Monday, August 15, 2016

Angel Muñoz - '17 - Part of the Technical Team Bringing the Olympics to Viewers.


Angel Muñoz '17 is Part of the Technical Team Bringing the Olympics to Viewers.




Angel Muñoz '17 is in Rio, interning with NBC during the Olympics.

Angel works in NBC's "Primetime Studio," changing audio levels for Bob Costas and guests' ear monitors.

Qualifying to join NBC’s staff at the Olympics may not be as difficult as the work to win a medal, but the competition is tough. Just ask Angel Muñoz ’17, who was one of thousands of young people who applied for a coveted intern position on the network’s production team at the Games. As it turns out, he was the only engineering student selected to help broadcast the Games to millions of viewers around the world.

“I came to Rio expecting to be in a pool of “runner” interns with general duties,” says Angel, an audio engineering technology major in the University’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA). “Now I’m actually involved in broadcasting the Olympic Games, one of the most massive media productions in the world. I’m interning directly with the A1 engineer, who mixes all the sound for the show, and the A2 engineer, who sets up technical equipment for the sound. I couldn’t believe I was actually putting a microphone on Bob Costas during rehearsal.”

Angel’s dream of interning at the Olympics started during his first year at UHart, when he learned that Joe Dziok, a music production and technology major in The Hartt School, interned at the 2014 winter games in Soche, Russia. (Read more about Joe Dziok, and his experience at the Olympics.) Angel’s advisor, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering David Shuman, supported him in his quest to intern in Rio.

“Angel has a worldliness about him that, when combined with how studious he is and how hard he works, is a great mix for broadcast,” says Shuman. Additionally, Shuman points out that the University’s audio technology program is more technical than most in the country. “Our students tend to advance very quickly once people understand their technical capabilities.”

Angel, who arrived in Rio on July 17 and expects to be there until August 24, isn’t complaining about his 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily shifts. He says NBC is, “taking great care of its interns with sightseeing trips and hosting dinners with athletes and network employees.” Any other time he has, he’s using to make connections. “Broadcasting is a great world to work in, so I hope to keep networking while I’m here. It’s a long road and a lot of hard work, but I’m up for it.”

Something else he’s up for? “Catching some beach volleyball and gymnastics action before my work day begins.”

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

CETA’s Sussmann has Presentations on Three Continents this Summer.

CETA's Professor Sussmann Presents -



Ted Sussmann, assistant professor in CETA’s Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering Department, was involved in presentations in Italy, China, and at the University of Illinois this summer. In Milan, Italy, Dr. Sussmann attended the World Congress on Railway Research and was coauthor of the paper “Long Term Performance of Slab Track Designed for Shared Passenger and Freight Operations and Tested Under Heavy Freight Trains”, which summarizes the results from a recently completed long term test Dr. Sussmann worked to initiate in his early research for the Volpe Center in Cambridge, MA. In China, Dr. Sussmann was invited to speak at the First International Summit on Railroad Engineering and Transportation Geotechnics at Central South University in Changsha. Finally, Dr. Sussmann presented “Track Substructure Influences on Track Support Conditions” at the 2016 International Crosstie and Fastening Symposium at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
 
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Ted Sussman giving Presentation in Changsha China
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Nagurney Presents at EURO 2016

 
Nagurney Presents at EURO 2016 - Poznan, Poland
 


Ladimer S. Nagurney, professor of electrical, computer, and biomedical engineering in CETA,  presented Physical Proof of the Occurrence of the Braess Paradox in Electrical Circuits at the 28th European Conference on Operational Research held July 3-6. 2016 in Poznan, Poland.
The work described the first measurements to show the existence of the Braess Paradox in a macroscopic electrical circuit. The measurements were made as part of his activities during his AY 15-16 sabbatical at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The presentation was co-authored with Professor Anna Nagurney of the Isenberg School of Management at University of Massachusetts and may be viewed here.

Milanovic and Eppes Publish Paper

Milanovic and Eppes Publish Paper at the ASME Fluids Engineering Division Summer Conference


Posted 07/12/2016
Category: Accolades
Ivana Milanovic, professor of mechanical engineering, CETA, and Tom Eppes, professor of electrical engineering, CETA, published a paper at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting (FEDSM) in Washington, DC. The Fluids Engineering Division (FED) sponsored this meeting jointly with ASME Heat Transfer Division and the International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels (ICNMM).  This year marks FED 90th anniversary.

The paper, ‘Application Building in Undergraduate Courses with a Simulation Component,’ is a case study in thermo-fluids course design. The objectives were to better illustrate thermo-fluids concepts, embed simulations and research, and facilitate application building in the context of the undergraduate three credit lecture course. The approach combines project- and inquiry-based learning and emphasizes the importance of outside-of-class learning. The authors gratefully acknowledge support provided by University of Hartford Educational Technology and Strategic Plan Goal 1 grants.
Milanovic also co-organized the 17th Symposium on Fundamental Issues and Perspectives in Fluid Mechanics, and 9th Symposium on Transport Phenomena in Mixing. Milanovic additionally co-chaired sessions on Cavity, Jet, and Pipe Flows and Transport Phenomena in Mixing I: Jets. This marked the 13th year of her activities on the Fluid Mechanics Technical Committee co-organizing symposia, forums and poster sessions.
 

Salehi Publishes Paper


Salehi Publishes Paper Based on NIH-Funded Research Project in "Journal of Biomedical Optics"





Dr. Hassan S. Salehi, visiting assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, published an article based on the NIH-funded research in the SPIE Journal of Biomedical Optics, Volume 21, Issue 4, 046006, 2016. The paper, “Coregistered photoacoustic and ultrasound imaging and classification of ovarian cancer: ex vivo and in vivo studies,” was written by lead author Dr. Salehi along with his collaborators at the University of Connecticut, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the University of Connecticut Health Center (UConn Health).

The paper reports on a study testing capabilities of a novel co-registered photoacoustic and ultrasound imaging system and classification algorithms using machine learning techniques for ovarian cancer diagnosis. Most ovarian cancers are diagnosed at advanced stages due to the lack of efficacious screening techniques. As a result, there is an urgent need to improve the current clinical practice by advancing the conventional imaging systems and detecting early malignancies in the ovary. Photoacoustic tomography (PAT) is an emerging imaging modality with great potential to assist transvaginal ultrasound for ovarian cancer screening. Therefore, the authors have developed their co-registered photoacoustic tomography (PAT) and ultrasound (US) prototype system for real-time assessment of ovarian masses. Features extracted from PAT and US angular beams, envelopes, and images were input to a logistic classifier and a support vector machine (SVM) classifier to diagnose ovaries as benign or malignant. A total of 25 excised ovaries of 15 patients were studied and the logistic and SVM classifiers achieved sensitivities of 70.4 and 87.7%, and specificities of 95.6 and 97.9%, respectively. Furthermore, the ovaries of two patients were non-invasively imaged using the PAT/US system before surgical excision. By using five significant features and the logistic classifier, 12 out of 14 images (86% sensitivity) from a malignant ovarian mass and all 17 images (100% specificity) from a benign mass were accurately classified; the SVM correctly classified 10 out of 14 malignant images (71% sensitivity) and all 17 benign images (100% specificity). These initial results demonstrate the clinical potential of the PAT/US technique for ovarian cancer diagnosis.

This research was supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH grant number: R01CA151570).

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Salehi Presents &Publishes Research Paper - OSA International Biomedical Optics Congress

Salehi Presents and Publishes Research Paper at OSA International Biomedical Optics Congress

Hassan S. Salehi, PhD, visiting assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Hartford, has presented and published a research paper at Optical Society of America (OSA) International Biomedical Optics Congress. The conference was held 25-28 April 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This research work was done in collaboration with the University of Connecticut (UCONN) School of Dental Medicine and the Stony Brook University School of Dental.
In this paper, "Utilizing Optical Coherence Tomography and Cone Beam Computed Tomography for Oral Tissues Characterization: Ex vivo Study," human specimens were imaged ex vivo using optical coherence tomography (OCT) and compared with images obtained from cone beam computed tomography. Furthermore, image processing techniques were applied to characterize oral tissues. The results show that OCT can reliably differentiate between oral tissues, and that could be extremely valuable in assisting physicians for in vivo evaluation of oral tissues and early cancer detection. 
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

CETA Design Expo – Spring 2016: 4/29/16


CETA Design Expo – Spring 2016

On Friday, April 29, 2016 – The College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) celebrated the accomplishments of the sophomore ES 242 – final projects and senior capstone design students with CETA Design Expo: Spring 2016 – event and poster competitions.  The all-day event held for the first time in the Sports Center, Intramural Gym was a day of success and celebration. 

The ES 242 – Engineering by Design classes participated in an in-depth study of the design process to include problem solving methodologies, evaluation of alternate solutions, economic analysis, ethical constraints, group dynamics, and presentation techniques. Students undertake design projects specifically chosen to meet the objectives of the course. The Design Challenge this semester focused on ways to improve safety among older adults in their daily lives, both inside their homes and in their community.

The winners of the ES 242 – sophomore poster competition were as follows:

Sophomores: ES 242 –
1st Place:
Mikaela Nelson & Thienly Nguyen & Jathnan Alzabadin & Matthew Bernocco
Sensory Deterioration

2nd Place:
Ahmad Ashkanani & Mark Markiewicz & Carl Mitchell & Mofareh Almakhalas
Lock & Go

2nd Place:
Kyle Bergman & Ahmad Alotaibi & Andrew Strakhman
Fall Tracking and Injury Prevention System


Senior Design/Capstone courses are the culminating experience for students. 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 who participated this spring are enrolled in:

AET 489 - Senior Capstone Project
AUD 471 - Senior Project
BE 461 - Biomedical Engineering Design Project II
CE 460 - Civil Engineering Design Project
ECE 483 - Capstone Design II
ECT 481 - Senior Design Project II for Engineering Technology
ME 461 – Acoustics Capstone Design
ME 473 - Capstone Design Project II
MET 482 - Capstone for Engineering Technology

The winners of the Senior Capstone Projects – poster competition were as follows:

Seniors: Capstone -
1st Place: Architecture -
Liana Pangburn
Mobile Medical Unit(s) - Africa

1st Place: Technology
Hunter Russel & Martin Mercer
Motorcycle Jacket with Lights

1st Place: Engineering –
Kim Colavito & Amanda Czerwiec & Erinn Lavelle
Podunk River Bridge Replacement

2nd Place: Engineering –
Luis Montes & Zack Cleary & Saleh Alamri
Fluid Collection Device 

2nd Place: Engineering –
Erick Latvis & Kevin Miller & Gianna Sabino
Additive Manufactured Air Duct - Pratt and Whitney


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 fall of 2016. 

Congratulations again to all the winners!