Student Researchers, Innovators and Entrepreneurs Share Their Work Aug. 12
Student Research and Innovation Symposium showcases undergraduate discovery
Luticha Doucette has been paralyzed and in a wheelchair since she was 2 years old. Doucette, a Rochester native and a bioinformatics major at Rochester Institute of Technology, and David Olney, a third-year chemical engineering student, have come up with a way to wirelessly guide a motorized wheelchair using a smartphone or mobile device.
“We’ve created a platform using motors,” says Doucette. “The motors can be signaled from a smartphone or an iPad to move the joystick on a motorized wheelchair. This device would benefit a lot of people in wheelchairs and make it easier too for their caregivers.”
The students are currently working on getting a provisional patent.
Also applying for a patent are Justin Hillery and Sean Petterson. These undergraduate students have invented Strong Arm—a vest that helps workers lift objects while reducing the risk of back injuries.
Doucette, Olney, Hillery and Petterson are just some of the more than 200 RIT undergraduate students—all researchers and innovators—that will present their work at RIT’s annual Student Research and Innovation Symposium from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12. The event is free and open to the public. Students will be presenting in the Center for Student Innovation and Louise M. Slaughter Hall on the RIT campus.
“This symposium is one of the largest and most distinguished events of its kind,” says Jon Schull, interim director of the Center for Student Innovation. “For students from each of RIT’s nine colleges, it celebrates the culmination of their research in a wide variety of areas. It’s also an opportunity for people outside of RIT to witness this innovation ecosystem that’s thriving here at RIT.”
To learn more, go to www.rit.edu/innovationcenter/symposium.
March 19, 2019
RIT’s 14th annual Creative Industry Day set for March 21 at Gordon Field House
Rochester Institute of Technology’s 14th annual Creative Industry Day provides companies like Adobe, Blue Sky Studios and Google the opportunity to meet with RIT’s creative talent in a career-fair setting.
March 19, 2019
RIT student’s experimental game highlighted at 2019 Game Developers Conference
RIT student Shawn Liu is being recognized at the 2019 Game Developers Conference for creating an extraordinary video game that challenges players to finish a maze using Windows keyboard shortcuts.
March 19, 2019
Patrick Walsh on leadership: Understand personalities and help your people to grow
Syracuse.com features Patrick Walsh '05 (mechanical engineering), co-founder of EagleHawk
March 18, 2019
RIT wins regional collegiate cyber defense competition
A team of RIT cybersecurity students is heading to the National Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (NCCDC) after taking first place at the regional competition March 15–17.