About Dylan

Major: Industrial Design

Hometown: Jackson, N.J.

Why I Chose RIT: I’ve wanted to pursue my dreams of being an Industrial Designer since I was a freshman in high school. When I discovered that RIT had deaf students and one of the best Industrial Design programs in the country, I knew RIT was right for me.

Clubs/Activities: Swim, go to the gym and create art.

Hobbies/Interests: A hobby of mine is restoring old cars. I have a 1966 Ford truck that I drive at home, and I started work on a 1950 Chevy coupe over the summer. It’s a true passion of mine. I'm also interested in motorcycles. 

What I like Best About RIT: The best part of RIT is interacting with deaf and hard-of-hearing people as well as hearing people all on one campus. The opportunities I get at RIT as a result of these interactions are second to none.

Favorite T.V. Show: “Doctor Who,” “Lost,” “Breaking Bad” and “Smallville.”

Fun Fact About Me: I travel frequently. I've been to several countries including Switzerland, Germany, Italy and Portugal, to name a few.

Posts by Dylan

Difficult Times and October Flew Right By

Hello Everyone!

October’s been an extremely busy month for me.

I’ve been hard at work at a capstone project. Capstone is what seniors in the Industrial Design Department consider their Senior Thesis. I can’t divulge what exactly my project is. However, it is related to motorcycles and aiding old and new riders alike.

I’ve been in contact with amazing resources here at RIT that varies from facility to the student themselves. Through the four weeks in October I’ve been to Buffalo for a weekend, and exploring the city and admiring the beauty of upstate N.Y. in the fall… especially when it comes to riding a motorcycle.

I suffered a devastating unexpected loss over the summer, so I really dived into motorcycles and art, something I shared a strong bond with my recently departed father. RIT and the Industrial Design Department have been incredible at supporting my goals. My capstone is primarily all about motorcycles and here is a link to my sketches that I’ve been doing recently. All the drawings you see were done in October. I may move to serious pieces that require more time.

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My fraternity also was there for me all the way. They backed me up every time I was struggling. The resources here are incredible. That’s why I’m also humbled and proud that the fraternity, Sigma Nu, which is a predominantly Deaf fraternity on campus, chose me as their Eminent Commander for Spring ’15/ Fall ’16. I’m excited to see what the year holds for me.

‘Til next time,


Summer’s Over And It’s Back to The Work Flow

So Summer went well. A lot of back and forth trips from here to N.J. My little brother just started his college experience at a school in Queens, N.Y. He also got a soccer scholarship. I got a few more tattoos and a motorcycle license.

I’m developing a project for a motorcycle. It’ll be my senior thesis. Speaking of developing projects, I worked with a former ambassador you may know, Toby Fitch. He taught me about professionalism, working with other groups, and punctuality/turning things in on time.

So now, as I roll into senior year, I’ll be here on campus if any of the current freshmen who were visitors last year want to visit me. I’ll more than likely be at a coffee place on campus. I’m hooked on the stuff…I do work a lot of hours after all. Senior year is definitely organized chaos.

Till next time!



Greek Life at RIT

Hey Everyone,

I’ve been up to a lot since the last time I’ve posted. I was recently offered a bid to join a fraternity known as Sigma Nu. This group is a wonderful group of men that advocates the no hazing policy established by RIT. Sigma Nu was started on the basis of anti-hazing. It’s been a long and exciting journey for me and six other men. We are still candidates, but hopefully brothers soon!

We were given tasks to spread knowledge of Sigma Nu. Some of these tasks included traditions at RIT such as painting of the rock, and duct taping the insignia on the walls, like pictured below.


Fraternities and sororities at RIT are often involved in campus life events; philanthropic events such as “Heel Violence” hosted by Alpha Sigma Alpha, another Greek organization on campus. It was to stomp out domestic violence. I was out of town in Indiana visiting my brother for his birthday when it was held, but I heard it was a complete success!


Sigma Nu also is involved in community service and the candidates recently went to Scottsville Animal Shelter. Anyone can go, so if you have the opportunity, go and volunteer! Walk the dogs, play with the cats, maybe even adopt them!

It’s been an amazing experience overall and I hope to have more with Sigma Nu!

Till next time!


A Valentine’s Birthday

Well what a week, tons of snow, negative temperature, and RIT didn’t close once. RIT has an excellent system of maintaining the campus so there’s no need to close the school.

So today’s a national holiday of love right? Well there’s something else too…it’s my 21st birthday! It’s going to be a great night, My friends are going to take me out to dinner, and we’re going to hit the town. Rochester has a excellent nightlife here. Tons of clubs, bars, the environment in Downtown Rochester is fantastic, too, so I look forward to that.

I’d better get all of my homework finished first before the school week starts again. Time management is an essential part of college life. Manage your time well, and you’ll have a great time in college when it comes to social life, campus events, festivals, etc., without having to worry about schoolwork.

Have a great night everyone!

A New Semester, T-minus 151 and Super Bowl Sunday!

Whew! Last semester flew by. I finished it on a good note, and now I’m starting my second half of junior year. I’m excited about it. I have quite a few plans and ideas, if they succeed I’ll post about it. 🙂

The first week of the second semester is a big deal in the industrial design community. We have a little department project, which isn’t so little with more than 250 people involved that consists of a company coming in, pitching a project to 48 different teams. Then we, as 48 individual teams go and develop 48 different variations of the same project. This is totally awesome because we can see 48 different approaches.

Third- year students were the designated project managers, which put a lot of responsibility on me and other third-year students, but I feel we all did phenomenal.

So the T-minus 151 event is literally 151 hours in a week, and we work almost non-stop the entire time to develop a semester’s worth of work in a week. It’s an absolute thrill to be involved with. Here’s a basic CAD rendering I did for the contest which involved doors. I did more detail in other drawings but I’m not going to show much more because I would like to develop it more 😛

The competition just finished today and now I’m off to celebrate with my friends a successful first week with the Super Bowl tonight!

Hope you all have a great night!


And October’s Already Over!

Wow, it’s ridiculous how quick time flies when you’re busy with those projects slowly stacking up. A lot happened in the last few days, such as the NTID Job Fair which went very well. I met with several companies, gave out copies of my resume, had a few interviews and got great feedback. It was a good experience.

I’m slowly getting overwhelmed by projects right now. I’m working on a product that I’m going to try to submit to an international design competition. It should be a great experience too. RIT allows the opportunity for things like that to happen, great connections, great reputation with the Industrial Design community. I’m happy with the program here.

Yesterday was Halloween. There were tons of great events through the week on campus such as smashing pumpkins, Halloween Student Life Team celebrations, and more. I saw many great and creative costumes on campus such as the group of Power Rangers running around and karate chopping and scissor kicking the air. They totally won Halloween.

Pretty soon it will be Thanksgiving. I’m looking forward to that…seeing family, relaxing at home, the awesome food, but I have to work a lot on projects before I can do any relaxing, so I’d better get to work!

Good night everyone.



A New Addition on the Campus Tour!

Today was a good day. I set up a meeting with the ambassadors this morning, and we all got together and I did a “refresher tour” with the veterans, and the newbies accompanied us as well. I asked them questions along the whole tour, then I showed them a new route that I hope we will follow through the rest of the tours this year. It shows the new RIT hockey arena and then we go into the library. It makes for a better flow on the tour. The whole group seemed to have fun today and the overall camaraderie seems wonderful. I look forward to working more with everyone, especially with the upcoming Open Houses!

Skip and I unwound from the long day we had today. After work we went and saw the women hockey team win against Union. Next we watched the movie, “Miracle on Ice.” The goalkeeper, Jim Craig, visited the RIT campus yesterday and gave an extremely inspirational speech. Good night!

A New Year and a New Role

Hey everyone! A new year, a new semester and a lot has changed. Some ambassadors have graduated, and I recently recruited three new members with Erin, assistant director of NTID Admissions and Visitation, They’re sitting right next to me and I’m teaching them how to use the blog. Their names are Natalie Snyder, Sophie Phillips and Tyler Grabousky.

This should be a great year. I’ve taken Stephanie’s role as coordinator and look forward to the new changes that will come to me in the role. It should be interesting. I remember coming in a couple years ago as a rookie, and now I’m in this position, and I’m training the rookies. It’s a great perspective changer. I also wanted to mention how great the new hockey arena looks, it’s phenomenal. As a junior l look forward to what the next two years have to offer. I can’t believe its already been a month since school’s started. It’s been a blast so far. O.k., so I have to get to work, I’ll see you later!

Snowed in on a Wednesday and off to Spring Break

Well, it’s four days before I leave for home to nice and sunny New Jersey which is supposed to be in the 60s that week of spring break, compared to the brisk 20s we have outside here in Rochester right now. It should be great.

We had really great weather last Tuesday. It was warm, people were outside, spring was coming. Then all of a sudden on Wednesday, one of the worst storms arrived that I’ve ever seen. It’s amazing how much snow fell in a single day…22 inches in one day, crazy stuff. I was snowed in and spent all day with friends while RIT was closed, which is very rare, so it was a nice surprise.

Last Friday we had the March Open House. It went great! I met many wonderful people, We gave campus tours and held a student panel. For those of you who do not know what this is, it is when some of the student ambassadors (like me) answer questions from the visiting high school students such as what is there to do in Rochester, what happens on campus, etc. I enjoyed that a lot.

Right now I’m in high intensity work mode because I have a lot of work to do before classes this week, due to the snow day and spring break coming up. There are projects to finish, exams to take, time for me to get to work.

So I’ll see you all later!


Busy Week!

It’s already week 6, which is pretty much past one-third of the way through the semester. A lot of people have exams and projects that they recently completed on week 5 so this week is a bit lighter on the workload for a lot of people. I just handed in two of them this week, and I have one more this Wednesday.

School is really busy these days but in a good way, it helps me stay focused, and I recently started playing rugby in the RIT club athletics. RIT has a lot to offer when it comes to athletics, intramurals, and clubs. There are over 200 clubs here! If you say you’re bored here, you’re doing something wrong because there’s always something going on, movie night on Thursdays in Ingle Auditorium, DVA every weekend, plus much more. Winters here may not be pleasant at times but that’s why they offer so much.

Freezefest is an awesome week of tons of events such as broom ball, a John Oliver performance, tons of free giveaways, etc. Last night all of the ambassadors met and had a fantastic meeting for two hours. We tackled many things, and had team building exercises, plus free food. Free food is always appealing to a college student! Anyway, I have to get back to work on this major project I’m working on for one of my classes.