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Sloan Printing Center to be established at RIT

Dec 17, 2001 12:00 AM


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Through an affiliation with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, RIT (Rochester, NY) will launch the Sloan Printing Industry Center. The Sloan Foundation chooses an academic community for an industry center based on its expertise in a particular discipline, and fosters a sharing of data and observations between researchers and industry representatives. Under the direction of Frank Cost, associate dean of the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, and Patricia Sorce, professor of marketing and former associate dean at RIT’s College of Business, the new center will create a forum for printing companies and associations nationwide, and help build the partnerships needed to sustain growth and profitability in a rapidly changing market.

"The printing industry has an acute need for a center dedicated to developing a rational understanding of opportunities for business expansion, technology adoption and cost reduction," says Cost. "In some cases, new technology is key."

Faculty and graduate students will examine issues related to the growth of digital technology and the impact of new electronic media, including DVD, e-books and the Internet. The center will disseminate its findings by publishing, teaching and sponsoring conferences, workshops and symposiums.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation awarded RIT $500,000 over three years for the creation of the Sloan Printing Industry Center. RIT has committed $2 million to the center’s operation, and 16 charter industry members have each pledged $25,000 for the first year. RIT becomes the second university in New York state, and the 13th in the country, to host a Sloan Industry Center.