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Kate Gleason College of Engineering

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 programs except for software engineering, which is part of the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. Enrollment for the 2014-15 academic year, per the 21 Day Report: 2,742 undergraduate students, 714 graduate students, 22.01% female. 100% of tenured and tenure-track faculty hold doctoral degrees.[citation needed]

Kate Gleason College of Engineering
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EstablishedRIT established in 1829, College of Engineering established in 1971, renamed the Kate Gleason College of Engineering in 1998
PresidentDavid C. Munson Jr., PhD
Vice-presidentJames Watters, CFO
ProvostJeremy Haefner, PhD
DeanDoreen D. Edwards, PhD
Location, ,
United States
CampusRIT Main
Colorsorange and brown
MascotBengal Tiger
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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.


The college includes the following departments and programs: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Microelectronic Engineering, Microsystems Engineering, Center for Quality and Applied Statistics, Manufacturing Leadership, and Product Development


All seven of KGCOE's bachelor's degree programs are ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology) accredited, which is a prerequisite for licensure as a professional engineer in many states. In their final semester of study, graduating seniors in ABET approved majors are eligible to sit for the NCEES Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) section of the New York State Professional Engineering examination, which is the first step in the process for licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE).

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.

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

Organizations and clubsEdit

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


  1. ^ "RIT Aero Design".
  2. ^ "Upstate, NY FIRST Homepage".
  3. ^ "RIT Racing, FSAE".
  4. ^ "MDRC - We Build Robots!".
  5. ^ "MESA, RIT".
  6. ^ "RIT SWE". RIT SWE.
  7. ^ "RIT Tau Beta Pi".

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