Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Salehi Delivers Talk on His Research Findings - SPIE Photonics West International Conference

Dr. Hassan Salehi at SPIE Photonics West 2017.

Dr. Hassan S. Salehi, electrical and computer engineering faculty member at the University of Hartford's College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) delivered a talk on his research findings at the SPIE Photonics West International Conference, held in San Francisco, January 28-February 2, 2017. 

At the talk, Dr. Salehi demonstrated a study testing capabilities of a new feature-based classification algorithm using image processing and machine learning techniques specifically Artificial Neural Network (ANN) and Support Vector Machine (SVM) for early detection of pathologic changes in tissues. As a result, this algorithm can enable the clinicians to better understand the disease process and to detect changes in an early stage, which would result in more successful treatment outcome. Dr. Salehi’s talk was titled “Characterization of Human Oral Tissues Based on Quantitative Analysis of Optical Coherence Tomography Images.” 

In this research project, Dr. Salehi is closely working with his collaborators, Dr. Mina Mahdian, assistant professor and program director at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine, and Dr. Aditya Tadinada, assistant professor at University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC) to develop the optical imaging technology. Dr. Salehi and his colleagues have now established an interdisciplinary team composed of multiple clinicians with expertise in diagnostic imaging and an engineer with background in image processing, computer vision, optical imaging modalities, and lasers.

SPIE Photonics West is the world's largest multidisciplinary event for photonics. Every year over 20,000 people come to hear the latest research and find the latest devices and systems driving technology markets including state-of-the art medical technologies, the Internet of things, smart manufacturing and “Industry 4.0,” autonomous vehicles, scientific research, communications, displays, and other solutions powered by photonics.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

CETA Students Attend Regional Waste Water Conference

Left to right: Liam Bernier, Jenna Bogaczyk, Becca Viguers, Professor Brown

Left to right: Ali Alinkis, Ali AlQarni, Mana Almansour
On Tuesday, January 24, civil engineering students Ali Alinkis, Ali Alquarni, Mana Almansour, Liam Bernier, Jenna Bogaczyk, and Becca Viguers joined Professor Todd Brown at the Annual Conference of the New England Water Environment Association in Boston.  The annual event is recognized as the place in New England to convene the brightest minds and the most innovative water quality solutions.
This prestigious conference, which consistently attracts over 2000 engineers, consultants, scientists, operators and students features a variety of technical sessions and over 200 exhibitor displays. The conference provides an opportunity for professional exchange of information and state-of-the-art concepts in wastewater treatment and other water environment issues.
The students learned about pumps, valves and other wastewater industry equipment in the exhibit hall and attended various technical presentations on current water quality topics.  They also began expanding their professional network, meeting water quality professionals from around the region. 
Students interested in similar opportunities in the environmental field are welcome to contact Professor Brown at  

Todd M. Brown, P.E.

Applied Assistant Professor of Engineering



Thursday, December 15, 2016

Welcoming a new President: University of Hartford

Please join us in welcoming Hartford's next President: Gregory Woodward. 

The festivities to announce Gregory Woodward as President - Designate and introduce him to campus were exciting and energizing! 

See Unotes to learn more about the celebration:

Unotes: 12/15/16

Monday, December 12, 2016

CETA Design Expo – Fall 2016 - 12/9/16: A Great Success

On Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 – The College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) celebrated the accomplishments of the freshmen ES 143 / ECT 110 – final projects and senior project-based courses students with CETA Design Expo: Fall 2016 – event and poster competitions.  The all-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 classes focus on the fundamentals of engineering, the engineering profession and engineering design with emphasis on guided design and problem-solving methodologies. Students undertake practice-oriented group design projects. The Design Challenge for these classes focused on proposing, building and demonstrating a final Boe-Bot project that shows new knowledge and skills pertaining to the Boe-Bot.  New knowledge and skills may be in the form of implementation of a new sensor, 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 – freshmen poster competition were awarded as follows:

Freshmen: ES 143 –

Group: E5: Alex Minolfo, Connor Griffin, Hamad Al Munyif, Steven Malley

Rube Goldberg Machine

Group E20: Michael Bogedal, Ryan Cyr, Griffin Reilly, Ariel Richards

BLT Sandwich

Group E30: Emmanuel Burgess, Nathaniel Cromie, Carlos Godinez


Group E37: Saleh Al Humood, Jenna Bridges, Sean Dupuis, Javier Melecio

Boe-Bot Trick Shot

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 – freshmen poster competition were awarded as follows:

Freshmen: ECT 110 –

Group T56: Mernyn Dominguez, Demetrius Lopez, Tariq Sebadduka


Group T59: Patrice Cyril, Kaelaan Maynor


The Senior 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 this fall are enrolled in:

· CE 420: Water Quality Engineering I

· ECE 483: ECE Capstone Design II

· ES 493: Engineering Research

· ME 473: Capstone Design Project II

The Awards of Excellence for senior Project-Based Courses – senior poster competition were awarded as follows:

Seniors: Project-Based Courses -

Group S7: Denis Mersim, John Dion, Reid Holland, Wasim Bakour

Technical Advisor: Prof. Todd Brown – CE 420

Biological Phosphorous Removal Mechanisms

Group S10: Abdulrahman Almesfer

Technical Advisor: Dr. Hassan Salehi – ECE 483

Duo Solar Power Bank

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 2017. 

Congratulations again to all the award recipients!  


Monday, November 28, 2016

CETA Design Expo - Fall 2016: Coming Soon!

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.

This fall's CETA Design Expo will be held on: Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 - 9 - 12pm in the Sports Center: Intramural Gym and will showcase student projects and achievements in Engineering, Technology, and Architecture.

Below is a glimpse from last spring's CETA Design Expo ... please do not miss out!

Join us and see all the happenings and accomplishments of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture.  Any questions, please contact: 

We hope to see you there!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Students Earn Top Prizes at Connecticut Skills Competition.

Students’ Water Purification Designs Earn Top Prizes at Connecticut Skills Competition

Brenda Salazar Bautista '17, Adam Haggett '18, and Rosemarie Day '17 won first place.

Paul Mangelsdorf '18, Jared Deleon '18, and Brady Hoddinott '18 came in second.

Six students from the University of Hartford’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) proved themselves to be among the next generation of engineering innovators after capturing first and second place at the Connecticut Skills Challenge on Nov. 10 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. They, along with students from 11 other colleges, had three hours to come up with a way to improve access to clean water across the world. They then presented their solutions to a judging panel made up of industry leaders.

Computer engineering students Rosemarie Day ’17 and Adam Haggett ’18 and electrical engineering student Brenda Salazar Bautista ’17 took home the top prize of $5,000 for their water filtration system. The team worked on solving the problem of contaminated water which kills as many as two million people every year in Latin America.

“Our filtration system uses local products to purify the water and can be implemented in any container (therefore) allowing for families to store clean water at a cost of about $30-40 for one year of use,” Adam explains.

The three CETA students, who happen to be best friends, attribute their win to team dynamics and planning. “We were all on the same page. We dedicated a brief time to decide on an idea, time to research and develop it, and an hour in the end for designing and preparing our presentation,” Rosemarie says.

Second place winners Jared Deleon’18 and Brady Hoddinott ’18, who are mechanical engineering majors, and Paul Mangelsdorf ’18, an acoustical engineering major, designed a low-cost, low-maintenance solar water distiller. It uses sunlight to evaporate water, allowing it to condense and drain into a holding tank that is designed to fit into the bed of a pickup truck for easy transport into underdeveloped areas. The team will split the $2,500 prize.

“We are so proud of our teams for excelling in this statewide competition,” says Lou Manzione, dean of CETA and director of Research Collaboration and Economic Development. “Our teams excelled in both engineering and communications skills. These are real metrics for success in our profession.”

Following the competition, the CTC hosted a job and internship fair for all participating students.

Unotes – 11/21/16

Thursday, November 10, 2016

CETA Student Ambassadors Program - Fall 2016

CETA Student Ambassadors Program – Changing and trending with the times:

The CETA Student Ambassadors Program is evolving this fall 2016 and the 19 CETA Ambassadors are ready for the year! The program was initially conceived and developed in the fall of 2013 by Dr. Hisham Alnajjar (Associate Dean), Dr. Ying Yu (ECE Dept Co-Chair) & Kelly Cofiell (Turner) (Enrollment Manager) through a grant from the Women’s Advancement Initiative (then Women’s Education and Leadership Fund). This program was founded as a female only organization has gone co-ed this fall. The program has been funded by CETA since fall 2015.

As women have historically been under-represented in the engineering and technology disciplines/programs across the nation, including the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), the first two-year pilot program was focused on recruiting women student members only. The long term plan for the CETA Student Ambassadors Program was to include a balanced number of both female and male students and that process has begun this fall.
The pilot program expanded from 8 members to 16 in the fall of 2014 due to the effort of a new and energetic leader. Ms. Julie Spring, the CETA Director of Collegiate Student Services, joined the program and she is behind making the program a success within CETA. She hopes to spread the successful program model throughout the university.

The program membership is CETA students from all undergraduate majors and they serve as representatives of CETA. They participate in recruitment events such as Preview Days (open houses), prospective students’ luncheons and receptions interacting with prospective students and families and sharing their knowledge of all the different CETA programs, their unique CETA and University of Hartford experiences. CETA Ambassadors frequently assist with CETA Dean’s events, conduct one-on–one tours, participate in the first-year student mentoring program, and most importantly aim to build a welcoming community within CETA. At the same time, the Ambassadors are given opportunities to enhance their communication skills and leadership skills during their tenure as CETA Student Ambassadors.

In addition to welcoming male student ambassadors this fall, CETA Student Ambassadors Leadership Team will also begin to develop outreach to local high-schools in the hopes of bringing STEM to a few area high schools in CT and looking to share their stories of how they discovered STEM and all it has to offer. This year will also serve as a developmental year as the CETA Student Ambassadors and Leadership Team hope to continue to evolve and grow with the ever changing needs of educational environments, prospective students and their families and industry.

CETA and the current program advisors, Ms. Julie Spring, Dr. Hisham Alnajjar, and Dr. Ying Yu are thrilled to see the student ambassador movement spreading throughout the University of Hartford community and look forward to continued growth and success of all student leaders.

CETA Student Ambassadors Program
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