Instrumentation & Control Technologies
The Instrumentation and Control Technologies program is directed by Dr. Sam Samanta. Dr. Samanta teaches courses in Introduction to Emerging Technologies, LabVIEW, Applied Physics I & II, Digital Electronics, Automated Data Acquisition, and Automation Control I & II. Working with approximately 40 businesses across diverse industries in the Rochester, NY area and Finger Lakes high-tech ecosystem, Dr. Samanta identifies opportunities for paid co-ops, which lead to exciting careers for students in this program.
Dr. Samanta is a recipient of the 2014 FAME STAR award, which recognizes students, teachers, and advanced manufacturing relationships. He is a graduate of Indian Institute of Technology, Carnegie-Mellon University, and University of Maine.
Dr. Samanta has a decade of research experience in Surface Science, as well as postdoctoral research using synchrotrons at University of Wisconsin, Brookhaven National Laboratories, and Stanford Linear Accelerator. During his research, he developed instruments that are now used in nanotechnology research and manufacturing. In 1998, Dr. Samanta was the recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Thomas McKeehan serves as an adjunct in the Instrumentation and Control Technologies program. He teaches automation concepts including PLC programming, robotics, input and output sensors, pneumatics, and hydraulics. Thomas worked at Kodak as a senior technical associate in the photographic instrumentation development area for 37 years. He holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University, and has his master's in Computer Integrated Manufacturing from RIT.
Will Rhoads is an adjunct instructor in the Science and Technology Department who teaches the Electronic Theory I course. Will worked at Kodak for 38 years where he handled electronic circuit development. He is currently working part-time for a small start-up company as a senior project engineer and electrical engineer. Will holds a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University, and has his master's in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester.