Administrative Council

  • Secretary of the Institute and Chief of Staff
    phone: 585-475-2396
    View Bio »

    Karen Barrows

    Secretary of the Institute and Chief of Staff, ,

    In 2008, Karen Barrows was promoted to chief of staff in the office of President William Destler. Barrows has been with the Office of the President since 1998.

    Barrows manages the president’s office and serve as a member of the Administrative Council. In 2010, she was also named Secretary of the Institute, where she is responsible for the RIT Board of Trustees’ business, including support of the core and sub-committees that are maintained by the board.

    Barrows joined RIT in 1989, in the Information Services division of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. In 1991, she moved to the Office of the Dean at NTID and was eventually named Assistant to the Dean in 1995.

    Originally from Massachusetts, Barrows has a Bachelor of Science degree from Fitchburg State College in Early Childhood Education. Barrows earned her MBA from RIT in 2004 through the Executive MBA program in the E. Philip Saunders College of Business.

    Barrows was awarded the Student Government President's Award in 2005, the Staff Council Excellence in Service Award in 2007, and is the recipient of two NTID National Advisory Group's Excellence in Service Awards.

  • President, National Technical Institute for the Deaf; Vice President and Dean, RIT
    phone: 585-475-6724
    View Bio »

    Gerard Buckley

    President, National Technical Institute for the Deaf; Vice President and Dean, RIT, ,

    Dr. Gerard Buckley has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, including more than 20 years serving in a variety of capacities at NTID. From 1990 to 1993, Buckley served as chairperson and assistant professor of the Department of Educational Outreach at NTID, followed by five years as director of NTID's Center for Outreach and assistant professor on the RIT/NTID Social Work Support Team.

    From 1998 to 2003, he served as NTID associate dean for student services, and held the position of NTID assistant vice president for college advancement with responsibility for the admissions, placement, marketing, and outreach operations of the college from 2004 until beginning his role as President of NTID and Vice President of RIT on January 1, 2011.

  • Senior Sustainability Advisor
    phone: 585-475-7942
    View Bio »

    Enid Cardinal

    Senior Sustainability Advisor, ,

    RIT appointed Enid Cardinal senior sustainability advisor for the university in 2011. Cardinal is a LEED-accredited professional with a background in socially responsible investing and environmental policy.

    Cardinal previously served as director of the Office of Sustainability at Illinois State University. She worked to infuse a culture of sustainability at ISU that included a reduction of office paper use, waste reduction and food scrap composting in dining services, installation of permeable parking surfaces, ride sharing and an assessment of hand-drying options. Prior to ISU, she held positions as an independent consultant, social analyst and a project controller. A native of Baldwinsville, N.Y., Cardinal earned a master¹s degree in environmental policy from Bard College and a bachelor¹s degree in biology and history from Binghamton University.

  • Vice President, Development and Alumni Relations
    phone: 585-475-7721
    View Bio »

    Lisa Cauda

    Vice President, Development and Alumni Relations, ,

    As Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, Dr. Lisa Cauda has been the architect of the largest two fundraising campaigns in RIT’s history and under her leadership, the university has raised more than $540 million in philanthropic support. Dr. Cauda has served RIT since 2000 and was named vice president for development and alumni relations in July 2006 following the successful completion of the university’s capital campaign which ultimately surpassed its $300 million goal.

    Working closely with her senior leadership, her partners across the campus and the Board of Trustees, Dr. Cauda oversees campus-wide fundraising initiatives, major campaigns, annual giving, as well as principal and major gift fundraising. She also works closely with the RIT Alumni Association Board of Directors, together fostering and advancing the RIT for Life commitment and guiding the engagement and activities of the university’s 121,000 alumni worldwide.  Under her leadership, RIT’s Division of Development and Alumni Relations has doubled in size, growing to more than 100 employees. Dr. Cauda manages an annual fundraising goal of $35 million and a working annual budget of $11 million.

    Prior to joining RIT, Dr. Cauda spent eight years at Stevens Institute of Technology, ultimately serving as assistant vice president of development and campaign director. At Stevens, Dr. Cauda led the development efforts of two successful campaigns, managing corporate and foundation relations, major gifts, research and the annual fund.

    Dr. Cauda earned a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree in corporate and public communications from Seton Hall University, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware.

  • Chief Communications Officer, University News
    phone: 585-475-4733
    View Bio »

    Bob Finnerty

    Chief Communications Officer, University News, ,

    Bob Finnerty is RIT’s Chief Communications Officer. He joined RIT in 2002 and is responsible for enhancing the university’s internal and external communications while overseeing University News Services.

    Finnerty advises the RIT president and administrative team in the areas of public relations, media relations, publications, advertising, branding, marketing communications, social media and crisis communications. He also supervises RIT Sports Information.

    Prior to RIT, Finnerty worked at the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle for 12 years, serving as a reporter and an editor. While serving as metro editor, the Democrat and Chronicle won four consecutive “Best of Gannett” awards and was named the Associated Press “Newspaper of Distinction” for New York state.

    Finnerty is a graduate of Purdue University and also earned a master’s degree at RIT in multidisciplinary studies, where he focused on marketing as well as communication and media technologies.

  • Ellen Granberg headshot
    Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
    phone: 585-475-6399
    View Bio »

    Ellen Granberg

    Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, ,

    Ellen Granberg became RIT’s provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs in August 2018. She is the first woman in the university’s history to serve as provost, which is the university’s top academic officer.

    Granberg brings to RIT extensive experience as a leader in both academia and industry. She previously served as senior associate provost at Clemson University.

    She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from UC Davis and spent 11 years working for Pacific Bell in the San Francisco Bay area as a project manager and technical director in software development. In 1995, she left industry to pursue advanced degrees, earning her Ph.D. in sociology from Vanderbilt University in 2001. That same year, she joined the faculty at Clemson, one of the nation’s Top 25-ranked public universities, and went on to be promoted to chair of the department of sociology and anthropology, associate provost for faculty affairs and senior associate provost.

    To learn more, visit the Office of the Provost website.

  • Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
    phone: 585-475-6347
    View Bio »

    Keith Jenkins

    Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, ,

    Keith Jenkins has been appointed vice president and associate provost for Diversity and Inclusion at the university. Professor Jenkins previously served as Director of Undergraduate Programs in RIT’s College of Liberal Arts. Jenkins, who came to RIT in 1992, has been recognized with numerous awards in both teaching and diversity initiatives. He was given the 2010 Eisenhart Award, given for outstanding teaching, and the 2004 RIT Diversity Trailblazer Award, and in 2005 he was the recipient of RIT’s Isaac L. Jordan Pluralism Award for his commitment to diversity on and off campus. His research work focuses on intercultural communication, political and visual rhetoric, and most recently includes a study of the impact of race on rhetoric and an analysis of the public speeches of President Barack Obama. Plans for a national search for a permanent diversity officer are pending.

  • Senior Vice President, Student Affairs
    phone: 585-475-2267
    View Bio »

    Sandra Johnson

    Senior Vice President, Student Affairs, ,

    Sandra “Sandy” Johnson became RIT’s senior vice president for student affairs on July 1, 2014.

    Johnson oversees a $25 million annual budget and a staff of more than 200 people in the university’s Student Life, Wellness, Student Learning and Athletics departments. The office serves students in RIT’s nine colleges, a diverse population of more than 15,000 undergraduates and 2,900 graduate students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, including more than 1,300 deaf and hard-of-hearing students at its National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

    Prior to RIT, Johnson served for nearly eight years as vice president for the Division of Student Affairs at Hofstra University. Her previous work experience also includes an eight-year stint as associate dean in the Division of Student Affairs at Columbia U niversity and eight years as associate dean in the Office of Student Life at Barnard College. She holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Master of Education from Columbia’s Teachers College and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from State University of New York, College at Oswego.

    For more on Johnson, visit http://www.rit.edu/news/athenaeum_story.php?id=50672

  • Joe Johnston headshot
    Ombudsperson
    phone: 585-475-7357
    View Bio »

    Joe Johnston

    Ombudsperson, ,

    Joe Johnston was appointed RIT Ombudsperson by President Munson in June 2018. Joe previously served as Director of RIT’s Center for Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, and before that he was the associate director. Johnston is familiar with RIT’s systems, campus policies, procedures, and government regulations.  His work on the Student Behavior Consultation Team (SBCT) has afforded him the insight and experiences necessary for assisting students with unique issues and challenges.  Johnson has the experience necessary to provide conflict resolution resources to RIT students, faculty, and staff in leading the Ombuds Office.

  • Ian Mortimer headshot
    Vice President for Enrollment Management
    phone: 585-475-6637
    View Bio »

    Ian Mortimer

    Vice President for Enrollment Management, ,

    Ian Mortimer ’04 (MBA) was named RIT’s vice president of Enrollment Management in June 2018. With an enrollment of nearly 19,000 students, RIT is one of the largest private universities in the nation. Students hail from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. A top 100 national research university, RIT also has international locations in China, Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo.

    Mortimer previously served as vice president for enrollment and student experience at Nazareth College in Rochester, where he began in 2013. Prior to that, he served as vice president for enrollment management at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt.

    Mortimer earned his MBA from RIT’s Saunders College of Business in 2004. He also holds an MS.Ed. in counseling psychology and a BS degree in English, both from St. Bonaventure University.

  • Vice President and Dean of the Institute of Health Sciences and Technology
    phone: 585-475-4861
    View Bio »

    Daniel B. Ornt

    Vice President and Dean of the Institute of Health Sciences and Technology, ,

    Dr. Daniel B. Ornt was named the first Vice President and Dean of the Institute of Health Sciences and Technology at RIT in 2011.

    Ornt previously served as  the Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. He has a combined 30 years of experience in medical education programs at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

    As vice president/dean of the Institute of Health Sciences and Technology, Ornt will head the institute’s three components: RIT’s ninth college, the College of Health Sciences and Technology, the Health Sciences Research Center and the Health Sciences Outreach Center. He will facilitate interactions with colleagues and CEOs at other institutions. 

    The Institute of Health Sciences and Technology grew from the RIT and Rochester General Health System Alliance. For more information about the RIT-RGHS Alliance, go to www.rit.edu/rghs.

  • Vice President for Research and Associate Provost
    phone: 585-475-7644
    View Bio »

    Ryne Raffaelle

    Vice President for Research and Associate Provost, ,

    Ryne Raffaelle was appointed vice president for research and associate provost at RIT in 2011. He was formerly the director of the National Center for Photovoltaics at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colo., the federal government’s central research organization for solar energy development. Raffaelle returns to RIT after serving in a number of different capacities from 2000 to 2009. His many assignments at RIT included an appointment as the first academic director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability. He also served as the director of the NanoPower Research Lab at RIT. At the National Renewable Energy Lab in Colorado, Raffaelle provided technical vision, strategic leadership, asset stewardship and personnel management for the center. He worked on developing and enhancing technical capabilities relevant to advancing solar energy technologies while delivering world-class quality research and development, testing and validation.

  • Vice President, Government and Community Relations
    phone: 585-475-5040
    View Bio »

    Deborah Stendardi

    Vice President, Government and Community Relations, ,

    Deborah Stendardi has served RIT since 1979, originally joining RIT as director of Government and Community Affairs. Since, she has been promoted to interim vice president, associate vice president and now vice president.

    Prior to joining RIT, she served in a variety of positions for six years with the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in Albany.

    In addition to her RIT responsibilities, Stendardi is very active in the Rochester community, serving in a number of volunteer and leadership roles for the United Way, Greater Rochester Metro Chamber of Commerce and other organizations. She received the Miller Award given by United Way to the outstanding campaign coordinator of the year in 1996.

    Stendardi holds a bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Cortland and a master's from SUNY Albany.

  • Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Marketing and Communications
    phone: 585-475-4727
    View Bio »

    John Trierweiler

    Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Marketing and Communications, ,

    John K. Trierweiler was named RIT’s first Chief Marketing Officer in 2016 after a nationwide search.

    Trierweiler, who has more than 30 years of experience in marketing and advertising, is responsible for creating and implementing an integrated marketing and branding strategy for the university. He also oversees several communications and marketing departments, including University News Services, Production Services, and University Publications.

    Prior to joining RIT, Trierweiler served as chief marketing officer for the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Under his tenure, the school was able to increase its worldwide rankings, and development fundraising efforts and applications both increased significantly. Before working in higher education, he held executive marketing positions at companies including Cablevision Systems, Time Warner Cable, Bumble Bee Seafoods Co., and H.J. Heinz.

    Trierweiler is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds an MBA from the University of Michigan.

  • Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration
    phone: 585-475-2378
    View Bio »

    James Watters

    Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration, ,

    James Watters joined the RIT team in 1994 as budget director.  He is now the senior vice president of finance and administration and treasurer. At RIT, he oversees the activity of over 850 full-time employees. He is responsible for administering the university’s annual $835 million operating budget and $50 million capital budget, $1.1 billion endowment and working capital portfolios, $1.0 billion pension fund, and $260 million public debt portfolio. Jim is responsible for auxiliary enterprises; human resources; accounting/payroll; insurance; public safety; audit; legal; compliance and ethics; information technology and security; institutional research; real estate; and facilities operations, design, and construction.

    Jim is vice chair of RIT’s Global Delivery Corporation and chairman of the board of RIT Croatia. He is also treasurer of RIT Dubai’s board of trustees. Jim serves on several non-profit and for-profit boards, including the Greater Rochester Health Foundation, NY Kitchen, Broadstone Net Lease, Broadstone Residential, Vnomics, Viggi Kids, and the Rochester Regional Heart Care Committee.

    He came to RIT from the University of Pittsburgh, where he spent his entire academic and previous professional years and earned a BS, MS, and Ph.D. During his 16 years at the University of Pittsburgh, Watters held the positions of assistant chancellor of real estate and management, assistant vice chancellor of business and finance, as well as captive insurance, and assistant director for administration in the public safety division.

Deans

  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf
    phone: 585-475-6724
    View Bio »

    Gerard Buckley

    President, National Technical Institute for the Deaf; Vice President and Dean, RIT, ,

    Dr. Gerard Buckley has more than 30 years of experience in higher education, including more than 20 years serving in a variety of capacities at NTID. From 1990 to 1993, Buckley served as chairperson and assistant professor of the Department of Educational Outreach at NTID, followed by five years as director of NTID's Center for Outreach and assistant professor on the RIT/NTID Social Work Support Team.

    From 1998 to 2003, he served as NTID associate dean for student services, and held the position of NTID assistant vice president for college advancement with responsibility for the admissions, placement, marketing, and outreach operations of the college from 2004 until beginning his role as President of NTID and Vice President of RIT on January 1, 2011.

  • Graduate Education
    phone: 585-475-5567
    View Bio »

    Twyla Cummings

    Graduate Education, ,

    Twyla Cummings was named dean of Graduate Education at RIT in 2016. Cummings previously served as senior associate dean for graduate studies and faculty research in RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

    Cummings has also served as a professor in RIT’s School of Media Sciences, teaching and researching in the areas of media distribution and print industry trends. She was also appointed the Paul and Louise Miller Distinguished Professorship and worked as a graduate director for the print media program. She was the 2015 Naomi Berber Memorial Award winner from the Printing Industries of America. In 2013, she was inducted into the print industry’s Women of Distinction program, sponsored by the OutputLinks Communications Group, a global marketing and publishing firm. Cummings was also the recipient of the 2014 Isaac L. Jordan Sr. Faculty Pluralism Award—given annually to an RIT faculty member who has made a significant contribution to diversity efforts on campus and within the Rochester community.

    In addition to earning a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in business and industrial management from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, Cummings earned her doctoral degree in business management from Union Institute and University in Cincinnati.

  • Kate Gleason College of Engineering
    phone: 585-475-2145
    View Bio »

    Doreen Edwards

    Kate Gleason College of Engineering, ,

    Doreen Edwards was named dean of the Kate Gleason College of Engineering at RIT in 2016. Edwards was previously dean of the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University. She is the first female dean of the university’s engineering college, which is the only one in the United States that is named after a woman. Edwards, who has published more than 60 papers and holds two patents, brings more than 20 years of experience in academia and industry as a researcher, educator, and administrator to the new position. Edwards holds a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University. Prior to attending graduate school, Edwards worked for eight years as a research scientist at BIRL (a contract research lab at Northwestern University) and at the Gould Research Center.

  • B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
    phone: 585-475-5365
    View Bio »

    Anne Haake

    B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences, ,

    Anne R. Haake became dean of the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences at RIT in 2016. Haake previously served as professor and associate dean for Research and Scholarship in the Golisano College.

    Haake has had a distinguished career in academia, including 15 years at RIT. She has served in interdisciplinary curriculum development roles for several programs, including bioinformatics, medical informatics, the Ph.D. in computing and information sciences and the human-computer interaction master’s program. She has been a leader in interdisciplinary research, as principal investigator of National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health-funded research and as a mentor for undergraduate and graduate student research. In 2012, she was named RIT’s first National Science Foundation Expert in the foundation’s Division of Biological Infrastructure and served as a program director for the division.

    Haake received a bachelor’s in biology from Colgate University and a master’s and Ph.D. in developmental biology from University of South Carolina. She also completed the master’s in software development and management at RIT, while on the faculty at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

  • University Studies
    phone: 585-475-2295
    View Bio »

    James Hall

    University Studies, ,

    James C. Hall was named dean of RIT University Studies in 2018. University Studies includes the School of Individualized Studies (SOIS), University Exploration and RIT’s Honors Program. Hall also serves as executive director of RIT's School of Individualized Studies in 2014. Prior to joining RIT in 2014, Hall previously served as the University of Alabama’s director of New College as well as executive director of the Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning.

    The School of Individualized Studies (SOIS) is RIT’s academic unit for individualized degrees, custom-designed to best meet students’ ideas, interests, and career goals through careful consideration of all courses RIT has to offer, including SOIS’ portfolio of multidisciplinary courses. The school offers flexible degrees for students to pursue an education at their own pace and create an academic plan of study specifically designed to meet their individualized ideas, interests and career goals.

    The school offers three undergraduate credentials in applied arts and science, an MS degree in professional studies, and several advanced, professional certificate programs including one in project management. SOIS also provides academic programs to more than 450 students at RIT Kosovo in the capital city of Pristina, and it is the largest provider of online courses at RIT.

    The School of Individualized Study is also home to Outreach Education and Training (OET). OET provides multidisciplinary, educational opportunities to corporate cohorts or fields of professionals. Additionally, OET supports the OSHA® Education Center.

    Prior to the University of Alabama, Hall taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Hall completed his Ph.D. and MA in American studies at the University of Iowa. He has also completed a MA in religion and culture and BA in English at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. His research and professional interests include African-American literature as well as higher education innovation and reform.

  • College of Art and Design
    phone: 585-475-5392
    View Bio »

    Todd Jokl

    College of Art and Design, ,

    Dr. Todd S. Jokl became Dean of RIT’s College of Art and Design in 2019. He previously served as Dean of the University of New Haven’s Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts in Connecticut, where he served as a professor and administrator for nearly two decades. Prior to his appointment at Lyme, he was a faculty member as well as chair of the Department of Art and Design and an assistant dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Haven.

    Jokl holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University, a master of fine arts from the University of Connecticut, and a doctorate in education from Southern Connecticut State University. He also completed the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

  • College of Science
    phone: 585-475-2483
    View Bio »

    Sophia Maggelakis

    College of Science, ,

    Sophia Maggelakis became interim dean of the College of Science in May 2009.

    She also serves as the head of the School of Mathematical Sciences.

    Maggelakis joined the Department of Mathematics and Statistics in 1990 and became chair in 2000. In 2006, she was instrumental in forming the School of Mathematical Sciences, which houses three undergraduate programs in Applied Mathematics, Computational Mathematics, and Applied Statistics, a graduate program in Applied and Computational Mathematics, two research centers‹the Center for Applied and Computational Mathematics and the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation‹and the Summer Math Institute.

    Maggelakis is a past recipient of the Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching. She has led and implemented a program that reduced student failure rates in science and engineering calculus. In addition, she acts as a mentor for the Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics Group of Rochester.
    She has given talks about mathematics and its applications to various groups of high school students, such as The Center for Talented Youth, the Faces of Change Conference and the Senior High School Science Exploration Day.

    Maggelakis has published numerous articles in the area of mathematical biology. She has focused her research on the mathematical modeling of biological processes such as tumor growth, capillary growth, wound healing and retinopathy.

  • Saunders College of Business
    phone: 585-475-5603
    View Bio »

    Jacqueline Mozrall

    Saunders College of Business, ,

    Jacqueline Mozrall became dean of Saunders College of Business at RIT in 2015. She will serve in this role while the university conducts a nationwide search for the college. Prior to this role, Mozrall was a professor and senior associate dean of RIT’s Kate Gleason College of Engineering.

    Mozrall is an RIT alumna, having received her Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from the university in 1987, and holds a place in RIT’s athletics Hall of Fame for an outstanding career in soccer. She received a master’s degree in industrial engineering from North Carolina State University and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Since 2003, Mozrall has served as a member of the executive management team for the award-winning Women in Engineering at RIT and has been actively engaged as a program evaluator and training mentor for the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).  She has a keen interest in undergraduate education and has been involved in the development and coordination of the multi-disciplinary senior design and honors programs for undergraduate engineering students at RIT.   She also served as executive director and principal investigator of a Toyota USA foundation grant to support the development of engaging in-lab and on-line hands-on activities linking K-12 STEM curriculum to real-world engineering problems.

  • Golisano Institute for Sustainability
    phone: 585-475-5106
    View Bio »

    Nabil Nasr

    Golisano Institute for Sustainability, ,

    Nabil Nasr, associate provost and director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability, joined RIT in 1989 as an assistant professor in the College of Engineering.  In 1997, he founded the Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery, which has become a leading source of applied research and solutions in remanufacturing technologies.

    Since 2002, he has served as assistant provost and director of the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies, whose mission is to increase competitiveness of manufacturers through applied technology and training.  In 2007, he became the founding director of  Golisano Institute for Sustainability.  Sustainable production systems and the built environment are the focus of interdisciplinary academic and research programs within Golisano Institute for Sustainability

    For over 25 years, Dr. Nasr has worked in the fields of sustainable manufacturing, remanufacturing, clean production, and sustainable product development and is considered an international leader in research and development efforts in these disciplines. 

    He has developed strong ties to industry through efforts to implement and improve sustainable design and remanufacturing processes at hundreds of companies from diverse sectors.  He has served as an expert delegate for the U.S. government in several international forums, including the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the United Nations, and the World Trade Organization. 

  • Institute of Health Sciences and Technology
    phone: 585-475-4861
    View Bio »

    Daniel B. Ornt

    Vice President and Dean of the Institute of Health Sciences and Technology, ,

    Dr. Daniel B. Ornt was named the first Vice President and Dean of the Institute of Health Sciences and Technology at RIT in 2011.

    Ornt previously served as  the Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. He has a combined 30 years of experience in medical education programs at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

    As vice president/dean of the Institute of Health Sciences and Technology, Ornt will head the institute’s three components: RIT’s ninth college, the College of Health Sciences and Technology, the Health Sciences Research Center and the Health Sciences Outreach Center. He will facilitate interactions with colleagues and CEOs at other institutions. 

    The Institute of Health Sciences and Technology grew from the RIT and Rochester General Health System Alliance. For more information about the RIT-RGHS Alliance, go to www.rit.edu/rghs.

  • College of Engineering Technology
    phone: 585-475-6081
    View Bio »

    Manian Ramkumar

    College of Engineering Technology, ,

    Manian Ramkumar was appointed interim dean of the College of Engineering Technology at RIT in 2016. Ramkumar has led CET's manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology (MMET) department since 2013.

    Ramkumar, who has been at RIT since 1989, started as an adjunct faculty member in the MMET program. During his tenure with the college, he also served as MMET’s undergraduate and graduate program chairs, and as director of RIT’s Center for Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly.

    A graduate of PSG College of Technology, India, with a master’s degree in manufacturing engineering from RIT and a doctoral degree in systems science from SUNY Binghamton, Ramkumar is recognized for his research in surface mount electronic packaging, manufacturing automation and systems integration, particularly toward the development of package-on-package technology—the method used to 3D-stack components on printed circuit boards. He is a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Surface Mount Technology Association and member of the International Microelectronics and Packaging Society.

    Through Ramkumar’s leadership, CEMA and MMET faculty have been instrumental in providing training in electronics packaging for regional corporations as well as economic development initiatives for veterans and displaced workers. CEMA is also part of the RIT consortium contributing training and resources for AIM Photonics, specifically in the area of electronics assembly and packaging.

  • College of Liberal Arts
    phone: 585-475-2447
    View Bio »

    James Winebrake

    College of Liberal Arts, ,

    James Winebrake currently serves as the dean of the College of Liberal Arts at RIT. He works with the administration as well as the college’s faculty, staff and students to advance education and scholarship in the social sciences, humanities, and performing arts, while also promoting interdisciplinary initiatives across RIT’s nine colleges.

    Winebrake previously served as chair of RIT’s Department of Science, Technology and Society/Public Policy and has earned international recognition for his research on issues related to the environmental impacts of transportation, including health risk assessments of ocean-going vessels, total fuel-cycle analysis of alternative fuels, and cost-effectiveness of emissions reduction technologies and policies for trains, trucks and ships. He serves or has served on several National Academies of Science research committees, the New York State Energy Planning Board, and other professional boards related to energy and environmental policy and planning.

    In 2010, Dr. Winebrake was awarded the RIT Trustees Scholar Award in recognition of his scholarly contributions in the energy and environmental fields. He has also received numerous other research and teaching awards during his career, including the Madison Scholar Award and the Outstanding Teacher Award while serving as a faculty member at James Madison University in Virginia.

    Dr. Winebrake received his Ph.D. in energy management and policy from the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a B.S. in physics from Lafayette College and a M.S. in technology and policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.