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Posted January 27, 2014 by Ilene Avallone
Alumnus Justin Drawbaugh, an information technology specialist for the Defense Logistics Agency Information Operations in New Cumberland, Pa., is the winner of the Department of Defense Outstanding Employee with a Disability Award for 2013.
Drawbaugh completed an associate degree in Applied Computer Technology in 2001, and a bachelor's degree in Information Technology from RIT's B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences in 2003. He joined DLA after he graduated and currently designs, develops and tests numerous system changes for the JAVA Automated Mainfest System. He also was recently designated as the local site coordinator for Section 508 compliance, and is responsible for reviewing application web pages for accessibility deficiencies and recommending corrective action with other team members.
Outside of his routine duties, Drawbaugh serves as a recruiter representing DLA at the annual NTID Job Fair, and mentors deaf and hard-of-hearing students in the Dallastown, Pa., area.
"RIT prepared me not necessarily only because of the lectures, papers and tests, but also because of the real-life classroom experiences, valuable internships and interpresonal interaction and communication with my professors and peers," says Drawbaugh.
Posted October 21, 2013 by Ilene Avallone
Joe Vicario, an Applied Computer Technology major, has never skated a minute for the RIT Tigers, but the third-year student is integral in the daily operation of the men’s and women’s Division I hockey programs. The 21-year-old student manager is the one who coordinates the pregame meal, hangs the uniforms, cleans the locker room and carries the coolers. And he’s the one with the remarkable story of perseverance. More.
Posted October 10, 2013 by Ilene Avallone
RIT/NTID welcomes Michael Bloomfield, an RIT/NTID alumnus to campus on Thurs., Oct. 24, 2013. Bloomfield is a database developer at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager. He also is managing partner of ButterflyHands, a nationwide online resource for requesting sign language interpreters. His presentation, “Embracing Technology: Impact Your Career,” will be held from 7-8 p.m. in the CSD Student Development Center, Rm. 1300/1310. He also will be presenting an investment seminar on Fri., Oct. 25 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the same location.
For more information, contact Karen Beiter.
Posted January 11, 2013 by Ilene Avallone
Raja Kushalnagar, an instructional faculty member in NTID’s Information and Computing Studies Department, has received a $20,000 stipend to develop policy and design recommendations for inclusive virtual peer communities for students with sensory disabilities. The award, from the Time Warner Research Program, aims to increase understanding of the political and social benefits and challenges that face digital technologies in the home, office, classroom and community. Kushalnagar expects to complete his paper in May.
“I have experienced first-hand the effect of policy and laws on boosting access through technology, such as video relay service,” he says. “I am interested in advocating for full access through accessible and inclusive technology.”
Kushalnagar plans to enhance participation of students with sensory disabilities in science, technology, engineering and math.
“I’ll look at factors that influence participation in online communities and to develop policy mechanisms to address these factors, so as to boost student preparation through mentoring, peer contacts, networking and enhanced information accessibility,” he says.
The project will inform policymakers and industry stakeholders about ways to promote outreach to marginalized populations through technology and mentoring.
The Time Warner Cable Research Program on Digital Communications awards stipends to foster research dedicated to increasing understanding of the benefits and challenges facing the future of digital technologies in the home, office, classroom and community.
“We are pleased we continue to attract the best minds working on communications, media and technology policy issues and are particularly proud to be funding research in one of our home communities, in Rochester, N.Y.,” says Fernando Laguarda, vice president for External Affairs and Policy Counselor at Time Warner Cable.
Posted November 14, 2012 by Ilene Avallone
Students in NTID’s Information and Computing Studies Department had the opportunity to take Capstone courses designed to give students “world-of-work” project experiences before they graduate.
Two of the courses were taught by Professor Jim Mallory. Students performed a variety of projects including recovery of hard drive data and repair of laptops, research and installation of multiple kinds of remote cameras as well documenting their process and results.
The largest project for this group involved researching, designing, purchasing and setting up a nine-camera sytem at Scottsville Animal Adoption Center. Three of these cameras are used for the public to view animals that are ready to be adopted and two are used by the doctor to remotely monitor sick animals via his smart phone.
Four of the cameras were set up for security purposes both inside and outside. This camera system included setting up a router, three cameras using wireless technology and six cameras which transimitted video information over the 120V electrical wires.
Dr. Stephen Berghash, owner of Scottsville Veterinary Adoptions, was elated with the outcome of this project and was very grateful for the work done by the students. “This made my business much more efficient and made my work life much easier. I love being able to just look on my Android to monitor the pets and my business,” he said.
Commodore Plastics, of Bloomfield, N.Y., and Alpine Software of Pittsford, N.Y., purchased 3-Dimensional printers which were assembled by six students in Thomas Simpson’s Capstone course. The students built the complex units and gave presentations how to use them. The printers were then given to the companies that donated their parts.
“We’re thankful to these companies for supporting our students,” Simpson said. “Their contributions offered an excellent learning opportunity with true application of their skills.”
Mallory said the goals for these projects include furthering students’ critical and innovative thinking skills, ability to work as a team and developing technical writing, group problem solving and interpersonal skills.