Research at RIT

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$78M

Sponsored research awards in 2018 fiscal year

(up from $54 million in 2014)

740

Research proposals submitted in 2018 fiscal year

(up from 664 in 2014)

94

Current researchers who have achieved $1 million or more in funding since 2000

Industry Collaborations

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Latest Research News

  • June 2, 2020

    man sits on couch facing student sitting in chair while professor adjusts iPad in between them.

    Telehealth connects homeless with therapists training at RIT

    Residents of a homeless shelter in Rochester are continuing to receive therapy during the coronavirus pandemic from a team of therapists in a clinical internship program at RIT. The doctoral training program began as an exercise in using telepsychology to deliver care to a marginalized and underserved population. When New York shut down in March to stem the spreading virus, the therapists were already prepared to apply the telehealth protocols in the crisis.

  • May 28, 2020

    Nathaniel Barlow and Steve Weinstein.

    RIT scientists develop method to help epidemiologists map spread of COVID-19

    Nathaniel Barlow, associate professor in RIT’s School of Mathematical Sciences, and Steven Weinstein, head of RIT’s Department of Chemical Engineering, outline a solution to the SIR epidemic model, which is commonly used to predict how many people are susceptible to, infected by, and recovered from viral epidemics, in a study published in Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena.

  • May 26, 2020

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    RIT researchers receive grant to study microplastic pollution in Lake Ontario

    A team of RIT researchers will explore how tiny particles of plastic pollution are impacting Lake Ontario thanks to new funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The multidisciplinary group will examine how microplastics are transported and transformed in the lake, where they ultimately end up and what effects they have on the ecosystem.

  • May 19, 2020

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    RIT Professor Emeritus Roger Dube receives Fulbright Fellowship

    Professor Emeritus Roger Dube was recently awarded a prestigious Fulbright fellowship for a project to increase retention of First Nations students in STEM higher education programs. The project will take place at the University of Manitoba, where he is serving as Visiting Indigenous Scholar.

  • May 8, 2020

    Manuela Campanelli, Satish Kandlikar, and James Perkins

    RIT Honors Distinguished Faculty Awardees for 2020

    RIT honored its 2020 class of Distinguished Faculty—Manuela Campanelli, Satish Kandlikar and James Perkins. The Distinguished Professor designation is given to tenured faculty who have shown continued excellence over their careers in teaching, scholarly contributions, lasting contributions in creative and professional work and service to both the university and community.

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