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.
2016 Outstanding Scholars
Eleven students from the School of Interactive Games and Media have been named RIT Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars. This award recognizes excellent academic achievement by undergraduate students. Students selected for this award have a minimum grade point average of 3.85 out of 4.0, have completed a minimum of 83 credit hours towards their degree, and have demonstrated engagement in the community.
This year’s Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars from the School of Interactive Games and Media are:
David Amata, Game Design & Development
Reuben Brenner-Adams, Game Design & Development
Nicholas Greenquist, Game Design & Development
Adam Kaufman, Game Design & Development
Christopher Mercado, Game Design & Development
Sam Price, Game Design & Development
Lauren Reimondo, Game Design & Development
Kelsey Weinman, Game Design & Development
Jackie Wiley, Game Design & Development
Chuck Backus, New Media Interactive Development
Will Paul, New Media Interactive Development
All RIT students selected to receive this award will be honored at a reception and award ceremony on Thursday, April 7 at 5:30pm in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center. A special medallion designed by the late Professor Hans Christensen of the School of American Crafts will be presented to each student on stage at the ceremony. This ceremony is open to the RIT community.