Each college selects one undergraduate student and may also select one graduate student to represent degree candidates from the college—students whose overall personal achievement demonstrates the ideals of RIT including, but not limited to, academic achievement.
From Bel Air, Md., Elizabeth graduates with a BFA in film and animation. While at RIT, she created two short films called Feets and Jack. Both have been screened in multiple film festivals, including the Animation Block Party in Brooklyn, N.Y. Elizabeth also helped develop two games called “Elderberry Trails” and “Well Wishes,” which were selected to represent RIT at the Game Developers Conference. In addition to being a member of the RIT Honors Program, Elizabeth is a founding member and former president of the Animation Club as well as a recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award. In 2019, she served as a production intern on the Cartoon Network series Craig of the Creek. Elizabeth plans to pursue storyboarding or character design in the animation industry after graduation.
From Bothell, Wash., Granville graduates with an MFA in photography and related media. Prior to this, he graduated with a BFA in art photography from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University as well as an associate in arts from Mesa Community College. Granville’s photography has been displayed in numerous shows across the country, including two solo exhibitions in Phoenix, Ariz. At RIT, he received the Richard Stanley Award and served as the president and co-chair of a photo arts collective called The Draft. Granville plans to pursue artist/teaching residencies and will be teaching photography online after graduation.
From Lexington, S.C., Jarod graduates with a BS in management information systems. While at RIT, Jarod re-established the Business and Technology Professionals Club. Within one semester, the club had more than 30 members. In 2018, he served as the president of Phi Kappa Psi. During his term, Jarod helped the fraternity improve its national ranking on community service, professional development, and academic accreditation. It went from #97 to #2 nationally. Additionally, Jarod completed co-ops at Google and Napatech and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity as well as the Boys and Girls Club in Rochester. Following graduation, he plans to work at Google in San Francisco.
From Bronx, N.Y., Carmyn graduates with an MBA. In 2019, she graduated magna cum laude from RIT with a BS in international business. Carmyn is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the RIT Trustee Scholarship as well as the Alfred L. and Ruby C. Davis Leadership Award. Her professional experience includes an internship at Canon U.S.A. as well as a co-op at BMW Manufacturing. While at RIT, Carmyn worked as a student financial assistant with the Division of Marketing and Communications and a graduate resident assistant with the Center for Residence Life. After graduation, Carmyn plans to work at BMW Manufacturing in South Carolina in the Engineering and Operations Management Development program.
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From Montclair, N.J., Barrington is graduating with a BS in game design and development. His professional experience includes co-ops at RIT’s MAGIC Spell Studios, 20th Century Fox, and Unity Technologies. During his time at RIT, Barrington worked on a variety of projects, including one called MetroGnome. He presented it at the Intel University Showcase and won first place in the Microsoft Image Cup Game Jam. Additionally, Barrington was a member of the RIT Honors Program and served as a Unity Ambassador, IGM Ambassador, and Triseum Educational Games Ambassador. Following graduation, he will work as a technical artist on the Graphics Research and Development Team at Unity Technologies.
From Chennai, India, Nishi graduates with an MS in computing security. Prior to this, she graduated from SASTRA University with a degree in electronics and communications. Her professional experience includes working in India at the Ministry of Defense, Freshworks, Inc., and Photon Interactive. At RIT, Nishi volunteered at several events, such as the Girls in STEM Fair and the Rochester Security Summit. As the co-captain of the university’s Collegiate Pentesting Competition team in 2019, Nishi helped her team place second internationally. She also completed co-ops with Eaton Corporation and Signify. Following graduation, Nishi plans to continue working as a penetration tester at Signify.
From Shrewsbury, Pa., Anthony graduates with a BS/MS in mechanical engineering. His professional experience includes an internship at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., where he created a new event algorithm and expanded the applicability and efficiency of Henon’s Method for event detection. During his internship, Anthony wrote and presented a conference paper at the 2019 AIAA/AAS Astrodynamics Specialist Conference. Additionally, Anthony has interned at Stanley Black & Decker as well as Moog Inc. At RIT, Anthony served as the lead on a multidisciplinary senior project that is building RIT’s first prototype ground station. Anthony plans to pursue a full-time position with the Department of Defense after graduation.
A Fulbright scholar from Siberia, Russia, Sergei graduates with an ME in sustainable engineering. Prior to this, he graduated with a master’s degree in chemistry and a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from Siberian Federal University. His professional experience includes working at RN-Vankor in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, as the chief specialist of the Gas Infrastructure Development project. In that role, Sergei was responsible for two complex investment natural gas projects. Sergei has also worked as a process engineer at JSC Achinsk Oil Refinery of Eastern Oil Company in Achinsk, Russia. At RIT, Sergei discovered his passion for renewable energy. Following graduation, he plans to pursue a position in a solar energy company.
From Ewing, N.J., Caty is graduating with a BS in computer engineering technology. In addition to being a member of the RIT Honors Program, Caty is a recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award. Since 2018, she completed four co-ops as a computer engineer for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). At RIT, she worked as a learning assistant for a Multivariable Calculus and Differential Equations course and as a tutor through the RIT K-12 program. In addition, Caty has volunteered with Women in Technology and the Pentecostal Assembly of Christ Church. After graduation, she will work full time as a design engineer for the U.S. DoD.
From the Dominican Republic, Raynier graduates with an MS in manufacturing and mechanical systems integration. He also graduated from RIT with an MBA in 2016 and a BS in industrial engineering from Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic. At RIT, he worked as a teaching assistant for the Automation Control Systems laboratory and as a graduate research assistant at the Center for Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly. In 2019, Raynier interned at HP. Prior to that, he worked as a lean manufacturing engineer at CooperVision as well as a process and manufacturing engineer at Eaton Corporation. Raynier plans to pursue a career in program management and/or systems engineering in a leading technology company after graduation.
From Albion, N.Y., Madeline graduates with a BS in dietetics and nutrition. She is a recipient of the RIT Trustee Scholarship and served as the president of the RIT Student Dietetic and Nutrition Association. As a nutrition educator, Madeline provided nutrition education and counseling to fellow students at RIT. In 2019, she worked at the University of Rochester Medical Center as a patient menu assistant. While serving in this role, she received the Employee of the Month Award for Strong Staffing and the Strong Star Award. Madeline plans to pursue her dietetic internship at Cleveland Clinic and an MS in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine after graduation.
From Mechanicsburg, Pa., Bridget graduates with a BS/MS in physician assistant. She is a recipient of the RIT Presidential Scholarship and Nathaniel Rochester Society Scholarship. In addition to being a member of RIT’s Honors Program, Bridget also served as the student program representative of the New York State Society of Physician Assistants and worked for RIT Sports Medicine. Since 2019, Bridget completed 10 clinical rotations in New York and Pennsylvania. Most recently, she completed an emergency medicine rotation at Highland Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. Following graduation, Bridget plans to pursue a career in surgery.
From Rochester, N.Y., Amanda graduates with a BS in applied arts and sciences. Amanda is the founding CEO of WinutRx, Inc., which developed a medication interaction application to help those with chronic illnesses adhere to precise diet restrictions in order to maintain optimal health. The software educates patients, making it easier for them to adhere to their prescribed medications. Due to her efforts, Amanda has received numerous honors, including being named as one of the Top 50 Healthcare Technology CEOs by Technology Innovators and a recipient of the RIT Austin McChord Gap Year Scholarship. Following graduation, Amanda will continue running her company and pursuing a master’s degree in health informatics at RIT.
From Orchard Park, N.Y., Karl graduates with an MS in professional studies. He currently works at Fisher-Price as a lead staff designer. Since he started in 2005, Karl has designed products for the preschool, infant, and baby gear categories. Among his many accomplishments, Karl has led product development that has added $60 million of incremental growth for Fisher-Price’s infant market category in Asia. Karl also designed the Kid Tough Digital Camera, which received the Toy of the Year Award in the preschool electronics category. Previously, he worked at Hasbro on brands such as NERF, Tonka, GI Joe, Star Wars, and Transformers. Following graduation, Karl plans to pursue new careers paths that will contribute to Fisher-Price’s product development efforts.
From Ithaca, N.Y., Brienna graduates with a BS in museum studies. In 2018, she completed an internship at Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y., where she cataloged a collection of role-playing games. The following year, she interned at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. At RIT, Brienna served as a consultant on an engineering senior capstone project. Her findings from the project were presented at the Museum Association of New York’s annual conference. Following graduation, Brienna plans to attend graduate school for linguistics.
From Rochester, N.Y., Emily graduates with an MS in communication and media technologies. She works at Manning & Napier as an RFP information specialist, where she writes, researches, and completes requests for proposals (RFP), requests for information, and due diligence questionnaires as well as working on other external communications. Prior to this, Emily held a position as a mid-market client services associate at the same firm (2015-2017) and completed an internship at the Smithsonian Institute’s Office of Advancement, where she worked on the launch of the museum’s 2014 fundraising campaign. Following graduation, Emily plans to continue her current career in finance writing and communications.
From Vietnam, Truc graduates with an AS in applied liberal arts. She also graduated with an associate of deaf education degree from Dong Nai University in Vietnam. While attending school overseas, Truc served as an instructor for Deaf students in Grades 4 and 6. She taught them how to read and write in Vietnamese. During her time at RIT, Truc has served in numerous capacities, such as a teaching assistant for the American Sign Language for New Signers program, summer transition education program assistant, and peer advisor for freshman seminars in 2018 and 2019. Following graduation, Truc plans to acquire a BS and MS from RIT before returning to Vietnam to teach.
From Cairo, Egypt, Alaa graduates with a BS in biotechnology and molecular bioscience. She is a recipient of the United States Agency for International Development STEM Undergraduate Scholarship. In Egypt, Alaa interned at the Biomed Pharmaceutical Company and in the Molecular Department of Royal Blood Diagnostic Lab. As a research assistant, she worked in RIT’s Virology Lab as well as the Cancer Biology Lab. Her research has been presented at the Rochester Academy of Science and the American Society of Cell Biology. Following graduation, Alaa plans to pursue a Ph.D. in genetics.
From Santa Clarita, Calif., Spencer graduates with a BS/MS in bioinformatics. In 2016, he graduated with an associate in the arts in math and sciences from the College of the Canyons. Spencer is a recipient of the David M. Baldwin Memorial Scholarship and the RIT Presidential Scholarship. During his time at RIT, Spencer served as a graduate teaching assistant for a Molecular Modeling and Proteomics course as well as a laboratory technician assistant and bioinformatics systems administrator at Gosnell School of Life Sciences. Spencer has also served as a BRITE REU undergraduate researcher at Boston University and a graduate researcher at Rochester General Hospital. Following graduation, Spencer will work at the Center for Clinical Systems Biology at Rochester General Hospital.
From Rochester, N.Y., Leah graduates with a master of architecture degree. In 2013, she graduated with a double major, a BA in psychology and in archeology, technology and historical structures from the University of Rochester. Leah currently works as an architectural designer at Passero Associates in Rochester. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer and web designer. During her time at RIT, Leah worked as a graduate assistant in the master of architecture program and at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. In addition to serving as the president of the American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Students at RIT, Leah was named the AIA’s New York State Student of the Year in 2018.
From Weihai, China, Baisong is pursuing a BS in management information systems from RIT China. Baisong completed internships at PeakValley Capital, MasterCard, and China Asset Management, where he assisted in industry and market research. In addition to being the recipient of three National Scholarships of China, Baisong conducted research on the applications of financial technology (fintech) in China and published one paper in the Journal of Computational and Applied Mathematics. Baisong plans to pursue an advanced degree and found a startup company for fintech and related applications after graduation.
From Karlovac, Croatia, Domagoj graduates with a BS in web and mobile computing. Among his many achievements, Domagoj is the recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award. In addition, he has served as a tutor for Mobile Application Development 1 and Software Design Principles and Patterns courses. Domagoj gained a rich professional experience through an internship at King-ICT and as an external associate for Kelteks d.o.o., where his team designed and implemented an industrial process optimization solution. Following graduation, Domagoj plans to obtain a Ph.D. and run his company, Embeddeberry, along with his business partner.
From Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Irina graduates with a BS in international business. She completed a co-op with Global Seaways S.A. in Greece, working in operations and accounting. At RIT Dubai, Irina served as the vice president of Student Government and as the captain of the women’s volleyball team. She is a recipient of the President’s Cup and was part of various volunteer activities on and off campus. Following graduation, Irina plans to pursue a career in management consulting.
From Vushtrri, Kosovo, Ibrahim is graduating with a BS in applied arts and sciences. He is the recipient of the United States Kosovo Diplomatic Observer Mission Scholarship, the RIT Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award, the Excellence in Student Life Award, and the RIT Kosovo Ambassador Scholarship. He was also the first third-year student to receive the RIT Kosovo Outstanding Student Scholarship. During his studies, he worked at RIT Kosovo’s Admissions Office as an admissions assistant, and as the head tutor and office coordinator in the Academic Support Center. Most recently, Ibrahim worked as a human resources assistant at IPKO Telecommunications and in RIT’s Human Resources Department. Ibrahim is eager to pursue an MS degree in strategic management after graduation.