RIT staffer, alumni win big at Digital Rochester GREAT Awards

A staff member of Rochester Institute of Technology and two RIT alumni won top awards for their innovative creations and technology leadership at the 2017 Greater Rochester Excellence and Achievements in Technology Awards, presented by Digital Rochester Inc. The ceremony was held Sept. 19.

The annual awards recognize and celebrate the Greater Rochester community's entrepreneurial spirit in technological achievement for advancing commerce and resource conservation.

Staff Spotlight: Roseanne DiFlorio

Traveling abroad is like taking a journey into yourself-and no one knows the experience better than RIT Study Abroad Adviser Roseanne DiFlorio.

"The college study-abroad program is the first international experience for many young people and it can be life changing," said DiFlorio '11 (MBA), who has been working full time at RIT Global since March 2008. "It's a way to push outside of your comfort zone and helps build self-confidence and independent thinking while studying and immersing yourself in other cultures."

Alumnus works to bring meaningful change to people's lives in India and Dubai

Darshan Hiranandani was on the way to Egypt from India to vacation with his family when they stopped in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Hiranandani '02, '03 (management information systems, MBA) had earlier returned to Mumbai after graduation to work at Hiranandani Group, his family's real estate business and India's largest residential developer.

In Dubai, they had dinner with friends, who encouraged the family to think about doing real estate there.


Noah Wexler is a manager, marketer, and fitness professional working towards an MS degree in Entrepreneurship & Innovative Ventures at RIT. He is a versatile leader with experience in business startups, product development, team management, and customer discovery. Noah has been working closely with Silvia Caraballo, who is getting her MS in Management, Global Management and Supply Chain Management also at RIT.

Saunders grad gets top scores on CPA exam

Adena Thomson is definitely a degree above average.

The RIT alumna, who attended Saunders College of Business as an accounting major, maintained a 4.0 GPA to earn her undergraduate degree in 2012 and achieved the same repeat performance of academic excellence for her MBA degree a year later.

And now Thomson has scored the trifecta. She earned one of the highest overall scores in the world and has been recognized by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as a top Uniform CPA Examination performer and recipient of the 2013 Elijah Watt Sells Award.

MS in Finance Graduate Recognized by Financial Professionals

Financial Executives International (FEI) has recognized Nikita Srivastava, a recent graduate from Saunders’ MS in Finance program, for her academic achievement.