Brandon Adamany

Brandon Adamany, 20, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, is a second-year student majoring in Mechanical Engineering Technology and preparing to pursue his dream of working at a major auto manufacturer designing high-end sports cars and race cars. 

The only person in his family who is hard of hearing, Adamany lost his hearing when he was a toddler. Growing up, he attended mainstream schools and now he relies on his hearing aids, FM devices and speechreading to communicate.

“When I was in high school, I attended an NTID summer event and knew unequivocally that RIT/NTID was the place for me,” he says. “The campus is amazing, the facilities are top-notch and outfitted with the latest technology. More importantly, I feel right at home.”

Adamany always has been keenly interested in how things work. He loves the hands-on nature of his major and enjoys “getting his hands dirty,” applying the concepts he’s learned at RIT/NTID on the types of equipment that actually are used in his field.

“One of the critical issues in creating a sports car is that parts have to be engineered to be lightweight and compact, yet still be strong enough to withstand tremendous stress,” he says. “Here, I’ll gain the knowledge I need to address such issues.”

Adamany describes himself as a big computer nut, and has built several computers for himself and others. In his spare time he also plays guitar, writes music, and enjoys video games, paintball, skiing and swimming.

“RIT/NTID has a unique culture all its own,” he says. “There is a tremendous emphasis on the accommodations I needed to help ensure my success. And just as important is the co-op program, which will help me make the transition to the working world after graduation.”

This story appeared in the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of FOCUS Magazine.

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