The Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences is formed. The new college includes programs in computer science, information technology, and software engineering.
New bachelor of science and master of science programs in bioinformatics are created. The new programs merge biotechnology and information technology.
A Ph.D. program in microsystems engineering, the first in the country, is established. The program is part of the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.
The College of Applied Science and Technology (now the College of Engineering Technology) establishes a new program in collaboration with the American University Foundation in Kosovo. Students pursue course work in various subjects, including service management, business development, economics, and marketing.
The Gordon Field House and Activities Center opens. The 160,000-square-foot facility includes an aquatics center, a two-story fitness center, and a 60,000-square-foot multi-use arena and indoor athletic field.
RIT announces that the men’s hockey program will join the Division I Atlantic Hockey Association. The move to Atlantic Hockey will be phased in over three years, with Division I games starting in 2005.
A Ph.D. program in computing and information sciences is launched by the Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. This marks RIT’s third Ph.D. program.
RIT launches a Ph.D. degree program in color science, the first in the world.
The Golisano Institute for Sustainability is established at RIT with a founding commitment of $10 million from RIT Trustee B. Thomas Golisano, founder and chairman of Paychex Inc.
RIT opens a campus in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Funded by the Dubai government, RIT Dubai is part of Dubai Silicon Oasis. RIT provides academic content, leadership and management of the university.
The first Imagine RIT: Creativity and Innovation Festival draws more than 15,000 visitors to campus to see more than 400 interactive exhibits and displays, including new ideas for products and services, creative arts and crafts, and faculty and student research.
The College of Science launches a doctoral degree program in astrophysical sciences and technology.
The Golisano Institute for Sustainability creates the world’s first Ph.D. program focused on sustainable production.
RIT and Rochester Regional Health begin a strategic alliance.
The RIT men’s hockey team catapults into the national spotlight by earning a trip to the NCAA’s prestigious Frozen Four. The team’s surprising success (a program with no athletic scholarships and only Division I for five years) brings new pride to Tiger fans across the globe.
The iconic work of international designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli is permanently archived at a new design center, the Vignelli Center for Design Studies. The Vignellis created the New York City subway signage, the Handkerchief Chair, the Paper Clip Table, the Stendig calendar, the interior of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in New York City, the corporate identity programs for Xerox, American Airlines, and packaging programs for Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue.
The university breaks ground on a state-of-the-art “green” facility for its Golisano Institute for Sustainability. The building will serve as a center for sustainability research, technology transfer, education and outreach and will provide a showcase for green construction and design.
The women's hockey team wins the Division III NCAA national championship and also announces it will move up to the Division I level.
The Golisano Institute for Sustainability, which houses one of the world’s first Ph.D. programs in sustainability, opens its doors to its new building. The institute conducts cutting-edge research in nanotechnology, alternative energy development and sustainable design. It is one of the greenest buildings in the world, powered by the sun, wind and fuel cell technology.
Sebastian and Lenore Rosica Hall opens at NTID. This space will serve as an innovation and research hub for NTID.
The Gene Polisseni Center, home to men’s and women’s hockey, opens with a roar. The $38 million ice arena has capacity for 4,300 Tiger fans.
RIT launches its seventh doctoral program, a Ph.D. in engineering.
RIT is officially considered a “doctoral university” by the leading national classification of U.S. colleges and universities. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education elevates RIT from “Master’s—Comprehensive” to “Doctoral University.”
The university receives approval for its eighth doctoral program, a Ph.D. in mathematical modeling.
Dr. David C. Munson Jr. is named RIT’s 10th president, succeeding Bill Destler, who retired after 10 years of service. Dr. Munson is the former dean of the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering.
MAGIC Spell Studios—a hub for digital media, game development, film and animation, sound engineering—opens its 52,000-square-foot facility. The studio—the only one of its kind in the Northeast—boasts the latest in technology and design, rivaling media production studios in New York City and Hollywood.
RIT is gifted a 177-acre estate to expand research and educational offerings. The property in the town of Penfield is home to the Tait Preserve and Leenhouts Lodge. The property includes a 60-acre lake.
In an effort to help RIT develop the leading performing arts program in the nation for non-majors, the university creates a performing arts scholarship. To date, nearly 1,400 students involved in dance, musical theater, voice, instrumental music, acting, and technical production have earned a scholarship.
The Global Cybersecurity Institute opens its doors. The 52,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art center aims to meet the demand for computing security professionals, while developing future technologies to address the global cybersecurity crisis.
RIT Dubai opens a new campus in the Dubai Silicon Oasis. It spans 129,000 square meters with collaborative teaching and research spaces. The United Arab Emirates government funded the approximately $136 million project.
Construction begins on the SHED (The Student Hall for Exploration and Development). The SHED is the most ambitious construction project since the Henrietta campus was created in 1968. The complex will showcase technology, the arts, and design and serve as the creative hub of RIT when it opens in fall 2023.