Partners

Partner with RIT and put your business or organization on a path toward something amazing. Whether we’re collaborating on research, developing solutions for corporations, or helping you tap into our talented pool of students and alumni, RIT has the connections that lead to success.

Work With Our Experts

RIT gives you access to experts who provide real solutions to real challenges. Whether you need help with a technical challenge, need some testing done, or would simply like some consultation from someone who knows your field, RIT faculty can be the connection to knowledge you need to succeed.

You can use this search tool to see whether RIT has an expert in your area of need. Please contact BJ Hoerner, interim director of corporate and foundation relations, who can put you in touch with our subject area experts.

Contact

Barbara Hoerner
Interim Ex Director of Corporation and Foundation Relations
University Development and Engagement
Development and Alumni Relations
585-475-5498

Foundation Relations

Private and corporate foundations are pivotal players in philanthropic support at RIT. Longstanding partnerships with foundations have helped to advance exciting projects in education innovation, the arts, science, health, imaging, computing, deaf and hard-of-hearing scholarship and more.

Through research support, scholarship funding, program pilots and operation funding, and a host of other grant opportunities, our foundation partners have helped RIT become one of the most unique and successful universities in the U.S., while advancing their foundation missions and positive change in the world.

Contact

Barbara Hoerner
Interim Ex Director of Corporation and Foundation Relations
University Development and Engagement
Development and Alumni Relations
585-475-5498

Government and Community Relations

RIT’s Office of RIT Government and Community Relations serves as the university’s liaison with federal, state, and local government entities as well as community groups and organizations. We coordinate RIT’s participation in community events and manage special events that take place on the RIT campus. Our relationships between the university and all levels of government and the community at large result in funding and other types of support and strengthen RIT’s visibility and image in the community.

Contact

Deborah Stendardi
Vice President for Govt and Community Relations
Government and Community Relations
Government and Community Relations
585-475-5040

Boosting Visibility/ Brand Building

Creating awareness about your organization within RIT has lasting effects. From our talented students seeking a unique employment opportunity, to faculty and graduate research areas that align with your needs, to branding your business as a key partner to a cutting edge university – RIT can increase your organization’s visibility.

Contact

Barbara Hoerner
Interim Ex Director of Corporation and Foundation Relations
University Development and Engagement
Development and Alumni Relations
585-475-5498

Recruit Students and Alumni

RIT's cooperative education (co-op) program provides our employer partners with the best and brightest talent for their workforce. Employers can mentor students as they perform full-time assignments in their field of study for three or six months. Our experienced Career Services team will help employer partners design a strong recruiting strategy, target innovative academic disciplines, and connect with students or graduates that best align with their business needs.

Contact

Michelle Magee
Senior Associate Director for Employer Engagement
Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Academic Affairs
585-475-2301

Industry Solutions

RIT’s roots are in industry collaborations. Our faculty and students understand the sense of urgency required to provide solutions. We work with organizations of all sizes and would like to partner with yours.

Contact

Barbara Hoerner
Interim Ex Director of Corporation and Foundation Relations
University Development and Engagement
Development and Alumni Relations
585-475-5498

Research Partnerships

RIT takes great pride in being the go-to partner for your research needs. We provide a variety of standard agreements to stream-line your engagement with the university. Along with our standard Sponsored Research Agreement, we have an Applied Research Agreement to accommodate testing or other applied research projects not expected to generate new IP, Assigned Project Agreements for cases where a sponsor make be seeking IP ownership, and an Educational Agreement that can be used for training activities.

To learn about sponsored research contracting, contact:

Scott Miller
Corporate Contract Specialist
VP for Research Office
Research
585-475-4287

Strategic Partnerships

RIT impacts industries across the spectrum through coordinated, strategically valuable relationships that include applied research, solutions development, workforce education, and more. Many of our faculty members have significant and successful experience in industry, and they bring that perspective to their classrooms and labs. This makes RIT’s consultation more relevant and valuable to corporate partners than that of traditional academic partners.

RIT’s strategic partners have said that we redefined the idea of a university/company partnership, and changed their expectations of the results that were possible working with higher education. If you want a partner that will assist your business model across your entire company, few universities offer the breadth and depth of RIT.

Contact

Barbara Hoerner
Interim Ex Director of Corporation and Foundation Relations
University Development and Engagement
Development and Alumni Relations
585-475-5498

Technology Licensing

The Intellectual Property Management Office manages RIT’s intellectual property portfolio and seeks to bring that IP to the marketplace through licensing or assignment. These technologies represent a wide diversity of market applications and range from invention disclosures to issued patents and from early-stage technologies to market-ready products and services.

Contact

William Bond
Director, Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property Management Office
Research
585-475-2986

Technology Business Incubator

RIT Venture Creations is a technology business incubator that provides a range of services for early to mid-seed stage startups to help them advance their businesses on their way to joining the ranks of viable, profitable businesses. Located at 125 Tech Park Drive, adjacent to the RIT campus, the RIT incubator is home to a NYSERDA-sponsored Clean Energy Incubator (CEI), part of the NY State Innovation Hot Spot program, and the point of contact for RIT’s Start-Up NY program.

Contact

Peter Parts
Director RIT Venture Creations Incubator
RIT Venture Creations
Research
585-239-6060

Corporate Education Programs

RIT offers a broad variety of programs that can help your organization perform at top levels. Nearly every offering can be customized to solve your most immediate problems or build for the future. Plus your business will gain preferred access to RIT’s world-class faculty while we handle the administrative details, ensuring that your programs run smoothly and provide a high return on investment. RIT is also designated as a U.S. Department of Labor OSHA Training Institute Education Center.

RIT offers companies a comprehensive menu of corporate learning options, including:

Training and education programs can be offered online, on campus, or on-site, and can include existing coursework, custom degrees, and stackable microcredentials. Our staff will work with you to determine the best mix of education choices to create your excellent workforce.

For more information on RIT’s corporate education options, contact:

Kitren VanStrander
Director Outreach Education and Training
Outreach Education and Training
Academic Affairs
585-475-7054

Working With National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Deaf and hard-of-hearing co-op students and graduates can give your businesses a competitive advantage by bringing today’s high-tech skills and diversity to the workplace. NTID students and alumni are making a difference in corporations across the nation.

Learn more about working with the National Technical Institute for the Deaf

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