Director Dave Schwartz highlighted in the Rochester Business Journal

RIT picks director for School of Interactive Games and Media

Rochester Business Journal
August 19, 2015

Rochester Institute of Technology has selected David Schwartz as director of its School of Interactive Games and Media.

Schwartz joined RIT’s B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences in 2007 and has served as assistant professor, associate professor and undergraduate program coordinator for the School of Interactive Games and Media.

“I’ve always enjoyed bringing the engineering, physics and mathematics mindset into game development and helping students to not be afraid of it,” said Schwartz, whose school is part of the Golisano Computing College, in a statement Tuesday. “Most recently, I’ve been researching and developing educational engineering simulation games.”

Before coming to RIT, Schwartz taught computer programming at Cornell University. After founding the Game Design Initiative at Cornell in 2001, Schwartz went on to help create an academic minor in game design—the first formal Ivy-League game design program.

The Princeton Review named RIT one of the top schools in the world to study video game design for 2015. RIT’s game design and development program was ranked sixth at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.