2017 KGCOE Distinguished Alumnus: Paul Kayser ’93

2017 KGCOE Distinguished Alumnus: Paul Kayser ’93


My father took a position at RIT in 1973, you know, so my earliest memories of RIT are playing at the playground at the Riverknoll student housing. I grew up on the campus, so going there was really a forgone conclusion. I met my wife there, and I knew right away that she was going to be my wife, so… …I’m getting choked up. I was separated from the school after I graduated for quite some time and then I came back and I reconnected with it. So, I was in a leadership position at that point and I had the ability to start a co-op program and I’ve really been connected to the school ever since. We are in the bottle business, so we make rigid, plastic containers. And we’re working with the packaging science department on testing and qualifying and really characterizing some new innovative products that we’re developing. RIT taught me how to solve problems, how to take assumptions, how to build mental models, set objectives or goals and then model your way to a solution. And I think that was an abosulutely invaluable skill that I gained out of my RIT experience, and I apply to this very day.

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