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A round glass building on a campus of brick cubes, Rochester Institute of Technology’s new Center for Student Innovation (CSI) draws on the technical excellence of RIT’s eight colleges, while freeing innovators from disciplinary boundaries. To help fresh minds turn new approaches into innovative solutions the CSI sponsors workshops, seminars, innovation courses, competitions, mini-grants and pilot projects, and helps students form interdisciplinary teams to collaborate on trans-disciplinary problems.
The CSI is open 24/7 physically as well as virtually. Using immersive visualization and collaboration technologies developed at RIT, it serves as a “hub”, connecting facilities, companies, technologies, and innovators across campus and across the world.
The Center itself is 10,000 square feet of circular glass and steel, and was the first building in Monroe County to receive LEED Platinum certification (the highest designation) by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is located on a previously developed site on campus that is accessible from existing parking and multiple public transportation lines.
The interior setup is designed to flexible encourage multidisciplinary work between students. Movable workstations and furnishings allow groups of students to set up their work area in any way they need to for their projects. Grid structures overhead also allow portable lighting and projectors to be set up where necessary.
A large space which includes tables and chairs that can be configured for meetings, classes or other events. This room contains the #VideoWall which can be used to show movies or to present in class.
See #FOSS Box
With the large amount of sunlight entering this room through the glass, this room is mostly used for green technologies which include #vertical farming and #hydroponics. The room also contains white boards and projects to facilitate a classroom atmosphere as well.
Another computer room, currently used for 3D modeling and other applications
Conference room complete with white boards and projectors used for classes, focus groups, or other small events.
A general purpose conference room
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Jon also has a large interest in biking, both in its implications as a sustainible form of transportation and as an attraction to the city of Rochester. He is a part of the Rochester Cycling Alliance and the Rochester Greenway Project.
Email Jon at Jon.Schull@rit.edu
Xanthe Matychak teaches Design-thinking and Concept Development (course # 0102-421-01) in the Saunders College of Business and in the new Innovation Center at RIT. Her research interests include sustainability, social and mobile phone networking, micro-lending and localism, and design pedagogy. Xanthe took a BA in music, writing, and sculpture from Ithaca College and received a MFA in Industrial Design from RIT. Xanthe is a media junkie and posts a lot of innovation articles on twitter @xanthm
Eric leads the #Fellows of the CSI, and helps out around the Center in various other ways. He is one of the official photographers for the CSI, and also helps with graphic design for posters and signs. Eric is a second year IT major.
Learn what can’t be taught by doing what no one has done.
Every quarter we do something different. Spring Quarter, we’re redesigning the interior of the Center for Imagine RIT and other exhibitions. Projects are likely to involve Virtual Reality, Interior Design, Exhibit Design, Theatrical Arts, 3D modeling….and whatever you bring to the table!
Just when you thought it was too late to do something cool for Imagine RIT!
FALL. Fridays 10am-1pm and 2pm-3pm WINTER. Mondays 4pm-8pm SPRING. MW 4-6, Lab M 6-8 (usually includes a visit to Crossroads for take-out)
Design thinking is a process that aids collaboration among designers, technologists, and business professionals. The process provides a structure for discovering and developing products, services, and systems for profit and non-profit applications. Students will apply a wide range of design tools in a hands-on project. Topics include problem-framing, end-user research, visualization, methods for creative idea generation, and rapid prototyping. (Junior Status)
Definition of Fellows
Innovation fellows help "run" the center. They maintain the equipment, aide in the proper functioning of the center, help set policies and priorities.
Projects have an innovative theme that has been approved by the fellows or another group based in the Center. Other qualified groups include Make Club, Story Tellers, and Platinum Team. A fellow's project must fall into the following categories: innovation in communicating, innovation in computing, innovation in service, innovation in mechanization, innovation in discovery, innovation in sustainability. Some projects will fall into more than one category, the following are examples of current projects and how they could be categorized.
Innovation in Communicating
Innovation in Computing
Innovation in Service
Innovation in Mechanization
Innovation in Discovery
Innovation in Sustainability
Become a fellow: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Center for Student Innovation doesn’t just house interesting projects, we help to create and tell their stories. The Storytelling Team works with faculty advisers, students, projects, and companies to highlight and spotlight innovation-related events and happenings in and around campus. You can find our handiwork here: