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RIT Expertise

Paul Harris

RIT gives your company access to experts that provide real solutions to real challenges. Whether you need help with new technology, intellectual property licensing, applied research and problem-solving, or consultation from someone who knows your field, RIT faculty and administrators can be the connection to knowledge you need to succeed.

RIT expertise covers topics you’d think of such as sustainability, engineering and computing security, as well as some you might not think of like behavioral health, public policy and global urban planning. Click on the links below for a sampling of some of our world-recognized experts, or for information on how to leverage RIT’s expertise, contact Paul Harris, Executive Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations.

No one knows imaging like RIT

RIT-based inventions and innovations in imaging science and remote sensing have made their way into countless products around the world. With one of the only Ph.D. programs in imaging science, RIT researchers continue to forge new paths in applying these unique technologies to global challenges such as sustainable city planning, effective agriculture, and environmental degradation.

In addition, RIT’s long-standing leadership in imaging and color science has had an immeasurable impact on industries including computer hardware design, gaming and new media, machine learning, smartphone design, and entertainment industry technology.

Just one example of technology that has been attractive to our company partners is the inventions of Dr. Roy Berns. Dr. Berns is a world-recognized leader in accurate color imaging for remote sensing, camera systems and printing applications. His expertise includes spectral imaging, digital archiving, and reproduction; art conservation science; spectral-based color reproduction; and multi-ink printing.

Dr. Berns developed a system and method for multi-spectral image capture of a first scene. His system includes acquiring a first series of images of the first scene with one or more image acquisition systems and filtering each of the first series of images of the scene with a different non-interference filter, illuminating each image of the first series of images with a different illuminant, or acquiring each of the images of the first series of images with a different image acquisition system. Each of the image acquisition systems has at least one color channel, each of the non-interference filters has a different spectral transmittance, and each of the illuminants has a different spectral power distribution.

This patented system is currently licensed to large and small companies such as Sinar Photography AG, a Swiss manufacturer of cameras and lenses, and FluxData, a Rochester-based company that develops and manufactures multispectral and polarimetric imaging systems for aerospace, defense, industrial, medical and scientific markets.

Who do you call when disaster strikes?

With combined expertise in fields like remote sensing, systems engineering, civil engineering, and environmental health and safety management, RIT provides outstanding leadership in disaster management and response. In addition to research and education leadership in the variety of fields that make up incident planning and response, RIT is a U.S. Department of Labor OSHA Training Institute education center.

Dr. Jennifer Schneider is one of RIT’s leaders in this important field. She is the McCarthy Chair and professor in the Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management & Safety. Prior to coming to RIT, Dr. Schneider worked in corporate environmental health and safety for Kodak, Mobil and ITT/Goulds. Her particular areas of expertise include critical infrastructure emergency planning and disaster management, application of risk analysis and decision systems theory to determine community level critical infrastructure, and impact on emergency management systems and target capabilities. She studies exposure assessment, modeling of exposure scenarios, particularly hazardous material emergencies, and requisite response planning.