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  • Dec 12, 2017

    Days after graduating from RIT, Swerzenski ’17 (mechanical engineering) accomplished it. He began working on a project management team in the Engineering and Safety Division at Universal Creative, the research and development group responsible for designing rides and attractions for Universal Parks & Resorts theme parks.

    “Absolutely it’s a dream come true,” he said. “I can’t believe how awesome it is so far.”

    Swerzenski has been working on a new roller coaster for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The ride, which is replacing the Dragon Challenge, will open in 2019 at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Fla.

    Oct 3, 2017

    In another example of how engineering is playing an important role in improving the way medical care may be delivered all around the world, a professor of mechanical engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering is taking a different approach to emerging lab-on-a-chip technology.  Michael Schertzer is leading a team developing digital microfluidic devices that can be used to assess biological fluids by introducing electricity.

    May 10, 2017
    Dr. Walter receives rank of Professor Emeritus!!

     After 40+ years of service he has now received the rank of Professor Emeritus.  Congratulations Dr. Walter!!!

    Apr 5, 2017

    Congratulations to Dr. Risa Robinson, Department Head of Mechanical Engineering on winning The Trustees Scholarship Award!!!! 

  • Mar 31, 2017

    Dr. Crassidis was featured on the news about pollinating drones being able to help the bee population. 

    Engineers at the Rochester Institute of Technology say it's possible. They've already found uses for drones in the agricultural world, using them to help farmers tend to specific plants without having to treat an entire field.

    "We can literally look at the plant level and tell if a plant is thirsty, if a plant needs nutrients or if a plant is sick,” said Jan Van Aardt, Imaging Science Professor at RIT.

    Engineers also say developing and using pollinating drones is still a ways off.

    "These types of drone systems we're talking about, like the ones here, are very large in size, so for that bee application obviously you'd want it to be much, much smaller,” says RIT Mechanical Engineering Professor Agamemnon Crassidis. "Possibly within five to ten years, I can see that happening but as of today, we're not quite there.”

    Mar 14, 2017
    RIT Formula team is a hit with second graders!!

    Letter from a Grateful Teacher:

    It isn't always easy to coordinate a project like this but Jon did it with ease! He was prompt in replying to my emails, answering questions, and organizing the volunteers for the week. My greatest kudos go the the RIT Formula Team! I have worked in education for 25 years and during that time have had the opportunity to have many volunteers in my classroom. The ladies and gentlemen from the RIT Formula Team were amazing! They were prompt, properly dressed, eager to work with students and actively took part in the investigations. They engaged the students by assisting as needed, asking and answering questions to stimulate learning and helped in set up and clean up each day. They proudly represented RIT and the SAE Formula community.

    In addition to all of that, 23 Second Graders had the opportunity to take part in rigorous and relevant hands on learning. The students were able to document this learning with pictures, videos, and learning journals. Thank you again for making last week a memorable week of learning for all!

    Mar 10, 2017

    One of her dearest friends from undergrad got into a dirt-bike accident. Sam and Taylor Hattori had been close since freshman year when they met in the Machine Shop at RIT, a kind of on-campus mecca of drills, saws, and other heavy-duty equipment. It was for the kids, Sam says, who were “more comfortable with machines than with other people.”

    Taylor’s accident left him paralyzed from the chest down. They had become the type of friends who could show up on each other’s doorsteps in the middle of the night and expect a place to crash indefinitely, no questions asked. And this was going to be no different. With the conviction to help her friend walk again, Sam quit her high-flying job at Tesla and turned her mechanical mind toward fixing a much more personal problem. Sam couldn’t build Taylor a spine, so she decided to build him the next best thing: a robotic suit. Read more.

    Feb 22, 2017
    Sydney Kaminski selected as the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Delegate!!

    Congratulations to Sydney Kaminski for being selected as the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate Delegate for 2017!!  We are proud to have you represent our college at graduation this year!

  • Feb 22, 2017
    Stephen Cramb selected as our Graduate delegate!!

    Congratulations to Stephen Cramb for being selected as the Mechanical Engineering Graduate Delegate!  We are very proud to have him represent us at graduation this year!!

    Nov 28, 2016
    RIT Theme Park Enthusiasts Swept the Competition!!!

    The RIT Theme Park Enthusiasts won all three challenges and then went on to win the entire event in Orlando sponsored by Universal Pictures!!    The team pictured are Chris Brucker (Architecture), Mike Troise (Mechanical Engineering), Robert Cybulski (Mechanical Engineering), Caroline Kruse (Mechanical Engineering), Emily O'Connor (Statistics and Economics), and David Swerzenski (Mechanical Engineering).  Congratulations and keep up the great work!!!

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