In the Spotlight

RIT/NTID students, alumni, faculty and staff are always finding new ways to inspire us. Here are a few of their stories.
May 12, 2015

A collaboration between Steven Forney, an alumnus working as a research associate at University of Alabama at Huntsville and Gary Behm, one of his former professors at RIT resulted in Behm’s Manufacturing Processes class of RIT/NTID engineering students experiencing an exciting real-world work experience.

Steven Forney, began a 3D CAD venture with the students to benefit an on-going project he has developed—taking a drone with him to demonstrate the engineering technology at schools and other colleges. Forney needed to assemble and disassemble the drone each time he traveled with it—a tedious process. Behm saw an opportunity for his class to work with Forney as an actual customer, on an engineering project. The expected outcome was that the drone could be changed from a ready-to-fly mode to a travel-accessible mode in a significantly less amount of time than currently was required.

Behm and Forney set up the project so that Forney and the students could meet via Skype. There, Forney outlined his real-world work requirements—writing a technical document, understanding the customer’s requirements, and understanding the scope of the project. Each team sketched three different designs relating to a travel-friendly retractable and/or quick disconnect system for the drone. After Forney’s approval on one design for each team, the students began sketching with the 3D computer aided drafting technology and created actual plastic parts using the 3D printer in the Department of Engineering Studies for the drone that would make it more easily transportable for Forney. Wendy Dannels, who teaches the 3D CAD course, supported the students with their 3D drawings.

“Each team will deliver their prototype adaptor, engineering documents and poster at the semester’s end,” says Behm. 

Forney is pleased with the work on a solution to his travel woes. “Also, I was happy that the student teams were excited about the project and excited that they got to keep their 3D printed parts,” says Forney. He will use the students’ prototype solutions to assist him in building a final adapter for his drone.

April 27, 2015
Senior Research Scientist Lisa Elliot and Professor Ronald Kelly, both of RIT/NTID, were honored with 6 other RIT PI (principal investigator) Millionaires.
April 2, 2015
Tracy Ann Weyhrauch will spend a week studying English literacy learning strategies for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
February 12, 2015
Soledad O'Brien opens RIT's Expression of King's Legacy event.
December 15, 2014
The annual Winter Wonderland Holiday Show performed by RIT/NTID students entertained the NTID community with music, dance and more.
October 9, 2014
The 2014 Isaac L Jordan, Sr. Staff Pluralism Award recipient is RIT/NTID's Alex Jones.
September 11, 2014
The RIT/NTID performance group Dangerous Signs will be featured during the Rochester Fringe Festival.
August 19, 2014
Franly Ulerio Nunez, a student in the Laboratory Science Technology program, presented at the 2014 National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco.
May 15, 2014
Students from NTID's Arts and Imaging Studies Department were given a Special Achievement Award for their work on behalf of the Henrietta Chamber of Commerce.
April 2, 2014
RIT/NTID students present their research at two conferences.
March 24, 2014
RIT/NTID has been a great fit, both inside and outside the classroom for Lingle.