Named for RIT alumnus, former trustee, and long-time supporter, Joe Lobozzo, the Lobozzo Alumni House was opened in 2018 as the first alumni-focused facility on the RIT campus. The house offers a comfortable welcome center for alumni to begin a visit to campus, and serves as a meeting place for alumni and non-RIT organizations.

The Lobozzo Alumni House is located on the western edge of the RIT campus, near the Red Barn. Access is available from Andrews Drive.



RIT is a bright shining light and covers a whole spectrum of learning—and I am both humble and proud to have been part of this university’s growth, recognition and success. I believe RIT is a goldmine to our community, to our country, and for me, it was very easy to want to support it.

Joseph M. Lobozzo ’95, founder of JML Optical Industries


About Joe Lobozzo

Joseph M. Lobozzo II founded JML Optical Industries, Inc., a designer, manufacturer, and distributor of precision optical components and systems, in 1972. Mr. Lobozzo served as president and CEO until he sold the company in 2011. While there, Mr. Lobozzo grew JML from the ground up to employ almost 100 workers and drive sales to over $15 million.

His relationship with Rochester Institute of Technology began when he earned his executive MBA from the university in 1995, and has expanded to include several awards, board and committee memberships, and his personal philanthropic support.  Since earning his EMBA, Mr. Lobozzo has served on the RIT Board of Trustees (1999-2013) as a member of the finance core, executive, campaign steering, and university relations core committees.  In addition, he has served on the advisory boards for the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies, RIT’s High Technology Incubator, and the Saunders College of Business (SCB) Executive MBA program, and several terms on the Dean’s Council for the Saunders College. Mr. Lobozzo also served as vice chair of RIT’s Powered by the Future capital campaign, and established the Lobozzo Executive MBA Challenge Scholarship during that time.


Support for RIT

Mr. Lobozzo’s support for RIT is marked by years of personal giving, including a gift that led to the establishment of the Joseph M. Lobozzo II Photonics and Optical Characterization Laboratory in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, support of the Saunders College of Business, establishment of the Daniel D. Tessoni Endowed Chair in Accounting, and the Lobbozo Alumni House.  For his years of business success and service to the university, Mr. Lobozzo earned the Saunders College of Business Distinguished Alumni Award in 2001, the Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award in 2003, the RIT Outstanding Alumnus Award in 2006, and the Nathaniel Rochester Society Award in 2017.