Technology, the Arts, and Design

At RIT, the intersection of Technology, the Arts, and Design, or T/A/D, is the meaningful partnership of diverse ways of thinking, exploring, and making to address complex contemporary problems, advance knowledge, and pursue joy and wonder.

The disciplinary realms that comprise T/A/D at RIT include:


    Technology incorporates the application of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) for practical purposes


    The Arts involve the aesthetic articulation of creativity to connect people through shared experience or understanding


    Design is the empathetic, iterative synthesis of function and form to align product, user, and environment

    Most current T/A/D activity at RIT falls within one of the following overarching thematic areas:


    Solving Humanity's Complex Problems: uniting diverse perspectives and expertise to identify challenging problems, understand the underlying complexity, and develop creative, collaborative solutions.


    Storytelling through Enhanced Realities: leveraging Technology to help spin imaginative tales, put on wonderous shows, and create compelling experiences.


    Pushing the Boundaries of Visual Communication and Imaging: uniting expertise with technology to explore the boundaries of visual media and media technologies

    Past Events

    screenshot of first T/A/D Town Hall
    Recording of first T/A/D Town Hall

    For more information or to share your thoughts, please contact Robin Cass (CAD) Provost’s Associate for the Integration of Technology, the Arts, and Design at robin.cass@rit.edu

    TAD Strategy Working Group

    In Fall of 2020, Provost Granberg named Robin Cass, professor in the College of Art and Design, the Provost’s Associate for the Integration of Technology, the Arts, and Design and charged her with advancing the T/A/D Initiative. In Spring of 2021, Cass assembled the T/A/D Strategy Working Group, a faculty committee with representation from across the University, in order to work collaboratively to identify opportunities and recommend strategies to strengthen and grow T/A/D at RIT that leverage existing faculty expertise and interest.

    Members of the TAD Strategy Working Group

    Robin Cass

    Professor
    School for American Crafts
    College of Art and Design
    585-475-2683

    Ambarien Alqadar

    Assistant Professor
    School of Film and Animation
    College of Art and Design

    Byron Behm

    CAT Interpreter/Coordinator
    Center on Access Technology
    National Technical Institute for the Deaf

    Carlos Castellanos

    Assistant Professor
    School of Interactive Games and Media
    Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
    585-475-4439

    Julius J. Chiavaroli

    Professor
    Department of Architecture
    Golisano Institute for Sustainability
    585-475-6238

    Sandi Connelly

    Principal Lecturer
    Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences
    College of Science
    585-475-5602

    Elizabeth DeBartolo

    Associate Professor
    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Kate Gleason College of Engineering
    585-475-2152

    Keli DiRisio

    Assistant Professor
    School of Design
    College of Art and Design
    585-475-5581

    Richard Doolittle

    Senior Associate Dean
    Dean’s Office
    Institute of Health Sciences and Technology
    585-475-5972

    Joe Geigel

    Professor
    Department of Computer Science
    Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
    585-475-2051

    Elizabeth Goins

    Associate Professor
    Department of Performing Arts
    College of Liberal Arts
    585-475-2475

    W Michelle Harris

    Associate Professor
    School of Interactive Games and Media
    Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences
    585-475-4487

    Clark Hochgraf

    Associate Professor
    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology
    College of Engineering Technology
    585-475-3167

    Daniel Hughes

    Lecturer
    School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
    College of Art and Design

    Aaron Kelstone

    Principal Lecturer
    NTID Department for Performing Arts
    National Technical Institute for the Deaf
    585-475-6036

    Eric Kunsman

    Lecturer
    Department of Visual Communications Studies
    National Technical Institute for the Deaf
    585-475-7738

    Rick Mislan

    Lecturer
    Department of MIS, Marketing, and Analytics
    Saunders College of Business
    585-475-4763

    Michael Murdoch

    Associate Professor
    Color Science Program
    College of Science
    585-475-4134

    James Perkins

    Professor
    Medical Illustration Program
    Institute of Health Sciences and Technology
    585-475-2443