Kate Gleason College of Engineering

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Kate Gleason College of Engineering
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Established RIT established in 1829, College of Engineering established in 1971, renamed the Kate Gleason College of Engineering in 1998
President William Destler, PhD
Vice-president James Watters, CFO
Provost Jeremy Haefner, PhD
Dean Harvey J. Palmer, PhD, PE
Location Rochester, New York
Colours orange and brown
Mascot Bengal Tiger
Website www.rit.edu/kgcoe
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The Kate Gleason College of Engineering (KGCOE) is the engineering college at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The college is home to all of RIT's engineering departments except for software engineering, which is part of the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences.

Enrollment as of Fall 2014, per the 21 Day Report: 2,584 undergraduates, 645 graduates, 21.9% female. Over 100 faculty with 90% holding doctoral degrees.


In 1885, the Rochester Mechanics Institute was founded as a school for fostering technical development in the Rochester area. In 1891, the Mechanics Institute merged with the Rochester Athenaeum, forming the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute, in order to provide more comprehensive education for both of the student bodies.

In 1944, the university adopted its current name of Rochester Institute of Technology. At this point, the RIT campus was still in downtown Rochester, and the College of Engineering was still in the original Mechanics Institute buildings.

In 1968, the RIT moved to a combined campus in Henrietta, New York. The College remains there today and is housed at the James E. Gleason Building and the Center for Microelectronic Engineering.

In 1998 the College of Engineering was renamed the Kate Gleason College of Engineering, the only engineering college in the United States to be named after a woman.


Housed within the College:

The College of Applied Science and Technology houses the engineering technology department, while the software engineering department is part of the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences


All of the KGCOE's bachelors degree programs are ABET accredited except for the recently began Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering programs. Chemical and Biomedical Engineering will apply for ABET certification as soon as possible. ABET requires that a program have graduated its first students prior to applying for certification.

Students may choose to focus their upper-level studies on a particular field of interest such as robotics, energy, supply chain, manufacturing, sustainability, automotive, aerospace, wireless communication, digital devices, biomaterials, ergonomics, systems, embedded systems, networks and security. Lean Six Sigma, among others.

The college offers these degrees: Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Master of Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy. Advanced certificates in Vibrations, Lean Six Sigma, and Applied Statistics are also offered. Undergraduate certificates are also offered in mechatronics and integrated circuits.

Organizations and clubs[edit]

The college also hosts many engineering student organizations and clubs, such as:


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