GAANN grant will support four Microsystems Engineering Ph.D. students KGCOE To explore future technology through research in nano-engineering, design methods, and technologies for micro- and nano- scaled systems.
Twenty Chemical Engineering students are in the process of forming a student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) with the guidance of faculty member, Brian Landi. An AIChE Student Chapter will provide students with an opportunity to access AIChE sponsored scholarships and internships, and to network with practicing chemical engineers in our community and all over the country.
KGCOE recently received New York State approval to add a BS Biomedical degree program to its portfolio; its first freshman class will enter in the fall of 2010. A primary goal of the program is to address the need for individuals who can apply analytical methods in logical, disciplined and innovative ways to solve complex problems in the biomedical application domain.
Assistant professor Brian Landi of the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering co-authored a paper in Energy and Environmental Science entitled, "Carbon nanotubes for lithium ion batteries." This paper was among the top ten accessed articles from the online version of the journal in both July and August. Brian was also recently awarded a $450K grant from Lockheed Martin to continue research in the NanoPower Labs on 3rd Generation Lithium Ion Batteries.
Industrial & Systems Engineering Department
Denis Cormier was recently appointed the Earl W. Brinkman Professor of Machining and Manufacturing in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. Cormier also recently received a five-year grant from the US Department of Energy for "Science-based nano-structure design and synthesis of heterogeneous functional materials for energy systems." The research continues his work in rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing with a focus on printing nano-inks to produce energy devices such as fuel cells and batteries.
The RIT Industrial and Systems Engineering program won the 2009 Innovations in Curriculum Award from the Institute of Industrial Engineers. This is the first time RIT has been recognized for the award that is given to a college or university engineering program that integrates creative instruction with relevant topics to meet the changing needs of the industrial engineering profession. The RIT program was awarded for the Integration of Sustainable Engineering into the Industrial Engineering Curriculum. Faculty members Andres Carrano and Brian Thorn shared the honors for their entry which tracked how sustainability initiatives affected program growth, new projects and increased student participation.
Industrial and Systems Engineering undergraduates took third place in the 2008-2009 Material Handling Design Competition sponsored by the College Industry Council on Material Handling Education. Students, José Gabriel Rodríguez, Rodrigo Velarde Gonzalez, Huseyin Zorba and Desirae Gilbert, designed a distribution center to service a new business supplying merchandise for major retailers.
Richard "Dick" Reeve was inducted as the inaugural member of the ISE (Industrial and Systems Engineering) Academy in recognition of his significant contributions to the ISE Department and his dedication and leadership in support of excellence in industrial and systems engineering education. Dick served as the first department head from 1970 through 1990 currently serves as the Associate Dean. His induction was held in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the ISE Department.