Physics professor facilitates OSA incubator
Rochester Institute of Technology professor Mishkat Bhattacharya will co-host a meeting on levitated optomechanics at the Optics Society of America headquarters in Washington, D.C., from Dec. 2-4.
The incubator capitalizes on new approaches to nano-optomechanics and looks to leverage optically levitated nanoparticle systems. This area of photonics uses beams of light to hold nanoparticles in space. It can be used to measure disturbances of nanoparticles, such as the presence of trace amounts of biological agents like anthrax, the existence of weak gravitational forces and to test principles of quantum mechanics.
Bhattacharya, assistant professor in RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy, will lead the meeting along with Peter Barker, from University College, London, and collaborator Nick Vamivakas, from the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics.
Bhattacharya theoretically models nanoparticles trapped in free space based on experiments conducted by Vamivakas. A $489,730 grant from the Office of Naval Research Office funds Bhattacharya’s research in this area of precision sensing.
RIT postdoctoral research associate Brandon Rodenburg and microsystems graduate student Mohad Baboli will also attend the event as members of Bhattacharya’s team.
The OSA Incubator is sponsored by the Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, RIT and UR.
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RIT incorporates ‘soft skills’ elective into engineering educational curriculum
As part of a growing trend in enriching engineering education, RIT has approved a new course in soft skills for engineers. The one-credit elective course, originally piloted in the last academic year, has been approved as a credit-bearing option for students in RIT’s College of Engineering Technology and will begin in September.
July 19, 2019
RIT Croatia Professor Staša Puškarić featured in HBO documentary ‘Ice on Fire’
A professor from RIT Croatia is featured in Ice on Fire, a new HBO documentary about climate change produced by Oscar-winner Leonardo DiCaprio, George DiCaprio and Mathew Schmid and directed by Leila Conners. Professor Staša Puškarić is one of several scientists featured who outline solutions designed stave off the worst effects of global warming.
July 15, 2019
RIT’s Callie Babbitt receives Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award
Callie Babbitt, an associate professor in RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability, will study sustainable solutions that will address the growing challenge of food waste management along Croatia’s Adriatic coast.
July 15, 2019
RIT selects endowed executive director for new Global Cybersecurity Institute
Steve Hoover, former chief technology officer and senior vice president at Xerox and former chief executive officer of the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), has been named to the newly created position of endowed executive director of RIT’s Global Cybersecurity Institute.