Department News

RIT/NTID student presents research at ERN conference

Congratulations to third-year RIT/NTID student Wade Kellard, an Applied Mechanical Engineering Technology student, who was selected to present at the 2013 Emerging Researchers National Conference in STEM on March 1, 2013. Kellard, from Cincinnati, Ohio, presented research on “Establishing Guidelines for Accessibility of Online STEM.” Kellard identified key characteristics of accessibility and created an evaluation tool for accessible websites as part of his work for the Deaf STEM Community Alliance. He was one of 250 students to win a travel award that covered his conference registration, housing, airfare and ground transportation.

Engineering Studies Faculty and Students Develop Ebikes for RIT Campus

RIT students, alumni, faculty and staff now have a green alternative to driving or taking the campus shuttle: they can rent electric bicycles. A pilot study is starting Oct. 19,  2012, where riders will offer feedback before the formal launch of the fleet is held in the spring.

RIT is believed to be one of the first campuses in the country to offer electric bicycle rentals. The program will launch in the spring.

“They’re just a lot of fun to ride,” says Scott Bellinger, co-manager of the program and teacher in NTID’s Engineering Studies department. “The door-to door convenience is wonderful.”

The bikes were built as a result of an NTID Innovation Grant.

Research seed funding in action

NTID hosted a poster session and reception on Oct. 1 featuring projects by faculty who obtained research seed funding awards. Patricia Iglesias, faculty member in NTID’s Engineering Studies Department; Wayne Walter and Michael Schrlau, faculty in RIT’s Mechanical Engineering Program; and RIT/NTID student assistants Cory Behm and Jessica Fuss presented their work-in-progress to the NTID community, and answered questions about their research project—Investigation of the Benefits of Using a Case Study Method to Teach Mechanical Engineering Fundamentals Courses to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students.

2012 RIT Leadership Awards

Nearly 30 RIT students – including five who are deaf or hard of hearing – were honored today during the 2012 RIT Leadership Awards for their community involvement, high personal standards and potential as positive role models to future students.

“These students are the dreamers of dreams, and the movers and shakers at RIT,” said Molly McGowan, director of the RIT Leadership Institute & Community Service Center. “We’re pleased to celebrate and recognize all of the great work done by our student leaders.”

2011 Egg Safety Drop Competition

First-year students in RIT/NTID's Engineering Studies Department build a car to hold and protect an egg when it crashes into a brick. The survivors using the materials that cost the least are the winners.

See the video here.