6 Indoor Activities to do during the Snow Season

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by Ruta Mangle, Telecommunications Engineering MS 

The winters in Upstate New York can go from being pretty decent to being a total disaster. As much as we all love snuggling in our blankets with a cup of hot chocolate, after a point even that gets boring. On a random casual evening or a weekend when you feel like hanging out with your friends, but you don’t know where to go or what to do..try one of these indoor activities with your friends and I bet you would have a lot of fun! The indoor activities mentioned below are all in Rochester, just a few miles away from campus.

1.  Bowling – Bowl-a-Roll

The good old bowling idea will never go wrong, competing with your friends on a bowling lane is nothing but exciting. At Bowl-a-Roll they offer good finger food, beer and great deals. Their weekend deal is as low as $1/lane post 9pm.

Address: 1560 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623

Visit https://www.bowl-a-roll.com/ for open hours.

2.  Laser Tag – Lasertron

Lasertron features a giant 9200 square foot laser tag arena. The arena is divided into two teams and the arena features four large ramp structures to get to the second level, a massive upstairs level, and eight bases.

Address: 1175 Marketplace Dr, Rochester, NY 14623

Visit https://rochester.lasertron.us/ for open hours.

3.  Bungee Jumping – Altitude Trampoline Park

With over 30,000 square feet of total space, Altitude Trampoline Park is a fresh, new entertainment option for friends, groups, and individuals to have active fun. Altitude Trampoline Park Rochester is an exciting addition to the area entertainment mix and is open all year, rain or shine. This park features high energy equipment such as a rock climbing wall, extreme dodge ball, foam pit, and much more entertainment.

Address: 3333 W Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14623

Visit https://altituderochester.com/ for open hours.

4.  Mystery Room – Great Escape Room

An escape room is a game in which a team of players cooperatively discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks in one or more rooms in order to progress and accomplish a specific goal in a limited amount of time. The goal is often to escape from the site of the game. The Great Escape Room has a variety of rooms and themes where and you can pick whichever you want based on the availability and your interest. Some examples of their interesting escape rooms are Professor Moriarty’s Gameroom, The President’s Bunker, Dr. Watson’s Infirmary, Sherlock Holmes’ Library and On The Run.

Address: 1150 University Ave Bldg 5, Suite 12A, Rochester, NY 14607

Visit https://thegreatescaperoom.com/rochester/ for open hours.

5.  Indoor Rock climbing – Rock Ventures

Indoor rock climbing is considered one of the most challenging and adrenaline-pumping sports, so if you want to get a workout in with your friends – just go for it. You have to plan and plot how you are going to climb the wall, where you are going to put your hands and feet and then compete with your friends to see who reaches on top first (without falling). This one is definitely my favorite and I am looking forward to doing it this winter.

Address: 1044 University Ave, Rochester, NY 14607

https://www.rocventuresclimbing.com/

6.  Go Karting Track – Pole Position Raceway

Experience real head-to-head go kart racing at Pole Position Raceway. They have high performance European indoor go karts which are capable of speeds approaching 45 mph, and that seems extremely fast when you are sitting just inches off of the ground trying to navigate a road course up to 1/4-mile in length! From a competition standpoint, their electric go karts are world class. Best of all, the action takes place inside their comfortable state-of-the-art climate-controlled facilities, and there are no smelly fumes!

Address: 17 Miracle Mile Dr, Rochester, NY 14623

Visit https://www.polepositionraceway.com/  for open hours.

#myRITstory – Nishi Prasad

Nishi Prasad 

RIT Program: Computing Security MS (projected graduation in 2020)

Hometown: Chennai, India 

Last summer Nishi completed a co-op with RIT and Eaton Corporation, testing embedded devices. The co-op opened doors for her at RIT as a student leader and connected her to the university and Rochester community. Through her engagement with the department as a Research Assistant and her involvement with Women in Cybersecurity (WiCyS) and RITSEC (a student club dedicated to “Security through Community”) Nishi has made a home for herself at RIT and is fully prepared to graduate in 2020.

Nishi has additionally been Co-captain of RIT’s Collegiate Pen Testing Competition Team (which took 2nd place in an international competition in November 2019), has instructed GenCyber Summer Camp, was chosen as the Computing Security Graduate Delegate for 2020 Commencement, and attended a Women in Cybersecurity Conference in Pittsburgh last March!

“My co-op over this past summer was with RIT and Eaton Corp. on testing their embedded devices (basically devices that are not as powerful as mobiles or laptops). My role involved performing a vulnerability assessment of a device given to the team by the company and test it for any vulnerabilities. Thereafter a report was written up highlighting any vulnerabilities (and their severity) that the team found in the device. I chose this co-op as it perfectly aligned with my interest in Embedded system security. Through this co-op, I developed a keen interest in penetration testing and reporting. And this just encouraged me to apply for the Documentation and Presentation lead on the CPTC team. So this co-op opened quite a few doors for me, some of which I never knew existed!”

Hear from Nishi in her own words via our YouTube video!

Interested in our Computing Security MS program? We are currently accepting applications on a rolling basis for the fall semester. Apply anytime online.

The Weekend Retail Shuttle

by Ankit Jain, Computer Science MS 

The weekend retail shuttle is a great resource for students who have limited means of transportation and/or are new to campus and wish to explore the communities near campus and stock up on groceries or catch a movie or play laser tag with their friends.

The shuttle operates starting Friday evening and continues until Sunday night. It primarily begins from Gleason Circle and goes to Park Point, Perkins, Residence Halls, Province and takes the students to the following outlets:

  • South Town Plaza (Trampoline Park, Bank of America, Dollar Tree etc can be found here).
  • Marketplace Mall
  • Target
  • Wegmans
  • Walmart
  • Regal Cinemas
  • Jefferson & Scutti Plaza aka Jay Scutti Blvd
    Some of the outlets here are Olive Garden, IHOP, McDonald’s, Chipotle, Wendy’s, Kohl’s, Texas Roadhouse, Panera Bread, Citizens Bank, USPS, Burlington, BJs, Michaels, The Home Depot, Denny’s, PiCraft pizza, Tim Hortons, Sprint, NaanTastic, etc.
  • Jefferson Plaza
    The plaza extends further ahead from the Jay Scutti Plaza and contains stores and outlets like Bar Louis, Sonic, Dunkin’ Donuts, Taco Bell, Starbucks, a couple of Indian restaurants, Chase Bank, etc.

Plan your weekend ahead as there’s a ton of things to do around RIT made easier by the Weekend Retail Shuttle.

Find the schedule herehttps://www.rit.edu/fa/parking/transportation/bus

You can also track the live location of the bus using the TransLoc Rider App that can be downloaded here: http://m.rit.edu/?utm_source=RITMobileApps&utm_medium=referrer

Apart from the Weekend Retail Shuttle, there are also two shuttles that take students downtown on Friday and Saturday nights respectively. The Park Avenue shuttle is the late night bus on Fridays to Park Avenue and Alexander Street. The Saturday evening bus is in partnership with RTS, to ensure students enjoy their nights out in the safest way possible while preventing individuals from drinking and driving. The late night bus on Friday to Park Avenue will have similar pickup locations as the Saturday night bus to East Avenue and Alexander Street. Pickup locations on RIT’s campus include:  Perkins Crosswalk, Lot K South, Tyler, Riverknoll (S Lot), and Park Point North. View the actual bus schedule here. All students may ride the late night bus to Park Ave for free with a valid RIT student ID, so don’t forget to bring with you. https://www.rit.edu/fa/parking/sites/rit.edu.fa.parking/files/pats/transportation/Schedule%20%20RIT%20ParkAveFridayNights%202019.pdf

Tiger East End Express TE3: The Saturday Downtown Shuttle also takes students to various clubs and bars located in downtown on Saturday nights and brings them back safely.

There is always something to be thankful for

If you are living in the United States and you love good food, great deals and long weekends then Thanksgiving weekend is a paradise for you. Thanksgiving Day began as a day where people took the opportunity of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and the Friday after Thanksgiving kickstarts the Christmas shopping season with promotional sales. This year, Thanksgiving Day is on November 28th, 2019 and Black Friday is on November 29th. This blog is to help you make the most out of the long weekend.

Travel

An important part of Thanksgiving is families coming together. Extended family members often travel long distances to share the day and Thanksgiving dinner with their loved ones. RIT students usually travel to various cities in the US to visit family and friends. The good news is RIT students can save money in transportations like planes, trains and buses. I have listed a few options below;

  1. Student Universe – Flight search and booking
  2. STA Travel – Flight search and booking
  3. Amtrak – Train service
  4. Eurail – Train service
  5. Greyhound – 20% off

For those who are not visiting family (especially international students for whom visiting their home country is not feasible within 4 days), there are a few attractions nearby worth exploring like Niagara Falls, Watkins Glen State Park, Hamlin Beach Park, Sodus Point Beach and lastly the sunsets at the beautiful Finger Lakes in Upstate New York. You can also visit nearby cities that are on driving distance like Buffalo, Syracuse, Ithaca and Hornell.

Things to do in and around RIT

Food

How does a perfect roast turkey with a side of cheese grits and corn pudding sound to you?

Enjoy the traditional thanksgiving meal in and around RIT, my personal recommendations are as follows;

On-campus – Join The Commons and Gracies for a Thanksgiving feast .

Off-campus – Boston Market, Cracker Barrel

Events

Keep an eye on https://events.rit.edu/ for on campus events around thanksgiving.

Shopping

On Black Friday, major retailers open around midnight or earlier with exciting deals for the entire day and sometimes all through the long weekend. The black Friday sale is on a variety of commodities ranging from clothing, footwear, accessories to electronics. I have listed a few stores and outlets near RIT where you can find great deals and splurge a bit.

Stores – J. C. Penny, Macy’s, Best Buy (Electronics)

Malls – Marketplace Mall, Eastview Mall, The Mall at Greece Ridge

Outlets – Fashion Outlets of Niagara Falls, Waterloo Premium Outlets

Online websites like Amazon, Samsung, Best Buy also offer great deals.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

A Gap Year with Disney

Kexin “Coco” Wang, Visual Communication Design MFA

“My internship experience was definitely irreplaceable in a sense that it allowed me to explore my own strengths, passions, and preferences as I was getting prepared to enter the real-world creative industry. Without all these hands-on experiences, I would have no idea of which career path or direction I should take even with all the technical and design skills that I had.”

Long time no see MasterRIT blog followers! A year ago I posted an article about my design intern life in NYC, soon after that, I had another valuable opportunity to work with Disney in California as a digital art director intern and my magical gap year journey started all from there. So today I am going to briefly blog about my experience with Disney in the past year and tell you a bit about what I’ve learned and gained which really made a big difference in my life.

First I want to point out that taking an entire gap year from grad school was a big decision for me. My original goal was to finish grad education as soon as I could and locate a job after, but I also couldn’t just let the opportunity go when it was offered on my plate. Since I did not have any work experience prior to graduate study, I thought it would be nice to gain some relevant workplace skills, knowledge, insights and passion for a field that I was interested in. Once I made up my mind, things just became much clearer and I believed professional experience is just as important as excellent academic records.

I worked at Disney’s in-house agency, Yellow Shoes and my job was to help the digital team create digital content that promotes Disney Parks and Resorts. The overall experience was definitely like “living the dream” – my family and I, like most people, are huge fans of Disney and it truly felt like a dream that I got to work for the company when I grow up. I was also fascinated by Disney’s corporate culture and how each individual employee enjoys going to work every day and creates the ‘magic’ every day to bring joy to the others. Even though every single individual plays a small role but the joint effort together connects people around the world. And I was so honored to be able to become part of that joint effort and deliver happiness to the people who have love and trust in the brand.

During the internship, I have also come across unusual opportunities where I got to work on a variety of real-world projects and execute them as well. And these are all based on my team’s trust on me and my partner, and the trust that we placed on ourselves. One time we were asked to come up with an April Fool’s day video which also promotes Disney World. We ended up having the most ridiculous idea of combining the park snacks with the iconic Mickey ears. We faced many difficulties along the way and almost didn’t think it would ever happen. But what was less expected was that we won the creative’s approval at the last minute and got to start the production which eventually led to a big success on April Fool’s day. We couldn’t have made it happen without the team leaders’ support and trust and it’s so rewarding to see your own idea coming into life and win the hearts of your audience.

Another thing I want to share is that internship creates great connections for you. Making new friends and building connections helped me step out of my personal comfort zone during the internship, and eventually made me feel at ease and even somehow “at home”. I was very lucky to have a great team to work with and was able to get all the support and help when needed. And working with different departments and teams is also a great way to acquire new skills and knowledge that can help in the future. Even just by sharing life stories with coworkers allow me to learn the career/life paths they took to get where they are today. I believe these connections and teamwork skills can probably have a lifelong benefit.

My internship experience was definitely irreplaceable in a sense that it allowed me to explore my own strengths, passions, and preferences as I was getting prepared to enter the real-world creative industry. Without all these hands-on experiences, I would have no idea of which career path or direction I should take even with all the technical and design skills that I had. It made me realize that with my skills and abilities, I would have the most added value if I work for a creative marketing organization. I am greatly appreciated and thankful to RIT’s co-op program which allowed me to grow and shine in a unique way. And I truly wish that everyone who is hoping to get an internship in the future will be able to enjoy their co-op experience and try to get the most out of it. And keep in mind, even if it’s not so much a good experience, it still helps you figure out a path you would want to avoid in the future.

How to prep for snow like a pro!

Ruta Mangle, Telecommunications Engineering Technology MS

If you grew up in a place where winter meant wearing a light sweater, you may be a bit scared to have moved to a colder city like Rochester. Your first winter doesn’t have to be a total disaster, though. Take note of these tips in order to survive (and even enjoy!) the freezing temperatures.

 

First things first: Wear Appropriate Clothing

Note: Hold off on buying cold-weather gear until you get to your school city.

  • Layer up with several thin layers – base, middle and outer.
  • Hats, scarves and snow gloves (2 layered gloves).
  • Glasses/goggles as needed.
  • Boots and shoes with rubber or neoprene-composite soles and non-slip tread.
  • Wear two pairs of socks.

Walk Cautiously

  • Use cleared paths when walking around campus.
  • Walk with short, flat strides and keeping center of gravity between your feet.
  • Assume all wet/dark areas are slippery or icy.
  • Wipe shoes/boots before entering a building to keep the entrance dry.
  • Report slippery conditions to FMS by calling 475-2842 or e-mail fms@rit.edu.
  • Report accidents to RIT Public Safety.

Drive Safely and Maintain Your Vehicle

For those who drive to or keep a car on campus, being prepared for winter weather is essential.

  • Use the correct tires and keep them properly inflated.
  • Check belts, hoses, battery and fluids regularly.
  • Keep the fuel tank at least half-full.
  • Take your time in snowy/icy conditions.
  • Keep the proper distance between you and the vehicle in front of you (3 seconds).
  • Always use your seatbelt.
  • Take care when getting in and out of your vehicle – this is when most slips happen.

Things to keep handy in car (mandatory)

  • Shovel
  • Windshield scraper
  • De-icer wiper fluid
  • Water
  • Portable phone charger, and extra batteries

Things to keep handy in car (for times when you might get stuck in traffic)

  • Battery-powered radio with extra batteries.
  • Flashlight with extra batteries.
  • Spare blanket.
  • Extra hats, coats and mittens.
  • Energy bars and snacks.

Other important tips

  • Plan for the weather the day before.
  • Plan on leaving early.
  • If you commute, only go when it’s safe.
  • Get food in advance.
  • Take care of your gloves and hat (it is very much likely that you would leave/drop them somewhere).
  • Protect important items and electronics in sealed plastic bins.

What to Do During a Snowstorm

  • Keep your thermostat as high as possible for as long as you have electricity.
  • Stay inside.
  • Limit travel to emergencies only.
  • Keep pipes from freezing by turning on every water faucet to a slow drip.
  • Stay hydrated with plenty of fluids.

While extreme weather can be very stressful to students living on campus, hopefully these tips will help you be prepared for the next hurricane or blizzard to come your way!

Don’t forget to ENJOY!

At RIT we embrace the snow and winter weather! Check out our Snow in 30 video to get a sense of what campus looks like during this season!

Grocery 101 @ RIT

by Kexin “Coco” Wang, Visual Communication Design MFA 

The first big flakes just fell last week, I believe a lot of students are trying to run to the grocery stores to stock up for their winter nourishment. In the meantime, the spring semester is just around the corner, and grocery shopping could become a big chapter of a student’s life after arriving on campus. Especially for some of the international students who don’t own a car, grocery shopping might become very hard sometimes. So I am going to list out some easy grocery shopping options for students who want to get familiar with the grocery situation around RIT so that that can better prepare for their new life here.

On-Campus Grocery Stores

– The Corner Store

The Corner Store is an on-campus convenience store located in Nathaniel Rochester Hall, on Level A. It offers all kinds of fresh produce, sandwiches and dairy products, snacks and beverages, etc. And it opens until 1 am for most of the time so it’ll be good for students who stay late studying on campus.

– Café & Market at Crossroads

This market-style shop is located in the Crossroads building in Global Village. It’s filled with a variety of grocery goods including fruits, vegetables, snacks and beverages, dry goods and even school supplies. And students could also order delivery to their meeting or room from their site. This will come in particularly handy when the weather’s not so good or students are just simply lazy.

-The Market at Global Village

The market is a place to get organic, local & international, ethnic, fair trade, and sustainable foods and other household goods on campus, located in Global Village.

-RIT FoodShare

The RIT FoodShare is a special program that’s created to offer the RIT community an opportunity and space to donate non-perishable items, swap out items they have for those they want, and/or take items they need. It’s located at 113 Riverknoll within the Apartment Area West office and each person can take up to five items per visit to the center.

Off-Campus Grocery Stores

– Wegman’s

Wegman’s is a popular grocery store near campus that a lot of students like to visit. It’s a Rochester-based, family-owned grocery chain that provides all sorts of groceries that you could think of. It’s also famous for its prepared food, extensive produce section, meats and cheeses. Another good thing is, RIT runs shuttles to Wegman’s too – students who don’t own a car, this is your great chance to get groceries off-campus.

-Walmart

There’s also a Walmart located a 5-7 min drive away from the campus, which offers a lot of back-to-school deals at the beginning of the semesters.

-Target

Target is also within about 6 minutes of drive from the campus. It’s located in the marketplace mall area, same as Walmart.

-Asia Food Market

This is the biggest Asian grocery store near campus (located on Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd) and I personally go there very often. Students could get authentic Asian foods and beverages, including some prepared meals as well.

-Spice Bazaar

Spice Bazaar is a grocery store specializing in Indian food and beverages, located on Jefferson Rd.

– International Food Market

International Food Market is a Turkish grocery store in Jefferson Plaza. Its kebab is very popular, and so as its Fresh and halal meat.

– Lori’s Natural Foods Center

Lori’s Natural Food Center provides the Rochester community with high-quality, healthy and fresh food and natural supplements, and it’s located on Jefferson Road.

– Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s is a bit distance from the campus – about 13-15 min of drive, but it does have a good selection of groceries with reasonable prices. It’s store brand also produces good quality stuff.

So these are pretty much all of the grocery stores that I could think of right now, I hope that it will help some of you who are new to the campus or are about to get to know the campus soon! Have fun grocery shopping in Rochester!

RIT Tunnel Guide

by Rashmi Jeswani, Information Sciences and Technologies MS student

Rochester gets cold during the winter. Bitterly cold. Once the snow starts falling and the temperature starts dropping, you begin questioning whether or not you want to go outside. Fortunately, RIT has an extensive tunnel system throughout the campus that can get you from class to class with minimal exposure to the elements. However, if you’ve ever been down there, you know that it takes some exploration to get the layout down. That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate guide to the RIT tunnels to get you on your way come wintertime. For reference, you can access maps of the tunnels on the FMS website.

Residence Hall Tunnels

Probably the most familiar tunnel system to most RIT students is the one that connects most of residential side together. Everyone who lives in the residence halls goes down there at some point, whether it be to go to Gracie’s during the winter or do your laundry. However, there are some hidden aspects of the system that you may not have seen if you have not spent too much time down there. You also might only be familiar with a small segment of the system that gets you to Gracie’s or the post office. Getting around in the tunnels can be a bit disorienting at first, so it’s good to know some major landmarks in the system. Your first landmark should be knowing the location you usually enter at, so at the very least if you get turned around, you can make your way back there. This could be any of the dozen or so entrances to the tunnel system, coming from any of the buildings on residential side. Some of the major landmarks include Sol’s Underground, the Corner Store, and the curved tunnel leading up to Gracie’s.

Academic Side Tunnels

The academic-side tunnels are a very different beast from the dorm-side tunnels. People use them a lot less, often favoring to brave the cold or walk through the upper levels of building rather than figure them out. There are three distinct systems on academic side, and they are not nearly as large as the dorm side system. There is a system connecting the SAU and the Eastman building, one for the Infinity Quad system, and the tunnels under Booth and Gannett halls. The SAU-Eastman tunnels begin directly under the bridge between academic and residential side, leading into the athletics area. The easiest way to get in, however, is right through the Center for Campus Life near the fountain. Behind the fountain, there is a stairwell that will lead you down into the lower level. The main tunnel system door will be right in front of you. To get to Eastman, head past the WITR studio and the elevators and stairwell into the building will be at the end of the hall. If you make a turn in front of the WITR studio, that hallway will bring you up to RITZ Sports Zone and the stairs to the SAU.

The Infinity Quad system connects the Wallace Library, Liberal Arts Hall, Gleason Hall, and Gosnell Hall together. You also have the ability to make it all the way to Louise Slaughter Hall without stepping outside via the pedestrian bridge that connects Engineering Hall and Golisano Hall. This system can be a bit confusing, especially in the twists and turns of the area under Liberal Arts Hall. However, once you get the hang of it, getting around is a breeze. Once you enter the library basement, head toward the large, glass walled classroom. Past this, you’ll enter the Liberal Arts Hall basement, which contains some of the larger lecture halls on campus, such as A201 or A205. The tunnel that leads you to the rest of the system is behind a set of double doors labeled in a recessed part of the basement next to some offices “TO ENGINEERING.” Don’t worry if those doors are shut, they keep them closed to make sure the heat from the various pipes does not overheat Liberal Arts hall.

Once you’re through there, you will have the option to walk straight through to Gleason, or make a left and head to Gosnell.  Getting all the way to Slaughter while staying inside involves heading up into Gleason, which connects to Engineering hall, and heading up to the second floor to get to the bridge. This will bring you across to Golisano. After you get there, head through the building until it connects to Slaughter Hall on the far end. Finally, you have the tunnels underneath Booth and Gannett.

Once you figure out the system, it’s almost as fast as taking the Quarter Mile to class every day. That said, make sure you know the system before using it five minutes before you need to be at class. Familiarize yourself with the routes one day so you’re able to navigate the tunnels like a pro when old man winter comes knocking.

 

#myRITstory – Jinkai Qian

Jinkai Qian, Print Media MS

“RIT graduates work in the knowledge-based positions…in both production management and upper management positions…they are the most knowledgeable about color, printing, and pre-media applications, as well as the production workflow.”

Turning points are pivotal moments in life in which decisive change occurs. For Shanghai native Jinkai Qian, one such turning point was when a professor from the Master’s Degree in Print Media (MS-PPRT) program at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) came to visit the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST). At the time, Jinkai was working on a Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Printing and was intrigued by the curriculum of the MS-PPRT program. Researching the RIT program further, he learned of the reputation of the program, including the extensive alumni network and impressive placement of graduates in meaningful jobs at major companies. This convinced Jinkai that his next move would be coming to the US to study at RIT in 2010.

At RIT, Jinkai went through the course sequence in the MS-PPRT program, which entails three academic semesters followed by thesis work. His coursework and thesis imparted the necessary skills that have helped Jinkai in his co-op experiences and subsequent career.

Jinkai names the STEM-based laboratory courses, which employ hands-on exercises that stress critical thinking and technical writing with the latest equipment as especially beneficial in his ensuing endeavors.

Jinkai took advantage of both Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) for paid co-op experiences. Both of his co-ops were on the print production side of the business, first at CSI in Virginia and then at The Matlet Group in Florida. His responsibilities included color management, managing job workflows, working in the pre-media department, and order handling.

After his co-op work, Jinkai joined the vendor side of the business with a technical applications job at Techkon USA, a major manufacturer of color measurement devices with offices near Frankfurt, Germany and Boston, MA. Among the award-winning products offered by Techkon USA are hand-held and scanning spectrodensitometers, quality assurance/ink formulation systems, and even a spectrophotometer designed for flexographic printing that measures traceable metrics on a web moving up to 300 meters per minute.

Jinkai supports Techkon’s customer base throughout North America for installations and on-site training and support. His responsibilities require regular travel to major printing companies throughout the region. In addition to supporting clients, Jinkai is regularly in touch with the software and hardware engineers in the corporate offices to make sure that the new products and updates meet the needs of North American printers. As such, Jinkai has been trained on the latest printing certifications, including as a G7 Expert, BrandQ Supply Chain expert, and Certified Color Management Professional by IDEAlliance.

Jinkai cites the key role of his RIT coursework in obtaining his current position. He believes that this helped him to secure the job over several other candidates, and stands as a testament to the relevance of the curriculum.

When asked if he meets RIT alumni in his work, he responds: “All the time! I meet RIT alumni at both production facilities and trade shows: RIT graduates work in the knowledge-based positions…in both production management and upper management positions…they are the most knowledgeable about color, printing, and pre-media applications, as well as the graphic production workflow.”

Today, Jinkai lives with his wife and young son in the Boston suburbs and is pursuing US-resident status, intending to stay long-term. Jinkai recognizes that his job at Techkon USA, obtained as a result of his STEM-based Master of Science in Print Media degree from RIT, is integral to his aspirations.

Read more about RIT’s MS in Print Media on our program website here. 

#myRITstory – RIT Alumnus Nodirjon Siddikov

Nodirjon Siddikov

RIT Program: Computer Science MS, 2011

Software Development, Travelfusion, London, UK

“RIT education contributed significantly towards my career. For example, it helped me establish professional networks, unfolded the career path ahead of me through on-site job fairs and company meetups, and also increased my confidence during job interviews through coding exercises and on-site mock interviews organized through RIT’s co-op office. While I was studying CS, I concentrated on distributed systems cluster and carried out a research about applying a data structure called “bloom filter” in cooperative caching algorithms. I decided to go extra mile, and presented and published my research paper in academic conference in Las Vegas the following year.”

Read more about Nodirjon’s experience here, on the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs website.

Nodirjon will be representing RIT today (Friday, September 27th) and tomorrow (Saturday, September 28th) at the Fulbright Commission USA College Day 2019 in London, UK!