Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS) is pleased to have graduated a student from the Dominican Republic, Ms. Larissa Reyna Lembert, with a Master of Architecture degree. Ms. Lembert is currently working with an architectural firm in Rochester, NY; however, she plans to return to the Dominican Republic in the near future to continue her career. She played a large part in the May 2, 2015 Imagine RIT Festival helping to organize GIS's exhibition titled "Re-Imagine a Green Future."
A Ph.D. student from Peru, Ms. Lourdes Gutierrez Aliaga, is continuing her studies at GIS. She was recently awarded a fellowship from the US Department of Energy in the amount of $45,000 to further her research focusing on using sensors and course schedules to reduce energy use in campus classrooms.
GIS welcomed a student from Indonesia in August 2015, Ms. Ria Purnama, who is studying in the M.Architecture program on a Fulbright Scholarship and is adjusting well to Rochester.
In October 2015, while attending and presenting at the World Resources Forum 2015 meeting in Davos, Switzerland, the director of GIS met with the Malaysian government representative to UNEP and a researcher from Malaysia. Following their discussions, the GIS director was invited to give a keynote presentation at the International Symposium on Green Manufacturing and Applications in Bali, Indonesia to be held in June 2016. This symposium will give the director an outstanding opportunity to meet with academics and government officials from both Malaysia and Indonesia so they may learn of the GIS commitment with CGI and to discuss potential faculty and student exchanges.
The director of GIS was recently put in contact with a government agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia (MAI). This agency is seeking to develop and promote the competitiveness of Malaysias automotive industry and to establish a center for remanufacturing. They plan to visit the Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery (C3R), which is one of the research centers of GIS, in March 2016. This will also be a unique opportunity to share the goals of the GIS commitment with Malaysian government officials and to seek their assistance in promoting the commitment with appropriate Malaysian universities.
Prof. Tarek Hatem of The British University in Egypt (BUE) visited GIS on August 5, 2015. He took an extensive tour of the academic and research facilities of GIS and discussed further collaboration between BUE and RIT with the GIS director and several researchers.
Three students from BUE were to spend several weeks at GIS beginning in September 2015; however, they were not able to obtain visas, so the visit was postponed to later in 2016.