Innovation Meets Creativity

Innovation meets creativity at Imagine RIT

Artificial intelligence, robots, glass blowing, virtual reality, and performing arts were just a sampling of what thousands of visitors experienced at the 2024 Imagine RIT: Creativity and Innovation Festival on April 27.

Since 2008, the campus at Rochester Institute of Technology has welcomed tens of thousands of visitors one day each spring to get a glimpse of the creativity and innovation that RIT students, faculty, and staff have every day.

The festival inspires the next generation of problem solvers by connecting young people to the wonders of science, technology, engineering, math, design, business, health sciences, the liberal arts, and the arts, said RIT President David Munson. This is the showcase event for the university. It just gets better every year.

More than 400 exhibits were on display, up by nearly 50 from last year. And more than 2,700 students, faculty, and staff accompanied those exhibits. Some were class, senior, or capstone projects. Others were demonstrations from some of the more than 300 student clubs and organizations at RIT. All were prime examples that you can have fun while learning.

Inspiring Minds

Watch what happened at Imagine RIT

Prototype to Production

Student explains electric battery-operated wheelchair.

Power-assist wheelchair

Industrial design student Chase Kahn, center, demonstrates the power-assist wheelchair Kahn designed with Matt Meleski, from E-Bikes East. The two plan to seek a patent for their device. Credit: Carlos Ortiz

tudent places VR headset on Imagine RIT visitor while other visitors look  on.

Virtual reality

Pratheep Kumar Chelladurai, a human computer interaction master’s student, helps a visitor try a VR prototype. The prototype enhances sound perception by converting sounds into distinct vibration patterns with the goal of enhancing VR gaming experiences for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals. Credit: Traci Westcott

Two female students discuss a neck brace on a mannequin.

Brace yourself

Biomedical engineering students Lydia Blatnik, far left, and Margaret Carey explain how a newly designed cervical collar was designed for emergency medical services. The student team built a prototype that is more comfortable and able to attach to a backboard. The design prototype will undergo further testing with the hope of commercialization. Credit: Carlos Ortiz

Three young men at table discuss equipment with man standing.

Improving healthcare

Working with a physician, mechanical engineering students, from left to right, Will Christ, Matthew Butkevitch, and Wyatt Kaneps talk about a new CPAP machine with Mike Ritter from Syracuse, N.Y. The students designed a cost-effective CPAP machine that can assist individuals with breathing difficulties. Credit: Carlos Ortiz

Extraordinary on Display

Man walks through tunnel with light projections on walls and ceilings.
Hunter Ostrander, a 3D digital design student, explores the 3D Immersive World Projection Experience.
Student blows glass in foreground with students at the kiln in the 
RIT’s Glass Hot Shop is buzzing as students create hand-blown glass pumpkins.
College student demonstrates cybersecurity.
RIT cybersecurity student Anthony Ioppolo runs simulations for visitors in the Cyber Range and Training Center.
Students performing hip hop dance in front of a crowd.
Performing arts groups entertain during the hip-hop dance showcase in the SHED.
Remote-controlled airplanes sit on table while visitors look on.
The SHED became the center of activity during Imagine RIT.

Discover the Future

College student demonstrates 3D print recycling.

Recycling plastics

Mechanical engineering technology student Will Roberson demonstrates a system for recycling 3D-print waste to make new prints. The exhibit is a project of RIT’s chapter of the Society of Plastics Engineers, which promotes a more sustainable maker experience at RIT. Credit: Carlos Ortiz

An adult helps a child put on a VR headset.

Global connection

Rejane Kastrati, a computing and information technologies student at RIT Kosovo, helps Maya Proano Alm, 11, of Pittsford, N.Y., get ready to enter the JoySphere, an exhibit inspired by Kosovo’s hospitality and joyous culture. The exhibit inside Gordon Field House utilized adaptive AI algorithms and sensory integration to personalize happiness experiences like a beach or forest. Credit: Gabrielle Plucknette-DeVito

Children look at monotone objects in yellow-hued lighting.

Experimenting with color

Rochester residents Porter, right, and Bailey Ellis experiment with color under unusual lighting. The exhibit was run by students from the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science. Credit: Traci Westcott

A male student and female student in front of an electronic platform and container.

Exploring space

Aubrey Tarmu, left, a computer engineering student, and Chelsea Taylor, an industrial and systems engineering student, show a containment system that can be used by NASA to collect and preserve samples from asteroids. The prototype will be sent to NASA this summer for additional testing. Credit: Carlos Ortiz

Imagine RIT logo cloud


We hope you can join us next year on April 26, 2025!


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