Two honored at Rochester Press Radio Day dinner
RIT men’s lacrosse captain Matt Hossack, a fourth-year mechanical engineering student from Port Perry, Ontario, Canada, and Barry Culhane, executive assistant to President Bill Destler, will be honored at the 67th Annual Rochester Press Radio Club Day of Champions Dinner on May 31 at the Joseph Floreano Riverside Convention Center. Hossack is the Rich Funke Jr. College Male Athlete of the Year, while Culhane will be honored with the Maj. Donald Holleder Award.
Hossack, a senior long-stick midfielder, was named the 2015 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Iroquois National Award as Division III’s Most Outstanding Player, and also earned first team All-American honors after leading RIT to a 21-1 record and a berth in the NCAA National Semifinal. He tallied 28 points on 14 goals and 14 assists to go along with 122 ground balls and 52 caused turnovers. He is a two-time Liberty League Defensive Player of the Year and Liberty League Tournament MVP. In four seasons at RIT, Hossack led the team to 52 straight regular season wins, a 77-6 overall record, and four trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a berth in the 2013 National Championship game. He is among RIT’s all-time leaders with 360 ground balls and 137 caused turnovers. RIT has won seven straight conference champtionships.
Culhane, who joined the university in 1974, is a former U.S. Army medic who has gone on to be a key advocate for area military veterans. He has served in volunteer leadership roles with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Corporation of Greater Rochester, the Al Sigl Center, Junior Achievement of Rochester, Upstate New York Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Rochester Rotary Club and numerous other organizations.
In 1995, he received the President of RIT’s Award for Excellence and the Roger Robach Award for his work on the Vietnam Memorial. Culhane received the second Four Presidents Distinguished Public Service Award in 2004. Culhane is also the chairman for the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival. Launched in 2008, Imagine RIT is a campus-wide event that showcases the innovative and creative spirit of RIT students, faculty and staff that attracts 30,000 visitors on a yearly basis.
April 24, 2019
Running in Circles: Engineering students build Human Hamster Wheel
The big wheel will turn, but the hamsters will be humans instead. Students in RIT’s Engineering House built a Human Hamster Wheel, and instead of running in circles, as the cliché goes, their 7-foot wheel will produce electricity. Open to children and adults, the wheel will be one of many interactive exhibits featured at this year’s Imagine RIT: Creativity and Innovation Festival on April 27.
April 23, 2019
Packaging solutions improve product shelf life and sustainability
Images of plastic bags and bottles clogging beaches and oceans have some calling for a ban on all such products. But packaging experts say it’s not that easy to eliminate a highly effective material. Instead, researchers at RIT are looking to strike a balance: Find a way to produce plastics that retain their best qualities and yet are more environmentally friendly.
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
RIT hosts 2019 Upstate NY Regional Student Conference on April 19 and 20 at Polisseni Center
Concrete canoes float—really. And bridges are more complicated to construct than putting up a few steel beams. Student-engineers who build both the unusual—yet attractive—canoes and complex bridge spans will display their designs at the 2019 Upstate New York Regional Student Conference taking place April 19-20 at RIT.