Faculty & Staff

Staff

Mark Smith

Mark Smith
Director of Leadership Programs & The John D. Hromi Center for Quality & Applied Statistics
585-475-7102

Mark Smith is leadership programs and the John D. Hromi Center for Quality & Applied Statistics in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at RIT.  In this capacity he is responsible for graduate programs in Product Development and Manufacturing Leadership, as well as certificates and other customized course offerings for corporate clients.  As Director of the John D. Hromi Center for Quality & Applied Statistics he has responsibitity for programs designed for working professionals in Lean Six Sigma, among others.   Prior to joining RIT in 1998, he spent nearly 20 years in medical electronics R&D, first with Sybron Medical Products, then as co-founder and VP for a small medical monitoring company, and finally as Product Development Manager for Kodak’s Cardiology electronics business.  Mr. Smith has a BS in Engineering Science from the University of Virginia and an MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester.

Chris Fisher

Chris Fisher
Program Coordinator
585-475-7971

Chris Fisher

Program Coordinator
585-475-7971
cxfpd21@rit.edu

Lou Fantozzi

Lou Fantozzi
Business Development Manager
585-377-1678

Lou Fantozzi is Business Development Manager in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at RIT.  He is responsible for marketing and recruiting of graduate leadership programs including the MS in Product Development and MS in Manufacturing Leadership, as well as certificates and customized course offerings for corporate clients.

Prior to joining RIT in 2001, Lou was with Xerox for 33 years in various engineering and management positions, and with Westinghouse and Bell Aerosystems earlier in his career. He has both a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

Full-time Faculty

Robert Barbato

Robert Barbato
Professor

Bob Barbato is a Professor of Management in the Saunders College of Business. His primary teaching and research interests are in the areas of business ethics, entrepreneurship and organizational behavior. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at RIT, Bob has taught or lectured in Kosovo, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, South Korea, Ethiopia and England.

By Appointment.

Staff Assistant: Karen St. George
Staff Assistant Phone: 585-475-6042

Education

  • Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Michigan State University, 1979
  • B.A. in Mathematics from Le Moyne College, 1972

Robert Boehner

Robert Boehner
Senior Lecturer, Executive in Residence
585-475-6818

Bob Boehner is a senior lecturer in SCB. He joined the SCB faculty in 1995 as an adjunct professor teaching in the executive MBA program. In 2000 he became a full-time SCB faculty member. Boehner teaches graduate level marketing and strategy courses. 

Boehner retired from Xerox in 1996 after a 30 year career. While at Xerox he held a variety of senior management positions in marketing, strategy,and field operations. After retiring he attended the School of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, earning a JD degree in 1999. He earned a BA and MA degree in history from Siena College. 

Boehner was recognized by EMBA students as the most outstanding instructor in the program in 2008,2009, 2010, and 2011. 

Boehner combines his teaching experience with consulting for a variety of different clients. Over the last five years he has consulted and/or conducted training sessions for Getinge, Moog, JML Optical, Harris RF Communications, and Champlain College. Boehner also organized and taught a successful series of local WIRED seminars funded by the US Department of Labor. 

Boehner is Chairman of the Board of St. Johns Senior Service, a large Rochester-based non-profit that provides services to elders, including St. Johns Nursing Home and St. Johns Meadows. 

In his spare time Boehner enjoys golf, traveling to the UK to see his London-based family, and spending time with his Rochester and London grandchildren.

Office Hours & Staff Assistant Information

Friday: 10:00-11:30 am
Or by appointment

Staff Assistant: Sarah Geiss
Staff Assistant Phone: 585-475-6057

Vincenzo Buonomo

Vincenzo Buonomo
Senior Program Manager and Instructor
585-475-7207

Vincenzo Buonomo is a senior program manager at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Center for Quality and Applied Statistics.  He is responsible for helping companies to understand and apply Lean and Lean Six Sigma implementation techniques through senior management deployment sessions, training workshops, focused improvement events (kaizen), and lean six sigma projects. 

He has over 15 years of training and consulting experience, including international assignments.  He has worked with over 100 organizations from a variety of industries including manufacturing, healthcare, service, education, and government.  As a skilled team facilitator and educator, he has assisted organizations to implement, achieve and sustain continuous improvement results. He has also guided organizations on quality system management, facility planning, and ergonomics. 

Mr. Buonomo holds a ME degree in manufacturing engineering and a BS degree in industrial engineering from RIT. He is an ASQ certified quality engineer and a member of the American Society of Quality.

Marcos Esterman

Marcos Esterman
Associate to the Provost for AALANA Faculty, Graduate Program Director for ISEE, Associate Professor
585-475-6922

Dr. Marcos Esterman received his B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University. His teaching interests are in product and process development, and systems engineering. He teaches students in Multi-Disciplinary Design, the Manufacturing and Management Leadership, and the Masters in Product Development Programs. Dr. Esterman is director of the Printer Research and Image Systems Modeling (PRISM) and the co-director of the Sustainable Print Systems Laboratories, which focus on the modeling of printer and imaging systems to support product architecture and business decisions. His research focuses on structured product development methods, sustainable printing, and print as a manufacturing process.

Prior to joining the RIT faculty, Dr. Esterman worked for Hewlett-Packard’s Imaging and Printing Division in Boise, Idaho.  At HP, he held a variety of positions in manufacturing and R&D while concurrently conducting his Ph.D. research.  His primary product focus was the Color LaserJet products and he supported the development teams that delivered the Color LaserJet 8500 and 9500 printers. His analysis work at HP enhanced design and product architecture decision-making. Marcos also worked as an x-ray tube development engineer at General Electric Medical Systems in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and he was a graduate of their Edison Engineering Training Program.

Recent Publications

Esterman Jr., M., Fumagalli, M. E., Thorn, B., Babbitt, C. A Framework for the Integration of System Engineering and Functional Analysis Techniques to the Goal and Scope of Life Cycle Assessment,  Proceedings of IDETC ‘12: ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conferences, August 12-15, 2012, Chicago, IL, USA. DFMLC BEST PAPER AWARD

Bousquin, J., Gambeta, E., Esterman Jr., M., Rothenberg, S., Life Cycle Assessment in the Print Industry: A Critical Review, Journal of Industrial Ecology: Special Issue: Meta-Analysis of Life Cycle Assessment, Volume 16, Issue Supplemental s1, pp. s195 – s205, April, 2012.

M. Esterman and K. Ishii, The Development of Project Risk Metrics For Robust Concurrent Product Development Across The Supply Chain, Concurrent Engineering: Research & Applications, Volume 13, No.2, pp. 85-94, June 2005.

Leonie Fernandes

Leonie Fernandes
Adjunct Professor
585-329-0464

Leonie is an Adjunct Professor in the Saunders College of Business Rochester Institute of Technology. Leonie earned her Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Michigan in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science and earned her Master of Science degree at Rochester Institute of Technology in Information Systems Management. 

Leonie has over 25 years of business experience supporting global corporations in the Manufacturing, High Tech, Healthcare and Automotive Industries. As an accomplished Executive in a Fortune 500 top 50 company, she has extensive Information Technology Services experience implementing applications and business solutions for companies globally. Leonie has a unique combination of expertise in global leadership, project/program management, coaching and organizational change management. A particularly strong change agent and consultant, Leonie also has significant multi-cultural experience having led operations and delivery teams in six continents and over 30 countries.

Education

  • MS, Information Systems Management, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1991

Neil Hair

Neil Hair
Associate Professor
585-475-6322

Dr Neil Hair is an Associate Professor of Marketing from the E. Philip Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology, New York in the United States, and the Interim Executive Director of RIT's Innovative Learning Institute. He holds Chartered Marketer Status from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a PhD from Cranfield as well as degrees from Sheffield and Cardiff Business Schools. His research and consulting activities include understanding perceptions of advertising and customer value in popular online social networks like facebook and Pinterest, personal branding in virtual space, virtual ethnography in popular worlds such as Second Life, and most recently a Cisco sponsored global study on social media use for collaboration and innovation looking at over 100 of the worlds thought leaders operating in this space. He is also passionate about his role as a facilitator having recently won RIT's highest teaching award for new faculty in 2006-07 and RIT's highest teaching award for online learning in 2007-08. Dr Hair was the 2012 recipent of RIT's highest teaching honor, The Eisenhart Award for Oustanding Teaching. Most recently his teaching interests involve developing the world's first programme on the commercialization of virtual worlds, massively open online courses and creating immersive online student learning experience.

Education

  • PhD, Marketing, Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, United Kingdom, 2004
  • DIPM, Postgraduate Diploma, Marketing, Chartered Institute of Marketing, Maidenhead, United Kingdom, 1997
  • MSc, International Marketing, Sheffield Business School, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom, 1996
  • BSc, Business Administration, Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, United Kingdom, 1995

Clyde Hull

Clyde Hull
Associate Professor, Zutes Fellow
585-475-6794

Clyde Hull is an Associate Professor in the Rochester Institute of Technology Saunders College of Business, where he teaches classes in Strategy, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility. He has served as a strategy consultant and a high-technology consultant domestically and internationally for established high-technology firms and start-ups. He has also been part of the startup team for several entrepreneurial ventures. 

He has delivered invited presentations on the topics of entrepreneurship, corporate entrepreneurship, strategic management, business ethics, and ethics in a high-technology environment in Singapore, Germany, and the United States, and he has presented at conferences throughout the world. 

He earned his BA degree in philosophy from Yale University and his MBA and PhD degrees from Indiana University. 

His research interests include innovation, corporate social responsibility, and international entrepreneurship. His Google Scholar profile page can be found here: 
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=CsMBTsMAAAAJ&hl=en

Office Hours & Staff Assistant Information

Staff Assistant: Karen St. George
Staff Assistant Phone: 585-475-6042

John Kaemmerlen

John Kaemmerlen
Senior Lecturer
585-475-2767

John Kaemmerlen received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering and M.Eng in Engineering Management from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Mr. Kaemmerlen came to RIT initially as an adjunct professor, and then became a full time Lecturer in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department (ISE) in 2007.  This followed a 31 year career at Eastman Kodak Company, during which he worked in numerous line and staff positions in manufacturing, engineering, and logistics, including the deployment of “lean” in their film product line.  Mr. Kaemmerlen teaches courses in lean, facilities planning, and supply chain management, and helps guide many of the multidisciplinary senior design projects that are taken by 5th year undergraduate students.  His two graduate courses in lean each contain numerous lab exercises, most of which use the Toyota Production Systems (TPS) Lab, of which he is the Associate Director.   He also teaches a 1 credit Production Systems Practicum course in the TPS Lab for students not majoring in ISE.  In addition, Mr. Kaemmerlen has guided many of the Manufacturing Leadership program capstone projects over the past five years. He continues to do lean consulting at outside companies.  Mr. Kaemmerlen is also President of the Rochester chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers.

Shalini Khazanchi

Shalini Khazanchi
Department Chair and Associate Professor, Management, IB & Entrepreneurship
585-475-7126

Shal Khazanchi is an Associate Professor of Management. Her research interests include creativity and innovation, organizational justice, and work relationships. In particular, Professor Khazanchi's research has examined the contextual conditions and social processes that affect the generation and evaluation of creative ideas. She is also interested in exploring how employees develop relationships at work. Current research projects focus on environmental influence on work relationships, gender differences in creative performance, and calling among creative workers. Professor Khazanchi's work has been published in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Psychological Bulletin, Journal of organizational Behavior, Organization Studies, and Journal of Operations Management.

Office Hours & Staff Assistant Information

By Appointment.

Staff Assistant: Karen St. George
Staff Assistant Phone: 585-475-6042

Sandra Rothenberg

Sandra Rothenberg
Professor, Director, Saunders College Institute for Business Ethics, Zutes Fellow
585-475-6032

Sandra Rothenberg is a Professor at Rochester Institute of Technology's Philip E. Saunders College of Business in the Department of Management, Faculty Affiliate in the Department of Public Policy, and Director of the Institute for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility. She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management, MS in Technology and Policy from MIT, and BS in Bioengineering from Syracuse University. Professor Rothenberg teaches in the areas of Organizational Behavior, Business and Society, and Sustainable Management. Her research focuses on business ethics, sustainable business, business ethics, corporate social responsibility, and business and public policy; the research has been published in journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Sloan Management Review, California Management Review, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, and Business and Society. Prior to joining RIT, she also worked as a research associate for the Harvard Global Environmental Assessment Program, U.S. Office of Technology Assessment, and MIT Technology, Business and Environment program.

Office Hours & Staff Assistant Information

By Appointment.

Staff Assistant: Karen St. George
Staff Assistant Phone: 585-475-6042

Daniel Tessoni

Daniel Tessoni
Assistant Professor
585-475-6054

Daniel Tessoni is an assistant professor of Accounting in the College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology and a CPA. He received his Ph.D. in Accounting from Syracuse University, a MS from Clarkson and a bachelor's degree from St. John Fisher College. He has presented seminars and executive programs on accounting and finance related issues to numerous companies including Constellation Brands, ITT Industries Eastman Kodak, Xerox, Bausch & Lomb, Chase Manhattan Bank, First Empire Bank and Apple Computer. 

He served as a member of the Board of Directors of ACC Corp., a publicly- held long distance and cellular telephone company from 1987 until 1998 when the company was purchased by ATT. Dr. Tessoni served as chairman of the Audit Committee, and as a member of the Compensation Committee and the Executive Committee and several special committees.He currently serves on the board of several privately held corporations. 

His research interests are in the areas of agency theory and positive accounting theory.

Office Hours & Staff Assistant Information

Professor Tessoni will not be teaching this Semester and will not hold any physical office hours. 

He can be contacted by email if needed:
dtessoni@saunders.rit.edu

Staff Assistant: Andrea Yancone
Staff Assistant Phone: 585-475-6063

Brian Thorn

Professor
585-475-6166

Dr. Brian Thorn completed a B.S. in Industrial Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology, his M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering and his Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Professor Thorn’s research focuses on the resolution of technical problems that have sustainability themes. Specific research application areas include sustainable product and process design, life cycle assessment, and applied statistical methods. He is a member of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the American Society for Engineering Education, and Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW). Dr. Thorn is co-advisor of the ESW student chapter at RIT and oversees, along with Prof. Andres Carrano, the Sustainable Engineering Research Group (SERG), a group of graduate students with research interests in sustainability. He currently serves as the Director of Sustainable Engineering Graduate Programs in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

Visiting Faculty

David Anderson

David Anderson
Adjunct Professor

David Anderson is an adjunct professor at the Saunders College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. He recently retired from a position as the Business Process Operations Manager and senior staff member of the Xerox PARC lab located in Webster, NY. Prior to this assignment he managed an international product development team focused on Remote Services and enabling technologies. During his 38-year career he worked on both technology and product development for over 15 successful products and holds 35 US patents. 

Mr. Anderson attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating in 1975 with a BS degree in Engineering Physics. In 2006, he received a MS degree in Product Development from RIT. He teaches graduate courses in Product Development, Commercialization, Innovation and Technology Management. 

Office Hours & Staff Assistant Information

Staff Assistant: Karen St. George
Staff Assistant Phone: 585-475-6042

Salil Athalye

Salil Athalye
Adjunct Professor

Sal Athalye received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College in 1992, his MS is Computer Science and MS in Product Development from RIT in 2001 and 2008, respectively.  He is also a Certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black belt.  Sal is currently Manager of Business Modeling and Analysis at Xerox Corporation, as well as Adjunct Professor in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at RIT where he teaches courses and mentors capstone projects in product and technology development. 

Sal has been with Xerox since 1992, starting as a software engineer and moving quickly to leadership roles in software integration, interface development, project management and, most recently, business modeling and analysis.  He has extensive experience working across boundaries on highly complex multi-organizational projects ranging from innovative technologies and techniques to new products and services, to portfolio management and improving organizational performance and effectiveness.  As an adjunct faculty member at RIT, Sal has taught an executive level capstone research course, helping experienced graduate students from idea generation all the way through project completion and reporting.

Tim Giarrusso

Tim Giarrusso
Adjunct Professor

Tim Giarrusso received his Bachelors of Science in Industrial Engineering from RIT and his Masters in Organizational Development and Theory from American University in Washington, DC.  He is currently President and CEO of Human Technologies in Utica, NY.  Tim has been an adjunct professor at RIT for over 15 years, teaching in both the Saunders College of Business MBA program and The Kate Gleason College of Engineering MS in Product Development program.  Focus areas include leadership, innovation, product commercialization, business management, professional development and change management.

Mr. Giarrusso has over 28 years experience in the for-profit sector and seven years in the not-for-profit sector.  In his former role as Chief Operating Officer for the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (Goodwill) of the Finger Lakes, Tim had the opportunity to be part of a vibrant not-for-profit where he oversaw more than 50% revenue growth and employment doubling to over 700 employees.  At Human Technologies, Tim’s mission is to create employment opportunities for people with disabilities while operating as a self-sustaining business. The company employs more than 600 people in supply chain logistics, facilities management and environmental services, document management, and behavioral health services.

Don Pillittere

Adjunct Professor

Don Pillittere received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from SUNY Buffalo and his MBA from RIT.   He is currently Senior Manager of Quality at Harris Communications.  Don has been an adjunct professor at RIT for over 10 years where he teaches courses in operations and manufacturing, supply chain management, and project management.  He has written three books on project management.

Don has held numerous positions in industry including Director of Engineering and Worldwide Product Manager.

Jeff Slutsky

Jeff Slutsky
Adjunct Professor

Jeff Slutsky teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in robust design and product and production systems development, and lean six sigma.  With over 20 years of Lean Six Sigma experience, he has trained and certified over 1000 green, black, and master black belts in DFSS.  Mr. Slutsky is co-author of “Design for Six Sigma,” published by Prentice-Hall, and the CRC Press text “Corporate Sigma.”  He has extensive experience in statistical methods, DFSS, robust design and discrete event simulation.  He holds an MS in Electrical Engineering from RIT.