Innovation Hall of Fame

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Bruce Smith

Dr. Bruce Smith ’86, ’89, ’95 is an RIT alumnus and professor of nanolithography. Between student years and faculty years, he has been a member of the RIT community for over 35 years. Bruce is the director of the Microsystems Engineering Ph.D. program in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering. A prolific inventor, Bruce holds 27 patents with 24 issued in the U.S., 2 from Japan, and 1 from Europe, all in the fields of optics, microelectronics, and nanolithography. He also has two U.S. patents pending, one with 131 other inventions referencing it — a good sign of its future importance in the field. His technical advances in nanolithography have made an impact on the way that semiconductor devices are now made, which has, in turn, changed the way many of us live our lives every day.