Dr. Atkins is an assistant professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in the NTID Business Studies department. Atkins teaches and tutors students who are studying business and entrepreneurship at the Saunders College of Business at RIT. Atkins has taught and tutored students in the last 10 years as an assistant professor, a lecturer and as an adjunct faculty member. In addition to being involved in the current project, Atkins is currently working on several research initiatives in conjunction with the Simone Center on Entrepreneurship and Innovation regarding Deaf Entrepreneurship. Currently, Atkins is a co-PI on a supplemental grant under the National Science Foundation’s I-Corp Site grant. The focus of that supplemental grant is to start a national contest to promote entrepreneurship among deaf college students. Atkins scholarship work focuses on entrepreneurship in the deaf community and employment of deaf people. Atkins received the “Pre-Tenured Teaching and Tutoring Award” from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT (RIT/NTID). He is a coPI on the NSF-funded grant for this work: Collaborative Research: Accessible STEM Instruction with Deaf Students: Supporting Faculty in Pedagogical Exploration and Innovation, NSF-DUE Award #1625581.