Innovation Council

RIT's Innovation Council is a central organizational component to the Simone Center. It is comprised of university-wide faculty and staff. The principal task is to provide guidance to the Simone Center in advancing its core objective of promoting multidisciplinary innovation and entrepreneurship projects. Other important tasks include understanding the existing capacity and needs of particular academic programs and establishing contact and information points within the colleges.

Richard DeMartino
Richard DeMartino is the Albert J. Simone Endowed Chair for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). He also serves as the director of Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which promotes innovation and entrepreneurship education and activity throughout the RIT community.
Michael Slifka
Michael Slifka is an assistant professor in the Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology/Packaging Science Department and has over 30 years of industry experience focusing on product design. He strives to empower students to change current products and technologies for better or new uses, breaking currently accepted paradigms and creating new ones.
Zoran Ninkov
Zoran Ninkov is a professor in Carlson Center for Imaging Science, School of Physics and Astronomy, and Center for Detectors. He teaches classes mainly in imaging and instrumentation. His research group is engaged in instrument and detector development for astronomy, remote sensing, and medical imaging.
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Victor Perotti
Victor Perotti is an associate professor in the Saunders College of Business and is a consultant on the business implications of new technologies. His most recent research examines social networks (especially, social computing, Clean Slate Internet approaches, mobile collaboration, digital entrepreneurship, electronic communities, and video game business models.
Jim Vallino
Jim Vallino is a professor in software engineering at RIT. His professional interests include engineering of real-time and embedded software systems, safety-critical systems, concurrent systems, distributed systems, and programming environments and tools.
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Andrea Hickerson
Andrea Hickerson is an assistant professor of communication in the College of Liberal Arts. She conducts research on journalism routines and political communication, specifically as they relate to immigrant and transnational communities. She is currently working on a project called “The Immigrant Journalist in the Digital Age,” which explores the role of media in immigrant communities in the U.S. Professor Hickerson is also interested in open source and journalism innovation.
Joseph Baschnagel
Joseph Baschnagel is Assistant Professor of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts. His degree is in Clinical Psychology and is currently collaborating with the Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory here at RIT to incorporate mobile eye-tracking into cue-reactivity paradigms.
Richard Doolittle
Richard Doolittle is the vice dean of RIT’s College of Health Sciences and Technology. Dick served previously as the assistant provost for Undergraduate Education, head of the School of Life Sciences and head of the Medical Sciences Department. He has extensive experience in program and curriculum development and is a key member of the RIT/RGHS (Rochester General Health Systems) Alliance.
Stan Rickel
Stan is the Department Chair and the Graduate Coordinator for RIT’s Industrial Design Program. His current areas of research and interest include sensible design, Dr. Seuss, whole/brain thinking, abstractions and perception, emergent properties of artifacts and environments, and most importantly, education of the next generation of brilliant designers.
Denis Cormier
Denis Cormier is the Earl W. Brinkman Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at RIT. His teaching and research interests focus on additive manufacturing and direct-write printing technologies for the synthesis of novel materials and geometric structures.
Rich Notargiacomo
Rich serves as Manager of Business Development for Venture Creations (a business incubator) at RIT, a role in which he helps companies advance their businesses and business concepts through a combination of coaching, consulting, and networking. Rich is also an Adjunct Professor at the Saunders College of Business teaching classes in technology commercialization, small business consulting, and strategy.
Andrew Phelps
Andy is director of RIT's Center for MAGIC (Media, Arts, Games, Interaction, and Creativity).
James Hall
Jim is executive director and interim graduate director of RIT's School of Individualized Study (SOIS).
Elizabeth DeBartolo
Beth is director of Multidisciplinary Design and associate professor of Mechanical Engineering in Kate Gleason College of Engineering.
Daniel Phillips
Dan is the department head and an associate professor of Biomedical Engineering in Kate Gleason College of Engineering.
Dana Wolcott
Dana is the Lead Innovation Coach at the Simone Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Mike Buffalin
Mike is the director of the Student Makerspace at RIT, fondly known as The Construct. Areas of interest include additive manufacturing, product development and entrepreneurship.
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Raj Murthy
Raj is an associate professor of Marketing at the RIT Saunders College of Business.
Roger Dube
Roger is a research professor and director of the Science Exploration Program at the RIT Center for Imaging Science.
Elena Fedorovskaya
Elena is the Paul and Louise Miller Distinguished Professor at the RIT School of Media Sciences.
Jason Arena
Jason is an associate professor of New Media Design at the RIT College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.
Josh Owen
Josh is a Program Chair and Professor of Industrial Design at the RIT College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.
Scot Atkins
Scot is an NTID Support Faculty member at the RIT Saunders College of Business.
Gabrielle Gaustad
Gabrielle is an assistant professor at the RIT Golisano Institute for Sustainability.