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James Winebrake, dean of Rochester Institute of Technology's College of Liberal Arts and an expert on the environmental impact of transportation, is among a team of experts who are applauding the shipping industry's decision to burn cleaner oil beginning in 2020. Their study, published in Nature Communications, finds that cleaner shipping fuels... Full Story »
Rochester Institute of Technology's Image Permanence Institute has received $544,198 in grants from the Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support two major education and research initiatives. An education and training grant of $195,049 will fund a two-year project for workshops in libraries, archives... Full Story »
Several times each week, students in RIT's Recover Rochester club collect unused food from dining facilities, load it in coolers and use a Student Government van to deliver it to three meal centers in Rochester. "Every time we deliver, they're so grateful," said Katherine Larson, a fourth-year industrial design major from Binghamton,... Full Story »
When a Rochester-area manufacturer experienced a broken gear shaft on a 1960s German-made machine whose parts have been long unavailable, RIT's Golisano Institute for Sustainability came to the rescue with a unique additive manufacturing solution. GIS researchers teamed with Hansford Parts and Products, a precision machine shop in Macedon, N.Y., to employ... Full Story »
Rochester Institute of Technology has benefited from the generosity of many. Top lifetime donors to the university are: James S. Gleason and the Gleason Family Foundation - $34.5 million Gleason is chairman of Gleason Corp., a Rochester-based manufacturer of machinery and equipment for the production, finishing and testing of gears used in... Full Story »
As Fatmah Bamashmous painstakingly crafts furniture for her thesis in RIT's woodworking studio, she uses a mixture of traditional hand tools and state-of-the-art power tools. She has a distinct vision for what she is trying to accomplish, and her designs draw inspiration from calligraphy and the Arabic alphabet. "I want to create... Full Story »
When first identifying where he would focus his education and ultimately his career, Mike Waller '16 (sustainability) thought photovoltaics-the technology that powers solar cells into energy-would fuel his path forward. "I thought-and still do-it's an amazing technology," said Waller, a native of Greece, N.Y. "But since the only thing that really matters... Full Story »
Rochester Institute of Technology's Venture Creations incubator has been awarded a new four-year contract valued at $1.8 million from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), earmarked for early-stage, clean-energy companies. Venture Creations is one of seven NYSERDA-sponsored clean-energy incubators that offers commercialization resources, technical assistance and business development... Full Story »
Tom Golisano was honored at RIT for his contributions to global health, specifically through Special Olympics, in a new Golisano Archives exhibit unveiled Oct. 20. The new Champion for Global Health exhibit showcases the ways that Special Olympics' Healthy Communities initiative - made possible by significant gifts from Golisano - is opening... Full Story »
RIT researchers are developing a system of algorithmic computer modeling that will help policymakers produce and use electricity more efficiently. Best Practices The way the U.S. manages its electrical grid has major economic and environmental consequences for the world. The American economy makes hundreds of billions of dollars in annual revenue by... Full Story »
RIT China A cohort of 38 students from RIT China Weihai campus participated in RIT's 2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium. Working throughout the summer in teams, the students developed innovative ideas and plans to open up new global markets for American brands such as Coca Cola, Nike, Tesla and Wegmans. Their symposium presentations... Full Story »
Rochester Institute of Technology, for the seventh consecutive year, has been named one of the greenest universities by The Princeton Review. The Princeton Review Guide to 375 Green Colleges evaluates colleges and universities on environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings. The company has produced lists of green colleges since 2010. The... Full Story »
The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) at Rochester Institute of Technology will mark a decade of creating sustainable solutions for New York state businesses and communities with three upcoming events. The celebrations will take place over the next month to highlight the economic, environmental and social impacts that NYSP2I has... Full Story »
Students at Rochester Institute of Technology are working with Rochester high school students to see if some of the 300 city-owned vacant lots in the Marketview Heights neighborhood can be turned into assets such as community gardens, playscapes or exercise stations. The survey is a pilot program that is using the leadership... Full Story »
Rochester Institute of Technology student Elizabeth Pattie understands how research impacts lives. Her mother lives with multiple sclerosis-one of the reasons Pattie is compelled to continue making inroads in the fields of immunology and disease treatment using pharmaceuticals. Her project, "Targeted Molecular Imaging Agents to Visualize Breast Cancer," was among more... Full Story »
A researcher from Rochester Institute of Technology has received a $149,000 collaborative research grant from the National Science Foundation to study the environmental effects of energy storage on the electricity grid. Over the past 10 years, the energy storage industry has grown rapidly, enabling energy produced by wind, water and solar power... Full Story »
Researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology are working with corporate and government partners to develop more efficient, durable and cost-effective carbon nanotube technology in electronic components and systems that now use copper wiring. "Depending on how bold a perspective you want to give, what we are embracing is a wire revolution," said... Full Story »
The Remanufacturing Industries Council (RIC) has honored Nabil Nasr, associate provost and director of Rochester Institute of Technology's Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS), with its ACE Award-given to an inspiring person or company recognized for leadership in creating positive change for the remanufacturing industry and sustainability. ACE stands for "Advocate, Collaborate and... Full Story »
RIT's student chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) won an award for their model of a sustainable razor that could help decrease the environmental impact of billions of disposable razors that are discarded each year. The undergraduate team won the Best Use of Fusion 360 category, part of the national... Full Story »
Nearly 150 industry leaders from around the world gathered at Rochester Institute of Technology June 21-22 for the RIC-RIT World Remanufacturing Conference, receiving the latest briefings on best practices, emerging trends and issues of critical importance to the manufacturing industry. RIT hosted the event in partnership with the Remanufacturing Industries Council, a... Full Story »