Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Sussmann Receives Award

Sussmann Receives 'Best Paper' Award for Railway Infrastructure Research

Posted 09/29/2015
Category: Accolades / Unotes
Surface wave measurement device on track
       Surface wave measurement device on track
Ted Sussmann, assistant professor in CETA’s Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering Department, received a “Best Paper” award at the Railway Engineering Conference hosted by Mike Forde of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland in July.

The award for “the best paper demonstrating the use of geophysics and non-destructive testing” was received for Sussmann’s paper, “Use of Seismic Surface Wave Testing to Assess Track Substructure.”

During the conference, Sussmann presented two papers: “Effect of Unsupported Ties at Transition Zones” and “Non-Invasive Monitoring of Track System Gaps.” The papers are the result of a collaboration with the Volpe Center in Cambridge, Mass. Sussmann’s team members include Hugh Thompson of the Federal Railroad Administration, Tim Stark and Steve Wilk of the University of Illinois—Urbana Champaign, Carl Ho of the University of Massachusetts—Amherst, and Soheil Nazarian of the University of Texas—El Paso.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Federal Grant Awarded

Sahay and Ghosh Awarded Federal Grant to Develop Course and Training Materials

Posted 09/25/2015

Transmission Gearbox
                       Transmission Gearbox
Professor Chittaranjan Sahay and Assistant Professor Suhash Ghosh of CETA’s Department of Mechanical Engineering have received a grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop course and training materials to accentuate the impact of standards and standardization on product realization.

The focus of this project will be the design, modeling, manufacturing, and inspection of a transmission gearbox. The course and training modules developed at the end of the 18-month project period will supplement the areas of mechanical design, materials selection, engineering drawing, manufacturing processes, measurements, and inspection. The grant is funded by NIST Standards Services Curricula Development (SSCD) Cooperative Agreement Program.

Through this grant opportunity, Sahay and Ghosh hope to ensure use of standards in design, manufacturing and metrology courses, standard test methods in the laboratory, encourage internship experiences to report on standards usage, obtain teaching resources from Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs), and identify “capstone projects” to challenge students in the use and application of standards. According to Sahay and Ghosh, few engineering students are introduced to standards in school, and even fewer are given an understanding of the standards development process. Students need greater exposure to standardization to position themselves competitively.

Abby Ilumoka - Appointed NSF Program Director.

CETA's Abby Ilumoka Appointed NSF Program Director for Engineering Education

Posted 09/25/2015
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Category: Accolades, Campus Announcements
Dr. Abby Ilumoka, professor of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), has been appointed Program Director for Engineering Education at the National Science Foundation (NSF) effective September 2015.

The NSF, based in Arlington, Va., is the federal agency that supports fundamental research across all fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) conducted by America’s colleges and universities.  Ilumoka will serve in the directorate for Education and Human Resources under the Division of Undergraduate Education.

“I am excited about the opportunity to impact U.S. national policy on STEM in ways that will ensure the U.S. continued global pre-eminence and believe that my years of teaching, research, and service as professor of ECE at the University of Hartford have prepared me well for the position,” Ilumoka said.

Ilumoka’s research specialization is in the area of integrated circuit optimization using artificial intelligence, work for which she has received competitive public- and private-sector funding including three NSF research grants during her 24-year tenure in CETA.

Ilumoka is on a leave of absence during the 2015–16 academic year.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Acoustical Engineering Grads Win Award

Acoustical Engineering Grads Win Award at International Noise Conference


Posted 09/17/2015
Submitted by Eoin King
Category: Unotes - Campus Announcements, Student Announcements
Ethan Bourdeau '15, Dr. Eoin King, and Kevin Zheng '15 with their award.
Ethan Bourdeau '15, Dr. Eoin King, and Kevin Zheng '15 with their award.

Two 2015 graduates of the University of Hartford's College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) recently presented their research to a full house at the international noise conference, INTER-NOISE 2015, held in San Francisco in August.

Ethan Bourdeau ‘15 and Kevin Zheng ’15 presented aspects of their work assessing pedestrian exposure to noise levels in New York City under the supervision of Dr. Eoin King, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and acoustics in CETA.

Both students were awarded the Hallberg Foundation Award from the Institute of Noise Control Engineering for their work. The research was supported by funding from the University of Hartford under a 2014–2015 Greenberg Junior Faculty Grant.

Dr. Enda Murphy, who was a visiting Fulbright scholar at CETA from February to August 2015, also presented at INTER-NOISE. While at UHart, Murphy worked closely with King to assess the accuracy of smart phones as noise measurement devices.

Congratulations to all.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Habitat for Humanity - House Build

CETA Volunteer Day - Habitat for Humanity

A group of students from the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) started the semester early by lending a helping hand to Habitat for Humanity (HFH).  On Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - students from several CETA disciplines assisted on a house build in Hartford, CT. 
Along with these students, Assistant Dean David Pines and Prof. Ted Sussmann joined the group to give back to the city of Hartford.  Dean Lou Manzione - Dean of CETA greeted the group as well and the day of work began with a morning kick-off.
Volunteer and educational opportunities of this type will continue this year as CETA will also be working with Habitat for Humanity on a Sustainable House Build on Enfield Street in Hartford, CT. 
Thanks to all for the participation.   

Monday, August 17, 2015

CETA Faculty - Milanovic and Eppes Publish a Paper.

Milanovic and Eppes Publish a Paper at the ASME–JSME–KSME Joint Fluids Engineering Conference

Posted 08/17/2015
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) — the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers (JSME) — the Korean Society of Mechanical Engineers (KSME) Joint Fluids Engineering (AJK) conference last month in Seoul, South Korea.

The paper, "Improving Student Readiness for Inquiry-Based Learning," documents a four-year long experience aimed at improving student readiness to engage in research. A key ingredient has been the development of a multidisciplinary modeling course that integrates four teaching and learning strategies. Preceded by two sets of scaffolded projects, the course culminates with an inquiry-based learning (IBL) assignment on a topic that is relevant and supported by mentoring. Benefits include the development of modeling skills marketable to external entities, presentations at the University colloquia and symposia, peer-reviewed conference or journal papers, and application software releases. This paper describes the course structure, its evolution over time to meet various challenges, and provides examples of student work.

Milanovic also co-organized the 16th Symposium on Fundamental Issues and Perspectives in Fluid Mechanics. Milanovic additionally chaired session on Models, Methods, and Technologies in Fluid Engineering Education. This marked the 12th year of her activities on the Fluid Mechanics Technical Committee co-organizing symposia, forums and poster sessions.

The first Joint FED conference of three societies, ASME, JSME and KSME, was held in Hamamatsu, Japan in July 2011. This first conference aimed to provide an international forum for the global and industry–academia–government collaboration to find answers in wide-ranging and complex problems. As a continuation of this series of the joint conference, the second ASME–JSME–KSME Joint Conference on Fluids Engineering was held in Seoul, South Korea, in July 2015 with the theme of "Advanced Fluids Engineering for Technical Innovation and Economic Impact on our Global Society." The AJK conference brought together international researchers and engineers focusing on fluid flow in a variety of applications. The objectives of the meeting were to provide a forum for the presentation of state-of-the-art research and opportunities for technical interactions among participants.

The first author gratefully acknowledges support provided by Educational Technology and WELFund grants.

UNOTES - University of Hartford - 8-17-15

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Wallingford to offer new high school courses.

Wallingford will offer new high school courses in manufacturing


WALLINGFORD — The school system is hoping to offer two new high school courses in manufacturing during the 2016-17 school year.
School and town officials met Tuesday with business leaders and representatives from state community colleges and universities to discuss courses that would help students land manufacturing jobs. The group also toured Lyman Hall and Sheehan high schools.
“The overarching goal is we need to keep manufacturing not only in Wallingford, but in Connecticut,” Menzo told the group. “We need to keep it and grow it.”
The group will reconvene to discuss curriculum for the new courses.
School and town officials also said they want to address the “stigma” they feel is associated with manufacturing work, said Economic Development Specialist Tim Ryan.
“One of the things that hovers over manufacturing is this stereotype that manufacturing is sweaty, noisy jobs,” Ryan said. “In reality, all manufacturing is not like that, especially advanced manufacturing.”
Lou Manzione, dean of the college of engineering, technology, and architecture at the University of Hartford, added that “young people don’t recognize the exciting careers in manufacturing.”
The lack of young people interested in manufacturing jobs is hurting state businesses, said Hubert Godin, coordinator of engineering science and technology studies at Middlesex Community College.
Menzo also said he wants the new courses to help solve town-specific issues. It’s a similar model to the one used by the University of Hartford, Manzione said.
“We try to address where we see there are needs and there are significant ones in Connecticut,” Manzione said.
Manzione said University of Hartford programs involve partnerships with companies like Pratt and Whitney. The businesses help the college identify needed skills.
The group also agreed there isn’t enough marketing of manufacturing programs around the state. Menzo suggested the local Parent Teacher Advisory Council could help promote the new Wallingford high school courses.
Jay Cei, Ulbrich Stainless Steel chief financial officer and a school board member, attended Tuesday’s discussion.
Cei said the company is looking into a certificate program that would allow students to work as interns or shadow an employee, with the hopes it will lead to a full-time job.
Ulbrich may also sponsor a program that would allow students to go to college full time and work at the company part time.
If they return to work at Ulbrich after graduating, Cei said, they could receive 50 percent student loan forgiveness.
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