Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Master of Architecture Thesis Projects Exhibited in AIA/CT Gallery

On Thursday, May 24th, selected University of Hartford Master of Architecture Thesis Projects went on display in the American Institute of Architects/Connecticut Gallery in New Haven, CT.  The work will be exhibited through June 26th.  AIA/CT Offices and Gallery are located at 370 James Street, Suite 402, New Haven, CT and are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.  A series of receptions and events are scheduled to highlight the exhibit.

Students featured include: Timothy Applebee, Joseph James, Daniel King, and Steven Niele.

Master of Architecture Thesis Director Daniel Davis, AIA, is pleased with this opportunity to display graduate student work in such a public forum.  AIA/CT is the center for the Architectural profession within the State, and many architects, engineers and construction industry professionals visit the offices on a daily basis.  This is an annual event that architectural students, faculty and professional look forward to.

The student projects on display include an educational facility, a mixed-use development, a cultural center, and a winery.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Master of Architecture Program Announces Recipient of 2018 Walter Harrison Thesis Award

The Master of Architecture Program is pleased to announce that Steven Niele is the winner of the 2018 Walter Harrison Thesis Award. 
The award is given yearly, in honor of University Past-President Walter Harrison, who was instrumental in the establishment and development of the University of Hartford’s Master of Architecture Program.  The award is bestowed upon the Master of Architecture student with the most outstanding Thesis Project.  Projects must be timely in nature, thoroughly thought out, comprehensively developed, graphically stunning, and effectively presented.  Graduating Master of Architecture students who have successfully completed and presented their Thesis projects are eligible.  Only one award is made per academic year.
Steven Niele’s project: ‘Bi-Lingual Architecture’ a Winery in Ala Trentino, Italy.
Master of Architecture Thesis Projects were presented on Monday, April 23, with CETA hosting the event in the Harry Jack Gray Center’s 1877 Club. The work of the second-year graduate students was on display from 12:00 to 1:00pm, followed by individual presentations and reviews.  The event was culminated with a reception in the Rotunda from 6:00 to 8:00pm.
Students participants: Timothy Applebee, Joseph James, Maria Khan, Daniel King, Alaa Mahmoud, Steven Niele, Mitchell Sharnick, and Benjamin Wisniewski.
Thesis Director Daniel Davis, AIA, was pleased with a high turnout, as approximately 200 people were in attendance.  Thesis Coordinators Mark Hopper, AIA and Tyler Smith, FAIA supported a wide range of student projects, including: academic facilities, mixed–use urban infill, a retreat, cultural centers, a winery, and a healthcare facility. The Thesis Panel was comprised of twelve industry professional reviewers who provided feedback following each student presentation.
Selected thesis projects will be exhibited throughout Connecticut including the AIA/Connecticut Gallery in New Haven [mid-May through mid-June], designated architectural firms, and selected other venues.
Our congratulations go out to Steven… cheers.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

CETA Celebrates Student Accomplishments at Spring 2018 Design Expo

On Friday, May 4, 2018, the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture’s (CETA) spring Design Expo showcased the innovative ideas of sophomores enrolled in engineering design courses and seniors presenting their capstone projects.
Held in the University’s Sports Center, highlights of the all-day event included a design competition and senior “shark tank” presentations where students pitched their concepts to the many industry, faculty, and staff serving as judges. Throughout the semester, students collaborated with each other and in many cases industry sponsors, to develop and apply real-world solutions to design challenges. 
This spring’s design challenge goals included: 
* Creating well-designed, practical solutions that address key issues associated with global problems; 
* Encouraging a new generation of students to become knowledgeable about these issues; 
* Providing promising designers with a path to drive change in the world. 
Sophomores Nicolle Carr, Josephine Garcia, Aleks Nowicki, and Devin Prive, addressed preserving the environment, placing first for their “GARy Automatic Trash Sorter”, a smart garbage and recyclable sorter. It uses Google’s image recognition technology and a computerized camera to take a picture of an object after it’s placed on a movable plate on top of a garbage bin. If GARy determines the object is trash, the plate swings to the right and deposits it into the trash compartment. If it’s a recyclable, it falls into the left recyclables side. 
Recognizing the large void in post-crash motorcycle alert systems, computer engineering senior Adam Haggett secured first place for his “Passive Motorcycle Accident Detection and Response” project. The system is a physical device that can be placed on motorcycles and is designed to call 911 directly using a synthesized human voice, saving lives and dramatically reducing the time required to receive help. 
The full list of winners: 
Sophomores: (Course ES 242) 
First Place (Prof. Todd Brown) 
Automatic Trash Sorter 
Nicole Carr, Josephine Garcia, Aleks Nowicki and Devin Prive 
Second Place (Ulrich Decher, PhD) 
Jason Alberto, Thamer Alenezi, Matthew Bradnan and Carlos Jimenez 
Second Place (Prof. Enrico Obst) 
Motorcycle Safety Device 
Talal Aldeehany, Keith Sachs, Truong So, Abdulrahman Alotaibi, and Salem Alqashanin 
Seniors: (Courses listed below) 
First Place (Technical Advisors: Krista Hill, PhD) – ECE 483 
Passive Motorcycle Accident Detection and Response 
Adam Haggett 
Second Place (Technical Advisors: Hassan Salehi, PhD and Kiwon Sohn, PhD) – ECE 483 
IoT Instrument for Heart Monitoring Interfacing Humans and Robots 
Antonio Morales 
Poster #S28 – Second Place (Technical Advisor: Hassan Salehi, PhD and Akram Abu-Aisheh, PhD) – ECE 483 
IoT Based Solar Energy Storage System Using Capacitors 
Tyler Littman, Afamuefula Chiagoro, Astrid Mangual 
CETA congratulates all winners, acknowledges all participants for their hard work and thanks judges, visitors, faculty, staff, advisors and the many attendees
UNOTEs - 5/8/18

Senior Capstone Winners

Monday, May 7, 2018

Construction Institute to Honor Dean Manzione With Lifetime Achievement Award

The Construction Institute will honor Dean Louis Manzione with the David N. Labau Lifetime Achievement Award, at the 9th Annual Visionaries Forum, on May 17th, at Spotlight Theaters in Hartford. (Click here for details and registration).

The David N. Labau Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals for their dedication to the Construction Institute and its mission as well as for a lifetime of industry achievement. This prestigious award has been given only 11 times in the Institute's 43-year history. During his time at the University, Dean Manzione has worked closely with the Construction Institute to enhance and deepen the relationship between the Institute and CETA as well as with the University in general. Dean Manzione has served on the Institute’s Board of Advisors and has served as a presenter and a writer for Institute programs.

"The Construction Institute has been enriched by Lou's vision and support. I have been privileged to work with him to grow the Institute and its connections with the University and the students," said Nancy Greenwald, Executive Director of the Construction Institute. "It is fitting that he will be honored at the Institute's annual Visionaries Forum as he is a visionary, both in the industry and in education."

Before his tenure as Dean of CETA, which began in 2005, Dean Manzione was founding executive director of Bell Laboratories research center in Ireland.

He created a partnership with nearly 100 academic researchers from nine Irish universities, known as the Center for Telecommunications Value Chain Research.  The new lab has grown to become an important part of the Bell Labs effort and is a model of effective industry-academic-government partnership. Manzione is recognized as a pioneer in the packaging of integrated circuits. He wrote the first book on plastic molded packaging of computer chips and such packaging is now used in more than 90 percent of the world’s integrated circuits. In recognition of his achievements, Manzione was named a Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers for career achievement in the use of plastics for electronics.  At Bell Labs, he served on the President’s Leadership Team and the Strategic Planning Committee.  Dean Manzione was on several of the design teams for early generations of Cell Phones, and his work on next generation antennas has garnered considerable attention and several patents. 

Dean Manzione has accepted a position with the President of the Association of Independent Colleges of New Jersey and the Independent College Fund of New Jersey and will be leaving the University in June. New Jersey is home to Manzione’s three children and their families, including three grandchildren. He is confident the opportunity is a perfect fit for the next step in his career, combining his backgrounds and expertise in both the corporate and academic arenas.

UNOTES - 5/7/18

Milanovic Keynote Speaker: Simulation-Based Approach to STEM Challanges

Ivana Milanovic, professor of mechanical engineering is the keynote speaker at the COMSOL Conference 2018 Boston. She will deliver a talk on a Simulation-Based Approach to STEM Challenges. The pedagogical approach combines problem- and inquiry-based learning, simulations and apps with the COMSOL Multiphysics® software, and emphasizes the importance of outside-of-class learning supported by effective reference materials and faculty mentoring.
 A two-course sequence was modified to contain scaffolded and contextualized simulations with application building that develop technical competency in modeling, a deeper understanding of thermofluids concepts by solving realistic technological problems, and writing skills by generating technical reports for each simulation. Apps involve creating a simplified interface that contains the full efficacy of the underlying model but not exposing the end user to its complexity.
Simulations and apps in Heat Transfer (ME 341) course

Thursday, May 3, 2018

CETA Graduate Students Present Their Research

Jayesh Rathod ’18, Dr. Hassan Salehi, and Mohammad Manzur Murshid ’18 at the Symposium.
ECE Graduate Students of the University of Hartford's College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) presented their research to the University of Hartford community at the Annual Graduate Research/Creativity Symposium, held April 25 in the 1877 Club.

Jayesh Rathod ’18 (Master of Science Candidate) presented aspects of his research titled "Deep Learning Classifiers with Vision System for Automatic Quality Inspection," and Mohammad Manzur Murshid ’18 (Master of Science Candidate) presented aspects of his research titled "Electromyography Signal Analysis with Real Time Support Vector Machine for Robot Arm Manipulation." These two graduate students are currently working under the advisement of Dr. Hassan S. Salehi, visiting assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in CETA.

Jayesh Rathod's Poster
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Mohammad Manzur Murshid's Poster
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UNOTES - 5/3/18

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

2018 ASEE Northeast Section Annual Conference Winners

Featuring some of the members of the ASEE Planning Committee
The Northeast Section of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE-NE) is the principal organization in the northeast for engineering education with about eight hundred members from the following states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and Canada encompassing over 70 Universities and colleges. We are pleased to announce that the annual Northeast Section Conference was held at the University of Hartford on April 27-28, 2018.
Thank you to everyone who came to support the faculty and students that participated in the event across campus.
Committee Members:
Dean Louis Manzione, Chair
Saeid Moslehpour, Associate Chair
Planning Committee:
Timothy Adekunle
Takafumi Asaki
Paul Crilly
Tooran Emami
Laurie Granstrand
Navarun Gupta
Laura Heemskerk
Jerry Hopcroft
Bala Maheswaran
Katrina Mill
Allison Poulin
Hemchandra Shertukde
Kiwon Sohn
Theodore Sussmann

Special Thanks to Students April McBroom & Isaac Moise

Congratulations to our winners from Saturday’s festivities! Please see the attached program for more information on the event.

Undergraduate Paper Presentation Session
First Place: University of Southern Maine
Wireless System for FM Transmission of MEMS Capacitive Vibration Sensor Data
Shaun Sylvester
Second Place: Wentworth Institute of Technology
Glucose Concentration Simulation for Closed-Loop Treatment in Type 1 Diabetes
Marilyn Urrea, Nora Richardson, Joseph Martel-Foley, Douglas E Dow
Third Place: U.S Coast Guard Academy
Implementation of a Ball and Beam Control System Using PD Bode Design
Jordan K. Ford
Fourth Place: U.S Coast Guard Academy
United States Coast Guard Station Castle Hill Boathouse Design
Casey Anne Cruzpino, Benjamin A. Gonski, Kathryn M. Haerr, and Yuexing Hu
Graduate Poster Session
First Place: University of Bridgeport
A Multi-Anatomical Retinal Structure Segmentation System for Automatic Eye Screening Using Morphological Adaptive Fuzzy Thresholding
Jasem Almotiri
Second Place: University of Bridgeport
Silicon Membrane Thickness Monitoring System based on Optical Sensing
Tong Zuo, Xiaoliang Li, Soumil Nitin Shah, and Xingguo Xiong
Third Place: University of Bridgeport
Environmental Pollution
Swathi Sathaiahgari
Fourth Place: University of Bridgeport
Introduction to Breast Carcinogenesis- Symptoms, Risks factors, Treatment and Management
Ebosetale Blessing Ikhuoria, and Christian Bach
Tied with
Fourth Place: University of Bridgeport
Theoretical Approach in Reducing Total Network Power Consumption by Utilizing 5G Technologies
Alagappan Solayappan, Aarchi Patel, Viyaleta Peterson, Carey King, Venkateswarlu Nerusu, Mahendra Sai Mandalapu, and Omar Abuzaghleh

Undergraduate Poster Session
First Place: University of Hartford
An Improvement on Mining and Occupational Safety: Smart Hard Hat
Constance Wall, Rashed Alabbas, Hawraa Aldouri, and Faculty Advisor Takafumi Asaki
Second Place: Wentworth Institute of Technology
Key Fob Protection
Alex Neville, Rachel Melisse, Alfonzo Sanfilippo, Gaston Cetrangolo, and AAron Carpenter
Third Place: University of Maine
Trail of the Senses: An ADA Compliant Student Constructed Outdoor Nature Trail
Jessica Oriente
Fourth Place: University of Bridgeport
Sight Guidance System
Mohammed Alyas, Abdulmajeed Alzahrani, Mohammed Errarheb, Adel Alaeou, and Navarun Gupta
Graduate Paper Presentation Session

First place: University of Bridgeport
Experimental and CFD Study of Quadcopter Acoustics at Static Thrust Conditions
Erdem Yilmaz and Junling Hu
Second Place: Rarity Valley Community College
Contactless Magnetic Gears – A Project Based Learning Approach to Understanding Magnetic Gear Systems
Esther Hiamang and Peter Raymond Stupak
Third Place: University of New Haven
Quantification of Posture in Human Lathe Interface
Fourth Place: University of Hartford
Solar UPS for Home Router
Jan Ghalib
ASEE Program
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UoH First Place Winner for Undergraduate Poster Session—Constance Wall for her project 'Smart Hart Hat.'

University of Bridgeport First Place Winner for the Graduate Poster Session for his project 'A Multi-Anatomical Retinal Structure Segmentation System for Automatic Eye Screening Using Morphological Adaptive Fuzzy Thresholding.'
Unotes - 5/1/18