Thursday, December 21, 2017

CETA Faculty Celmer, Faraci, and King Present Work at National Conference

King, Faraci, and Celmer at the ASA Meeting in New Orleans.
CETA faculty Dr. Robert Celmer, Prof. Phil Faraci, and Dr. Eoin King recently presented at the 174th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) in New Orleans, La. Established in 1929, the purpose of the Acoustical Society of America is to generate, disseminate, and promote the knowledge and practical applications of acoustics.

Having been awarded the ASA’s 2017 Rossing Prize in Acoustics Education, Celmer delivered the prize lecture, titled “Student-centered acoustical engineering education at the University of Hartford.” In this lecture, Celmer described the two undergraduate engineering programs offered at the University of Hartford in the area of acoustics; the Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) with Acoustics Concentration, and the Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in Acoustical Engineering and Music.

Faraci presented a paper on the "Acoustic Characterization of a Ukelin." A ukelin is a wooden hybrid stringed instrument designed to combine features of the ukulele and the violin. Along with students from the acoustic program, Faraci led a study that performed a modal analysis of the instrument and compared results to computational FEA analyses.

Finally, King’s presentation was titled “Electric Vehicles and Environmental Noise: Assessing the Noise Impact of an Electric Fleet through Strategic Noise Mapping.” Electric vehicles are often reported as being silent vehicles and may significantly reduce a population’s exposure to environmental noise. This paper investigated what effect the widespread adoption of an electric fleet would have in a midsize city in the United States (West Hartford).

Unotes - 12/21/17

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

CETA Design Expo – Fall 2017: A Great Success

CETA Design Expo - fall 2017 - Judging

CETA Design Expo - fall 2017 - First-Year Winners

CETA Design Expo - fall 2017 - Senior Winners
On Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 – The College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) celebrated the accomplishments of the first - year ES 143 / ECT 110 – final projects and senior design projects and project-based courses students with CETA Design Expo: Fall 2017 – event and poster competitions.  The half-day event was held once again in the Sports Center, Intramural Gym and was a day of exhibition and celebration. 

The ES 143Engineering and Design, newly designed this fall, the classes focus on an introduction to the fundamentals of engineering, the engineering profession and engineering design with emphasis on guided design and problem-solving methodologies. Students will undertake practice-oriented group design projects. The Design Challenge for these classes focused on proposing, building and demonstrating a final robot project that shows new knowledge and skills pertaining to the kit.  New knowledge and skills may be in the form of implementation of two new sensors, novel application of an existing sensor and/or advanced programming techniques beyond the code given in the manual.
The Awards of Excellence for ES 143 – first-year poster competition were awarded as follows:

First-Year: ES 143 –

Group: E2: Chris Stauber, Eva Von Dell, Teresa Torres, Jack Breton

Arduino Locking Door

Prof. Ayanoglu

Group E23: Justin Aiken, Yasmin Albur, Natenael Bekele, Matthew Irving

Autonomous City

Prof. Faraci

Group E26: Jacob Kalat, Kamil Kus, Sebastian Lopez

Smart Greenhouse

Prof. Faraci

The ECT 110Practical Projects classes focus on introduction to the fundamentals of electronics & computer engineering technology with emphasis on skills that are needed for the major. Students undertake practice-oriented group lessons in topics such as soldering, printed circuit board and electronic/computers troubleshooting skills. Students are guided to apply the skills they gained from the above lessons to build electronic gadgets, and to use robotic kits to perform specific tasks through team projects. Statistical analysis is covered in this course as well. Students work on several projects including a final project in a team setting. For the Design Challenge for these classes each team must choose an electronics kit that they must construct, troubleshoot, and demonstrate as a working final product. Teams were asked to consider several factors in choosing the kit, including components in the kit, tasks involved in construction, ability to customize, and evaluation of its performance.
The Awards of Excellence for ECT 110 – first-year poster competition were awarded as follows:
First-Year: ECT 110 –

Group T11: Alexander Siembab, Garrett Gottschall

Insect-Like Bot

Prof. Sohn

Group T12: Randolph Wardlaw, Samuel Ferrini

Soccer Player Bot

Prof. Sohn

The Senior Design and Project-Based Courses - Students work on projects in their field of study with faculty mentors or external project sponsors to design, fabricate, and/or test a device, process, or system. This is a major design experience based on the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier course work, and incorporating industry appropriate standards and realistic constraints. Students participating are enrolled in:

- CE 420: Water Quality Engineering I

- CE 460: Civil Engineering Design Project

- ECE 482 / 483: ECE Capstone Design I & II

- ECT 471 / 481: Senior Design Project I & II

- ES 493: Engineering Research

Poster Evaluation Criteria - The following criteria were used by judges to evaluate the projects and posters and to choose the winning designs/posters:

1.  Clarity of the poster and oral presentations.

2.  Students’ overall responses to the questions of the judges.

3.  The completeness of the work.

4.  Quality of the project.

The Awards of Excellence for senior design and project-based courses – senior poster competition were awarded as follows:
Seniors: Design Projects -

Group S4: Katherine Bednarz

Dredging for Town of Holland – Hamilton Reservoir, MA

Prof. Saleh Keshawarz – CE 460

Group S12: Jan Ghalib

Solar UPS for Home Router

Technical Advisor: Prof. Krista Hill – ECE 483

Group S15: Thienly Nguyen

Wii Balance Board as a Force Plate: A Validation Study

Technical Advisor: Prof. Mary Arico – ES 493
Thank you to all who participated, coordinated, judged and attended.  The CETA Design Expo is an event held each semester and we look forward to the next event in the spring of 2018. 

Congratulations again to all the award recipients!  


Monday, December 4, 2017

CETA Design Expo - Fall 2017

The College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) students are doing amazing things in and out of the classroom and studios and now will have the opportunity to show off their talents to the greater community. The CETA Design Expo showcases student projects and achievements in Engineering, Technology, and Architecture.

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017
9 - 12pm
Sports Center, Intramural Gym

Please join us for the CETA Design Expo - fall 2017! Come see all the happenings and accomplishments of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture.

Any questions, please contact:
We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Eppes, Milanovic, and Wright Publish in the International Journal of Online Engineering

GUI for student project ‘Busbar'

Tom Eppes, professor of electrical & computer engineering, Ivana Milanovic, professor of mechanical engineering, and Kamau Wright, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, recently published an article in the International Journal of Online Engineering (iJOE), Vol. 13 No. 11. The iJOE publishes fundamentals, applications and experiences in the area of remote engineering, virtual instrumentation, and simulation techniques.

The paper, ‘Applications and App Building in Hybrid Courses,’ provides an overview of applications (apps) built as extensions of multiphysics models that were integrated into traditional face-to-face and hybrid engineering courses. Apps were first included in a multidisciplinary modeling graduate course that emphasized an end-of-semester research project. At the undergraduate level, apps were added into a two-course mechanical engineering thermo-fluids sequence. As a result, students have become more demonstrably engaged and are devoting substantial time outside the classroom to understand theoretical concepts. Feedback from graduates indicates that familiarity with simulation work-flow and application building are effective skillsets in securing an entry-level industry position.

High Impact Practices: Transform the undergraduate experience grant funded this effort in AY 15-16 (Drs. Eppes and Milanovic) and AY 16-17 (Drs. Wright and Milanovic). Dr. Eppes focused on simulation and app development for research initiatives in a graduate course (ECE/ME 537). Dr. Milanovic embedded simulations into two successive junior year courses (ME 340 & ME 341). The courses were modified to develop technical competency in modeling and simulations, deepen understanding of thermo-fluids by solving realistic technological problems, and enhance technical report writing skills. Up to ten simulations are assigned in each course. Dr. Wright successfully incorporated simulations into the sophomore course (ME 236), along with a collaborative project based on the NAE Grand Challenge: Provide Access to Clean Water. As ME 236 is a prerequisite for ME 340 (and subsequently, ME 341), this allowed students to be exposed to modeling and simulation in thermo-fluids, earlier than has typically been done. Students completed introductory models toward the goal of being able to better model and simulate their engineering design solutions in class, in subsequent courses, during research experiences, and in engineering practice.

Unotes - 11/27/17

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

University Architecture Professor Addresses International Conference

Bahai Temple of South America
Universidad de Santiage de Chile
This fall marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, when Martin Luther is said to have nailed his 95 theses on the door of Wittenberg Castle Church on October 31, 1517. The anniversary has been marked around the world with many scholarly symposia and conferences on Protestantism. One such symposium focused on the impact of the Reformation on religious architecture over the past five centuries. The Fifth International Conference on Contemporary Religious Architecture, held in Santiago, Chile, in late August, attracted historians, architects, and scholars from around the world to consider the conference theme: “Protestant Architecture and Modernity: Milestones, Transfers, Prospects.” University of Hartford architecture professor Michael J. Crosbie was invited by the symposium’s organizers to give the conference’s closing address.

The conference was convened at the Univeridad de Santiago de Chile over five days, during which more than 20 paper presentations took place. Crosbie’s closing address to the conference, titled “Defining the Sacred,” considered the ways that religious architecture has changed since the Reformation, and the nature of Protestant sacred space. Crosbie drew upon historical examples in his closing address, and discussed how contemporary religious architecture is changing with the dramatic shifts in religious belief, and what the future might hold for houses of worship.

In addition to paper presentations, the conference conducted tours of historic and contemporary churches in Santiago and Valparaiso, including the recently completed Bahai Temple of South America, which was just honored with a 2017 Innovation Award for Stellar Design by the American Institute of Architects, and the 2017 Innovation in Architecture Award by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. The temple was designed by Canada-based Hariri Pontarini Architects.
UNOTEs - 11/21/17

Friday, November 17, 2017

CETA Faculty King, Slaboch, and Tatoglu Present Work at International Conference

Left to Right: Slaboch, King and Tatoglu

CETA faculty Dr. Eoin King, Dr. Paul Slaboch, and Dr. Akin Tatoglu published and presented a total of five papers at the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exhibition (IMECE) in Tampa, FL during the week of Nov 5-9. The IMECE is one of the largest conferences of its type drawing a crowd of approximately 2500 professional, governmental and academic researchers to discuss the latest progress in mechanical engineering. Dr. King contributed to two presented papers, Dr. Tatoglu contributed to three papers, and Dr. Slaboch presented one paper and served as a session organizer. Their collective work featured a wide range of topics from acoustics to robotics to energy generation devices and includes a cooperative research effort with four different organizations.

King’s work was featured on two papers. The first paper was titled “Using Acoustic Waves to Modulate Stem Cell Growth and Differentiation” and included a number of University of Hartford Students as co-authors, along with Dr. Andrea Kwaczala, Western New England University. This paper presented the results of a study investigating if acoustic waves could be used to induce osteogenic differentiation when applied to stem cells.

Slaboch’s paper, “Design and Analysis of Small Scale Horizontal Archimedean Screw for Electric Power Generation” focused on an experimental, parametric design of horizontal augers for power generation. The study, written in conjunction with a colleague at St. Martin’s University in Lacey, WA, looked at the effects of varying the blade pitch, geometry, and outer casing of the auger on the efficiency of the system.

Tatoglu’s “Autonomous Mobile Robotics Research Group” focuses on designing and developing alternate locomotion mechanisms with agile maneuver capabilities, implementation of their visual localization and motion control systems. He presented three papers. The first paper discusses advancements of his novel design of a flying craft: “Parameter Identification and Closed Loop Control of a Flywheel Mounted Hovering Robot”. His second paper presents a data analytics methodology which studies relationship between different content delivery approaches: “Investigating the Involvement of Self-Directed Learning in Flipped Classrooms: A Unique URL-Based Search Method”. This multi-institution research work includes co-authors from Farmingdale State College, Dr. Gonca Altuger-Genc and Pace University, Dr. Yegin Genc.

In 2016, external research funding was awarded to King and Tatoglu, along with Dr. Robert Celmer (CETA) by the Paul S. Veneklasen Research Foundation. A major deliverable of this research, “Participatory Noise Mapping: Harnessing the Potential of Smartphones Through the Development of a Dedicated Citizen-Science Platform” was also presented. This paper describes the development of a platform for citizen science noise mapping that could lead to massive noise mapping studies.

UNOTEs - 11/17/17

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Architecture Professor Imdat As Presents Paper at ACADIA Conference

On Friday, November 3, Architecture Assistant Professor Imdat As presented a paper at the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) conference at MIT. The paper Professor As presented is titled “Crowdsourcing the Obama Presidential Center— An Alternative Design Delivery Model: Democratizing Architectural Design.” The paper was co-authored with Associate Professor Takehiko Nagakura from the MIT School of Architecture.

The ACADIA conference was held in Cambridge, MA on November 2-4. “ACADIA was formed for the purpose of facilitating communication and critical thinking regarding the use of computers in architecture, planning and building science. The organization is committed to the research and development of computational methods that enhance design creativity, rather than simply production, and that aim at contributing to the construction of humane physical environments. A particular focus is education and the software, hardware and pedagogy involved in education.”—

Cover of the ACADIA 2017 Conference Proceedings

Hashim Sarkis, Dean of the School of Architecture, MIT, giving the opening talk to the ACADIA 2017 Conference