#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!”

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

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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.