Friday, July 6, 2018

Milanovic Publishes Two Research Papers at the AIAA AVIATION Forum

Ivana Milanovic, professor of mechanical engineering, CETA, published two research papers with NASA GRC colleagues at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) AVIATION Forum last month in Atlanta, Georgia. AIAA AVIATION is a premier, forward-looking forum designed to showcase recent innovations and achievements in aviation, highlight new initiatives and plans, and address key issues that need to be resolved in order to define clear roadmaps for future progress.

The paper ‘Resonance and Tones in Dual-Stream Nozzles’ reports on a numerical investigation whose objective was predicting the appearance of tones and studying their sources. It was found that some of the tones traced to a coupling between Strouhal shedding from the struts, which held different pieces of the nozzle together, and various duct acoustic modes. A focus of the work was on exploring the nature of the duct modes. First, elements of the numerical procedure were studied for a 4-strut nozzle, validating the results with existing experimental data. The approach was then applied to a 3-strut geometry and four different excitation methods. The predicted tones and associated duct modes are analyzed in detail.

The paper ‘Experimental and Computational Study of Tones Occuring with a Coaxial Nozzle’ explored the source of audible tones occurring in a coaxial nozzle in a range of low Mach numbers experimentally and computationally. The hardware was comprised of an inner and an outer nozzle, without a center-body, and held together by a set of four struts.

Supported by the Transformational Tools Technology (TTT) and the Commercial Supersonic Technology (CST) Projects under NASA’s Advanced Air Vehicles Program, this has been a joint effort among members of the Inlets and Nozzles (LTN) and the Acoustic (LTV) Branches together with Professor Milanovic. Dr. Milanovic is grateful for the support of the University of Hartford Harrison Faculty Development Grant.

Fig. 1 4-strut nozzle configuration. Monitored plane at the trailing edge of the driven strut.

 Fig. 2 Mode shape pressure distribution (4-strut configuration)

Fig. 3 Mode shape pressure distribution (3-strut configuration)

UNOTEs - 7/5/18

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Hisham Alnajjar Named Interim Dean of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture

Hisham Alnajjar

Hisham Alnajjar, who has served as Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture since 2007, became Interim Dean of the College effective July 1, 2018.

One of the University of Hartford’s seven schools and colleges, the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture offers accredited programs at the bachelor's level in engineering, technology, and architecture, and graduate programs in engineering and architecture.

“I have worked with Hisham in a variety of settings over the years and know him to be a thoughtful and caring person who brings integrity, energy, passion, and commitment to everything he does,” Provost Sweitzer stated. “I look forward to working with him in his new role as we navigate this important transition in the College.”

Alnajjar joined the University as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering in 1995. He was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 2001 and promoted to Professor in 2009. He has taught a variety of courses in the department, with a specialization in Signal Processing. His publication record includes journal articles, book chapters, and conference presentations. He has held a variety of leadership positions in the College including Department Chair, and Assistant Dean. Hisham also serves as the Director of the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium. He has served the College and University in many capacities over the years including service on the Faculty Senate, the Faculty Compensation Committee, and the Provost’s Committee on Promotion and Tenure. He was recognized for his outstanding services in 2014 with the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Award for service to the University.

Alnajjar received his Bachelor of Science from Aleppo University in Syria, an Advanced Diploma from Damascus University, a Master of Science in Engineering from Ohio University, and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

Provost Sweitzer invites, “Please join me in thanking Hisham for his willingness to undertake these new responsibilities and wishing him well.”

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Acoustics Students Win Prestigious Architectural Acoustics Award

Dr. Eoin King and Dr. Bob Celmer present Paul Mangelsdorf and Jacob Ott with their medals at commencement.

National Medal for Merit in Architectural Acoustics

An unexpected announcement was made at the CETA commencement ceremony in May - Paul Mangelsdorf '18 and Jacob Ott '18 had won the 2018 Robert Bradford Newman Student Medals for Merit in Architectural Acoustics.

This highly selective national award, administered by the Acoustical Society of America, is named for Robert B. Newman of BBN (Bolt, Beranek & Newman, one of the original acoustical consulting firms). Students selected for the Newman Medal must have demonstrated excellence in this discipline and in the application of acoustical design principles in the course of their studies.

Mangelsdorf and Ott had participated in a research project studying the transparency of an architectural grille used in a new concert hall at Clayton College in Minnesota. The results of their investigation were presented at the Acoustical Society of America's national conference this spring.

Mangelsdorf graduate cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, majoring in Acoustical Engineering & Music. Originally from Lagrangeville, New York. Mangelsdorf has accepted a position as an acoustic engineer with Thornburn Acoustical Consulting in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Ott graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, majoring in Acoustical Engineering & Music. Ott hails from Vernon, CT, and has accepted a position as an acoustic engineer with AKRF Acoustic Consultants in New York City.

UNOTEs - 6/6/18

Acoustics Students Win Prestigious Noise Control Award

Dr. Eoin King and Dr. Bob Celmer present Beranek Award to Jarrett Lagler and Alex Aquila, '18

Students at the University of Hartford have won a highly selective award called the Leo Beranek Student Medal for Excellence in the Study of Noise Control. The award was presented to the team of Jarrett Lagler '18 and Alex Aquila '18 during a surprise announcement at Commencement in May, at the diploma presentation ceremony for the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA).
The team of Lagler and Aquila were honored for their research work on "Using Ultrasonic Sound to Create Mid-Air Haptic Sensations". The award comes from the Institute of Noise Control Engineers and honors legendary acoustic engineer Leo Beranek.
Lagler (who also was awarded the Ribicoff Prize at the main graduation ceremony) graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, majoring in Acoustical Engineering and Music. Originally from Zionsville, Pennsylvania, Lagler has accepted a position as an acoustical engineer in the Audio Design Group at Apple, Inc., in Cupertino, California.
Aquila graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a Concentration in Acoustics. Originally from Ohio, Aquila has accepted a position as an acoustic engineer with Metropolitan Acoustics in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
UNOTES - 6/6/18
National Award Medal in Noise Control

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Milanovic, Dubiel, and Severino Conduct Live Webinar on STEM Education

Shown in the figure is an application interface for the simulation app ‘Flow Past a Cylinder’ completed by Patrick Dubiel, mechanical engineering student.

Shown in the figure is an application interface for the simulation app ‘Dual Stream Nozzle’ designed by Jeffrey Severino, mechanical engineering student. This work was presented at the recent Undergraduate Research & Creativity Colloquium.

Jeffrey Severino and Patrick Dubiel with dual stream nozzles.

Ivana Milanovic, professor of mechanical engineering, conducted a live webinar on using simulation apps to improve student learning. This webinar STEM Education: Enhance Student Learning with Simulation Apps is now permanently stored on The webinar includes the following:

  1. Introduction to a new educational approach that integrates mathematical modeling, numerical simulation, and visualization techniques
  2. Details on how to use simulations and apps within lecture-based courses.
  3. Live demo of app building in the COMSOL Multiphysics® software delivered by Patrick Dubiel and Jeffrey Severino, mechanical engineering undergraduate students.
  4. Q&A session.

Dr. Milanovic, Patrick Dubiel (Junior Regent Award Recipient, 2018), and Jeffrey Severino (NASA Intern, 2018) showcased their class- and research-related work to an audience of hundreds of engineers worldwide.

UNOTEs - 5/30/18

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.