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October 1, 2003


From: NTID - Oct 1, 2003

Contact: Frank Kruppenbacher

585-475-6906 voice/TTY


ROCHESTER, N.Y., Sept. 28 - The National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), a college of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), has hired three instructors to teach in its Industrial and Science Technologies Department. Scott Bellinger, Paul Stropko, and Benjamin Magee bring to the classroom a variety of experience and knowledge.

Before joining the Automation Technologies program at NTID, Bellinger served as the director of Manufacturing Technologies at RIT's Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies. He has more than 20 years' experience in developing manufacturing systems. Scott received a master's degree in manufacturing management and leadership from RIT and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Stropko also is joining the Automation Technologies program at NTID and specializes in the semiconductor track of the program. He previously worked for IBM as a development engineer and has 11 years experience in semiconductor manufacturing technology. Stropko, who is deaf, earned his master's degree in microelectronic manufacturing engineering and a bachelor's degree in microelectronic engineering from RIT, as well as an associate's degree in Electromechanical Technology at NTID.

Prior to his hire as a faculty member at NTID, Magee, who also is deaf, worked at Applied Precision, LLC as a lead integrations technician and at Eaton-Cutler Hammer as an engineering technician in his home state of Washington. He graduated from RIT with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering Technology.

NTID is the first and largest technological college in the world for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. As one of eight colleges of RIT, NTID offers educational programs and access and support services to its 1,100 students from around the world who study, live and socialize with 14,000 hearing students on RIT's Rochester, N.Y., campus. Web address: