Alumni In The News

RIT alumni make news every day; winning awards, impacting industry, improving their communities and changing the world for the better. Here, we present some of the highlights from our alumni in the news.

  • Housing fund gamechanger for graduate
    Mon, 06 Aug 2018
    Shantinique Cowans 18 media arts and technology enrolled at RIT instead of at other colleges because she was offered a fulltuition scholarship through the DestlerJohnson Rochester City Scholars Program The scholarship though didnt cover housing expenses so she took out a loan her first year on campus The second year she Read more »

  • Alumnus designs label for RITthemed beer
    Mon, 06 Aug 2018
    When David Moffitt 07 film and animation began studying at RIT he never imagined he would design labels for beer inspired by his alma mater I didnt even like beer when I started college said Moffitt It wasnt until I took a class called Beers of the World that I realized that Read more »

  • Not quite love at first sight for RIT couple
    Mon, 06 Aug 2018
    Brianna Schlitt 11 13 psychology professional studies and Brynjar Leifsson 11 13 multidisciplinary studies deaf education thought it was love at first sight when they met on the RIT campus in 2009 But they later learned they had attended the same elementary school shared some of the same teachers and even Read more »

  • Kathy Carcaci named RITs 2018 Volunteer of the Year
    Mon, 06 Aug 2018
    One of RITs longest serving staff members now has a new title RITs 2018 Volunteer of the Year Kathy Carcaci 95 applied arts and sciences who retired as manager of staff recruitment and a senior human resources representative in January after 52 frac12 years will accept the award on Oct 19 Read more »

  • Networking trips expose student to opportunities
    Mon, 06 Aug 2018
    To get a position in the financial leadership development program with aerospace company BAE Systems Emily Young 18 finance had to stand out in two days of interviews The first activity was a dinner where she had to talk to people in the program in a social setting I had done Read more »

  • CEO of optics company senses bright future
    Mon, 06 Aug 2018
    Michael Oshetski 03 electrical engineering was watching the sun rise from an airport in Hong Kong when he turned to his good friend and coworker Atul Pradhan and asked if he wanted to start a company We are both tired and hes like Sure yeah whatever Im like No really do you Read more »

  • Study abroad experience highlight for hospitality student
    Mon, 06 Aug 2018
    Connor Draughn wanted to get out of his comfort zone and try something new so the hospitality and tourism management major decided to spend a semester studying at RIT Croatia I learned a lot about myself said Draughn who is from Raleigh NC For sure it is a highlight of my Read more »

  • Brian Hall named Outstanding Alumnus of 2018
    Mon, 06 Aug 2018
    To say that Brian Hall 78 MBA has made a big impact on his alma mater is an understatement He chaired the committee that paved the way for mens hockey to move from Division III to Division I in the 20052006 season Womens hockey followed in 2012 From 2012 to 2015 Read more »

  • RIT contributes to success of photonics initiative
    Mon, 06 Aug 2018
    RITs Future Photon Initiative is developing a system of qualitycontrol protocols for a national photonics manufacturing hub located in Rochester The system will test and validate photonics devices produced at the American Institute for Manufacturing AIM Integrated Photonics facility RIT a Tier 1 Academic Member of AIM Photonics is building software and Read more »

  • Alumna creates feminist art and clothing line
    Mon, 06 Aug 2018
    Shehzil Malik 14 visual communication design is a designer who has extensive experience as an advocate for social change She believes in gender equality with every fiber of her being and hopes her work can help women around the world realize the power they have as individuals From Lahore Pakistan Malik creates Read more »

  • Celebrating 50 Years at the Henrietta campus
    Mon, 06 Aug 2018
    The sixties turned sour in 1968 A decade that began with optimism suddenly saw an escalating Vietnam War two assassinations and a nation in civil unrest Yet at RIT the future was looking a little sweeter The campus was moving from downtown Rochesterwhere it had been since 1885 to fields in the town of Read more »

  • RIT Hillel founder leaves lasting impact
    Mon, 06 Aug 2018
    By 1954 Mike Blain 57 printing had survived the Holocaust and the Korean War and wanted a college education The 26yearold was interested in printing and journalism so he went to the Veterans Administration in Manhattan for advice on where to go to school The man said Oh Ive got the Read more »

  • Inventors develop ring to combat cyber threats
    Mon, 06 Aug 2018
    Most couples would agree that living together and working together can be tough on a relationship But husbandandwife entrepreneurs and RIT graduates Steve and Melanie Shapiro wouldnt have it any other way The pair is celebrating the success of their third startup Token an identity technology company that manufactures a Read more »

  • Software engineering projects build career
    Mon, 06 Aug 2018
    Robert McLaughlin 18 software engineering has made an augmented reality sandbox turned a table into a touch surface for a computer and helped create a digital assistant similar to Amazons Alexa before Alexa came out McLaughlin worked on the projects in his spare time with other members of the Society of Read more »

  • Osher at RIT offers fall classes for the 50plus learner
    Fri, 03 Aug 2018
    Thinkers ages 50 and beyond can join a class and learn something new this fall at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rochester Institute of Technology Osher offers a free fall course preview session at 10 am on Aug 9 and registration begins at 10 am Aug 14 The 10week fall term begins Read more »

  • RIT adjunct professor creates Frederick Douglass monuments bringing history to life
    Mon, 23 Jul 2018
    An adjunct professor in RITs School of Art has created three magnificent monuments with more to come to honor Frederick Douglass living legacy as a man and freedomseeker and his 25 years in Rochester NY that resulted in some of his most influential lifes work Olivia Kim is shaping and molding 13 Read more »

  • RIT names Ellen Granberg as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs
    Thu, 12 Jul 2018
    Rochester Institute of Technology has named Ellen Granberg as its new provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs Granberg who is currently serving as senior associate provost at Clemson University joins RIT on Aug 19 and will be the first woman in the universitys history to serve as provost which is Read more »

  • New bachelors degree at RIT focuses on the humancomputer relationship
    Tue, 10 Jul 2018
    Cole Johnsons two favorite things are people and tech With the help of a new major at Rochester Institute of Technology he figured out a way to mix the two and got a job doing it In spring 2018 Johnson became the first student to graduate with RITs new bachelors degree in human Read more »

  • RIT MAGIC Center names new leadership
    Mon, 09 Jul 2018
    David Long associate professor in Rochester Institute of Technologys College of Art and Design has been appointed director of RITs Center for Media Arts Games Interaction and Creativity and MAGIC Spell Studios Long who earned his doctoral degree in color science from RIT in 2015 is founder and chair of the motion Read more »

  • RIT Venture Creations companies place in accelerator competition
    Mon, 02 Jul 2018
    Two client companies in Rochester Institute of Technologys Venture Creations incubator have won recognition and prize money from the New York statefunded Luminate NY accelerator program Positive Science won third place in the competition and 250000 and Molecular Glasses won 10000 and the Audience Choice Award during the Luminate NY Light Today Read more »