Research Highlights

RIT is currently creating its blueprint for the next 10 years. Since the adoption of the last strategic plan in 2005, the university has transformed from a fine regional university to one of national prominence. The challenge ahead is how to become a world-class university without peer.
RIT’s College of Liberal Arts continues to expand its research agenda with new initiatives in areas that integrate traditional research in the social sciences and humanities with new interdisciplinary fields in health, computing, science, and engineering. This interdisciplinary research, along with an emphasis on community engagement and global perspectives, represents defining characteristics of the college’s research portfolio.
The future of research in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering will be defined by its ability to translate deep engineering knowledge in innovative ways that address compelling problems of national and global significance.
Google, Apple, Pixar, Disney, Hasbro, Nickelodeon, Corning Museum of Glass, Time Inc., Adobe, The World Bank, Tiffany & Co., SapientNitro, and Gensler Associates. These are some of the companies where graduates from the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences launch careers. Student artists delve outside traditional research to produce innovative and creative work that creates societal impact—whether it’s designing sustainable products, producing an animated film, crafting a sculpture, documenting breaking news, or designing a website.
Saunders College of Business conducts research in a wide range of business disciplines. Areas include accounting, finance, taxes, corporate social responsibility, market outcomes, community source and open source development, urban entrepreneurship, and global business strategies in China. Faculty are featured in the world’s most respected research journals of their fields.
Golisano College is augmenting its strengths in accessibility and computing security while expanding its research in emerging areas such as pervasive computing, personalized medicine, and games for learning and social impact. The college’s research portfolio has grown with the hiring of esteemed researchers.
With people living longer, the need is even greater to produce future researchers and employees in the workforce to tackle the nation’s critical health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and mental health. To address these challenges, the College of Health Sciences and Technology (CHST) is looking to grow its future research and educational programs in the areas of behavioral health and wellness.
The College of Science continues to build on its collaborative, interdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research and to develop new research clusters, laboratories, and centers. By applying the expertise of physicists, chemists, statisticians, mathematicians, computational scientists, and imaging scientists to human and environmental problems, researchers are developing novel solutions.