2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards: Edward Shanshala II
The Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented annually by each of RIT’s nine colleges and the School of Individualized Study to an alumnus/a who has performed at the highest levels of his or her profession or who has contributed to the advancement and leadership of civic, philanthropic or service organizations. It is the highest award an RIT college can bestow upon its alumni. The 2019 recipients will be honored on Oct. 18.
College of Health Sciences and Technology 2019 Distinguished Alumnus
Edward Shanshala II ’85 (chemistry), ’87 (biotechnology), ’00 MS (health systems administration)
CEO, Ammonoosuc Community Health Services Inc.
How did RIT help prepare you for success?
“RIT provided me with a theoretically sound, pragmatic education embedded in a highly collaborative social milieu that engendered leadership in each and every one of us who graduated from RIT. Having multiple degrees from RIT, I have a deeper understanding, appreciation and gratitude for my RIT experience. Across the continuum of my RIT education, a common thread within the tapestry of my professional career is one of lifelong learning. RIT is that thread which is woven across my career.”
What is your favorite RIT memory?
“From my health systems administration degree, it is having my son, Spencer, sit with me (age 3-5) while I worked on the First Class Portal taking my online classes. He at times would type in a response much to the smiles of my cohort colleagues. He attended my thesis presentation, fell asleep under a table, and luckily he was the only one who slept through it.”
September 13, 2019
How a person vapes, not just what a person vapes, could also play a big role in vaping harm
Essay by Risa Robinson, professor and department chair, mechanical engineering, published by The Conversation.
September 12, 2019
Scientists developing single photon detector to help search for habitable exoplanets
NASA announced it is awarding a team of researchers from Rochester Institute of Technology and Dartmouth College a grant to develop a detector capable of sensing and counting single photons that could be crucial to future NASA astrophysics missions. The extremely sensitive detector would allow scientists to see the faintest observable objects in space, such as Earth-like planets around other stars.
September 11, 2019
Could a toilet seat help prevent hospital readmissions?
Guest essay by Nicholas Conn '11, '13 MS (electrical engineering), research scientist and founder and CEO of Heart Health Intelligence, published by The Conversation.
September 10, 2019
Neil Montanus, a Kodak Colorama Photographer, Dies at 92
The New York Times features Neil Montanus '53 (imaging science), whoin Manhattan Wendy Marks, director of RIT's University Gallery.