RIT’s 2018-2019 New Faculty Roster will be available mid-August. Check back to meet your newest colleagues and learn about their teaching and research interests later this year.


New Faculty Roster 2018-2019

We are pleased to present our newest cohort of RIT faculty! Click on the photos to learn more about their research and teaching interests, and use this information to connect and collaborate across disciplines at RIT!

View the 2017-2018 new faculty roster here.
View the 2016-2017 new faculty roster here.


College of Art and Design

Jayson Bimber
Visiting Lecturer
School of Photo Arts and Sciences

Unavailable.

Donald Casper
Lecturer
Film and Animation

Teaching and Research Interests: Documentary Film, Film Post production

Keli DiRisio
Assistant Professor
School of Design

Teaching and Research Interests: Graphic design, Interactivity, UX/UI, User-centered design, Usability, Empathy design, Accessibility

Kathryn Efstathiou
Visiting Lecturer
School of Photo Arts and Sciences

Unavailable.

Gary Jacobs
Assistant Professor
School of Design

Teaching and Research Interests: Digital Design; Digital Interface; Game Design; Architecture and Environment Design

Kelly Jahn
Lecturer
School of Design

Unavailable.

Suzanne Peck
Lecturer
School of Art

Teaching and Research Interests:  Haptics-Skin, Touch, Technology, Phenomenology; Glass-Art History, Contemporary Practices; Innovations in Art and Science, Design; Performance-Performance Art, Live Art Event, Art Documentation, Demonstration, Spectacle

Jonathan Seligson
Visiting Lecturer
Film and Animation

Unavailable.

Philip Szarma
Lecturer
School of Design

Unavailable.

David Turner
Visiting Lecturer
School of Photo Arts and Sciences

Teaching and Research Interests: Digital Photography, Location Lighting, Advertising and Design

Timothy Wells
Visiting Lecturer
School of Art

Unavailable.

Munjal Yagnik
Lecturer
Film and Animation

Teaching and Research Interests:Film: Directing, Cinematography, Screenplay Writing, Visual Aesthetics, Production, Production Processes

 

College of Engineering Technology

Yewande Abraham
Assistant Professor
Civil Engineering Technology & Environmental Management

Teaching and Research Interests:  Construction Management, Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, Occupant Behavior

 

Holly Dickens
Lecturer
ECTET

Teaching and Research Interests: Digital and Embedded System Design Hardware, Software Co-Design  Microprocessors and Microcomputers

Kyle Dunno
Assistant Professor
Packaging Science

Teaching Interests: Food Packaging Systems, Distribution Packaging Systems, Packaging Dynamics, Packaging Fundamentals
Research Interests: Effects of transportation hazards on food packaging systems, Sustainable packaging strategies in the supply chain, Experimentation of multi-axis vibration testing to evaluate unitized systems

 

Yangming Li
Assistant Professor
ECTET

Unavailable.

Renae Veneziano
Lecturer
Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology

Unavailable.

College of Health Sciences and Technology (HST)

Susan Hartfield
Assistant Professor
Physician Assistant Program

Teaching and Research Interests: I will be teaching Pathophysiology in the PA program. In addition I will be helping with the Hospital Medicine course. Ultimately, I will be taking over Pharmacology courses as well. My research interests include the role of diet and nutrition in health and the use of technology in health care.

Nicole Trabold
Visiting Assistant Professor
Biomedical Sciences

Research Interests: Intimate partner violence interventions, health system delivery, use of technology in health care, community-based research, pragmatic clinical trials 

College of Liberal Arts (CLA)

Amber Anderson
Visiting Assistant Professor
Sociology/Anthropology

Unavailable.

Claudia Bucciferro
Assistant Professor
Professional & Technical Communication

Teaching and Research Interests: Intercultural Communication, Media Studies, Globalization and Culture, Identity and Representation, Latin America and the US

Yon Choi
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Public Policy

Teaching and Research Interests: Public Policy; Global Governance; Private Rulemaking and Private Governance; Research Methods; Urban/Community Development and Social Innovation; Organizational Behavior and Management; Education Policy; Social Theory; Culture, Organization, and Technology

Tom Davis
Visiting Lecturer
Performing Arts and Visual Culture

See bio here.

Tom Davis
Lecturer
Performing Arts and Visual Culture

Unavailable.

Ryan Gaynor
Visiting Lecturer
Performing Arts and Visual Culture

Teaching and Research Interests: Developed and taught a course in Electronic Music production to RIT undergraduate students in Spring 2018. Have assisted with teaching the composing for media and composing for video games courses at RIT during the past two years. Highly interested in creative mediums such as video post-production and electronic music production

Nickesia Gordon
Associate Professor
Professional & Technical Communication

Unavailable.

Joseph Griffith
Department of Political Science3

Teaching and Research Interests: American Political Thought, Constitutional Law, Political Philosophy, Politics and Literature

Yuhan Huang
Visiting Assistant Professor
Modern Languages & Cultures

Teaching Interests:  Chinese Language, Literature, Cinema and Culture
Research Interests: cultural representations of childhood during modern and contemporary China.

Jonathan Kringen
Visiting Assistant Professor
Criminal Justice

Unavailable.

Eric Limbach
Visiting Lecturer
History

Teaching and Research Interests: Modern European History, especially Germany; Migration/Refugee Studies; History of Social Sciences; World History

Yunn-Shan Ma
Assistant Professor
Performing Arts and Visual Culture

Teaching and Research Interests:  Directing orchestral and choral ensembles; Symphonic, Choral-Symphonic works, operas, contemporary compositions; Creating interdisciplinary performances; Women in Music, "Music theory as an aid to efficient rehearsals," "A Conductor’s Analytical Discovery of Vaughan William,” Dona Nobis Pacem," "Choral Moments in Wagner’s Music Dramas"

Karl Sarvestani
Visiting Assistant Professor
English

Teaching Interests: Linguistics, Phonetics, Semantics, Language Technology
Research Interests: Phonetics, Phonology, Endangered Languages, Southeast Asian Languages 

College of Science (COS)

Olalekan Babaniyi
Assistant Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences

Unavailable.

Alexander Combs
Visiting Lecturer
School of Mathematical Sciences

Teaching and Research Interests:  Inquiry Based Learning, Active Learning, Undergraduate Mathematics Education, Abstract and Linear Algebra Education, Lie and Vertex Algebras, Mathematical Physics

Kathryn Graf
Lecturer
School of Mathematical Sciences

Teaching and Research Interests: Queueing Theory, Statistics, Algebra, Pre-calculus

Nicole Kingsley
Visiting Lecturer
School of Mathematical Sciences

Teaching and Research Interests: Linear Algebra, Combinatorics,  Combinatorial Matrix Theory, Numerical Analysis

Nishant Malik
Assistant Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences

Teaching Interests: Applied and Computational Mathematics 
Research Interests: Networks, Nonlinear Dynamics, Stochastic Processes, Data Science and Complex Systems.    

Rupal Mittal
Assistant Research Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences

Unavailable.

Minh Pham
Assistant Professor
School of Mathematical Sciences

Unavailable.

Zachary Silberman
Visiting Lecturer
School of Mathematical Sciences

Research Interests: Magnetic fields in the accretion disks around compact objects 

Douglas Tusch
Lecturer
School of Mathematical Sciences

Unavailable.

Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences (GCCIS)

Eric Baker
Visiting Lecturer
Interactive Games and Media

Teaching and Research Interests:  Game Development

Stephen Cady
Visiting Lecturer
Computing Security

Unavailable.

Teajoong Chung
Assistant Professor
Computing Security

Teaching and Research Interests: Internet Security and Privacy, Social Network

Travis Desell
Associate Professor
Software Engineering

Teaching Interests:  I have taught a number of Computer Science courses relating to concurrent, distributed and high performance computing, along with modeling and simulation.  I also developed and ran my previous department's yearlong senior capstone for 4 years. 
Research Interests:  Data Science (in particular, applying distributed computing techniques along with evolutionary algorithms and neural networks towards large scale scientific problems), and have been PI on a number of proposals from the NSF, DOE and state/private collaborations.

Ahmed Hamza
Lecturer
Computing Security

Unavailable.

Sarah Huibregtse
Visiting Lecturer
Center for Computing Outreach, Research, and Education

Teaching and Research Interests:  Computer Science education with an emphasis on teaching non-majors, and teaching using inquiry-based learning strategies such as POGIL

 

Yu Kong
Assistant Professor
Graduate Studies

Unavailable.

Rui Li
Assistant Professor
Graduate Studies and Research

Unavailable.

Erica Mesh
Visiting Lecturer
Computing Security

Teaching and Research Interests: Software engineering process improvement, CS/SE for non-majors, scientific computing

Michael Mior
Assistant Professor
Computer Science

Research Interests: Physical Design for Non-relational Data Systems, Understanding Denormalized Data, Schema Management and Evolution for Semi-structured Data, Denormalized Data Integration, Database Client-Server Co-design

Alexander Ororbia II
Assistant Professor
Computer Science

Teaching and Research Interests:  Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Continual Learning (main research area), Natural Language Processing, Generative Models

Bryan Passino
Visiting Lecturer
Computer Science

Unavailable.

David Patric
Visiting Lecturer
Information Sciences & Technologies

Teaching Interests: Introductory Programming, Computational Thinking, Systems Administration, Database Technologies

Justin Pelletier
Lecturer
Computing Security

Unavailable.

Monika Polak
Lecturer
Computer Science

Unavailable.

Khalid Rabb
Visiting Lecturer
Computing Security

Teaching and Research Interests: Innovation, Software Engineering, Automation, Enterprise Systems

Mustafa Rafique
Assistant Professor
Computing Security

Unavailable.

Hanif Rahbari
Assistant Professor
Computing Security

Teaching Interests: Wireless Security, Advanced Wireless Networks
Research Interests: Wireless Security, Wireless Communications, Security in IoT and V2V Networks  

Andrew Wheeland
Visiting Instructor
Interactive Games and Media

Teaching and Research Interests:  Web games, iOS

Austin Willoughby
Lecturer
Computing Security

Teaching and Research Interests:  Front End Development, Gameplay Programming, Game Design, Sound Design

Steven Yi
Visiting Assistant Professor
Computing Security

Cybersecurity

Ziming Zhao
Assistant Professor
Computing Security

Teaching and Research Interests: Cybersecurity

 

Kate Gleason College of Engineering (KGCOE)

Gordon Broderick
Research Associate
Biomedical Engineering

Unavailable.

Ghazal Dehghani
Visiting Lecturer
Mechanical Engineering

Teaching Interests: Thermodynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer
Research Interests: Renewable Energy, Thermal Characterization  

Ke Du
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering

Unavailable.

Jason Hoople
Visiting Lecturer
Electrical Engineering

Teaching and Research Interests: Analog Electronics, Digital Electronics, Device Physics, Signal Processing, Electro-Mechanical systems, Medical Instrumentation

Phillip Hutton
Visiting Lecturer
Mechanical Engineering

Teaching and Research Interests:  Energy, Renewable Energy, Reforming, Hub Motors, Catalyst, Biomass

Alexander Loui
Lecturer
Computer Engineering

Teaching and Research Interests:  Computer vision and multimedia image analysis algorithms; Machine learning methodologies for image classification and video summarization; Image management and curation, event detection, and image quality assessment; Semantic understanding and information fusion

Cory Merkel
Assistant Professor
Computer Engineering

Teaching Interests: Core computer engineering courses in the areas of hardware design (e.g. Digital IC Design); Graduate courses in the areas of machine learning, brain-inspired computing, and artificial intelligence 
Research Interests: Core research interests include artificial intelligence, brain-inspired computing, and emerging computer architectures

Michael Richards
Assistant Professor
Biomedical Engineering

Unavailable.

Iris Rivero
Department Head/Professor
Industrial & Systems

Teaching and Research Interests: Additive Manufacturing, Biomanufacturing, Hybrid Manufacturing, Materials: metals, biopolymers/composites, Materials Characterization

National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID)

Mark Davis
Lecturer
Engineering Studies

Unavailable.

Kelley Duran
Lecturer
Information and Computing Studies

Unavailable.

Yufang Liu
Visiting Assistant Professor
Liberal Studies

Teaching and Research Interests: Find the best practice models for teaching English to international deaf students.

Lisa Prinzi
Lecturer
ASLIE

Unavailable.

Mark Reynolds
Lecturer
Information and Computing Studies

Unavailable.

Jeni Rodrigues
Lecturer
ASLIE

Unavailable.

Aimee Whyte
Lecturer
Liberal Studies

Unavailable.

Saunders College of Business (SBC)

Duygu Akdevelioglu
Assistant Professor
MIS, Marketing & Digital Business

Teaching Interests: Introduction to Marketing, Social Media, New Product Development, Consumer Behavior, Marketing Management, Marketing Strategy  
Research Interests: Social Media, Social Networks and Consumer Communities

Jeffrey Arywitz
Visiting Lecturer
Management

Unavailable.

Steven Carnovale
Assistant Professor
MIS, Marketing & Digital Business

Teaching Interests: Supply Chain Management, Purchasing and Supply Management, Supply Chain Analytics, Global Logistics, Transportation, Demand Planning and Forecasting, Business Statistics, Operations Research
Research Interests:  Supply Chain Strategy, Network theory, Global Sourcing Strategies, Supply Chain Analytics, Risk Management, Graph Theory, Supplier Selection, Global Production Networks Econometric Modeling: Panel and Time Series Data Methods, Discrete Choice Modeling, Event Data Analysis

John Curran
Visiting Lecturer
Accounting & Finance

Teaching and Research Interests: Federal Income Taxation

Suzanne McCaffrey
Visiting Lecturer
Finance and Accounting

Unavailable.

Robert Vlosky
Visiting Lecturer
Management

Unavailable.

Keith Weber
Lecturer
MIS, Marketing & Digital Business

Teaching and Research Interests: Database Design, Data Analytics, Information Systems, Programming Systems Analysis, and Design Systems Consulting
Link to bio: https://saunders.rit.edu/directory/keith-weber

School of Interdisciplinary Studies (SOIS)

Makini Beck
Visiting Assistant Professor

Unavailable.

University Writing Program

Luke (James) Daley
Lecturer
Office of the Provost & Sr VP for Academic Affairs

Unavailable.

Matthew Houdek
Lecturer
Office of the Provost & Sr VP for Academic Affairs

Unavailable.