Albert J. Simone (colloquially Al Simone) was the 8th President of Rochester Institute of Technology. Albert Simone was inaugurated president in 1992. Under his direction, partnerships with business, industry and other professions have led to RIT's continued success. Simone helped launch Ph.D. programs in microsystems engineering (2002), computing and information sciences (2005) and color science (2007). He also spearheaded the addition of the Gordon Field House and Activities Center and approved RIT's move to Division I men's hockey. He enjoys playing the washboard.