CAST recently hosted eight evaluators and one team chair from various universities and corporations who spent their time learning more about RIT, CAST and our Engineering Technology (ET) programs. The evaluators visited classes and labs, met with various constituents across campus, met with Industrial Advisory Board members and alumni and had the opportunity to chat with various CAST faculty and staff members. As a result of continued commitment and on-going hard work within the college and ET departments, CAST received spectacular reviews from the accreditation team! This periodic review activity remains critically important to students, alumni, faculty and staff in the college's Engineering Technology programs.
CAST hosted its annual Hockey Night on November 12 and cheered on the RIT Tigers to a 6 – 2 victory against the UConn Huskies. CAST students, faculty, staff and alumni enjoyed a pre-game tailgate in the RITz. The event was sponsored, in part, by Diamond Packaging and supported by Women in Technology.
Faculty member Betsy Dell was named the Paul A. Miller Professor in the College of Applied Science and Technology. The Paul A. Miller Professor endowed chair was established in 1981 and is named after RIT president Paul Miller who served the university from 1969-1979. As part of her academic and administrative responsibilities, Dell will focus on the growth of the college's Women in Technology program. For more on Professor Dell's appointment, please click on: http://www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=47730
RIT and CAST's Packaging Science program was well represented at PACK EXPO International 2010, held October 31 – November 3 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. Along with their faculty, close to 30 CAST packaging science students traveled to Chicago to help staff the RIT booth in the EXPO's educational pavilion and gain a better perspective on the packaging industry by experiencing the show. President Destler and CAST Dean Fred Walker were also in attendance. A well-attended alumni reception afforded CAST students, faculty and staff to meet and network with alumni from our packaging science program who were in town for the show. Billed as the most comprehensive packaging and processing trade show in the world, Pack Expo 2010 attracted over 45,000 packaging and processing professionals.
CAST's Air Force ROTC program was recently recognized as the top medium-sized detachment, winning the 2010 Northeast Region "High Flight" Award. This was the second time the detachment was recognized for its exceptional educational programming, cadet activities and quality of cadets commissioned as officers for the U.S. Air Force. For the full story, please click on the link http://www.rit.edu/news/story.php?id=47941
Winning papers from the Fall RIT Student Research and Innovation Symposium were presented by two CAST students—Lenard Levy and Ethan Ciccotelli—who each won best paper competitions. Out of the 19 presentations, six were presented by CAST students. Judging was done by outside professionals, two of whom were CAST alumni.