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A Rochester Institute of Technology-led consortium has won a $19.5 million, five-year award from the New York State Department of Environmental Conversation (DEC) to operate the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I), allowing RIT to continue to lead important environmental projects and initiatives that have a significant impact on businesses... Full Story »
Entrepreneur David Rodriguez is bringing an alternative energy solution to the nearly 3.4 million residents of Puerto Rico still living in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Rodriguez is the founder of inverSOL, a client company of Rochester Institute of Technology's Venture Creations business incubator, and the developer of a new, lower-cost, no... Full Story »
A new lab inside Rochester Institute of Technology's Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS), made possible by a $2 million gift from RIT alumnus and former trustee Sudhakar "Bal" Dixit, will provide innovative research and testing on fire-resistant materials and systems. The Bal Dixit Laboratory for Advanced Materials and Fire Protection Research is... Full Story »
Nabil Nasr, associate provost and director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS), is attending and presenting at a workshop in Montreal this week hosted by both the Canadian presidency of the G7 and the European Commission. Nasr will deliver his presentation during the June 21 workshop titled "G7 Value Retention Policies... Full Story »
One of the largest college recycling and sustainability programs in the country is underway at Rochester Institute of Technology, as the academic year ends and students move out and donate otherwise discarded items to the fourth annual Goodbye, Goodbuy! event. Up to 200 volunteers help collect, weigh, sort, store and sell items... Full Story »
University Communications is highlighting a few members of the Class of 2018. See more commencement news at rit.edu/news/commencement. As a child growing up in Newmarket, Ontario, Jennifer Russell was an avid camper and canoeist who spent as much time outdoors as possible. "I spent a lot of my childhood outside exploring," Russell recalled.... Full Story »
Rochester Institute of Technology and Foodlink Inc. have signed a formal agreement, strengthening their partnership and creating opportunities for new collaborative efforts in the fight against hunger in the region. Jeremy Haefner, RIT provost, and Julia Tedesco, Foodlink executive director, signed a memorandum of understanding at the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity... Full Story »
Rochester Institute of Technology's Master of Architecture program in the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) has been granted accreditation by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). Based in Washington, D.C., NAAB is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation. RIT's Master of... Full Story »
Christian Goossen was explaining to a visitor an exhibit on how a person might survive on Mars. The visitor asked how far along he was on his Ph.D. "I'm a freshman," replied Goossen, a biotechnology and molecular bioscience major from Chili, N.Y. Goossen was among hundreds of RIT students behind a record 438 exhibits... Full Story »
A local focus on the environment will fill a tent at Imagine RIT. The Environmental Science in your own Backyard exhibit will feature issues facing the next generation of environmental professionals and innovative techniques, like green infrastructure, for mitigating environmental impacts. The exhibit will highlight several student research projects, including ongoing contributions... Full Story »
Here's some food for thought for visitors to the Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival: it's estimated that approximately 40 percent of edible food in the United States goes to waste. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, a U.S. household of four will spend up to $1,800 each year on... Full Story »
 Rochester Institute of Technology honored researchers who served as principal investigators on active awards in fiscal year 2017 at an April 18 reception. Also recognized were the 19 recipients of Seed Funding Awards and 10 new inductees in RIT's PI Millionaires.  RIT investigator efforts led to $60 million in research funding in the 2017 fiscal... Full Story »
Remanufacturing involves rigorous research to make a product useful again. Growing Field It's safe to say that nothing lasts forever. Fortunately, the useful life of many products can be extended through remanufacturing, which saves energy, reduces waste and pollution, conserves natural resources, creates jobs, and saves money. "Reman is the rebirth of a product,"... Full Story »
Professors from packaging science, graphic design, and industrial design worked together to provide students with a unique opportunity for collaborative design. Real-World Project Karen Proctor, professor of packaging science, wanted to give her students a taste of the packaging design industry before they graduated. She realized that if she provided collaboration that mimicked... Full Story »
RIT is one of the top universities in the nation working at the intersection of technology, the arts, and design. The university's design programs are world ranked due to innovative students and faculty, along with close ties to industry and alumni. From Beaux-Arts to Moderism Designers thrive when they have a working concept... Full Story »
Federal funding has been secured for the RIT-led coalition of leading national universities and companies forging new clean energy initiatives deemed critical to keeping U.S. manufacturing competitive. The recently passed Omnibus spending bill, which funds the federal government through the end of the fiscal year, contained $70 million for the U.S. Department... Full Story »
James Winebrake, dean of Rochester Institute of Technology's College of Liberal Arts and an expert on the environmental impact of transportation, is among a team of experts who are applauding the shipping industry's decision to burn cleaner oil beginning in 2020. Their study, published in Nature Communications, finds that cleaner shipping fuels... Full Story »
Rochester Institute of Technology's Image Permanence Institute has received $544,198 in grants from the Division of Preservation and Access at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support two major education and research initiatives. An education and training grant of $195,049 will fund a two-year project for workshops in libraries, archives... Full Story »
Several times each week, students in RIT's Recover Rochester club collect unused food from dining facilities, load it in coolers and use a Student Government van to deliver it to three meal centers in Rochester. "Every time we deliver, they're so grateful," said Katherine Larson, a fourth-year industrial design major from Binghamton,... Full Story »
When a Rochester-area manufacturer experienced a broken gear shaft on a 1960s German-made machine whose parts have been long unavailable, RIT's Golisano Institute for Sustainability came to the rescue with a unique additive manufacturing solution. GIS researchers teamed with Hansford Parts and Products, a precision machine shop in Macedon, N.Y., to employ... Full Story »