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Coming of Age

Coming of Age
Coming of Age
Coming of Age
Coming of Age
Coming of Age
The Center for Imaging Science at Rochester Institute of Technology

Coming of Age describes the formation of RIT’s Center for Imaging Science (CIS) from its inception in the early 1980s to its current reputation as a nationally recognized research facility. CIS awarded RIT’s first Ph.D. in 1993. The program helped transform RIT from a teaching university to a research institute. Dr. John Schott narrates the history of the Center for Imaging Science, accompanied by archival photographs, and highlights significant milestones in CIS history.


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Release Date: October 2019

Overview

Coming of Age describes the formation of RIT’s Center for Imaging Science (CIS) from its inception in the early 1980s to its current reputation as a nationally recognized research facility. CIS awarded RIT’s first Ph.D. in 1993. The program helped transform RIT from a teaching university to a research institute. Dr. John Schott narrates the history of the Center for Imaging Science, accompanied by archival photographs, and highlights significant milestones in CIS history.

About the Author
Dr. John Schott was a principal physicist conducting remote sensing research at Calspan Corporation (formerly Cornell Aeronautical Laboratories) for eight years. In 1980, he joined the Photographic Science and Instrumentation Department at RIT, where he helped guide the formation of RIT’s Center for Imaging Science and the development of RIT’s first doctoral program. Now retired, Dr. Schott continues to conduct research and mentor graduate students. He received a Scholarship Award in 2009, was inducted into RIT’s Innovation Hall of Fame in 2013, and was named RIT faculty retiree of the year in 2017.

Details

Publisher: RIT Press (10/2019)
ISBN-13: 978-1-939125-65-1
Binding: Softcover
Pages: 264
Illustrations: 141, mostly color
Size: 6 x 9 in.
Shipping Weight: 1lb

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Table of Contents

9    Preface
11    Acknowledgments

15    Before the Beginning
25    The Beginning
33    Conceptualizing a Ph.D. Program
39    A Building?
41    The Ph.D. Takes Form
47    The Center in the Early Years
55    The Center through the 1980s
73    Research and the Intelligence Community Connection
81    The Difficult Years: 1992–1996
95    You Don’t Look Like Us: 1996–1997
97    New Century and New Direction: 1997–2003
107    Expanding the Center’s Reach: Laboratories and Community Outreach
119    Research, Retirement and Retrospective
127    The Legendary “Hunt”

Appendices
131    A·Jump-­Starting the Research Program
138    B·Excerpted from My Odyssey: The Life of a Dutch Boy Born in Indonesia by Willem Brouwer
147    C·Excerpted from Schott’s Memo to Dean Mark Guldin, Reproduced from the Central Intelligence Agency Fact Finder Report.
149    D·New York Senator Alfonse D’Amato’s Request for Building Funds for RIT
155    E·Charge to Institute Study Group on Imaging Science Ph.D.
157    F·Transition from Analog to Digital
169    G·RIT-­CIA MoA 1987, Excerpted from the RIT and CIA Fact Finder Report
172    H·Schott Memo to RIT Board of Trustees Regarding CIS and CIA, 1991
180    I·Curriculum
183    J·RIT Response to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake Contributed by Don McKeown
193    K·Hardware
209    L·The Evolution of DIRSIG
224    M·Research Labs
242    N·CIS and Photo Science Faculty Terms Post-­1980

247    References
248    Timeline of Major Events in CIS History
251    Index
259    Photo Credits

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