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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 »
Rochester Institute of Technology has benefited from the generosity of many. Top lifetime donors to the university are: James S. Gleason and the Gleason Family Foundation - $34.5 million Gleason is chairman of Gleason Corp., a Rochester-based manufacturer of machinery and equipment for the production, finishing and testing of gears used in... Full Story »
As Fatmah Bamashmous painstakingly crafts furniture for her thesis in RIT's woodworking studio, she uses a mixture of traditional hand tools and state-of-the-art power tools. She has a distinct vision for what she is trying to accomplish, and her designs draw inspiration from calligraphy and the Arabic alphabet. "I want to create... Full Story »
When first identifying where he would focus his education and ultimately his career, Mike Waller '16 (sustainability) thought photovoltaics-the technology that powers solar cells into energy-would fuel his path forward. "I thought-and still do-it's an amazing technology," said Waller, a native of Greece, N.Y. "But since the only thing that really matters... Full Story »
Rochester Institute of Technology's Venture Creations incubator has been awarded a new four-year contract valued at $1.8 million from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), earmarked for early-stage, clean-energy companies. Venture Creations is one of seven NYSERDA-sponsored clean-energy incubators that offers commercialization resources, technical assistance and business development... Full Story »
Tom Golisano was honored at RIT for his contributions to global health, specifically through Special Olympics, in a new Golisano Archives exhibit unveiled Oct. 20. The new Champion for Global Health exhibit showcases the ways that Special Olympics' Healthy Communities initiative - made possible by significant gifts from Golisano - is opening... Full Story »
RIT researchers are developing a system of algorithmic computer modeling that will help policymakers produce and use electricity more efficiently. Best Practices The way the U.S. manages its electrical grid has major economic and environmental consequences for the world. The American economy makes hundreds of billions of dollars in annual revenue by... Full Story »
RIT China A cohort of 38 students from RIT China Weihai campus participated in RIT's 2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium. Working throughout the summer in teams, the students developed innovative ideas and plans to open up new global markets for American brands such as Coca Cola, Nike, Tesla and Wegmans. Their symposium presentations... Full Story »
Rochester Institute of Technology, for the seventh consecutive year, has been named one of the greenest universities by The Princeton Review. The Princeton Review Guide to 375 Green Colleges evaluates colleges and universities on environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings. The company has produced lists of green colleges since 2010. The... Full Story »
The New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) at Rochester Institute of Technology will mark a decade of creating sustainable solutions for New York state businesses and communities with three upcoming events. The celebrations will take place over the next month to highlight the economic, environmental and social impacts that NYSP2I has... Full Story »
Students at Rochester Institute of Technology are working with Rochester high school students to see if some of the 300 city-owned vacant lots in the Marketview Heights neighborhood can be turned into assets such as community gardens, playscapes or exercise stations. The survey is a pilot program that is using the leadership... Full Story »