Posts Tagged ‘Rochester Institute of Technology’

princetonreviewRochester Institute of Technology is again being recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation’s best universities for undergraduate education. The education-services company features RIT in the just-published 2014 edition of its annual bookThe Best 378 Colleges.

In its profile on RIT, The Princeton Review quotes extensively from students at the university who were surveyed for the book.

According to a summary of student comments, “Rochester Institute of Technology is bursting at the seams with a myriad of fantastic academic opportunities. Students here greatly value the fact that the university maintains a strong ‘focus on innovation’ and heavily encourages ‘collaboration [between] business and technology.’…Overall, an RIT education encourages students to think in new ways and challenge what seems impossible.”

The publication also cites “RIT’s fabulous co-op program which allows students to get real-world experience while still in school. And with amazing departments ranging from game design and animation to computer science and biotechnology, your academic needs and interests are guaranteed to be met.”

“RIT offers outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our choice of schools for the book,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president, publisher and author of the publication. “We base our selections primarily on data we obtain in our annual institutional data surveys. We also take into account input we get from our staff, our 35-member National College Counselor Advisory Board, our personal visits to schools, and the wide range of feedback we get from our surveys of students attending these schools.”

The Princeton Review is an education-services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. School profiles and ranking lists in “The Best 378 Colleges” are available at

The Princeton Review is just one of several national rankings received by RIT. To view other rankings, go the university’s website.


There are a handful of cities that are thought of when we think of high-tech innovation and startups: San Francisco, New York, London, Bangalore, Tel Aviv . . . but today, high-tech development has been democratized. Easy and cheap availability of cloud-based resources, sophisticated telecommunications tools, platforms-as-a-service and lean models that accelerate the development and deployment process, and – sorry, California – a net outmigration from traditional tech centers, has already started to shift high-tech development to the most unlikely places.

It’s a fact: You no longer have to be in Silicon Valley to run a successful Internet company. But where will tomorrow’s dotcom boom come from? This may be the Rust Belt’s year to shine. We asked innovators, entrepreneurs, and city leaders this question: “What are the most unexpected cities that are leading the high-tech revolution”? 

“While Kodak seemingly put Rochester on the map, it’s the talent that remains there that makes it one of the most unexpected cities for high-tech innovation,” said Mark Lucas, Co-founder and VP of Sales for Sudo, a Rochester-based company that has developed an app for consolidating deals, coupons, and savings. “Young fresh minds from the University of Rochester (U of R) and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) are sticking around post-graduation to finish what they started.”

Roughly half a billion dollars worth of research is conducted annually at RIT and U of R. A portion of the healthy $749,994 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Scholarship Program awarded to U of R in 2012 is allocated to addressing the shortage of highly qualified math and science teachers in the area by providing full-tuition scholarships to undergraduates pursuing these educational careers.

Cerion Energy is a producer of a nanotechnology-based diesel fuel additive that decreases fuel consumption and emissions. created the Walking Charger, a device embedded in footwear that charges mobile devices on the go. created a 3D software app and digital press for complete customization of unique water bottles. is developing laser-controlled gene switches for gene therapy drugs. connects supporters of academic research with on-campus innovators.

With 65,650 techies in the workforce, Rochester rivals San Francisco and San Diego and was recently ranked 5th for patents per capita by Forbes. Rochester is successful in harnessing tech-savvy appeal into a defining characteristic.

Rochester, N.Y. –  RIT is opening a new Center for Urban Entrepreneurship in downtown Rochester.

University leaders made the announcement Monday morning at a news conference.

According to RIT President Bill Destler, “Downtown Rochester is at a critical development juncture. RIT’s presence will serve as a catalyst and assist in a downtown resurgence. With a focus on entrepreneurship, we will see potential for reshaping the region’s economy through new business development.”

The new center will be located in the former Rochester Savings Bank building on Franklin Street.

The building will also be converted into a multi-use venue for other RIT activities.

The anticipated opening of the center is Fall 2013.

Rochester Fun Fact:
Innovation and adaptability persevere in Rochester. Our residents are granted patents three times more often per capita than the rest of the U.S.  Rochester generates new high technology business start ups occur at the rate of one or two a month. Many of these new ventures in optics and imaging. Private funding sources, combined with public and academic programs, fuel many of the new ventures. A non-profit organization, High technology of Rochester, Inc., has been created by industry, government, and academia to foster the areas high tech industry. The organization conducts forums and seminars on starting new businesses.