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Innovation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony programs and dvds

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0606

Scope and Contents

2010 was the first year RIT officially honored individuals demonstrated innovation and contributed significantly to RIT's success and left their mark on the Rochester community and some globally. This inaugural group of inductees focused on historical figures instrumental in developing RIT from its' early years - John J. Bausch, Henry Lomb, George Eastman, Kate Gleason, Chester F. Carlson, and more recent innocators N. Katherine Hayles, James J. Decaro, John F. Hamilton, and Wendell Castle.

2011 inductees included Hans Christensen,renowned silversmith and professor in the School for American Crafts; Nabil Nasr; D. Robert Frisina; and artist Albert Paley.

2012 inductees included Kevin Surace; Aileen Osborn Webb, founder of the American Crafts Coucil and the Museum of Contemporary Crafts; Patricia Moore; and Dean Kamen, founder and president of DEKA Research & Development Corp.

2015 Innovation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony dvd documents this annual event held at RIT. On May 1, 2015, RIT Alumni Alex Kipman a 2001 graduate of the Golisano College of Computer and Information Science became the most recent inductee.

The ceremony includes speakers RIT President Bill Destler and Provost Jeremy Haefner who talk about the purpose of the award and of Kipman. A video is shown documenting Kipman, his most recent inventions, and professionals in a variety of fields who have used his technology to improve their professions. Kipman was the visionary behind Microsofts Xbox Kinect, and HoloLens. Following the video, Kipman gives an inspirational speech and does a short Q and A session.

The 2011-2012 records have programs and dvds, but 2013 only has programs and 2015 only has a dvd. As far as can be determined; there was no ceremony in 2014.

Inductees from other years can be found at


  • Creation: 2010-2015

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

RIT President Bill Destler established the Innovation Hall of Fame in 2010 to highlight and celebrate the remarkable RIT-affiliated individuals whose innovations have impacted the world.

The 2015 inductee Alex Kipman, is the Technical Fellow of new device categories in the Operating System Group at Microsoft. An innovator at heart, Kipman has led four major break-through products for the company, including Kinect in 2010. Microsoft HoloLens is his latest product creation, bringing holograms to Windows. Kipman is named as the primary inventor on more than 100 patents since joining Microsoft in 2001. Kipman's dedication to creating new experiences with cutting-edge technology propelled Kinect to become the world’s fastest selling consumer electronics device. As a result he entered Microsoft’s Hall of Legends in 2011.

Kipman was born in Brazil and graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2001 with a degree in software engineering. He was named one of TIME Magazine’s 2011 “100 People of the Year.” In 2012, he was named National Inventor of the Year by the nonprofit Intellectual Property Foundation.


.25 Linear Feet (1 half document box)




A collection of programs and dvds documenting the 2010-2015 Innovation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies at RIT. The 2015 inductee was Alex Kipman, a 2001 graduate of Golisano College of Computing and Information Science, and an inventor at Microsoft.


Collection is arranged by year.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The dvd was deposited to the RIT Archive Collections in June 2015 by the Office of Development.

Accession number(s): 2015:068

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in July 2015.

Innovation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony programs and dvds
RIT Archives
Jody Sidlauskas
13 July 2014
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Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA