RIT is confronting the global challenges of sustainability through interdisciplinary programs that integrate engineering and science with economics and public policy.
Brinkman Machine Tools and Manufacturing Lab
The 3,000 square foot Brinkman Machine Tools and Manufacturing Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility devoted to advanced manufacturing research and education, and includes capabilities in advanced machining, rapid prototyping, direct-write printing of materials, and metrology. Partnerships with top companies have enabled RIT to set a new standard in education and training for students and industry.
Research Areas: Rapid prototyping, rapid manufacturing, 3-D printing, direct-write printing, CNC machining, surface roughness, metrology
Center for Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly (CEMA)
CEMA is an academic research lab supporting the needs of the electronics packaging industry through applied research, focused training, process development, and laboratory rental.
Research Areas: Electronics packaging, failure analysis, prototype board assembly, material evaluation, stencil printing, dispensing, placement, reflow, inspection and analysis, solder paste inspection, rework, cleaning
Center for Excellence in Lean Enterprise
The Center for Excellence in Lean Enterprise (CELE) is a comprehensive resource provider of lean enterprise tools offering applied technology and training. The Center offers comprehensive training programs, including Lean Six Sigma Greenbelt and Blackbelt Certification programs, as well as customized Lean Training programs (including, Kanban, Kaizen and Takt) for industry clients.
Research Areas: Lean six sigma, kaizen, greenbelt, blackbelt, lean, takt, value stream mapping, kanban, kaizen, total productive maintenance
Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies
The Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS) provides world-class research, technology development expertise, and laboratories that help clients with market expansion, enhance productivity, speed innovation and product development, and train personnel. In response to industrial and government needs, nationally recognized centers have been established in remanufacturing and resource recovery, sustainable mobility, sustainable production, and systems modernization. Specialized institutes and laboratories are in the areas of pollution prevention, occupational safety and ergonomics and imaging products within the 170,000 square-foot facility housing $45 million of contemporary equipment.
Research Areas: Sustainable systems, remanufacturing, sustainable mobility, cleaner production, pollution prevention, systems modernization, occupational safety, ergonomics
Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery
The Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery (NC3R) is internationally recognized as a leading center for applied research in remanufacturing. NC3R delivers to industry and government clients advanced technologies and tools for efficient and cost-effective manufacturing and the design of products that have no negative environmental impact.
Research Areas: Structural and materials analysis, environmentally responsible cleaning technologies, intelligent testing and diagnosis, remanufacturing design, materials salvage, disassembly analysis, reverse logistics, life cycle optimization
Center for Sustainable Mobility
The Center for Sustainable Mobility (CSM) focuses on sustainable transportation systems and is currently developing a host of projects with a number of partners - local and state governments, the Department of Defense and industry to examine not only current issues such as emissions reduction and reduced dependency on non-domestic fuel sources, but future challenges with alternative fuels. The Center's Renewable Energy & Fuel Cell Research Laboratory conducts applied research that addresses fuel cell challenges: establishing and reducing their life-cycle costs, and reducing uncertainty associated with their reliability and endurance. The fuel cell laboratory supports scientific and academic research, industry outreach and training, and curriculum design and development. The laboratory also fosters advanced systems-oriented research in renewable energy.
Research Areas: Biodiesel, ethanol, fuel cells, hydrogen, transportation systems and infrastructure, electric propulsion, ethanol
Center for Sustainable Production
The Center for Sustainable Production (CSP) is dedicated to enhancing the environmental and economic performance of products and processes. CSP is developing tools and methods to assist companies in creating closed-loop, environmentally and economically sustainable product systems that maximize product reuse and remanufacturing - minimizing environmental impact.
Research Areas: Sustainable design, industrial engineering, environmental decision-making, sustainable engineering
Golisano Institute for Sustainability
The Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) focuses on interdisciplinary education, research and technology transfer in sustainable design, pollution prevention, remanufacturing, and alternative energy development. GIS is built upon RIT's strongest academic programs and the internationally respected successes of the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS). Made up of engineers, research scientists, faculty, and business professionals GIS takes a holistic approach towards optimizing production and consumption systems by simultaneously addressing material flow, energy utilization, societal needs, ecological impacts, technology and policy factors, and the economics of sustainable business enterprises through engineering.
The institute is made up of six research centers: National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery, Center for Sustainable Production, Center for Sustainable Mobility, Systems Modernization and Sustainment Center, New York State Pollution and Prevention Institute, and NanoPower Research Labs; and eight labs housed within CIMS.
Research Areas: Sustainable production, sustainable mobility, alternative fuels, propulsion technologies, life-cycle design, systems modernization, remanufacturing, pollution prevention, nanopower, life-cycle assessment, environmental risk and impact assessment, environmental design, closed-loop supply chain management, product life assessment
Granular Materials Laboratory
The granular materials laboratory investigates the flow and jamming of particulate matter. Undergraduate researchers develop and build experiments, work out analytic theory, and write computer relevant simulations.
Research Areas: Particulate matter, granular materials
Imaging Products Laboratory
The Imaging Products Laboratory (IPL) has the equipment and capability to perform most industry printing and evaluation standards, including ISO, ASTM, DIN, and TAPPI. The lab manages quality assurance programs for clients by providing site assessment capability, as well as the ability to conduct random testing. IPL participates in industry standards development such as the EPEAT committee for creating standards for the Environmental Assessment of Imaging Equipment. IPL staff conducts projects such as LCA, SLCA, and sustainable metric development.
Research Areas: Imaging, validation technology, sustainable design and manufacturing, environmental assessment, end of life management, smart products, product life extension, HALT testing, toner, ink, accelerated aging
Laboratory for Environmental Computing and Decision Making
The Laboratory for Environmental Computing and Decision Making (LECDM) is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary research effort aimed at creating cutting-edge computing technologies, using these technologies to build and integrate novel environmental models, and using those models to improve environmental decision-making in the public and private sectors.
Research Areas: Geospatial modeling, multi-modal transportation, pollution emissions, life-cycle modeling, econometric modeling
Nanolithography Research Laboratory
The Nanolithography Research Labs develop technology for integrated circuit microlithography applications and specializes in immersion lithography imaging systems and metrology.
Research Areas: Immersion lithography, high NA and polarization, aberration metrology, UV/VUV thin films, high index fluids, optical extensions and imaging theory
Led by Dr. Stefan Preble, winner of a DARPA Young Faculty Award and an AFOSR Young Investigators Program Award, the Nanophotonics Group is developing high performance nanophotonic devices and systems on a silicon chip. Their work will enable unprecedented performance and efficiency by leveraging the inherently high bandwidths and low power of photons with the intelligence of electronics.
Research Areas: Photonics, optical interconnects, modulators, silicon
NanoPower Research Labs
NPRL is internationally recognized as a lead center for research into the development of nanomaterials and their characterization, and their subsequent use in improving energy conversion and storage devices.
Research Areas: Nanomaterials, photovoltaics, polymer photovoltaics, carbon nanotubes, advanced batteries, thin film technologies, synthesis, microscopy, characterization, optical characterization
New York State Pollution and Prevention Institute
The New York State Pollution and Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) is a statewide research and technology transfer center focused on R&D, direct assistance, training, education, and outreach efforts aimed at making New York State more sustainable for workers, the public, the environment, and the economy. RIT and its partner universities, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Clarkson University, and the University of Buffalo, along with the state's ten regional technology development centers comprise the NYSP2I.
Research Areas: Pollution prevention, atmospheric discharge, sustainable dry cleaning, lead-free electronics, clean technologies, green product assessment, recycling process improvement, remanufacturing analysis and improvement, life cycle analysis
Occupational Safety and Ergonomics Excellence Program
The Occupational Safety and Ergonomics Excellence (OSEE) program provides comprehensive ergonomic product evaluation, ergonomic and health and safety expertise, and training on-site and in classroom environments to help companies make their workplaces safer. OSEE staff provides customized on-site analysis of office, manufacturing, healthcare, and retail/service sites, and customize training to reduce health and physical risks in the workplace.
Research Areas: Ergonomics, workplace safety, environmental health and safety, hazmat, injury prevention
Packaging Science Dynamics Lab
For over a decade, the Packaging Dynamics Laboratory has partnered with industry to analyze the packaging designs and materials to encase, ship, and protect some of America's most popular products. The lab's efforts focus on helping to decrease product damage, reduce overall shipping costs, and lower material use in packaging.
Research Areas: Packaging, environmental conditioning, vibration testing
Sustainable Energy Systems Research Group
Based in the mechanical engineering department, the Sustainable Energy System Research group prepares students to become leaders within fields related to energy and the environment while contributing to the solution of the nation's energy challenges through relevant, well-designed energy and environment coursework, senior design projects, co-ops, and research in energy-related fields.
Research Areas: Dynamic hybrid control, PEM fuel cell water management, integrated fuel cell systems, fuel reforming, thermo-electrics, alternative energy power sources
Sustainable Print Systems Lab
The Sustainable Print Systems Laboratory is a collaboration of RIT researchers focused on developing insights and tools specific to the print industry that better integrate environmental, social, and economic considerations into the R&D decision-making process.
Research Areas: Sustainable print systems, Print system test bed, benchmarking, system dynamics, paper consumption patterns, Electrophotographic Printers, R&D decision making
Systems Modernization and Sustainment Center
From its early beginnings with the National Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery (NC3R) at RIT, the Systems Modernization and Sustainment Center (SMSC) has demonstrated significant success in enhancing the performance of commercial and military equipment and support systems, while smartly managing total life cycle costs. The program provides expertise in the area of asset health management technologies, which is designed to monitor equipment health and predict future failures for reduced operating costs and longer equipment lives. Research is also being conducted on material aging which characterizes how and why materials fail in order to advance the technologies and keep equipment operating longer and more reliably.
Research Areas: Life-cycle engineering, remanufacturing, alternative energy technologies, health systems monitoring, vehicle monitoring, asset health management, diagnostics, prognostics, material aging
Thermal Analysis, Microfluidics, and Fuel Cell Laboratory
Founded in 1990, the Thermal Analysis and Microfluidics lab has been driven by a keen desire to examine the fundamental phenomena related to microscale fluid mechanics and dynamics. The lab's early research on microscale mechanics and heat transfer has positioned them as international leaders in their field. Today, one of the major research focuses on water management in PEM fuel cells.
Research Areas: Microfluidics, water management, water transport, PEM fuel cells, fluid mechanics, heat transfer