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RIT's Innovation Council is a central organizational component to the Simone Center. It is comprised of university-wide faculty and staff. The principal reason is to provide guidance to the Simone Center in how to advance its core objective of promoting multidisciplinary innovation and entrepreneurship projects. Other important reasons include understanding the existing capacity and needs of particular academic programs and establishing contact and information points within the colleges.
Richard DeMartino holds the Albert J. Simone Endowed Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He also serves as the director the Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which promotes innovation and entrepreneurship education and activity throughout the RIT community.
Michael Slifka is an assistant professor in the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology/Packaging Science Department and has over 30 years of industry experience focusing on product design. He strives to empower students to change current products and technologies for better or new uses, breaking currently accepted paradigms and creating new ones.
Zoran Ninkov is a Professor in the Center for Imaging Science and in the School of Physics and Astronomy and in the Center for Detectors. He teaches classes mainly in Optics, Radiometry, and Detectors. His research group is engaged in instrument and detector development for astronomy, remote sensing, and medical imaging.
Victor Perotti is an Associate Professor in the Saunders College of Business and is a consultant on the business implications of new technologies. His most recent research examines social networks (especially Facebook.com), social computing, Clean Slate Internet approaches, mobile collaboration, digital entrepreneurship, electronic communities, and video game business models.
Jim Vallino is the department chair for software engineering at RIT. His professional interests include engineering of real-time and embedded software systems, safety-critical systems, concurrent systems, distributed systems, and programming environments and tools.
Mark Smith is Director of Multidisciplinary Programs in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at RIT. In this capacity he is responsible for graduate programs in Product Development and Manufacturing Leadership, as well as certificates and other customized course offerings for corporate clients. He also directs the Multidisciplinary Senior Design capstone program which provides a project-based learning experience for 5th-year engineering students.
Andrea Hickerson is an assistant professor of communication in the College of Liberal Arts. She conducts research on journalism routines and political communication, specifically as they relate to immigrant and transnational communities. She is currently working on a project called “The Immigrant Journalist in the Digital Age,” which explores the role of media in immigrant communities in the U.S. Professor Hickerson is also interested in open source and journalism innovation.
Joseph Baschnagel is Assistant Professor of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts. His degree is in Clinical Psychology and is currently collaborating with the Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory here at RIT to incorporate mobile eye-tracking into cue-reactivity paradigms.
Richard Doolittle is the vice dean of RIT’s College of Health Sciences and Technology. Dick served previously as the assistant provost for Undergraduate Education, head of the School of Life Sciences and head of the Medical Sciences Department. He has extensive experience in program and curriculum development and is a key member of the RIT/RGHS (Rochester General Health Systems) Alliance.
Josh Owen joined the faculty of industrial design in the Fall of 2010 as Associate Professor. He teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate areas, developing innovative programming across disciplinary lines, most notably under the umbrella of the newly formed Vignelli Center for Design Studies.
Stan is the Department Chair and the Graduate Coordinator for RIT’s Industrial Design Program. His current areas of research and interest include sensible design, Dr. Seuss, whole/brain thinking, abstractions and perception, emergent properties of artifacts and environments, and most importantly, education of the next generation of brilliant designers.
Jon Schull is Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Games and Media at RIT. He works on technologies for collaborative innovation. He is self described as a sometime biological psychologist, entrepreneur, human computer interaction researcher, and active transportation advocate. He holds 14 patents and his recent work concerns real-time web-based collaboration in the service of innovation, learning, and community engagement.
Carl A. Lundgren is a professor in the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology/Packaging Science Department. His areas of interests include alternative energy systems, HVAC composites, and biofuels.
Denis Cormier is the Earl W. Brinkman Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at RIT. His teaching and research interests focus on additive manufacturing and direct-write printing technologies for the synthesis of novel materials and geometric structures.
Rich serves as Manager of Business Development for Venture Creations (a business incubator) at RIT, a role in which he helps companies advance their businesses and business concepts through a combination of coaching, consulting, and networking. Rich is also an Adjunct Professor at the Saunders College of Business teaching classes in technology commercialization, small business consulting, and strategy.