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Dr. Risa Robinson wins the Trustee Scholarship Award!!

Congratulations to Dr. Risa Robinson for winning the Trustee Scholarship Award! Risa has been teaching in the Mechanical Engineering Department since 2000 and has brought a wealth of knowledge to RIT !





Dr. Agamemnon Crassidis has been promoted to Full Professor

Congratulations to Dr. Agamemnon Crassidis for being promoted to full professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department! Ag has been teaching in the Mechanical Engineering Department since 2001 and has brought a wealth of knowledge to RIT. Most recently RIT partnered with Pictometry to build an Outdoor Netted Enclosure Lab for research and academic coursework related to unmanned aircraft systems, also referred to as drones. He will manage the structure and much of the research and testing expected to take place at the outdoor facility. Great job Ag!



John Wellin receives RIT Inaugural Course Media Award for Best Demonstration/Tutorial

Congratulations to John Wellin for winning the Best Demonstration/Tutorial award given by the Innovative Learning Institute! John is a Senior Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department. Great job John!! John has also been instrumental in developing the new mechatronics certificate program with Bendix Corporation. This program provides engineers with a solid foundation in the core principles of the mechanical and electrical knowledge needed in the this dynamic industry.




BS Mechanical Engineering program received the 2015 Excellence in Student Learning Outcomes Award

This award is presented to an academic degree program that is committed to best practices in assessment, improving student learning, and continuous program improvement. Our department is honored to receive this award!


Dr. Mario Gomes has been awarded The 2015 Innovative Teaching with Technology Award

Congratulations to Dr. Gomes for winning the Innovative Teaching with Technology Award! Dr. Gomes is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department. The definition of this award is "Any teaching strategy, approach, technique, or tool that is used, or used in a new way, to produce quantifiable gain for student outcomes or the student experience, and can be implemented widely at RIT." Great job Dr. Gomes!!

Dr. Stephen Boedo has been promoted to Full Professor in Mechanical Engineering in 2014

Dr. Stephen Boedo received his B.A. in Computer Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and his M.S in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. He is also a general partner in the firm Tribology Associates specializing in software design and engineering consultation services pertaining to lubricated bearing systems. Dr. Boedo has also served as a Visiting Associate Professor at Cornell University. Congratulations on your promotion Dr. Boedo!!

Dr. Michael Schertzer has been appointed as Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering in 2013

Dr. Schertzer received the Bachelor of Engineering and Management (a double major in Mechanical and Commerce) from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He also received a Master of Applied Science from McMaster University for his work examining the heat transfer performance of capillary pumped loops in terrestrial and extra-terrestrial applications. He earned his Doctorate in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto for his work characterizing the motion and mixing of droplets in Digital Microfluidic Devices.

Dr. Patricia Iglesias Victoria has been appointed as Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Patricia Iglesias Victoria is an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Previously, she served as an assistant professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and as an associate professor at the Polytechnic University of Cartagena, Spain. She received her BSE in Mechanical Engineering and her Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering from Polytechnic University of Cartagena. Dr. Iglesias completed a post doctoral stay at Purdue University (Indiana) where she worked on Large-Scale Manufacturing of Bulk Forms with Nanocrystalline Structures. Her career as an educator encompasses teaching and designing undergraduate (Materials Science, Manufacturing Processes, Welding Technology, Computer-aided Manufacturing, Statics, Strength of Materials and Thermal Fluids lab) and graduate courses (Advanced Materials for Industrial Applications, and Corrosion and Wear of Materials). 

Dr. Alan Nye wins SAE Advisor of the year award for the 7th time

Dr. Nye has been nominated for his exceptional work with the Formula SAE team.  He has been advising the Formula Team for many years.  That he has been nominated for the seventh time is a testament to his commitment and dedication to the students.  The students love Dr. Nye and affectionately call him "Doc."  He has led the team to win many awards, most recently RIT Formula Racing won second place in the Generation Auto video competition, sponsored by the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, Deloitte and Society of Automotive Engineers. In the video, the team highlighted its use of carbon fiber composite materials. In its 2013 season, RIT Racing was recognized for its use of these materials and was awarded the Audi Ultra Light Design Award at Formula Student Germany.

Professor Tim Landschoot receives Outstanding Teacher award for Non-tenure track faculty

Congratulations to Tim for receiving the Outstanding Teacher Award! The award recognizes excellence in teaching. A faculty member should be selected who has demonstrated excellence in teaching, and an ongoing devotion to enhance classroom teaching and student engagement.




Dr. Michael Schrlau has been appointed as Assistant Professor in 2012

Dr. Schrlau is interested in several aspects critical to the interface of nanotechnology and biology, including nanomanufacturing, nanomanipulation, technology-biology interactions, and biomedical applications, and investigates micro/nanoscalefluid behavior and develops related micro/nanotechnologies for biological metrology. Dr. Michael Schrlau earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from the University of Pittsburgh in From 1998 to 2004, he worked for Kimberly-Clark Corp in roles ranging from R&D engineering to operations management. In 2009, he earned his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania for his research on carbon-based biological nanoprobes.

Dr. Marca Lam-Anderson has been appointed to Senior Lecturer

Dr. Marca Lam received her B.S. (summa cum laude) and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University at Buffalo, and her Ph.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dr. Lam’s specialty is in vibrations and control. She teaches a variety of courses to both graduate and undergraduate students, such as a 3-D graphics course, a computer programming course, materials science, system dynamics, optimal design, and the vibrations sequence.

Kate Leipold has been appointed to Senior Lecturer

Ms. Leipold received her B.S. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She teaches courses in solid modeling, geometric dimensioning & tolerancing, statics, mechanics and materials processing. Ms. Leipold joined the Mechanical Engineering Department in 2004 as an adjunct instructor and 2007 as a lecturer. Prior to pursuing a career in academia, she worked at Pactiv Corporation as a new product development engineer and holds four patents from her work there. Outside of teaching, Ms. Leipold is an advisor for the RIT FIRST Robotics club and the RIT Sailing Team club. She also enjoys volunteering as a member of the FIRST Robotics Finger Lakes Regional planning committee. Through her work with FIRST Robotics, Ms. Leipold won the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award in 2008, and the Regional Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award in 2010.

William Humphrey has been appointed as a lecturer of mechanical engineering at RIT.

Bill is an accomplished mechanical engineer experienced in industrial product development testing and testing systems optimization as well as engineering education. His formal education at Carnegie Mellon University was in the area of atomization and sprays and at Case Western Reserve University he studied aerospace engineering. Bill is committed to enabling students to develop intuitive understanding of fundamental concepts to maximize their ability to retain and successfully apply the concepts beyond the classroom.  Bill was previously a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and earned his M.S. from Case Western Reserve University in 1992 and his B.S. from Case Western Reserve University in 1987.  Bill has taught as an adjunct faculty member here in mechanical engineering since 2002. In addition to his formal training in Aerospace Engineering, Bill has nearly a decade of industrial work experience in the Automotive Industry with Delphi and Trialon Corporations.





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