Ryne Raffaelle returned to RIT on July 1, 2011 to begin his position as vice president for research and associate provost. Raffaelle served in a number of different capacities at RIT from 2000 to 2009, and most recently served as director of the National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colo.
In his new role, Raffaelle is responsible for advancing the research and creative activities of the university. He will work to support and promote the growth of RIT’s sponsored research and scholarship to government agencies, corporations, and/or foundations; develop and grow partnerships with other universities and organizations; and manage an internal investment program aimed at providing seed grants to faculty to grow their research. Raffaelle will lead and manage the Sponsored Research Department, Research Relations Office and Human Subjects Boards, and he will oversee with the provost the executive director for innovation and commercialization.