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The primary evaluation criteria for the RIT Board of Trustees Scholarship Award (as expressed in Policy E12.2) are as follows:

  • Demonstrated record of excellent scholarship at RIT over a sustained period.
  • Scholarship must be integral to, and not separated from all aspects of a student's education experience at RIT.
  • Scholarship that fits within one or more of the following classifications: teaching/pedagogy, application, integration, or discovery.

These criteria can be further delineated through metrics that help distinguish exceptional candidates from the candidate pool. These metrics are grouped into two major categories plus professional information (see below). Candidates applying for the Trustees Scholarship Award will be asked to complete application material that directly aligns with these metrics.

Process for Nomination and Selection

Each college will establish a process whereby a faculty committee annually nominates up to three faculty members for consideration to receive a Trustees Scholarship Award; the dean of the college in consultation with department chairs will select one of the college nominations to forward to the provost. The provost in consultation with the deans will select and rank four college nominations to submit to the Education Core Committee.

The four ranked nominations will be mailed to Education Core Committee members by February 20. Recipients will be determined at the April Education Core Committee meeting. Recipients will be celebrated at an annual dinner in spring quarter along with the Eisenhart Teaching Award winners and also acknowledged at the May Commencement Ceremony.

Recipients of the Trustees Scholarship Awards will receive their choice of a taxable cash stipend or a non-taxable discretionary fund grant of equal amount to support their future scholarship activities. The amount of the stipends or grants each year will be determined by the Education Core Committee.

Metrics for Assessing Qualifications for the Trustees' Scholarship Award

Quantity, Quality and Impact of Scholarly or Creative work on the Field of Study over a sustained period:

  • Number of peer-reviewed publications; measure of quality based on journals, conference publications, awards, citation counts/impact factors, or other measures of impact as appropriate.
  • Number of scholarly books published; measure of quality based on publisher, awards, reviews, citation counts/impact factors, or other measures of impact as appropriate.
  • Number of textbooks published; measure of quality based on publisher, awards, or other measures of impact as appropriate.
  • Number of exhibitions or performances of creative work; measure of quality based on awards, reviews, or other measures of impact as appropriate.
  • Number of peer-reviewed published games, computing applications, or software; measure of quality based on publisher, breadth of use, awards, reviews or other measures of impact as appropriate.
  • Number of museum collection acquisitions; measure of quality based on reputation of museum, visitor count, reviews, or other measures of impact as appropriate.
  • Number of manufactured products; measure of quality based on manufacturer, sales of product, reviews, or other measures of impact as appropriate.
  • Number of judged national or international competition award winners; measure of quality is reputation of competition, depth of competition, reviews or other measures of impact as appropriate.
  • Impact of intellectual property as exhibited by the number and impact of patents granted and/or revenues resulting from commercialization of intellectual property or other measures as appropriate.
  • Other external recognition or validation of scholarly or creative work, as demonstrated through membership on prestigious committees, editorships, professional society awards, or other external validation.
  • Where applicable, the amount and sources of funded research.

Quantity, Quality, and Impact of Scholarly or Creative Work on Students over a sustained period including:

  • Quantity of student engagement, based on the number of students involved in scholarly or creative works and whether these students were undergraduates or graduates.
  • The quality of student engagement, including whether students were observers, contributors, co-authors, or participants in exhibitions, associated with the creation or dissemination of the scholarly work.
  • Evidence of sustained efforts in student mentorship.
  • Impact of student engagement, through qualitative presentation of how scholarly and creative work enhanced students' learning or affected students' courses of study or career pathways.

Professional Context

  • Educational and professional background.
  • History of prior Trustee Scholarship Award nominations including changes in the impact on the field of study and students since the last nomination.
elizabeth cherry


Elizabeth Cherry, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, School of Mathematical Sciences
Director, Ph.D. Program in Mathematical Modeling
College of Science

  • Joined RIT in 2010
  • PI or co-PI for multiple research grants totaling more than $2.5 million
  • Recipient of numerous awards, including Outstanding Faculty of the Year award by RIT’s School of Mathematical Sciences and the College of Science
  • Author or co-author of 52 peer-reviewed publications, four book chapters, and 21 published abstracts, which have been cited more than 3,600 times according to Google Scholar
  • Serves as an editorial board member for the journal Chaos and review editor for the journal Frontiers
  • Has served on panels for the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, and other science agencies in Austria, France, and the United Kingdom
  • Has supervised five doctoral and six master’s degree students at RIT
  • Ph.D., computer science, Duke University; BS, mathematics and American studies, Georgetown University
stefan preble

Stefan Preble, Ph.D.
Professor, Microsystems Engineering Ph.D. Program
Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

  • Joined RIT in 2007
  • PI or co-PI on numerous research grants totaling more than $5 million, including two Department of Defense young faculty awards (Young Investigator Program award from Air Force Office of Scientific Research [AFOSR] in 2010; and DARPA Young Faculty Award in 2009)
  • Research interests include silicon photonics, integrated photonics, quantum photonics, photonic packaging, UV integrated photonics, III-V / silicon hybrid lasers and bio-photonic sensing
  • Leader of two initiatives (optical fiber packaging and integrated photonic design education) for the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics), a Manufacturing USA institute headquartered in Rochester, N.Y.
  • Author or co-author of more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, 58 conference proceedings, 35 invited talks, and more than 1,500 citations according to Google Scholar
  • Has one patent and three are pending
  • Advisor for six postdoctoral scholars, 11 Ph.D. students, eight MS students, and 27 undergraduates during his career
  • Ph.D., MS, electrical and computer engineering, Cornell University; BS, electrical engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology

Matt Huenerfauth, Ph.D.
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

John Ettlie, Ph.D.
The Mandelon L. and Richard N. Rosett Professor
Saunders College of Business

  • Joined RIT in 1999
  • PI or co-PI for grants of more than $750,000 from the National Science Foundation and private industry
  • Author or co-author of more than 100 refereed articles, publications, and proceedings, and 11 case studies
  • Authored and co-authored seven books on manufacturing, research and development, and technological innovation
  • Conducted industry research for Ford Motor Company, Motorola, General Motors Corporation, SAP, Inc., the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, and the Manufacturing Studies Board
  • Work on new product and process development and msanufacturing innovation published in the Academy of Management Journal, the Academy of Management Review, the Journal of Management Studies, Management Science, Research Policy, the Journal of Operations Management, and the California Management Review
  • Served as associate editor for Decision Sciences, the Journal of Operations Management, and the International Journal of Flexible Manufacturing Systems, as well as on the editorial boards of the Columbia Journal of World Business and the Academy of Management Journal
  • Ranked 8th among innovation management scholars by the Journal of Product Innovation Management
  • Ph.D., organization theory and BS, industrial engineering, Northwestern University

Carlos Oscar Lousto, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Mathematical Sciences
College of Science

  • Joined RIT in 2007
  • PI or co-PI for more than $9 million in research funding from the National Science Foundation and NASA for the study of black holes, gravitation, and computational relativity
  • Author or co-author of more than 130 articles featured in Physics Letters, the International Journal of Modern Physics, Physical Review, and Classical Quantum Gravity
  • Research interests include gravitational radiation, black hole physics, theory of fundamental strings and membranes, and quantum eld theory
  • Recipient of the Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for the observation of gravitational waves
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society
  • Referee of Physical Review Letters, Physical Review D, Classical and Quantum Gravity, General Relativity and Gravitation, and the International Journal of Modern Physics D
  • Hundreds of research presentations at international gravitation and relativity conferences in Europe, Japan, and North and South America
  • Advised or co-advised nine master’s and Ph.D. level students
  • Ph.D., physics, University of Buenos Aires; Ph.D., MS, astronomy, National University of La Plata

Risa Robinson, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

  • Joined RIT full time in 1998
  • Current research involves engineering models and technologies to assess the health impact of tobacco products with a focus on regulating new and emerging nicotine delivery systems
  • Director and founder, Respiratory Technologies Laboratory at Kate Gleason College of Engineering
  • PI or co-PI for more than $3 million in external funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Department of Defense, and private industry
  • Author or co-author of more than 58 publications featured in refereed journals and conference proceedings, including Biomedical Engineering, Physical Review E, the Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, the International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, and Aerosol Science and Technology
  • Member, NIH and NSF review panels; ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) program evaluator for ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engr.)
  • Recipient of the Kate Gleason College of Engineering Excellence in Research Award, the Award for Excellence in Student Outcomes Assessment; named an American Cancer Society Research Scholar
  • Recipient of the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE) Fellowship at Drexel University
  • Advised 22 master’s and Ph.D. students and several cohorts of undergraduate students
  • Ph.D., mechanical engineering, University of Buffalo; MS, imaging science and BS, mechanical engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology

Denis Cormier, Ph.D.
Earl W. Brinkman Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

  • Joined RIT in 2009
  • Current research interests include 3D printing, additive manufacturing, and flexible electronics.
  • PI or co-PI for more than  $10 million in external funding from the National Science Foundation, federal and state government entities, and private industry
  • Author or co-author of more than 50 publications featured in refereed journals and conference proceedings, including Acta Materialia, Annals of Biomedical Engineering, the Journal of Materials, and the Rapid Prototyping Journal.
  • Awarded US patent for methods and apparatus used in rapid prototyping
  • Member of the editorial advisory boards for Additive Manufacturing, the Rapid Prototyping Journal, the International Journal of Additive and Subtractive Materials Processing, and associate editor for the International Journal of Rapid Manufacturing
  • Advised 21 graduate students since joining RIT, several of whom have received best paper awards
  • Founding member of American Society for the Testing of Materials (ASTM) F-42 sub-committee developing standards pertaining to additive manufacturing and 3D printing
  • Ph.D., industrial engineering, North Carolina State University; MS, industrial engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo; BS, systems engineering, University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia

James Perkins
Professor and Graduate Director, Medical Illustration
College of Health Sciences and Technology

  • Joined RIT in 1998
  • Sole illustrator or significant contributor to 47 textbooks or reference texts and contributing illustrator to 37 others
  • Author or co-author of ten scholarly articles featured in the Journal of Biocommunication, and Scientific American
  • Work has been featured in exhibitions across the US and internationally
  • Recipient of the British Medical Association Illustrated Book Award and the Award of Excellence, Illustrated Book Award from the Association of Medical Illustrators
  • One of seven finalists internationally for the Giliola Gamberini Award from the Association Européenne des Illustrateurs Médicaux et Scientifiques and the University of Bologna
  • Illustrated three book covers and 25 magazine covers, including the Pathologic Basis of Veterinary Disease, Case Studies in Oncology, HER2 in Oncology, and Advances in Glioma Therapy
  • Provided illustrations for 50 peer-reviewed journal articles including Science and Medicine, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Biophotonics International, and the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
  • Led initial accreditation process of graduate medical illustration program by the Association of Medical Illustrators
  • Fellow of the Association of Medical Illustrators
  • MFA, medical illustration, Rochester Institute of Technology, BA, biology and geology, Cornell University

Andreas Savakis, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Computer Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

  • Joined RIT in 2000
  • Published work has been featured in Pattern Recognition, the Journal of Electronic Imaging, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, and several book chapters
  • Research interests include digital image processing and computer vision, object detection and tracking, scene understanding and hardware acceleration of imaging algorithms
  • Recipient of the IEEE Region 1 Award for Outstanding Teaching and the Best Paper Award, 9th International Symposium on Visual Computing 2013
  • Advisor for more than 30 graduate students in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Ph.D. in Imaging Science and Ph.D. in Computing and Information Sciences
  • Department head of computer engineering at RIT, 2000-2011
  • American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at the University of Rochester and the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth
  • Serves as associate editor of the Journal of Electronic Imaging
  • Awarded several patents related to image processing, image databases and tracking objects
  • D., electrical engineering, North Carolina State University; MS/BS, electrical engineering, Old Dominion University

Jan van Aardt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
College of Science

  • Joined RIT in 2008
  • Current research interests include forestry vegetation inventory and physiological assessment, species diversity, foliar biochemistry, and scaling of remote sensing estimates
  • PI and co-PI for more than $2.7m and $1.3m, respectively, in awarded research funding while at RIT, including grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, US Department of Transportation (USDOT), and Google
  • Research has been featured in several refereed journals, including the IEEE Transactions of Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing, the South African Journal of Botany, the Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, and Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, conference proceedings and seven book chapters
  • Recipient of the College of Science Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award and the RIT Millionaire’s Club Award
  • Member of the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium’s Technical Program Committee & the National Ecological Observatory Network’s (NEON) waveform lidar technical working group
  • Adviser or co-adviser for 11 undergraduate and 18 graduate students while at RIT
  • D., MS Forestry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA); Hons., B.Sc. Forestry, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa



Manuela Campanelli, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Mathematical Sciences & Astrophysical Sciences and Technology Program
Director, Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation
College of Science

  • Joined RIT in 2007
  • Research interests include gravitational physics, numerical relativity, computational astrophysics, black holes, gravitational waves, magnetohydrodynamics and accretion disks.
  • Research has been published in many refereed journals including Physical Review Letters, and was highlighted by the American Physical Society's Focus, New Scientist, Astronomy, and the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory's LIGO Magazine
  • Recently invited to present work at the Texas Symposium in Dallas in celebration of Fifty Years of Relativistic Astrophysics, the Laboratory of Laser Energetics at the University of Rochester, The Mathematical Research Institute in Berkeley, Calif., and Fudan University in Shanghai, China
  • Founding director of the RIT Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation
  • Principal Investigator for multiple NSF and NASA funded research projects
  • Marie Curie Fellow, Max-Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics, Germany
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society and past Chair, Topical Group in Gravitation
  • Ph.D, physics, University of Bern; MS/BS, applied mathematics, University of Perugia;

Jennifer Schneider, Sc.D., CIH
Civil Engineering Technology Department
Environmental Management & Safety
College of Applied Science and Technology

  • Joined RIT in 1997
  • Research interests include risk and decision-making, critical infrastructure, community resiliency and sustainability, and hazardous materials process safety.
  • Served on the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) review committee, and testified before the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure concerning infrastructure risk management
  • Recipient of the commendation for meritorious service for hazmat response, the New York State Pollution Prevention award, and the ITT excellence in engineering award
  • Serves as the Russell C. McCarthy endowed chair in CAST
  • Principal Investigator on research grants from the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Labor, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Appointed to NY Respond Commission, and member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Offshore Windfarm Safety & Health
  • Sc.D., industrial hygiene, University of Massachusetts Lowell , MS industrial hygiene University of Rochester, BA Comprehensive Science: Chemistry & Biology, Roberts Wesleyan College

Seth Martin Hubbard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics
Associate Professor in Microsystems Engineering
College of Science

  • Joined RIT in 2006
  • Graduate faculty, Center for Materials Science and Engineering, Carlson Center for Imaging Science and the Golisano Institute of Sustainability
  • Member of the NanoPower Research Laboratory (NPRL)
  • Research is focused on quantum photovoltaics devices, materials growth and device design as well as novel sensors using nanostructures.
  • Author/co-author of 21 peer-reviewed journal papers and more than 36 conference proceedings since 2006. Author of 2 book chapters on quantum photovoltaics.
  • Associate editor, IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics
  • Principle investigator (PI) or co-PI on over 35 grants & contracts totaling over $10,000,000
  • Graduated one Ph.D. student in microsystems engineering and seven M.S. students in materials science and engineering and electrical engineering, and has advised 19 undergraduate research projects across both the College of Science and College of Engineering.
  • Publication chair and member of organizing committee, 38th and 39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC)
  • Recipient of the RIT Principal Investigator Millionaire Award
  • Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Materials Research Society (MRS)
  • Ph.D, electrical engineering, University of Michigan; MS, electrical engineering, Case Western Reserve University; BS magna cum laude, physics, Drexel University

Brian J. Landi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Department
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

  • Joined RIT in 2006
  • Co-author of 92 total publications including 49 journal articles, 40 conference proceedings and 3 book chapters
  • Co-author of 72 oral and 43 poster presentations at national and international conferences
  • Presented 16 Invited talks with notable presentations at the OECD, NASA Headquarters, Air Force Research Labs, Naval Research Labs, and NY Advanced Energy Conference
  • Principal investigator (PI) or co-PI for $4.8 million in grant funding
  • Reviewer for several journals including Energy and Environment Science, Chemical Communications, and the Journal of Materials Chemistry
  • Co-organizer for 2013 Materials Research Society "Transport Properties in Nanocomposites" and 2013 American Chemical Society "Advances in Materials for Batteries" symposia
  • Submitted four patents related to carbon nanotubes and lithium ion batteries
  • Advisor for student chapter of American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Member, Materials Research Society (MRS), American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), American Chemical Society (ACS)
  • Ph.D., Microsystems Engineering, RIT; MS/BS Chemistry, RIT

Joel Kastner, Ph.D.
Director, RIT Laboratory for Multiwavelength Astrophysics
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
College of Science


  • Joined RIT in 1999 as Associate Professor
  • Research focus includes star and planet formation; late stages of stellar evolution; X-ray, optical/IR, radio imaging and spectroscopy; image processing algorithms and systems.
  • More than 30 refereed publications in the last 3 years
  • Author or co-author of over 110 refereed publications since 1989
  • P.I. of over 40 grants & contracts totaling over $2,700,000 since 1997
  • Lead or co-organizer of 20 conferences and professional seminars on astronomy and astronomical imaging since 1991
  • Awarded Bantrell Postdoctoral Fellowship, MIT Haystack Observatory
  • Former panel member: NASA Hubble Space Telescope Proposal Reviews, NASA Spitzer Space Telescope Proposal Reviews, ESA XMM-Newton Space Telescope Proposal Review, National Radio Observatory Very Large Array Proposal Reviews, NASA Galex Space Telescope Proposal Review, Chandra X-ray Observatory Science Program Review
  • Prior referee of astronomical research papers for the journals Astrophysical Journal, Astronomical Journal, Astronomy & Astrophysics, and Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
  • Ph.D./MS, Astronomy, University of California; BS, Physics, University of Maryland

Eli Saber, Ph.D.
Department of Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

  • Joined RIT in 2004 as associate professor
  • Graduate Program Director for the Electrical and Microelectronic Engineering Department
  • Director of the Image, Video and Computer Vision Laboratory
  • General Chair for the International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP) 2012
  • Area Editor for the Journal of Electronic Imaging
  • Secured over $3 million in external funding as a Principal Investigator (PI) and as a co-PI in partnership primarily with faculty in Imaging Science since 2004
  • Awarded 5 US Patents for digital printing with 3 additional patents pending
  • Holds over 90 conference and journal publications
  • Co-Author of a Book on "Advanced Linear Algebra for Engineers with MATLAB"
  • Professional service includes serving as a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the IEEE Industry Technical Committee on Digital Signal Processing (DSP), the Imaging Science and technology (IS&T) Committee and the IEEE Image and Multidimensional Digital Signal Processing (IMDSP) technical Committee.
  • Has presented at several recent international conferences
  • Ph.D., MS, Electrical Engineering, University of Rochester; B.S., Electrical and Computer Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, State University of New York at Buffalo



Roy Berns, Ph.D.
Richard S. Hunter Professor
Munsell Color Science Laboratory
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science

  • Joined RIT in 1984
  • Research focus is using color and imaging sciences for the visual arts, particularly paintings, including 3-D imaging and computer-graphics rendering; spectral-based imaging, archiving, and reproduction; pigment mapping; visible-fluorescence imaging, colorant selection for inpainting, digital rejuvenation, and image rendering as a function of object and reproduction sizes. This research is collaborative with the Museum of Modern Art, the National Gallery of Art, and Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The primary sponsor of this research is the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
  • Received scientific achievement awards from the Inter-Society Color Council, the Society of Imaging Science and Technology, and the Colour Group of Great Britain.
  • Author of the third edition of "Billmeyer and Saltzman's Principles of Color Technology" as well as more than 200 publications.
  • Since 2000, PI on 9 sponsored research projects totaling more than $3.3 million dollars and three major research initiatives which support the mission of the R.S. Hunter Professorship and the Munsell Color Science Laboratory.
  • Developed both the MS and Ph.D. programs in color science and established the Macbeth-Engel, Grum, Saltzman, and DuPont Fellowships, all in color science
  • Past member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Colour and active in the International Commission on Illumination (CIE).
  • Ph.D., chemistry, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI); MS and BS with high honors, textiles, University of California at Davis

Joseph P. Hornak Ph.D.
The Mandelon L. and Richard N. Rosett Professor
Saunders College of Business

  • Joined RIT in 1984
  • Areas of specialization include nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, magnetic resonance imaging, physical chemistry, and analytical chemistry
  • Founder of the RIT Magnetic Resonance Laboratory, a research and development lab devoted to solving real world problems with magnetic resonance.
  • Co-authored with students 23 peer-reviewed publications, 62 conference presentations, three patents, and four book chapters
  • Author of two popular, open source, hypertext books The Basics of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and The Basics of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • First Wiedman Professor of Medical Imaging, 1989-1991
  • Author or co-author of 42 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles and numerous book chapters, continuing medical education articles, conference proceedings; an invited lecturer, and reviewer of several peer-reviewed journals, abstracts, and research proposals
  • Has held numerous external appointments including:
    • Guest Professor, Henan University, Kaifeng, Henan, China
    • Editor-in-chief of the John Wiley & Son's Encyclopedia of Imaging Science and Technology
    • Guest Researcher, Leibniz Institut für Polymerforschung, Dresden, Germany
    • Visiting Professor, CNR Centro per la Medicina Nucleare, Naples, Italy
    • Advisory Board, Imaging Science Initiative, Pacific NW National Laboratory, Pasco, WA
    • Visiting Professor, Radiology Department, University of Birmingham, AL
    • Principal Investigator, NY State Center for Electronic Imaging Systems, Rochester
    • Adjunct Associate Professor of Radiology and Biophysics, University of Rochester Medical School
  • Ph.D., chemistry, University of Notre Dame; MS, physical chemistry, Purdue University; BS with honors, chemistry, Utica College of Syracuse University; post-doctoral work in ESR spectroscopy at Cornell University

Marc Marschark Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Center for Education Research Partnerships
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

  • Joined RIT in 1993
  • Areas of teaching and research interest include relations of language, cognition, and learning by deaf students in formal and informal settings; language, cognitive, and social development of deaf children; sign language interpreting
  • Recipient of more than 30 awards, special roles, and grants, including grants totaling more than $4 million in the last three years from the Nuffield Foundation, Daisy Marquis Jones Foundation, National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
  • With funding from private foundations, he created the website, where parents and teachers can go for evidence-based information on raising and educating deaf children
  • Editor and founder of the Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education; series editor, Perspectives on Deafness and Professional Perspectives on Deafness: Evidence and Application; National Advisory Council, Willie Ross School for the Deaf, advisory board member, University College London, Centre for Deafness, Cognition, and Language; Scientific Committee, Master's Program for Interpreting/Teaching NGT, Hogeschool Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Author or co-author of 20 books and edited volumes and more than 100 articles, chapters and monographs
  • Honorary Professor, Moray House School of Education and Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh, and School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen
  • Ph.D. and MA, psychology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada; and BA, psychology, Cornell University

James J. Winebrake, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Science, Technology and Society/Public Policy
College of Liberal Arts

  • Joined RIT in 2002
  • Areas of specialization include alternative fuels and transportation technologies, energy and environmental policy analysis, and modeling and analysis of energy and environmental systems
  • Founding member and co-director of the RIT Laboratory for Environmental Computing and Decision Making
  • Director of the University-National Park Energy Partnership Program
  • PI or Co-PI on more than 20 grants and funded research projects including funding totaling more than $3 million while at RIT
  • Author or co-author of two books and nearly 130 articles, book chapters, reports, presentations and proceedings
  • Honors and activities include serving as technical expert, New York Climate Action Plan; committee member, National Research Council/National Academies of Science; energy committee member, Transportation Research Board; principal investigator affiliate, University Transportation Research Center; and research affiliate, Sloan Foundation Industry Centers and Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute
  • Ph.D., energy management and policy, Center for Energy and the Environment, University of Pennsylvania; MS, technology and policy, MIT; and BS cum laude, physics, Lafayette College

Michael S. Stinson, Ph.D.
Research Faculty and Professor
Department of Research and Teacher Education
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

  • Joined RIT/NTID in 1978
  • Research focuses on improving the effectiveness of technologies that support communication access and learning for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in a mainstream setting and developing pedagogy and classroom management strategies that promote the social development of deaf students
  • Known nationally and internationally for his groundbreaking work in developing and refining C-Print real-time, speech-to-text transcription system
  • Over 25 years, has published one book, 27 monographs/technical reports, 16 book chapters, 50 articles in referred journals and 150 national/international invited presentations
  • Involves students in the design of prototypes for new versions of C-Print and in the development and testing of C-Print Pro™ software
  • PI and grant administrator for 13 funded proposals from NSF totaling more than $5.2M
  • Ph.D. and MA, educational psychology, University of Michigan; BS, psychology, University of California, Berkeley

John R. Schott, Ph.D.
Frederick and Anna B. Wiedman Professor
and Head, Digital Imaging and Remote Sensing Laboratory
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science
College of Science

  • Joined RIT in 1980
  • Research interests are based on applying the principles of physics to the field of aerial and satellite remote sensing resulting in four thrusts: conversion of remotely sensed data to physically meaningful values, physics based synthetic scene generation, advanced sensing instruments including design and development of RIT's Modular Imaging Spectrometer Instrument (MISI), and advanced image analysis algorithms with an emphasis on incorporation of physical models
  • One of original proponents of RIT's first Ph.D. program in imaging science
  • Mentored more than 24 Ph.D., 76 MS, and 50 BS students in his research
  • Authored 34 publications (journal, book chapter or book), 137 conference proceeding presentations, 82 technical reports for sponsors and 60 other miscellaneous pieces of scholarships
  • Fellow of the International Society of Optical Engineering (SPIE)
  • Author of widely-used textbook, now in its sixth printing
  • Ph.D., environmental science, remote sensing, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science &anp; Forestry (SUNYCESF), Syracuse University; MS, environmental engineering, remote sensing, SUNYCESF, Syracuse University; BS, physics/mathematics, magna cum laude, Canisius College; graduate studies in biophysics, University of Buffalo; graduate studies in business administration, Canisius College

David J. Axon
Department of Physics
College of Science

  • Joined RIT in 2002
  • Internationally known expert in the field of astronomical polarimetry and the physics of Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN)
  • Published nearly 200 referred papers which have received over 5000 citations
  • One of three RIT faculty listed on the ISI list of international research leaders in his or her field
  • Pioneered the use of Infra-red polarimetry in astrophysics
  • One of first "multi-frequency" astronomers working in every waveband from x-ray through the radio
  • Research has been supported by $1.4 million in grants secured as both PI and Co-PI; these funds have supported 5 undergraduate research scholars. A sixth scholar was funded by a College of Science Dean's Summer Fellowship. All undergraduate research scholars presented at the RIT Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • Spearheaded the introduction of the Senior Capstone Research Thesis, a mandatory, 9-credit undergraduate research component of the physics degree
  • Primary architect of the Ph.D. in Astrophysics Science and Technology
  • BSc with honors in theoretical physics and Ph.D. in astronomy, University of Durham, United Kingdom

Richard A. Hirsch
School for American Crafts
College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

  • Joined RIT in 1987
  • World renowned ceramic artist, author, lecturer and juror
  • Recipient of an honorary doctorate from the Tainan National University of the Arts, the premier art graduate school in Taiwan, later this spring
  • Founding member, Program in Artisanry, Boston University
  • In 2004, 36 former students organized an exhibition of their work as a testimony to his remarkable skills as both an artist and teacher
  • Work appears in numerous book publications and is represented in many museum collections including The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; The National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia; Taipei Country Yingko Ceramics Museum in Taipei, Taiwan; The Renwick Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institute; the George R. Gardner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto; The Museum of Art and Design, New York City; and the Everson Museum of Fine Arts in Syracuse
  • Exhibition record dating back to 1970; most recently, "Recollections," with Michael Rogers at the Pittsburgh Glass Center; and "Patination," with Michael Rogers at the Clark Gallery in Lincoln, Massachusetts
  • Recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship
  • Member of the International Ceramic Academy and the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts
  • BS, State University College at New Paltz; MFA, Rochester Institute of Technology

Santosh K. Kurinec, Ph.D.
Department of Microelectronic Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

  • Joined RIT in 1988
  • World renowned researcher in the field of electronic materials and their application to microelectronic devices
  • Partnered with Dr. Santhanam, director of the Materials Science and Engineering Program, to create the combined BS/MS in microelectronic engineering and materials science
  • Recipient of many external grants, including a $1 million curriculum development grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Publisher of six book chapters and more than sixty research publications
  • Recipient of external funding to support start-up companies that support Ph.D., masters and undergraduate scholarship.
  • Increased industry support to the program by increasing the number of industrial affiliate members from 14 to 20 over five years
  • Selected as a finalist for 2007 Engineer of the Year Award by the Rochester Engineering Society
  • Invited presenter at the World Science Forum in 2006 and Semiconductor Industry Association Capital Hill meetings in 2006 and 2007
  • Ph.D., MS and BS — physics, University of Delhi, India; postdoctoral research associate, University of Florida

Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, Ph.D.
Arthur J. Gosnell Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
College of Liberal Arts

  • Joined RIT in 2000
  • Research interests include environmental economics, natural resource economics, ecological economics, development economics, international trade theory and the interface of economics with philosophy and political science
  • Published five books, 137 articles in refereed journals and 260 book reviews
  • Named in a recent study as one of the 500 top economists in the world
  • Given more than 150 invited presentations at conferences and universities nationally and internationally
  • Recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Geoffrey J.D. Hewings Award of North American Regional Science Council in 2003, the Moss Madden Memorial Medal of the British and Irish Section of the Regional Science Association International in 2004, and Outstanding Achievement in Research Award from the Society for Range Management in 2006
  • Created the Gosnell Lecture Series in Economics
  • Ph.D., agricultural and resource economics, University of California at Berkeley; MS, agricultural and applied economics, University of Minnesota; BS with honors and distinction, agricultural economics, Cornell University

Michael J. Amy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Foundations Department
College of Imaging Arts and Sciences

  • Joined RIT in 2000
  • Scholar of Renaissance Art and Architecture
  • Published more than 180 reviews of exhibitions of contemporary art in Art in America, Sculpture and tema celeste
  • Article entitled, "Michelangelo's Drawings for Apostle Statues for the Cathedral of Florence" published in Viator, a highly respected scholarly journal of the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, published annually
  • Recipient of numerous fellowships, scholarships, grants and awards
  • Member of the International Association of Art Critics/AICA-Belgium, Italian Art Society, Renaissance Society of America, and College Art Association
  • Author of a book and numerous articles, essays, encyclopedia entries, artists' profiles, book reviews, interviews and papers published in national and international publications
  • National and international guest lecturer and panelist
  • Ph.D. and MA, New York University, Institute of Fine Arts; BA, magna cum laude, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Department of Art History and Archaeology

Bruce W. Smith, Ph.D.
Professor of Microelectronic Engineering
Intel Professor of Research and Technology
Director, Center for Nanolithography Research
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

  • Joined RIT in 1988
  • Author of more than 90 peer-reviewed journal publications, many including student co-authors, several book chapters and a textbook on microlithography
  • Holds 18 U.S. patents
  • 2007 Fellow of SPIE - the International Society for Optical Engineers
  • Internationally recognized expert and leader in the field of optical nanolithography
  • Developed water immersion nanolithography used in the semiconductor industry
  • Working with Crolles2 Alliance in Crolles, France, during academic year 2007-2008
  • Recipient of more than 2.5 million dollars in external funding for research
  • Given lectures and seminars and taught courses for industrial and research groups
  • Founder of Amphibian Systems, a start-up company in the RIT High Tech Incubator, focused on building lithography research and development systems for high resolution excimer laser nanolithography
  • Ph.D., Center for Imaging Science; MS and BS, photographic and imaging science, RIT

Ryne P. Raffaelle, Ph.D.
Professor, Microsystems Engineering and Physics
Director of NanoPower Research Labs
Department of Physics
College of Science

  • Joined RIT in 1999
  • Research areas include photovoltaics, solar cells, nanotechnology, and quantum dots
  • Received over $6 million dollars in grants over the past four years
  • Held eight visiting scientist positions and four consulting positions in recent years
  • Co-PI on RIT New York State Star Center Grant
  • Core Faculty Member of the Microsystems Ph.D. program
  • Advisor to 15 graduate students, including 4 current Ph.D. students and 3 current MS students
  • Author of over 100 journal articles, conference proceedings, and books with a select group of ten in major journals over the past 4 years
  • Given numerous plenary address to national conferences, keynote addresses, and other invited talks
  • Ph.D., physics, University of Missouri-Rolla; MS and BS, physics, Southern Illinois University

Satish G. Kandlikar, Ph.D.
Gleason Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Kate Gleason College of Engineering

  • Joined RIT in 1980
  • Fields of expertise include flow boiling heat transfer, critical heat flux, two-phase flow, microchannels and minichannels, heat exchanger design and analysis, numerical simulation of heat transfer and fluid flow, CFD software packages, cooling of electronic components, transient heat transfer
  • Established the Thermal Analysis and Microfluidics Laboratory at RIT
  • Author of two dimensionless groupings in his paper, "Heat Transfer Mechanism During Flow Boiling in MicroChannels," Journal of Heat Transfer, Vol 126, pp 8-16, 2004
  • Published 48 peer-reviewed journal articles, 28 within the last five years and 94 conference papers, 47 since 2001
  • Filed one patent in 2004 with six additional disclosures during 2003-05
  • Supervised 42 MS theses and one doctoral dissertation to completion — that student was the first to earn a Ph.D. in Microsystems Engineering
  • Currently supervising 3 additional MS theses and 3 doctoral students
  • Chaired three international conferences cohosted by RIT and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers with a fourth planned in June 2006
  • Cofounder of the E-Cubed Fair for middle school students in the Rochester region
  • Ph.D. and M.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India; BE (Mechanical), Marathwada University, India

Harry G. Lang, Ed.D.
Professor, Research and Teacher Education
National Technical Institute for the Deaf

  • Joined RIT in 1970
  • Conducted research in science teaching and learning theory
  • Created and disseminated scholarly work through 6 books, 4 monographs, 2 books currently under review by publishers, 3 books in progress, 13 chapters, 38 articles in referred journals, and 20 other publications
  • 30 invited keynote or plenary addresses and 63 professional presentations, both national and internationally, and to researchers from the American Educational Research Association, the premier professional body of American educators/scholars
  • NSF grants — Clearinghouse on Mathematics, Engineering, Technology and Sciences (COMETS), a multi-year project; Classroom of the Sea; and Access to English and Science Outreach Project (AESOP), a multi-year project leading to 8 regional workshops to provide training in developing lesson plans for difficult to teach science topics.
  • Ed.D., Science Curriculum and Teaching, University of Rochester, MS, electrical engineering, RIT, BS, physics, Bethany College, West Virginia