Courses will begin this fall for a new associate’s degree program in mobile application development at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

The New York State Department of Education approved the program, which NTID officials said will prepare students “for work in the software development industry with a focus on application design and development for mobile platforms.”


Cell phones are often at the center of rapid emergency response plans, as we saw during the recent earthquake in Nepal. Several researchers in Upstate New York are now looking at how that technology can be used for scenarios in the United States.

Solomon Abiola has been making more frequent trips to his native Lagos, Nigeria to demonstrate his latest project. The researcher from the University of Rochester created a smartphone app he says could change the way that we respond to epidemics like Ebola virus disease, which is still affecting thousands of West Africans.  

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