The McKean family is all RIT
Santina “Tina” McKean says when she walks on the RIT campus she is a “regular student, not Luke’s mom”—although both mother and son are both graduating from the university this May.
It took six long years for Tina, a mother of three from Scottsville, N.Y., to complete her MBA degree at Saunders College of Business—taking one class at a time while working as a marketing manager at PCB Piezotronics, and previously at ORMEC Systems. She said she came to RIT “first”—before Luke began pursuing his mechanical engineering degree at Kate Gleason College of Engineering.
But in reality, her husband, Christopher, was ahead of both, earning an MS degree in manufacturing and mechanical systems integration in 2003.
“During the MBA student orientation in 2010, I quickly figured out that my computer science degree from 1981 was older than my counterparts’ ages,” said Tina. “I admit I was prejudiced regarding these young millennials; what could they know after their undergraduate studies?
“I soon learned that RIT graduate students are bright, extremely hardworking and have excellent co-op and work experiences. What better way is there to learn about this generation than by taking classes and working shoulder-to-shoulder with them as a team?”
Luke said he came to RIT for the diversity of co-op opportunities. “My first experience was at Fisher Price toys where I was part of the Imaginext team of engineers where we debugged, tested and played with toys,” said Luke. “I also worked at Magnum Shielding, a Harley Davidson supplier and manufacturer, and Philips Color Kinetics which designs/develops professional LED lighting fixtures.”
“I’m impressed with the rigor and high standards of RIT and am excited to be graduating this May,” said Tina. “The fact that my son Luke is getting his mechanical engineering degree at the same time is icing on the cake and the McKean household is having a big graduation celebration."
But as Luke quickly adds, “There may be a few more people at the party than my mom expects.”
April 18, 2019
Partnership brings business education to Rochester classrooms
A unique community collaboration among Saunders College of Business, Junior Achievement and local elementary schools introduces young minds to business, economics and free enterprise through discussions, hands-on activities and video lessons.
April 18, 2019
Imagine RIT visitors get to control RIT’s ‘Weather Machine’ in new two-story-high video game
Imagine RIT visitors will help keep the skies above RIT clear during the festival on April 27, in a new video game on display at the MAGIC Spell Studios building. Festivalgoers can play “Weather Defense: A Two Stories High Video Wall Game” on six large 4K displays, mounted two stories up the atrium wall of the new 52,000-square-foot MAGIC building.
April 18, 2019
Student Spotlight: Participating in the ASCE Concrete Canoe competition
Meet Brady Smith, a fourth-year civil engineering technology student and captain of this year’s Concrete Canoe team.
April 17, 2019
Innovative suspension system for off-road vehicles takes top spot in spring Tiger Tank competition
A uniquely designed magnetic coil piston that will improve suspension systems in on- and off-road vehicles took first place in RIT’s semi-annual Tiger Tank entrepreneurship competition. Sponsored by RIT’s Saunders College of Business and hosted by RIT’s Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Tiger Tank gives students the opportunity to pitch a business idea to a panel of judges with a chance to win cash prizes.