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Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Kate Gleason College of Engineering
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, USA
Campus RIT Main
Colours orange and brown
Mascot Bengal Tiger

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 as of Fall 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.


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:


All of the KGCOE's bachelors degree programs are ABET accredited except for biomedical engineering. The Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) requires that a program graduate its first class of students before it can be reviewed for accreditation. The first class of students at RIT to earn the B.S. degree in biomedical engineering will graduate in May of 2015. Thus, the B.S. degree in biomedical engineering will begin the national accreditation process immediately following the graduation of these students.

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 the following 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

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


External links

  • KGCOE web site
  • History of RIT
  • KGCOE Senior Design program
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