2012 Outstanding Alumni Award

Stephen L. Schultz

Stephen L. Schultz 1988, 1989
B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

This award is in recognition of Stephen's service to RIT. His diligent effort and generosity have contributed significantly to the growth of the university. This award is meant to honor those efforts and to express our appreciation for his dedication."

Stephen Schultz is the co-founder of Pictometry and serves as Pictometry's Chief Technical Officer. Schultz designed and developed the underlying technology for Pictometry's patented systems, including the flight planning, field capture, and end user software -- Electronic Field Study™, as well as designing and refining the products offered to the customer. As Employee #1 at Pictometry, he filled many roles in addition to engineering and technology and has been a member of Pictometry's Board of Directors since 1998. His leadership has helped grow the company to over 250 employees with 56 aircraft that have captured over 140,000,000 images in the United States and world wide.

Mr. Schultz's career in software engineering and design began in 1981 and then shifted to include imaging science when he went to work for the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1985. While there, he developed new technologies for use in a wide range of fields including environmental, military, medical, and earth analysis. He also was responsible for expanding the Center's computing infrastructure from two individual mini-computers to a network of over 100 workstations and servers.

Mr. Schultz earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the Rochester Institute of Technology and completed most of the coursework and research for a master's degree in computational imaging but left to found Pictometry before completing his thesis. While working at the center, Mr. Schultz also taught computer programming to Computational Imaging and Imaging Science majors as an adjunct professor. In 2007, he was honored by RIT with the Distinguished Alumni Award for the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences.

During his student and staff career at RIT, Mr. Schultz participated in all levels of student and government including: Student Directorate, where he working with a few other student leaders he rewrote their constitution to create the Student Government in place today; Institute Council, first as a student and later as a staff member; the Ombudsman Advisory Committee, where he helped design the program and helped select the first RIT Ombudsman; Campus Safety Advisor, where he was part of the selection committee for the director and new officers as well as on committees to review new policies; Reporter Magazine, where he was News Editor, Sports Editor, and Editor-in-Chief; and RIT Athletics, where he founded the Corner Crew, made significant contributions to elevate the women's soccer and hockey programs, created a matching fund for the Corner Crew Challenge to raise over $32,000 towards construction of new locker rooms, and most recently, pledged $1,000,000 towards the construction of a new ice arena.

Vicki Schultz

Vicki Schultz 1992, 1994, 1999
College of Imaging Arts and Sciences
Saunders College of Business

This award is in recognition of Vicki's service to RIT. Her diligent effort and generosity have contributed significantly to the growth of the university. This award is meant to honor those efforts and to express our appreciation for her dedication."

Vicki Schultz is a children's novelist, an award-winning author of parenting articles, and a volunteer fundraiser for local and national charities.

She is an alumna of Rochester Institute of Technology three times over, having earned an associate's degree in photography, a bachelor's degree in business (with high honors), and an MBA in marketing. She was hired by RIT's Office of Development upon graduation, after co-oping at the RIT Telefund. Her favorite role over the next six years was raising funds for scholarships and bringing together donors with the recipients of their generosity. In 1998, she received an Award for Outstanding Citizenship Within the RIT Community for her work on the Faces of Change Conference Committee–an event that encouraged young women to pursue careers in math, science, engineering, and technology. In 1999, she received the Richard P. Miller Award from the United Way of Greater Rochester for her work coordinating RIT's outstanding United Way Campaign. In 2000, Vicki joined the development team at the University of Rochester Medical Center, ultimately becoming a major gift officer for Golisano Children's Hospital.

When her first child was born, Vicki chose to stay at home and began writing parenting articles and young adult novels. She is a frequent contributor to Genesee Valley Parent Magazine and received a 2009 Silver Award from Parenting Publications of America. She has also been published in Rochester Baby Guide and the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle newspaper.

Vicki is a member of Rochester Area Children's Writers and Illustrators and heads fundraising efforts for the annual Rochester Children's Book Festival. For the past five years, she also co-chaired fundraising for the Rochester Walk Now for Autism Speaks.