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. 
Paper link

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!

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:

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.