Where Are They Now? - October 2015

Learn what your favorite retired faculty members are up to.

Where Are They Now? provides an update on a few of RIT's best known and most beloved faculty and staff retirees. You may be surprised to find out what they've been doing since they left campus!

If you have a favorite retired faculty or staff person you’d like to hear about, let us know! We’ll track them down where ever they are and update you in the next Tiger’s Tale. Email us to tell us who you’re interested in.

This month we feature retired faculty members Len Leger from the College of Imaging Arts and Science and Jasper E. Shealy from the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.


Len Leger — Professor from the College of Imaging Arts and Science
After retiring from the School of Print Media in 2002, Len Leger took a position as Executive Director, School of Piano Technology for the Blind in Vancouver, WA. He was looking for an opportunity to work with the blind and he found this school was a perfect fit for his skills.

In 2012, Len retired (for the third time) and has since been enjoying his two passions: staying fit and community service. Len is an avid hiker and so far this year has hiked to 32 waterfalls. He usually wears RIT gear on the trail and often finds people with positive connections to the great school. The Lions club provides community service opportunities with a focus on helping blind, deaf, homeless populations.

Len serves on the Board of the School of Piano Technology for the Blind where he met Ray Maly, a 1964 graduate of the Newspaper Management Program at RIT. Ray retired as the VP, Production for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and now lives in Vancouver, WA. He said he still stays in touch with Dr. Bob Hacker. Small world.

Len and his wife, Jen, will celebrate their 28th Anniversary in Hawaii. They love living in the Pacific Northwest and invite anyone they know to give them a shout. They had an opportunity to have dinner with associate dean, Dr. Twyla Cummings, and her husband when they visited Portland last summer. They both have fond memories of their time at CIAS.

Len’s email address is lenjen1@comcast.net or alumni and friends can call them at 360.883.2843.


Jasper E. Shealy — Professor from the Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Jasper “Jake” Shealy, retired head of the Industrial and Systems Engineering department in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, has continued to combine his passion for research, statistics and snowsports since leaving RIT in 2000. Dr. Shealy is Emeritus Principal and Human Factors Engineer at Guidance Engineering and Applied Research in Seattle, WA (www.guidanceengineering.com), where he has consulted since 2000. As the company’s “science overlord,” he continues to play an active role conducting ski safety research and is recognized as an expert in determining root causes of systems failures in winter recreational sports including skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and sledding, as well consumer product failures and industrial accidents.

Dr. Shealy is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Skiing Safety (ISSS). He also has been a co-investigator on the Sugarbush Ski Injury Research Project, with Dr. Robert J. Johnson and Carl Ettlinger of the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Vermont in Burlington. Together, they have conducted an ongoing study of skiing and snowboarding injuries at the Sugarbush Resort in Vermont. This study has continuously tracked injuries at Sugarbush since the winter of 1972/73 up to the present. The colleagues are also the authors of the ACL Awareness Project, and in 2006, co-authored “Do Helmets Reduce Fatalities or Merely Alter the Patterns of Death?” The findings described how helmets may be effective at preventing minor injuries, yet they have not been shown to reduce the overall incidence of fatalities in skiing and snowboarding. He continues updating the information and is called upon by media as an expert regularly.

Dr. Shealy is a sought-after snow sports safety speaker at conferences around the world. As a member of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the International Society for Skiing Safety (ISSS), Dr. Shealy served as F27 Vice-Chair from 1993 to 1999, Chair from 2000 to 2006 and Vice-Chair again from 2007 to 2014. He served as a technical delegate representing the U.S. at ISO meetings on matters relating to ski and snowboard equipment issues from 1990 to 2013. And he is the current chair of the Statistics subcommittee and past chair of the Ski Boot subcommittee. Dr. Sealy is also a regular co-editor of Skiing Trauma and Safety.

In 2011, Dr. Shealy returned to RIT’s campus to be inducted into the Industrial and Systems Engineering Academy, which recognizes individuals who have made an impact on the field of industrial engineering and contributed to the success of the ISE department and its students.

While Dr. Shealy’s research and conference presentations keep him very busy, they also allow him to personally enjoy his passion for snow sports. Last year he skied at Cortina, Italy and two years before that he skied at Cathedral in Patagonia, Argentina. Both trips were in conjunction with the International Ski Safety Society conference. On a non-snowy note, he will be going to China, Tibet, Nepal, India and Taiwan in November this year with his oldest granddaughter, Bella, as she goes to Taiwan to study Chinese. For alumni who are old enough to remember, Bella will be the same age as her mother Sarah was when she accompanied her father to China as an exchange professor in 1987.

Dr. Shealy and his wife, Lucy, have lived in Fairport, NY, since his retirement.