College of Engineering Technology faculty are committed to both excellence in research and innovation and to ensuring that students understand the exciting ways that research informs learning. CET faculty and students have access to extensive robotics, electronics, materials (both metals and plastics), and metrology facilities. Researchers investigate topics varying from improving food safety and distribution to weapons deployment to telecommunications to drone testing. Sponsored research is funded by several agencies and industries and provides an enriched, hands-on learning opportunity for students.
Alstom Signaling designs and builds railroad signaling and communications systems along with sensor networks for rail asset management. CET has developed two academic credit courses in collaboration with Alstom Signaling: an introduction to configuration management and an introduction to requirements management.
The Alstom Transport facility in Hornell, N.Y., builds rail passenger cars and reconfigures existing cars. Alstom Transport would like to engage CET students through sponsored student projects to work on engineering challenges that their engineering staff lack capacity to tackle.
Rotork Controls designs and builds pneumatic and hydraulic valve control systems for the oil and gas industries. RIT’s Department of Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology provides training to Rotork’s field service employees and offers three levels of training in hydraulics and pneumatics.
Carestream Health designs and produces healthcare imaging systems for hospitals, clinics, and outpatient facilities. Wireless protocols are now required to be integrated into Carestream products, and Carestream must be in compliance with international wireless standards as well as U.S. wireless standards. Carestream has initiated a wireless testing research project in collaboration with Department of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Technology faculty and a selected ECTET student.
JMA Wireless is a fast growing manufacturer of connectors and antennas for the wireless industry. JMA Wireless produces products for major carriers and service companies. The company maintains a complete precision machining department in their Syracuse production facility. They wanted to increase the productivity and quality of their machine operators output and contacted CET to develop and deliver a training program in fundamental machining that combined classroom learning with hands on application in the machining department.
The American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) complements the planning, construction, and implementation of the Rochester, N.Y., testing assembly and packaging (TAP) hub by coordinating process development with equipment installation and qualification. Earlier related work focused on the planning, construction, and implementation of the Rochester hub by coordinating process development with equipment installation and qualification.
Many faculty in the Department of Civil Engineering Technology, Environmental Management and Safety are actively engaged in research related to sustainable civil infrastructure and environmental, health and safety systems. Faculty also work at embedding organizational and societal value in corporate environmental management systems and investigating methods for incorporating social responsibility as a measure of organizational excellence. Several faculty also engage in pedagogical research related to development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative teaching methods and tools for active learning, project-based learning, and field laboratory settings.
RIT had its best year ever for sponsored research funding. For fiscal year 2020, which ended June 30, RIT received 382 new awards totaling $82 million. The record funding follows almost $58 million in research expenditures in fiscal year 2019, also a record.
RIT recently received a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop course modules that will provide students with guidelines and best practices in standards information toward helping organizations manage crisis situations.
Dan Gabber, digital fabrication specialist in RIT’s College of Art and Design, has developed a creative solution for users of chemical respirators who also must protect against the spread of COVID-19: valve covers.