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Celebration of Teaching and Scholarship
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Awards Ceremony, 4:30 p.m., Ingle Auditorium, Student Alumni Union
Reception, 5:15 p.m., Alfred L. Davis Room, Student Alumni Union
Awards Dinner to follow

Please note that the reception and dinner are catered events and require an RSVP, therefore we are unable to accommodate walk-in guests that evening. If you have any questions or need further information, please email

Since 1965, RIT has recognized recipients of the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching in an annual award ceremony. In the decades since, the event has grown into a celebration to recognize members of the RIT community who contribute significantly to student learning and academic scholarship. Our recipients are recognized at an awards ceremony with the president and provost, followed by a formal dinner. At dinner, participants hear from awardees of the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching - RIT's highest honor for teaching - and the Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes a high-acheiving professor early in their career.

About the Eisenharts

The late M. Herbert Eisenhart, former president and board chairman of Bausch & Lomb, Inc., was a member of RIT's Board of Trustees for more than 50 years. His contributions to RIT during that span were countless, and he was the recipient of the RIT Founders Awards in 1971. His commitment to RIT was further evidenced by his generous bequest that created the M. Herbert and Elsa Bausch Eisenhart Endowment Fund, which provides permanence to the Eisenhart Awards for Outstanding Teaching as well as a major scholarship fund.

2017-2018 Award Recipients

The Eisenhart Awards for Outstanding Teaching

Steven Ciccarelli, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical, Computer & Telecom Engineering Technology, College of Applied Science and Technology







• Joined RIT in 1998 as an adjunct faculty member, full-time tenure track in 2002
• Author of work focused on microwave radio frequency tomography, and
applications of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) featured in IEEE
Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine and presented at an international
conference on waveform diversity and design
• Author of conference papers for the New York State Engineering Technology
Association and the American Society of Engineering Educators in the field of
engineering education
• Current research interests include cooperative learning and collaboration to promote
deep learning focusing on freshman engineering technology classes and laboratories
• Member of three graduate degree thesis committees, the ECTET undergraduate
curriculum committee, and chair of the electrical interest group of the New York
State Cyber Security and Engineering Technology Association
• Recipient of the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, Rochester City School District
Certificate of Appreciation and RIT Disability Services Certificate of Recognition
• Professional experience includes serving as a senior electrical engineer and
director of technology development for companies in the Rochester area servicing
the defense industry
• Former program chair and former associate department chair, ECTET
• MS, BS, electrical engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology

Alex Lobos, Associate Professor and Graduate Director, Department of Industrial Design

• Joined RIT in 2009
• PI or co-PI on more than $175K in corporate grants for design research and
sponsored student projects
• Served as the Paul & Francena Miller Professor for International Education
• Member of the extended faculty of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability
• Fulbright Scholar and recipient of the Fusion 360 Education Award and the
Frank J. Romano Innovative 3D Project Award
• Author of 17 publications in industry publications and texts as well as numerous
international conference presentations on sustainable design, user experience,
and interdisciplinary design education
• Led workshops on emotion and behavior in design at universities in Guatemala,
Italy, Peru, Mexico, Panama, and Taiwan
• Holds two patents on cleaning products and energy management of household
• Professional experience includes serving as an industrial designer at General
Electric, a design consultant at Autodesk, a design advisor at the Design Research
Institute, and a patent illustrator
• MFA, University of Notre Dame; BID, Rafael Landivar University (Guatemala)

The Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost's Award for Excellence in Teaching

Nathaniel S. Barlow, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, School of Mathematical Sciences, College of Science

• Joined RIT in 2014
• Professional objectives include increasing retention of STEM students from
under-represented backgrounds
• Teaching philosophy emphasizes active, incremental, and inclusive learning
• Engages students in demonstrations to connect areas of study to real-world
• Designs hands-on activities for group workshops, where students replicate
famous experiments
• Uses new technologies, including 3D printing and images, to encourage students
to view mathematical subjects in a multidimensional way
• Strives to keep lectures and lessons relevant and accessible to all learning styles
by frequently adjusting course delivery modes and using visual, auditory, and
cognitive teaching practices
• Customizes office hours to meet the needs of students each semester
• Participates in journal clubs to learn best practices in teaching and mentoring,
as well as to reduce impact of implicit bias and reduce stereotype threat
• Ph.D., BS, mechanical engineering, Clarkson University

The Outstanding Teaching Award for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty

Philip Gelsomino II, CPA, CGMA, Visiting Lecturer, Saunders College of Business

• Joined RIT in 2013
• Instructs courses in accounting, taxation, and entrepreneurship at undergraduate
and graduate level at the main RIT campus and at Beijing Jiaotong University
in China
• His teaching philosophy focuses on integrating academic theory with practice
and emphasizes relationship development
• Recipient of the Saunders College of Business Distinguished Alumni Award
• Co-op and faculty advisor for Saunders College of Business and adviser for
student club Next Generation of Accountants
• Member of Saunders Honors Program and Imagine RIT committees
• Industry experience includes serving as president of a private financial services
company, a senior accountant at an accounting firm, and owner of a CPA firm
• Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Global Management Accountant
• BS, accounting, Rochester Institute of Technology

Trustees Scholarship Award

Matt Huenerfauth, Ph.D., Professor, B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

• Joined RIT in 2014
• Research areas include computing accessibility for people with disabilities,
human computer interaction, and natural language processing
• PI or co-PI for research grants of more than $2.8 million, including a National
Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2008
• Editor-in-Chief of the ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing, the leading
journal in the field of computing accessibility
• Named a Distinguished Member of the Association for Computing Machinery
(ACM) in 2017 for contributions to the field of computing
• Vice-Chair of ACM Special Interest Group on Accessible Computing (SIGACCESS)
• Three-time recipient of the Best Paper Award at ACM ASSETS, the leading research
conference on computing accessibility
• Established the Linguistic and Assistive Technologies Lab and co-founded the
Center for Accessibility and Inclusive Research at RIT
• Author or co-author of more than 16 refereed journal articles, 47 refereed papers
in research conference proceedings, 8 book chapters, as well as co-editor of over
25 volumes
• Adviser for 10 Ph.D. students, 17 MS students, 31 undergraduates, and 14 other
researchers during his career; committee member for 17 additional graduate students.
• Ph.D. and MSE, computer and information science, University of Pennsylvania;
M.Sc., human computer interaction, National University of Ireland; MS and
Honors BS, computer and information science, University of Delaware

The Isaac L. Jordan, Sr., Faculty Pluralism Award

Margaret Bailey, Ph.D., PE
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Kate Gleason College of Engineering and Senior Faculty Associate to the Provost for ADVANCE

• Joined RIT in 2003
• Principal investigator, AdvanceRIT NSF Institutional Transformation grant, a long-term
project designed to advance the careers of women faculty in STEM disciplines at RIT
• Oversees over twenty programs and initiatives in support of improving RIT’s ability
to attract, retain and advance the careers of women faculty, including women of
color and hard-of-hearing women
• Initiated Connect Grants Program to support faculty career success
• Developed Connectivity Series to provide organizational and professional
development education on unconscious bias education and workshops to
promote faculty career advancement
• Member of cross-university NSF funded research project studying self-efficacy
development of engineering students while comparing cohorts of co-op and
non-co-op students. Investigate hypothesis that women’s participation leads to
enhanced self-efficacy and increased likelihood of graduation.
• Founder and first executive director of Women Engineers at RIT (WE@RIT)
program to increase enrollment of women in engineering programs
• Recipient of the Maria Mitchell Women in Science Award and the Edwina Award
for Gender Diversity and Inclusiveness
• Author on over 85 peer-reviewed publications and a major thermodynamics textbook
• Ph.D., civil, environmental, and architectural engineering, University of Colorado
at Boulder; BS, architectural engineering, Pennsylvania State University

The Provost's Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring

Stan Rickel, Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Design, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

• Joined RIT in 2001
• Named one of Design Intelligence’s “Most Admired Industrial Design Educators”
• PI or co-PI on several corporate and foundation grants for design research and
sponsored student projects from Autodesk, Mondelez, ABVI, Staples Lab, and the
National Science Foundation
• Presented papers and led workshops at national and international conferences
including the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the IDO International
Design Workshop Hong Kong, and the Dubai Silicon Oasis Entrepreneur Conference
• Advised more than 80 MFA industrial design candidates, serves on the Graduate
Council, a committee member for interdisciplinary work, and is a mentor for the
Albert J. Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Founder and chief innovator of studio930, an RIT-based, interdisciplinary design
consultancy focused on access and health technologies products
• Member of Center for Accessibility and Inclusion Research committee advisory board
• Professional experience includes serving as principal, design director, and maker
creating consumer products, housewares, exhibits, toys, and furniture
• Previously taught at Pratt Institute School of Design and Syracuse University
• MID (master of industrial design), Syracuse University; BID, (bachelor of industrial
design), Pratt Institute

Katie Terezakis, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts

• Joined RIT in 2004
• Recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching
• Assisted in the development of a new cluster mentoring initiative piloted by
the Council for the Representation & Engagement of Women faculty (CREW)
• Established a faculty writing group for members to consult and review
pre-publication drafts and tenure portfolios
• Led efforts to create a more supportive family leave policy as a member of
the College of Liberal Arts Family Leave Task Force
• Served as College of Liberal Arts Faculty Associate for Diversity and Inclusive
Excellence, and on the college Tenure Committee
• Ph.D., MA, philosophy, New School for Social Research; BA, philosophy,
University of Heidelberg (Germany)/Central Connecticut State University

The Provost's Innovative Teaching with Technology Award

Nathaniel S. Barlow, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, School of Mathematical Sciences, College of Science

• Joined RIT in 2014
• Author or co-author of 15 journal publications and numerous national and
international conference presentations
• Teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in differential equations and
numerical methods such as boundary value problems, linear systems and
differential equations, and numerical methods for partial differential equations
• Faculty advisor for RIT math club and 2015-2017 Imagine RIT exhibits
• Co-organizer of math modeling workshop for teachers in the Rochester City
School District
• Advisor to 20+ undergraduate research students, member of several MS and
Ph.D. thesis committees, and co-advisor to math modeling Ph.D. students
• PI (as postdoc) of $250,000 NSF Transformative Computational Science using
CyberInfrastructure (CI TraCS) award, SUNY Buffalo
• Frequent referee for Journal of Fluid Mechanics and Physics of Fluids
• Certified New York State Intern Engineer
• Ph.D., BS, mechanical engineering, Clarkson University

Excellence in Student Learning Outcomes Award

BS Degree Program, Chemical Engineering, Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Steven Weinstein, Ph.D., Department Chair

Department faculty and staff: Paul Gregorius, Stephanie Hart, Julie Olney, Vicki Rocha, Anju Gupta, Karuna Koppula, Brian Landi, Poornima Padmanabhan, Reginald Rogers, Kenneth Ruschak, Patricia Taboada-Serrano, Yasemin Dilsad Yilmazel

• Program established in 2008
• Department consists of eight full-time faculty, one part-time faculty, two adjunct
faculty, two administrative assistants, one advisor, and one lab technician
• Five-year program includes 48 weeks of cooperative, experiential learning in
industry or research
• Program enrollment is approximately 280 students in all year levels
• Curriculum prepares students for careers applying disciplines of chemistry,
physics, biology, and mathematics to transform chemicals into more useful
or valuable forms through processes involving chemical change. It also trains
students to implement and control chemistry in applications including alternative
energy, environmental remediation, and novel materials.
• Student outcomes for the program include but are not limited to: design,
multidisciplinary teamwork, professional responsibility, and problem solving
• Faculty expertise include the use of chemical nanotechnology for energy storage
and transmission, adsorption and electrochemical/biochemical separations,
environmental remediation, and liquid film coating. Faculty are adept at
mathematical modeling and simulation of complex chemical systems.
• Students may pursue a dual degree with an MS in science, technology and public
policy in conjunction with the College of Liberal Arts, or a dual degree with an MS
in materials science and engineering in conjunction with the College of Science.

The Provost's Award for Excellence in Academic Advising - New

Paul Muenzer, Academic Advisor, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

• Joined RIT in 2015
• Advises students in media arts & technology, biomedical photographic
communications, imaging & photographic technology, advertising photography,
and undeclared photography undergraduate programs
• Serves on the Commencement Planning Committee and coordinates
commencement ceremonies for six schools within the College of Imaging Arts
and Sciences
• Worked with program leadership and the imaging science program in the
College of Science to develop a framework for class substitutions and double
• Collaborates with NTID liaison for the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
(SPAS) to ensure appropriate support and accessibility for all students
• Participates in recruitment and open house efforts for SPAS, and coordinates
the summer photo program with undergraduate admissions
• Adjunct professor in hospitality, travel, and tourism at Monroe Community
• MA, student affairs administration, and BGS, general studies, Ball State University

The Provost's Award for Excellence in Academic Advising - Experienced

Gary Cole, Academic Advisor, College of Health Sciences and Technology

• Joined RIT in 2011
• Advises students in diagnostic medical sonography, echocardiography, dietetics
and nutrition, nutritional sciences, and physician assistant programs
• Assists with articulation agreements with other colleges and universities
• Participates in open houses and serves as admissions liaison for nutrition
• Recipient of the Dancy Duffus Outstanding Citizen Award for outreach to at-risk
students and creative programming efforts
• Recipient of the Club Advisor of the Year Award due to work with the Health
Sciences and Technology Student Association
• Developed group advising process for students in each academic program
• Serves on the Professional Development Committee for Advising and the Early
Alert Advisory Committee
• Oversees the organization and planning of the RIT Research Spotlights: Health and
Life Sciences annual event
• Developed individual advising plan documents for undergraduate programs
during calendar conversion from quarters to semesters
• MS, student personnel administration, Buffalo State College, State University of
New York; BA, communication, University at Buffalo, State University of New York