Monday, April 25, 2016



Congratulations to all the CETA student scholarship recipients for the 2016 - 2017 academic year!

On Thurs., April 21, 2016 - a wonderful event, made possible by the generosity of the many CETA & University of Hartford donors, was held to honor the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) student award recipients for the 2016 - 2017 academic year.  This celebratory event honored many high achieving students in CETA for their academic success and accomplishment in their disciplines. 

During the event, time was taken to acknowledge the superb efforts and achievements of the almost 90 student scholarship recipients for the 2016 - 2017 academic year, 49 of which were in attendance.  For the 2016 – 2017 academic year, approximately $249,686.00 will be awarded in CETA.  Many students took a moment to address what it meant to them and/or their families to receive such a scholarship and thank all those who donated funds to make the awards a reality. 

The College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) would like to again congratulate all the students nominated and honored.  A special thanks to all those who worked on the scholarship process from CETA, Financial Aid, Institutional Advancement, Alumni Relations and more.  And, of course, a tremendous thank you to all donors whose generosity allowed the students of CETA to celebrate and continue on their educational and career paths.

 
CETA Scholarship Event - Welcome.

 
Kadian Hall, scholarship recipient, and family enjoying the day.

Dean Lou Manzione addressing the CETA scholarship award recipients, in attendance

Thursday, April 21, 2016

CETA Design Expo Spring 2016: Showcasing Student Projects and Achievements

CETA Design Expo — Spring 2016:  Join Us!


Friday, April 29, 2016
Sports Center, Intramural Gym

9 to 11 a.m.:
Sophomore — Final Projects
Project Showcase


1 to 3 p.m.: Seniors

Capstone Design — Poster Session

College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) students are doing amazing things in and out of the classroom and studios, and on April 29
th they will have the opportunity to show off their talents to the greater community. The CETA Design Expo will showcase student projects and achievements in engineering and technology.


Please join us and see all the happenings and accomplishments of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture. We look forward to seeing you there!


For questions, please contact: cetainfo@hartford.edu

Monday, April 18, 2016

Assistant Professor Eoin King - Wins 2016 Belle K. Ribicoff Junior Faculty Prize


Assistant Professor Eoin King Wins 2016 Belle K. Ribicoff Junior Faculty Prize



(l-r): Emily Meachon '16, student member of the Selection Committe; Eoin King, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and acoustics; Provost Sharon Vasquez; and Bob Celmer, professor of mechanical engineering and acoustics.

Eoin King, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and acoustics in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), has been selected to receive the 2016 Belle K. Ribicoff Junior Faculty Prize. The prize recognizes excellence in teaching, scholarly or creative activity, and service. It includes an award of $10,000 to further enhancement of an existing scholarly project, a new investigation, and/or support of the awardee's professional development goals and will be presented to King at Commencement in May.

In what has become an annual tradition, Provost Sharon Vasquez delivered the news to a surprised King in a manner similar to the Publishers Clearinghouse presentations. King and his senior students were working in the acoustics lab on Wednesday, April 11, when Vasquez came in to make the announcement. She was joined by Professor Bob Celmer, program director of the Acoustical Engineering and Music program in CETA and The Hartt School, as well as Emily Meachon ’16, the student member of the Search Committee.

“This is a big deal,” Vasquez told King’s students. “The donor, Belle K. Ribicoff, wanted us to honor a faculty member who exemplifies a teaching scholar…it is someone who not only is excellent in the classroom and supportive of students in and out of the classroom, but also takes their scholarship and research seriously and pulls as many students into that as possible.”

For example, King guided two students through an environmental noise study on the High Line in New York City last year. Their research was published in an academic journal, they presented at an international conference, and received positive press coverage. King also set students up with a Fulbright Scholar to conduct research that resulted in publication and he was the faculty advisor for students who organized the University’s first TEDx in fall 2015.

April has certainly been a good month for King. Just a week before winning the Belle K. Ribicoff Junior Faculty Prize, he and his wife welcomed their first child, a girl named Eavan Julia King.

The annual Ribicoff Junior Faculty Prize, together with an endowed chair for junior faculty, was established through a generous gift from Belle K. Ribicoff, a long-time supporter and life regent of the University. Each year, the prize recognizes an outstanding junior faculty member – one who is in a tenure track position, but not yet tenured. King is the eighth winner in the history of the prize.

 UNOTES - 4/18/16

Friday, April 15, 2016

Hassan S Salehi Publishes Research Article


Hassan S Salehi Publishes Research Article in Elsevier Journal of Oral Surgery Oral Medicine Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology






OCT and the corresponding CBCT image, contour plot for the OCT image, and histogram of the OCT image for air, water, fatty tissue, trabecular bone, cortical bone, and enamel.

Hassan S. Salehi, PhD, visiting assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Hartford has published a research article in Elsevier Journal of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology, April 2016. This research work was done in collaboration with the Stony Brook University School of Dental and the University of Connecticut (UCONN) School of Dental Medicine.

This paper, "Tissue characterization using optical coherence tomography and cone beam computed tomography: A comparative pilot study," reports the imaging of four types of tissues ex vivo, i.e., human enamel, human cortical bone, human trabecular bone, fatty tissue plus water and air using optical coherence tomography (OCT). Furthermore, a method for qualitative and quantitative analysis of the human specimens was developed utilizing image processing techniques. The same types of tissues were also imaged using cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) and grayscale values were measured. The qualitative indices (intensity profile, contour plot and histogram) for OCT images were able to provide information regarding surface characteristics as well as changes in tissue properties at different interfaces. The quantitative index (pixel intensity values) was also able to render information regarding the distribution and density of the pixels in different samples. A similar pattern was observed in the pixel intensity values and grayscale values in both imaging modalities. Within the limitations of this ex vivo pilot study, it was concluded that OCT can reliably differentiate between a range of hard and soft tissues.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

CETA Student Research - Wind Tunnel


UHart Students’ Wind Tunnel Research Will Benefit the Aerospace Industry

 
Mark Markiewicz ’18 and his teammates working on the wind tunnel

Walking into the turbomachinery lab on the lower level of the University of Hartford’s Dana Hall, you can feel the excitement and happiness of eight mechanical engineering students there. They have spent the last two years building a wind tunnel in the lab. Now, they are finally able to unveil it and use it to conduct research that will be useful to the aerospace industry.
“You have no idea how exciting this is,” says Mark Markiewicz ’18, who joined the project as a first-year student in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA). The wind tunnel allows Mark and his teammates to study and measure key aspects of aerodynamics. They expect that their findings will make jet engines’ turbines and blades more efficient and help aerospace companies save millions of dollars. The research may also benefit power plants which rely on turbines.
The opportunity to do research using this type of equipment is typically reserved for graduate students at other universities but this team is made up of undergraduates selected by CETA mechanical engineering professor Ivana Milanovic.  Milanovic made Mark, who is a sophomore, the project lead after he impressed her with his analytical and supervisory skills. Although she remains involved to provide oversight and mentorship, Professor Milanovic lets Mark and his classmates make daily decisions to ensure everything is done properly.
Gianna Sabino ’16, who was brought on to the project in the summer of 2015, learned a lot from working on the build and the research, so much so that it helped her get a job. She will start working for Pratt and Whitney in June conducting tests on wind tunnels.
“The teamwork aspect and leadership skills will definitely come in handy when I start my job,” says Gianna.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Spotlighting - Our Partnerships

Spotlighting-Our Partnerships: The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) and University of Hartford

                   


Elliot Ginsberg, president and CEO of the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), will visit the University of Hartford on Tuesday, April 12, at 12:15 p.m. in UT 320 to talk about the importance of higher education to the State of Connecticut.

While serving as Chief of Staff for Congressman John Larson, Elliot Ginsberg played a major role in championing Connecticut’s business, technical, educational, and economic institutions.  Now, as president and CEO of CCAT, Ginsberg continues to promote and support the growth of the region's burgeoning manufacturing and technology corridor. Ginsberg will share his unique insights about how institutions of higher education and the University of Hartford faculty and students, in particular, can contribute to the State's economy. He will talk about how partnerships between Universities and private sector employers, state agencies, and not-for-profits can assure that Connecticut has the necessary human capital to compete in a hyper-competitive global landscape.  He will also discuss how these partnerships simultaneously offer University of Hartford students significant opportunities to develop valuable career ready skills while supporting the state’s economic initiatives across many disciplines.
 
Biographical Notes:  In addition to his roles with CCAT and Congressman John Larson, Elliot Ginsberg was also Commissioner of the Department of Human Resources, managing the statewide human services department; Executive Director to the statewide training and advocacy organization of the legal services programs in Connecticut; and Senior Manager of Connecticut Legal Services. Currently, Ginsberg serves on the Governor’s Connecticut Employment and Training Commission, the Connecticut Competitiveness Council, the Statewide Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Committee, MetroHartford Alliance Board of Directors, the Capital Workforce Partners Board of Directors, as well as a variety of other civic organizations. Mr. Ginsberg is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College (BA, Economics) and the University of Connecticut School of Law. 
 
Unotes - 4/7/16

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Assistant Professor Timothy Adekunle Wins International Award for Excellence.

Department of Architecture Assistant Professor Timothy Adekunle, Ph.D. is the winner of the International Award for Excellence for The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 6, for his paper "Autonomous Living: An Eco-social Perspective".

From the abstract of the winning paper: "Autonomous living enables occupants to generate zero-carbon emissions from all energy use in a building, while eco-sociality empowers people to participate in a process. Eco-sociality is a sustainability process that encourages people to develop social interactions and live consciously to treat their environment well. The process requires a transformation approach as global warming creates environmental problems and there is a need for an improved way of living that can mitigate the effects of climate change and enhance our overall wellbeing. The existing literature has shown that past sustainability processes yield few results because they focus on a technological-based approach rather than exploring an eco-social approach. The evidence suggests that technological efficiency does not guarantee sustainability. This study has identified that the sustainability process is not an abstract plan of action but a process that involves due process, consultation, and social interaction to increase people’s levels of participation."

Professor Adekunle joined the University in September 2015 as an Assistant Professor with the primary focus of teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in structural design. His research extends beyond structures into sustainable design issues. He earned his Doctor of Philosophy, Architecture at the University of Kent (UK), Master of Architecture at the University of Nottingham (UK) and Bachelor of Technology, Architecture at the Federal University of Technology in Nigeria. He is also a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment publishes broad-ranging and interdisciplinary articles on human configurations of the environment and the interactions between the constructed, social, and natural environments.

UNOTES - 3/23/16