Wed November 9, 2011

RIT picks up prize for job creation

Engineers at CIMS work with manufacturers to implement tech solutions that will make them more efficient.
Courtesy photo RIT

"Increase the competitiveness of manufacturers through applied technology and training."

That's the stated goal at RIT's Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS). And on Tuesday, their work was validated with an award from a national nonprofit.

"It's good recognition for the hard work we've been doing," says CIMS assistant director of operations, Andy Harlan. "We do technology development and technology transfer. And all these efforts typically roll up into some type of economic development for the region."

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Mon October 31, 2011
Your Stories

#BarCampRoc: Tales from the listening booth

Brian Boucheron explaining his portrait-drawing robot at BarCamp Rochester.
Rachel Ward WXXI

The Innovation Trail spent its Saturday listening to your stories, about what you make, using our brand new listening booth.

And boy, does what you make run the gamut: from tactical firearms, to dot matrix printers, to connections between people, the folks at BarCamp Rochester are an industrious bunch.

Here are the stories of just a few of the people we met, about the cool stuff they make.

Brian Boucheron, the robot artist 

"It's really neat the sounds it makes, all the motors going, the pen rapidly hitting the paper - that's what got me into drawing with robots."

Eric Lee, the high-school obsolescence enthusiast

"I was cleaning out the utility closet and beneath layers of dust I found this antiquated piece of technology and I just thought it looked so amazing ... I wanted to breathe life back into it."

Brian Vogel, the hang gliding tinkerer

"The first time I went hang gliding I took a tandem flight and we got up to about to about 5,000 feet and I could see the Great Lakes, and Rochester looked about the size of a postage stamp ... you just start running and you're in the air."

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Fri October 28, 2011
Tell us your stories

Join us at #BarCampRoc on Saturday!

Innovation Trail editor Rachel Ward (left) and managing facilitator Juan Vazquez (right) are inordinately proud of figuring out how to set up the "Makers" listening booth.
Kristin Tutino WXXI

Do you make stuff?  Do you care deeply about arcana?  Was your college schedule littered with electives, completely unrelated to your two or three majors? Is "geek" a badge of honor, rather than an insult? Are you vigorously nodding your head?

Then you're a BarCamp Rochester type.

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Fri October 21, 2011
Higher Ed

Conference highlights RIT's focus on entrepreneurship

Internet entrepreneur (and RIT alum) David Kidder was the keynote speaker at RIT's Entrepreneurs Conference.
Zack Seward WXXI

More than 600 people turned out for RIT’s eighth annual entrepreneurship conference on Friday. School officials say this year’s conference was the biggest yet.

There were 12 sessions, a keynote from web entrepreneur David Kidder and even a “Shark Tank” competition for student entrepreneurs.

It all underscored RIT’s growing efforts to make entrepreneurship a major focus.

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Mon June 27, 2011

Corning will be the only New York firm in Obama initiative

President Obama announcing the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Courtesy photo WhiteHouse.gov

When President Obama announced a new, half-billion-dollar manufacturing initiative last Friday, his goals were lofty:

“This partnership is about new, cutting-edge ideas to create new jobs, spark new breakthroughs, reinvigorate American manufacturing today, right now -- not somewhere off in the future, right now,” he said.

To nurture that spark, the Obama administration is providing the cash, and a handful of top universities and corporations are providing the expertise.

For upstate New York - where manufacturing is a big deal - this would seem like great news.

But of the 6 universities and 11 companies selected to participate in the president's Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP), only one is headquartered in New York state.  

So ... not so great news.

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