News by Topic: Creativity And Innovation

Breaking barriers is a specialty at RIT. Our students, staff, and faculty are always at the forefront, developing innovative technical solutions to today’s problems.

  • May 12, 2023

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    RIT grads told to hold on to hope and work hard to make it happen

    A former top NASA administrator told graduates of RIT that their futures may seem as ambiguous as outer space. But by daring to do mighty things with hope instead of fear, untold possibilities will come into focus. Thomas Zurbuchen, astrophysicist and the longest continually serving associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate in NASA’s history, addressed the crowd during today's Academic Convocation ceremony in the Gordon Field House. More than 4,800 RIT graduates, including those attending RIT’s global campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo, were recognized.

  • May 12, 2023

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    McChord named Outstanding Alumnus

    RIT is honoring Austin McChord as Outstanding Alumnus for 2022-2023. The award, presented during Academic Convocation on May 12, is the highest honor the university can bestow upon alumni in recognition of professional accomplishments as well as service and generosity to the university.

  • May 8, 2023

    a Polaroid photo of a bus shelter held over a Polaroid of the space where the shelter was built, on top of a Google map.

    Helping Flower City bloom

    Over the last year, RIT students, alumni, faculty, and staff have worked to give back to the Rochester community by leveraging art and design. From providing creative outlets for young students to making a shelter to protect residents from the weather, RIT community members are dedicated to giving back to the city where they blossomed into the professionals they are today.

  • May 8, 2023

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    Squishing the barriers of physics

    Four RIT faculty members are opening up soft matter physics, sometimes known as “squishy physics,” to a new generation of diverse scholars.

  • May 8, 2023

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    Unfolding the universe

    Associate Professor Jeyhan Kartaltepe has her hands full studying data from the most powerful observational instrument ever made, while continuing to bolster her reputation as a teacher and mentor. Her work has gotten the attention of the astronomy community worldwide.

  • May 4, 2023

    graphic featuring Tiffany Brodner, executive director, Student Hall of Exploration and Development.

    Tiffany Brodner assumes new role as executive director of the SHED

    Tiffany Brodner was named RIT’s inaugural executive director of the Student Hall for Exploration and Development (SHED), following a national search. She assumed her new position in April. She will work closely with Michael Buffalin IV, who was appointed director of RIT’s makerspace within the SHED.

  • May 3, 2023

    researcher holding up a toilet seat showing sensors on the underside.

    FDA: The heart-checking smart toilet seat is a go 

    Fierce Biotech features healthcare technology firm Casana, founded by alumnus Nick Conn. RIT Trustee Austin McChord is CEO of the company that makes a smart toilet seat that measures heart rate and oxygen saturation.

  • April 29, 2023

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    Imagine RIT festival proves the future is bright

    Thousands of visitors at the 2023 Imagine RIT: Creativity and Innovation Festival got to see what’s on the horizon in the areas of technology, the arts, and design. Festivalgoers traversed RIT’s campus on Saturday, exploring more than 350 exhibits.