Message from the Dean

Doreen Edwards

Dean, Kate Gleason College of Engineering


At RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering, creativity and technology combine to create an educational experience where engineers become innovative problem solvers. Here, you will gain the deep knowledge to critically analyze complex problems and develop state-of-the-art skills to solve them. With an unparalleled foundation provided by our academic programs, you will have limitless opportunities to transform any idea into reality, and have a lasting impact on the world.


Learn while doing

Our cutting-edge academic programs balance theory and practice, enabling our students to become thinkers and doers. Course are taught by experienced, dedicated faculty members to impact the engineering knowledge employers and industry partners have come to expect from RIT engineering graduates. Laboratory classes and project assignments expose students to the state-of-the-art tools used in today’s engineering profession. Regardless of major, students have amazing opportunities to ideate, design, build, and test their concepts throughout the curriculum. Because complex problems rarely have simple solutions, our programs help students gain a better understanding of the social and economic contexts that affect how technology is used in the real world.

Graduate with experience

All of our undergraduate majors are five-year programs that include four years of academic study and approximately one year of cooperative education–paid professional work experience in a student’s field of study. Co-op is just one form of experiential learning. In the fifth year of study, students work in teams to complete an ambitious two-semester capstone design project where they collaborate with experienced engineers and corporate partners, research labs, non-profit organizations, and entrepreneurs to solve a pressing problem. Students can also participate in countless activities – such as design-and-build competitions, undergraduate research, entrepreneurship, study abroad, volunteering, and more – that round out their studies, provide cultural and community experiences, and enhance their student life at RIT. 

Discover and innovate

The faculty in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering are accomplished researchers and innovators. Research initiatives include nanomaterials, microelectronics and microfluidics, integrated photonics, batteries, sensors, signal and image processing, robotics, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, medical imaging, and advance manufacturing. Our faculty are passionate about sharing their joy of discovery and their remarkable appetite for innovation with undergraduate and graduate students alike.  

I encourage you to explore the Kate Gleason College of Engineering and RIT’s innovative and stimulating environment.    

Doreen Edwards
Professor and Dean
Kate Gleason College of Engineering