Mike Troise is a sixth year Mechanical Engineering student who will graduate in December of 2018 from the BS/MEng program at RIT.
Mike has been quite busy in his time at RIT. Mike served as the President of the RIT Club Paintball Team for two years and spent the two years prior to that as the Head of Public Relations for the team. This team competes in collegiate paintball tournaments both regionally and nationally, having traveled as far as California and regularly attending the college national championships in Kissimmee, Florida. Mike has regularly played on the team’s top line of players since his second year at RIT.
Mike is also the Mellophone section leader in the RIT Pep Band. The Pep Band at RIT can be heard at all Men’s and Women’s Division I Hockey games on campus, and will even travel to away games in the playoffs. They certainly do not stop at hockey however as they have attended basketball games, lacrosse games, volleyball matches, and even cross country and crew meets.
Lastly, Mike is an extremely active member with the RIT Theme Park Enthusiasts, a club he helped found in his second year at RIT. With this club Mike has attended numerous amusement industry events, starting with competing with a team of five other RIT students in the second Ryerson Invitational Thrill Design Competition, hosted by Universal Creative. The RIT team took home first place in all three design challenges, making them the overall winners. This led to future internship opportunities. He also competed in the fourth iteration of the competition in 2018. He has been able to attend the IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions) Expo in Orlando three times as well as taken three trips to ASTM F24 subcommittee conferences on amusement ride safety.
Mike has held several unique co-op/internship opportunities during his time at RIT. His first co-op with General Dynamics Electric Boat in New London, CT required him to obtain a U.S. Security Clearance for structural engineering work on a future Naval Submarine. The following summer, Mike got one of his dream jobs, working with the Ride and Show Engineering department at Universal Creative (Universal Studios) in Orlando, Florida. During his time there, Mike got to not only work on some current and upcoming attractions, but take back stage tours of some of Universal’s best rides. Upon leaving Universal Creative, Mike ended up with a Fall internship at Great Coasters International (GCI), one of the world’s most well known and respected wooden roller coaster designers and manufacturers. There, he had the chance to help assemble the company’s Millennium Flyer trains, both for new rides and for ride refurbishments. For anyone headed to Alton Towers in England, Mike helped assemble the trains for the Wicker Man roller coaster opening in Spring of 2018 (https://www.wickerman.com/). For more on Mike’s time at GCI, feel free to check out his blog posts (http://greatcoastersinterns.com/?author=27). Lastly, Mike spent his last summer in college working as a ride maintenance technician at Carowinds Amusement Park in Charlotte, NY. There he got to inspect a variety of amusement attractions as well as walk to the top of roller coasters every day!
If you couldn’t already tell, Mike is a HUGE theme park and roller coaster enthusiast. He started counting the roller coasters he rides at a young age, and has currently ridden 300 unique roller coasters. He has also visited over 40 different parks. His favorite steel roller coaster is Steel Vengeance, his 300th coaster, which is located at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH. His favorite wooden roller coaster is Mystic Timbers at Kings Island in Mason, OH, which was built by Great Coasters International, his former employer. His passion has led him to desire a career in the amusement industry. He has been a member of the American Coaster Enthusiasts for a few years now and even moved to Pennsylvania for a summer early on in college to work as a ride operator at Hersheypark.
While Mike will not be beginning his career designing amusement park attractions, he will be having just as much fun in the entertainment industry. Mike has accepted a full time role with TAIT (http://www.taittowers.com/), the World Market Leader in designing, constructing and delivering the finest live event equipment in the world. Mike will be joining their concert touring division as a mechanical designer for concert stages. TAIT has worked with artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bon Jovi, U2, Ed Sheeran, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and many many more. Their claims to fame include receiving a Guinness World Record title for LED integration and customization at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the London Olympics, and creating the largest kinetic light installation in concert touring history for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Mike is excited to start his career with such a unique company in a fast paced environment.