News by Topic: Alumni

  • April 6, 2020

    box and cards from the card game Exploding Kittens.

    Weekend card game explodes into company

    Elan Lee ’98 (computer science) decided one day that he no longer wanted to do what he was doing for a living. He quit his job at Microsoft and embarked on a one-year break to figure out what was next. But a few weeks later, he spent a weekend with friends building a card game around the idea of Russian Roulette. Before they knew it, they had created the wildly popular Exploding Kittens.

  • April 2, 2020

    Woman holding face mask and protective shield.

    RIT Rallies: Bringing expertise to battle with Coronavirus

    Many RIT faculty, students, staff and alumni are among the collaborations here and across the nation, providing expertise to improve or create much-needed equipment and protective gear for medical personnel fighting the Coronavirus.

  • March 31, 2020

    family of four holding an RIT Tiger Pride banner.

    Tiger blood flows in Lawrence family

    When new students come to RIT, they join the ever-growing Tiger family. For John B. Lawrence and his younger brother, Jared Lawrence, the Tiger family is more than just a proximal community; it’s also based on actual bloodlines.

  • March 31, 2020

    woman holding artwork while standing next to her car.

    Alumni Update: Paintings featured in car magazine

    Christine Tisa ’92 MFA (painting) has made a living as an artist, educator, gallery owner, and yoga instructor since she graduated from RIT. Most recently, her art has jumped off the gallery walls and onto the pages of Audi Magazine.

  • March 31, 2020

    Reuben Zielinski.

    Alumni Update: Get your cell phone wet? Redux has a solution

    Entrepreneur Reuben Zielinski ’85 (electrical engineering) ’96 (EMBA) believes that generating a great idea is actually the easiest part of the product development process. The hardest part? Convincing other people that what you have is a great idea and getting them to buy what you have developed.

  • March 31, 2020

    Madeleine Rabil.

    Alumni Update: Role with game developer took root at RIT

    During a 2008 visit to RIT while she was in high school, Madeleine Rabil ’13 (3D digital graphics) learned that the university’s then-called College of Imaging Arts and Sciences had just announced the creation of a new major for incoming students focusing on 3D as a medium. “I knew immediately that RIT was where I needed to be,” she says.

  • March 31, 2020

    Jet ski at rest in the water.

    Alumni Update: Darling named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List

    Jordan Darling’s career has soared as rapidly as the sleek watercraft he designs. The vice president of Nikola Powersports was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30, the prestigious designation given annually to top entrepreneurial talent in the United States and Canada.

  • March 31, 2020

    Karen Braun.

    Alumni Update: Returning to guide the next generation of imaging scientists

    Karen Braun had a clear picture of what she wanted to do with her life at a young age. As Braun grew up, she developed a wide variety of interests including photography, psychology, and physics. She ultimately found a new cross-disciplinary Ph.D. program in imaging science at RIT that let her pursue those interests all at once.