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Rochester Institute of Technology's Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) and Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences are the recipients of a new research grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study the lifecycle environmental impacts of fullerene-based materials-a form of engineered nanomaterials used in solar cells, drug delivery systems... Full Story »
Sustainability is a high priority at RIT. As a university with more than 22,000 faculty, staff and students, we recognize that individual actions are as important as our institutional efforts. But as the buzz around sustainability and green products increases, it can be hard for individuals to know where to start.... Full Story »
It's no secret that universities have become economic development engines, turning knowledge and research into commercialized products and services. Federal economic development leaders are looking to further tap into the "knowledge economy." And in Washington, D.C., RIT is no secret. U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce Jay Williams toured RIT July 24 and... Full Story »
Rochester Institute of Technology's Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) has received nearly $100,000 from the Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to fund the final phase of fuel cell research designed to create a prototype residential power system. The $98,888 in NIST funding will leverage earlier work conducted... Full Story »
Sarah White wants a career at NASA-working on robotics to send to Mars. In the meantime, the second-year electrical engineering student at Rochester Institute of Technology is researching an encoded directional system for MILPET (Machine Intelligence Lab Personal Electronic Transporter), an autonomous robot that offers congenial assistance to visitors while roaming the... Full Story »
The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) has awarded approximately $455,000 to fund six research and development projects focused on applied research designed to stimulate solutions that will help New York state companies remain competitive while reducing their environmental footprint. As part of its ongoing research and development program, NYSP2I annually... Full Story »
RIT engineering doctoral student Susan Spencer will be presenting information from her recent trip to Australia as a participant in the Climate Reality Corp. Training at 6 p.m. Friday, July 11, in the Xerox Auditorium in RIT's Kate Gleason College of Engineering. The Climate Reality Training initiative was established in 2006 by... Full Story »
The next RIT Big Shot will be very close to home. While details are still being finalized, organizers have announced on Facebook that the 30th Big Shot is scheduled for around 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. This time, the photography team will point its lenses at RIT's LEED Platinum-certified Golisano Institute for... Full Story »
Researchers at Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Texas at Austin are developing technology for cellular base stations that will include use of alternative, renewable energy resources. Brothers Andres and Alexis Kwasinski were awarded a $299,440 grant from the National Science Foundation for the two-year project "Integrated communications and... Full Story »
The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) has announced the winners of its third-annual R&D student competition and inaugural K-12 student poster contest. Open to colleges and universities throughout the state, the student competition recognized both graduate- and undergraduate-level sustainability projects. Teams from Syracuse University, Cornell University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)... Full Story »
Two buildings on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus as well as students in the arts and imaging studies program at RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf were among the best local businesses, individuals and organizations recognized Wednesday by the Henrietta Chamber of Commerce during their Community of Excellence Awards... Full Story »
"Talking can transform minds, which can transform behaviors, which can transform institutions." - Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer, Facebook Nearly 20 female faculty from across campus and at varied stages of their careers "leaned in" this past week for a panel discussion, "Daring Appreciation: Strategies for Increasing Recognition of Your Work." The... Full Story »
Inspired by Rochester Institute of Technology's focus on green technologies, some of its undergraduate electrical/mechanical engineering technology students are looking to make the university's Student Alumni Union a greener place. Their work is part of the Green Energy Challenge, a national student design competition sponsored by the National Electrical Contracting Association. Student... Full Story »
What is it like to navigate the turns of an autocross course, riding inches off the ground in a homemade electric vehicle capable of doing 55 mph? "A lot of it is a blur," said Wheeler Law, a second-year computer science major from Marblehead, Mass., driver for the Electric Vehicle Team, which... Full Story »
Can the potential energy of water flowing through the pipes in everyday buildings be captured and harnessed? That's precisely what a team of student researchers in the Master of Architecture program at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability set out to prove. The student team presented its initial findings last week at the... Full Story »
Rochester Institute of Technology, for the fourth consecutive year, has been named one of North America's greenest universities by The Princeton Review. The company's 2014 Guide to 322 Green Colleges evaluates colleges and universities on environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings. In partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, best known... Full Story »
A team from Rochester Institute of Technology took first place in the social/nonprofit category at the New York Business Plan Competition in Albany. Imagine Soap, led by Brendan Gordon, an MFA student in industrial design from New Orleans, with teammates Jonathan Morris-Eppolito, an MBA student from Skaneateles, N.Y., and Rahul Gadre, a... Full Story »
A record 397 Rochester Institute of Technology researchers secured funding for fiscal year 2013, serving as either principal or co-principal investigators on active research, an increase of 12 percent over the previous year. RIT honored its researchers at an April 25 reception, during which it also recognized the 15 recipients of Seed... Full Story »
WHAT: Third annual Research & Development Student Competition featuring 13 teams from nine universities throughout New York state, including Rochester Institute of Technology, RPI, Clarkson and Syracuse University. Event also includes industry speakers and a K-12 student competition poster competition as part of Earth Day celebration at RIT. WHERE: Golisano Institute for... Full Story »
Stephen Whittaker, a professor in the School of Media Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology's College of Imaging Arts and Sciences (CIAS), is the first-ever recipient of the Edline M. Chun Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service. Named in honor of the late RIT adjunct professor Edline Chun, the honor will be... Full Story »