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Global Research at RIT

Global ResearchRIT is expanding its global reach to connect students and faculty to the international economy, increase its academic programs outside the U.S., and promote advancements in global science, technology and creative arts. This includes participation in a number of global research centers, a host of initiatives conducted by our satellite campuses in Croatia and Kosovo, as well as a broad range of faculty fellowships and research projects being conducted across the globe.

International Centers & Institutes

The Institute for Globally Networked Learning in the Humanities

The Institute for Globally Networked Learning in the Humanities

The Institute for Globally Networked Learning in the Humanities is a multi-university research and education initiative designed to support the development of globally networked learning environments, which connect classes at US universities with similar courses being taught at partner universities including RIT and 29 international collaborators, such as the American University in Kosovo, Moscow State University, and the University of South Africa. The program seeks to enhance international educational programming, increase cultural understanding between nations, and advance the use of online learning technologies.

The RIT Global Collaboration Grid (United Nations, Multiple Countries)

The RIT Global Collaboration Grid (United Nations, Multiple Countries)

The RIT Global Collaboration Grid is an international infrastructure for real-time, multipoint collaboration. It is used to enhance computing power for campus labs and research teams while also improving real-time collaboration between global partners. The grid is currently working with a number of collaborators including the United Nations and the Internet2 community.

The Postsecondary Education Network – International

The Postsecondary Education Network – International

The Postsecondary Education Network - International is a global partnership of colleges and universities designed to advance research in access technologies and expand postsecondary education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students around the world. The organization, headed by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, was founded in 2001 through a grant from the Nippon Foundation of Japan.

The Institute on Disability and Public Policy

The Institute on Disability and Public Policy

The Institute on Disability and Public Policy is a multi-university partnership that includes the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Syracuse University, and American University, designed to enhance disability policy education and research in Southeast Asia. The institute seeks to build a network of universities from each country in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, that utilizes accessible cyberlearning approaches to enable blind, deaf, and physically impaired students to become leaders in the public, private, and NGO sectors. For more information visit http://aseanidpp.org/.

The Consortium for Mathematical Methods in Counterterrorism

The Consortium for Mathematical Methods in Counterterrorism

The Consortium for Mathematical Methods in Counterterrorism is a multi-university, international collaborative designed to share and enhance research in the use of mathematical modeling and analysis in combating global terrorism. The consortium includes RIT’s School of Mathematical Sciences, Cornell University, the University of California, Irvine, the Dresden University of Technology in Germany, and the Royal Dutch Defense Academy in the Netherlands.

The Environmental Management Leadership Initiative

The Environmental Management Leadership Initiative

The Environmental Management Leadership Initiative is an international university collaborative designed to enhance research, education, and training in the field of environmental management. The organization hosts an annual academic symposium and recently launched the peer-reviewed publication, the Journal of Environmental Sustainability. Partners include RIT, Bocconi University in Italy, Leuphana University in Germany, and Corvinus University in Hungary.

The Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation

The Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation

The Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, an astrophysics research lab at RIT, is part of multiple international collaborations related to the use of gravitational wave astronomy to better explain the operation and origins of the universe. The center is currently a member of the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) International Science Community. The community seeks to enhance the use and dissemination of information collected by LISA, a space-based, gravitational wave observatory being developed by NASA and the European Space Agency.

International Fellowships/Residences

Elizabeth Hane

Elizabeth Hane

Elizabeth Hane, assistant professor in the School of Life Sciences, served as a Fulbright Scholar in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Hane taught and conducted research in biodiversity and environmental science at RIT’s American College of Management and Technology.

Robert Ulin (Poland)

Robert Ulin (Poland)

Robert Ulin, professor of anthropology, was named a Fulbright Senior Specialist in anthropology. He traveled to Poland to conduct research and deliver a series of lectures on globalization and the anthropology of work.

Benjamin Lawrance (Africa)

Benjamin Lawrance (Africa)

Benjamin Lawrance, associate professor in the department of sociology and anthropology and the Barber B. Conable, Jr. Endowed Chair in International Studies, was awarded a university teaching fellowship by the National Endowment for the Humanities for the completion of a book about international child slavery.

Robin Cass (Japan)

Robin Cass (Japan)

Robin Cass, professor of glass in the School of American Crafts, served as a visiting-artist-in-residence at the Osaka University of Art in Osaka, Japan. Cass worked with the university to improve programming in glass sculpture and also mounted a solo exhibition of work inspired by her stay in Japan.

Michael Richmond (Japan)

Michael Richmond (Japan)

Michael Richmond, professor of physics, won an Invitation Fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science. He traveled to Japan during the summer of 2011 to perform astronomical research with Mamoru Doi and his colleagues at the Institute of Astronomy in Tokyo and the Kiso Observatory.

Sharon Beckford-Foster (Caribbean)

Sharon Beckford-Foster (Caribbean)

Sharon Beckford-Foster, assistant professor of English, has been awarded an African-American Studies Fellowship from the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, housed at the University of Chicago. Through the award, Beckford-Foster will conduct a study of black identity in the West Indies as expressed through the writings of noted author and activist Richard Wright.

Marc Marschark (Scotland)

Marc Marschark (Scotland)

Marc Marschark, director of the Center for Education Research Partnerships at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, has faculty appointments and serves as an expert-in-residence in the Moray House School of Education at the University of Edinburgh and the School of Psychology at the University of Aberdeen, both in Scotland. Marschark’s efforts with the universities focus on improving educational success for deaf and hard-of-hearing students and examining the cognitive, linguistic, and social foundations of their learning.

Research Projects – The American University, Kosovo

The Center for Energy and Natural Resource Development

The Center for Energy and Natural Resource Development

The Center for Energy and Natural Resource Development is a partnership between RIT, the American University in Kosovo, multiple Ministries of the Kosovo Government, the United Nations Environment Programme, and the World Health Organization. Created in 2008, thanks to a grant from the US Agency for International Development, the center focuses on research and development in alternative energy technologies and enhanced natural resource use in the developing world.

Besnik Bislimi

Besnik Bislimi

Besnik Bislimi, professor of economics at the American University in Kosovo, is an expert in public finance and has been involved in projects designed to promote the development of the financial sector and the sustainability of the health sector in Kosovo. This includes service as an advisor to the Kosovo Ministry of Finance and as a public finance expert with the United Nations Mission to Kosovo, as well as several other international agencies.

Edona Maloku-Bërdyna

Edona Maloku-Bërdyna

Edona Maloku-Bërdyna, professor of industrial and organizational psychology at the American University in Kosovo, studies the interplay between the self and multiple identities, devalued identity, drug use, suicide, and general mental health. Her work has been funded by the United Nations Children's Fund, the Open Society Mental Health Initiative, and the Kosovo Ministry of Health.

Research Projects - The American College of Management and Technology, Croatia

United Nations Global Compact

United Nations Global Compact

United Nations Global Compact, an academic partner of the American College of Management and Technology, is a multinational research, education, and policy initiative designed to enhance global corporate citizenship and sustainability through promotion of human rights, improved labor relations, environmental stewardship, and the elimination of corruption

Staša Puškarić

Staša Puškarić

Staša Puškarić, professor of environmental science at the American College of Management and Technology and an expert in biodiversity and sustainable ecosystems, is currently studying the use of sequestration techniques to remove excess CO2 from the atmosphere. Puškarić previously served as a member of the Conservation Management Committee of Croatia’s Coastal Zone Biodiversity project, a collaboration of Croatia’s Ministry of the Environment and the United Nations.

Jennifer Matić

Jennifer Matić

Jennifer Matić, professor of management at the American College of Management and Technology, studies the effects of culture and society on management effectiveness. She recently completed the study The Impact of Culture on the Application of American Management Principles in Croatia.

Other Global Locations

Amit Batabyal (India)

Amit Batabyal (India)

Amit Batabyal (India), the Arthur J. Gosnell Professor of Economics, is an expert in international economics and regional economic growth and development. He presents his research in conferences and seminars at a host of institutions including The Delhi School of Economics in India, the Indian Statistical Institute, and Tinbergen Institute in the Netherlands.

Peter Hauser (Germany)

Peter Hauser (Germany)

Peter Hauser (Germany), associate professor in the department of research and teacher education, is conducting a joint research project with faculty at the University of Hamburg in Germany, the University of Haifa in Israel, and Ankara University in Turkey. The team is examining the effects of orthography depth on cognitive processes in children.

Joel Kastner (Multiple Countries)

Joel Kastner (Multiple Countries)

Joel Kastner (Multiple Countries), professor in RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science, is leading an international team in undertaking the first systematic X-ray imaging survey of the dying stages of Sun-like stars, by observing objects called planetary nebulae. The team is made up of astronomers from Spain, Mexico, Germany, Israel, Australia, the UK, South Africa, and Taiwan. They intend to use NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to image all known planetary nebulae that lie within a few thousand light years of the Sun.

Mary Lynn Broe (Italy)

Mary Lynn Broe (Italy)

Mary Lynn Broe (Italy), the Caroline Werner Gannett Professor of Humanities, focuses her current research on international writers and on the cultural groups and social issues that revise canonical notions of modernism. In February, 2012 she will debut research for a new book at the Romualdo del Bianco Foundation conference in Florence, Italy with a paper, “Caresse Crosby’s Roccasinibalda: Intercultural Dialogue at the Citte del Mondo.”

Alex Friess (Dubai)

Alex Friess (Dubai)

Alex Friess, associate professor of mechanical engineering at RIT Dubai, is leading the RIT Dubai Residential Energy Assessment Centre, a research initiative that is exploring energy-saving design techniques of residential structures in the United Arab Emirates. The research has received funding from the Emirates Foundation for Philanthropy.

The Information Products Laboratory for Emergency Response (Haiti and Japan)

The Information Products Laboratory for Emergency Response (Haiti and Japan)

The Information Products Laboratory for Emergency Response, a collaboration between the Center for Imaging Science and the University of Buffalo, utilized enhanced light detection and ranging technology to map the impacts of the Haitian earthquake and the Japanese tsunami, through partnerships with multiple Haitian and Japanese agencies and the World Bank.

Anthony Vodacek (Rwanda)

Anthony Vodacek (Rwanda)

Anthony Vodacek, associate professor of imaging science, is part of an international research team that is working to analyze and ultimately reduce the natural hazard of large-scale degassing at Lake Kivu, a volcanic lake that borders the African nations of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Vodacek is partnering with scientists at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, the University of Rochester, and three Rwandan Universities, with support from the MacArthur Foundation and the Rwandan Ministry of Education.

Roger Easton (Egypt)

Roger Easton (Egypt)

Roger Easton, professor of imaging science, is a member of a team of colleagues from several organizations, dedicated to the restoration and analysis of historical documents. The team is currently conducting a five-year project to image the medieval parchment palimpsest collection at the Holy Monastery of St. Catherine at Mount Sinai, Egypt.

Grover Swartzlander (Columbia)

Grover Swartzlander (Columbia)

Grover Swartzlander, joint associate professor of imaging science and physics, served on the organizing committee and as a lecturer at the Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute in Bogotá, Columbia during the summer of 2011. Funded in part by the National Science Foundation, the institute brought together students and instructors from across the Americas to provide training in the frontiers of imaging science to graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and young faculty.

Bill Middleton and David Messinger (Mexico)

Bill Middleton and David Messinger (Mexico)

Bill Middleton, associate professor of anthropology, and David Messinger, associate research professor of imaging science, are collaborating with the University of Colorado at Boulder, Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University, and NASA to use satellite imaging to collect hyperspectral and multispectral images of the state of Oaxaca in Mexico. The data is being used to more accurately assess historical vegetation patterns and land use, as well as to assist archeologists in identifying ancient sites for excavation.

Conerly Casey (Kuwait & Nigeria)

Conerly Casey (Quwait)

Conerly Casey, associate professor of anthropology, has ongoing research projects in Nigeria and Kuwait, focusing on the intersections of global capitalism and religious and medical heterodoxies. Special attention is being paid to suffering and post-colonial subjectivities; global media, memory and emotion; mass violence and trauma; and human trafficking and debt bondage.

Andrew Moore (Croatia)

Andrew Moore (Croatia)

Andrew Moore, professor of sociology and anthropology, specializes in studies of the Neolithic period and has conducted excavations at a number of ancient sites in Eastern Europe and Western Asia. For eight years, he has directed excavations in Croatia, finding evidence of some of the earliest farming practices in that region, as they spread through the Mediterranean some 8,000 years ago.

Ray Dongryul Kim (South Korea)

Ray Dongryul Kim (South Korea)

Ray Dongryul Kim, assistant professor of political science, is studying the foreign policy of North Korea and the effects it has had on US and South Korean actions in the region. Kim hosted a panel discussion and tour of RIT by the Korean Economic Institute in April of 2011.

Michael Laver, Joseph Henning and Hiroko Yamashita (Japan)

Michael Laver, Joseph Henning and Hiroko Yamashita (Japan)

Multiple RIT faculty members are conducting research projects on the politics, history, and culture of Japan. Michael Laver, assistant professor of history, is researching the interaction between Europe and Japan during the early modern period and seeking to understand how the Japanese sought to limit that interaction through the "closed country" edicts. Joseph Henning, associate professor of history, is investigating the evolution of US-Japanese relations and the effects that ideologies of race and religion had on their development. Currently, he is editing an anthology of nineteenth and early-twentieth century American writings on Japan. Hiroko Yamashita, associate professor of Japanese and chair of the department of modern languages and cultures, is studying how non-native speakers of Japanese process and learn the language in comparison with speakers of English.

James Winebrake (Arctic Circle)

James Winebrake (Arctic Circle)

James Winebrake, professor of public policy and dean of the College of Liberal Arts, is part of a multi-university research team that is analyzing the impact of the global movement of goods on human health and climate change. As part of the effort, Winebrake served as a member of the International Maritime Organization’s expert working group on shipping emissions which advised the United Nations body on the development of increased emissions regulations for international shipping fleets.

Andrew Herbert (Finland and Italy)

Andrew Herbert (Finland and Italy)

Andrew Herbert, associate professor and chair of the department of psychology, is conducting a joint perception research project with faculty at the University of Milano-Bicocca in Italy and the Helsinki University of Technology in Finland. The team is examining the perception of bilateral symmetry using behavioral measures and transcranial magnetic stimulation in order to better understand the contributions that different regions of the brain make to attention and vision.

Nabil Nasr (Singapore and Sweden)

Nabil Nasr (Singapore and Sweden)

Nabil Nasr, director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, is leading a collaboration with the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology and Linköping University in Sweden to enhance global electronics recycling and reuse. The project includes the development of uniform standards for the remanufacture of electronic components.

The Golisano Institute for Sustainability (England)

The Golisano Institute for Sustainability (England)

The Golisano Institute for Sustainability is partnering with The Center for Sustainable Manufacturing at Loughborough University in England to enhance the development of “green” manufacturing techniques that will reduce energy use and waste production, while also decreasing overall manufacturing costs.

Brian Tomaszewski (United Nations, Multiple Countries)

Brian Tomaszewski (United Nations, Multiple Countries)

Brian Tomaszewski, assistant professor in the department of information sciences and technologies, is partnering with the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response (UN-SPIDER) to create the Space Application Matrix (SAM). A Web-based, knowledge management tool, the SAM allows disaster managers to access knowledge about how Earth observation and remote sensing, communication and navigation satellites can support disaster management.

Bob Barbato (Kosovo)

Bob Barbato (Kosovo)

Bob Barbato, professor of management, traveled to Kosovo to conduct a study of ethics in family businesses in a post-war economy. He presented his findings at the annual meeting of the Small Business Institute in September, 2011.

Zhi Tang (China)

Zhi Tang (China)

Zhi Tang, assistant professor of international business and Zutes Faculty Fellow, has conducted multiple studies in China, to determine whether small and medium sized Chinese enterprises can use their power to counter pressure from governments, customers, competitors, and the media to engage in environmentally friendly behaviors. The research, conducted along with Jintong Tang, assistant professor of entrepreneurship and management at Saint Louis University, was selected to be presented at the annual Academy of Management conference in San Antonio, Texas.

Donald Baker (Hungary)

Donald Baker (Hungary)

Donald Baker, executive director of the John D. Hromi Center for Quality and Applied Statistics, has been the coordinator of the Intensive Seminar Program at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary, for the past seventeen years. In that post he has sought to enhance pedagogical research and curriculum development in international economics and management.

Ruben Proano (South America)

Ruben Proano (South America)

Ruben Proano, assistant professor of industrial engineering, is working to develop a mathematical model that could assist in making complex combination vaccines more affordable for developing countries and more financially attractive to vaccine producers. The research, conducted with faculty at the University of Illinois, was published in the journal Omega and presented at the United Nations Midday Forum.

Robert Chung (United Nations, Multiple Countries)

Robert Chung (United Nations, Multiple Countries)

Robert Chung, the Gravure Research Professor in the School of Print Media, has played a key role in the development of international standards for the printing and graphics industry. He currently serves as the convener of the International Organization of Standardization’s working group responsible for developing new standard defining requirements for a worldwide printing quality management system.

Rob Stevens (Haiti)

Rob Stevens (Haiti)

Rob Stevens, associate professor of mechanical engineering, is coordinating the work of multidisciplinary senior design teams to research and create improved cook stoves for Haiti that use thermoelectrics in order to be cleaner, more efficient, and greatly reduce the amount of natural resources required to fuel them. The research, supported by the Environmental Protection Agency’s P3: People, Prosperity, and the Planet student design competition for sustainability, was displayed at the 2011 National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington D.C.

Denis Defibaugh (Mexico)

Denis Defibaugh (Mexico)

Denis Defibaugh, professor of advertising photography, focuses on the creation of visual diaries that explore the culture and history of various societies around the world. This has included chronicling Day of the Dead celebrations throughout Mexico in his book The Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos, published by Texas A&M University Press, as well as developing visual portraits of daily life in a host of countries including Croatia and Cuba.

Christopher O'Dea (United Nations, Multiple Countries)

Christopher O'Dea (United Nations, Multiple Countries)

Christopher O'Dea, professor of physics, is one of the leaders of the Cool Core Cluster Collaboration. O’Dea and scientists in the Center for Imaging Science collaborate with others in the international astrophysics community using data from the Spitzer, Hubble and Herschel telescopes and ground based radio and optical observatories to investigate the formation and evolution of galaxies and galaxy clusters.

David Merritt (Israel, Finland and Netherlands)

David Merritt (Israel, Finland and Netherlands)

David Merritt, professor of physics, leads two global collaborations that use high-performance computing to address problems related to supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies. The first investigates the relativistic dynamics of clusters of compact objects near black holes and the second addresses the long-term evolution of galactic nuclei. Collaborators include the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, the University of Turku in Finland, and Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Andy Robinson (Brazil)

Andy Robinson (Brazil)

Andy Robinson, professor of physics, and Thaisa Storchi-Bergmann, professor of physics and astronomy at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil, are collaborating on an investigation of gas flows around supermassive black holes, using data obtained from multinational facilities such as the Gemini Observatory. The project aims to study how accretion disks around supermassive black holes form and how winds launched by the disks interact with the surrounding galaxy.