Thursday, April 2, 2015

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Nagurney Presents at MYEEC

Posted 04/02/2015

Professor Nagurney at MYEEC

Professor Nagurney at MYEEC

Ladimer S. Nagurney, professor of electrical, computer, and biomedical engineering in CETA, spoke at the 2015 - Mid Years Engineering Experience Conference (MYEEC): "From Slump to Jump!", held March 22–24 at Texas A&M University.

His talk, "A Junior Level EE Design Course," focused on the University of Hartford's efforts during the past 15 years to include Engineering Design in every year of the curriculum and highlighted our unique courses in the sophomore and junior years.

In 1999, Professor Nagurney was one of six University of Hartford College of Engineering faculty members who received about $1 million from the National Science Foundation to implement Design Across the Curriculum.

Unotes - 4/2/15

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

John Mandyck to Lecture on Sustainable Architecture | University of Hartford

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John Mandyck to Lecture on Sustainable Architecture

Posted 03/10/2015
Submitted by Michael Crosbie
Category: Campus Announcements
John Mandyck,
Chief Sustainability Officer for United Technologies Building &
Industrial Systems and a member of the Board of Visitors of the College
of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, will give a lecture on “Sustainable Urbanization: The Future of Buildings and Food” on Wednesday, March 11, at 4 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Visitors
are encouraged to park in visitor lots K and D. The Architecture Lecture
Series is made possible through the JCJ Architecture Endowment of the University of Hartford Department of Architecture.

A schedule of this year’s lectures is available at: 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Eight Students to Present Their Research at Highly Selective National Conference.

Eight Students to Present Their Research at Highly Selective National Conference

Posted 01/30/2015
Submitted by Barbara Steinberger
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements
(L-R) Andres Olarte, Colleen McLoughlin, Natalie Dukette, and Conor Knox. Click on photo to enlarge.
(L-R) Andres Olarte, Colleen McLoughlin, Natalie Dukette, and Conor Knox. Click on photo to enlarge.
(L-R) Michelle LaValle, Reed Ashley Haight, and Adam Stankiewicz. Missing from photos: Joshua Gischner. Click on photo to enlarge.
(L-R) Michelle LaValle, Reed Ashley Haight, and Adam Stankiewicz. Missing from photos: Joshua Gischner.
For the second year in a row, University of Hartford students have been selected to present their research at a highly selective conference of outstanding undergraduates from around the country.
Eight UHart students, all seniors in the University Honors Program, will be presenting their work at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in April at Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Wash.
The acceptance of UHart student proposals for the second consecutive year is a significant achievement for the University’s growing Honors Program and a sign of the rigorous, high-level research in which our honors students are engaged.
“This is an incredibly bright and talented group of students,” said Associate Professor Donald Jones, director of the University Honors Program. “This is an opportunity for them to interact with their true peers — other top students from around the country.”  
Each student has been working closely with a faculty mentor and with Jones, who together taught the students how to write conference proposals and will help them prepare and refine their presentations. The University is paying for the students’ travel and conference-related expenses, thanks in large part to a $10,000 grant from the Parents Association.
The student presentations span a wide range of topics, including efforts to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease through diet, climate change rhetoric among U.S. Senators, the economics of hosting the World Cup, and bystander intervention in sexual violence, to name just a few.
“I’m really excited to share something that I’m passionate about — economic development — with other students in that field,” said Natalie Dukette, whose research looks at an economic development phenomenon in which resource-abundant developing countries tend to grow more slowly than those with far fewer resources.
Several students said they are looking forward to having their audiences challenge them with probing questions about their research. The students also are eager to attend other students’ presentations to see what kinds of research they are doing.
The eight students, their presentations, and their faculty mentors are as follows:

Natalie Dukette (Economics major, A&S) — “Rethinking the Resource Curse with Complexity Theory”
Faculty Mentor: Jane Horvath

Joshua Gischner  (Judaic Studies major, A&S) — “Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust: Contemporary Controversies of the Jewish Cemetery Clarified through an Historic Shift due to Jewish Emancipation in the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries”
Faculty Mentor: Richard Freund

Reed Ashley Haight (Psychology major, A&S) — “Bystander Intervention in Sexual Violence: Combating Moral Blinders”
Faculty Mentor: Jack Powell

Conor Knox (Mechanical Engineering major with an Acoustics concentration, CETA) — “The Complexity of Time and Sound: Problems of Time-Based Measurements and Regulations”
Faculty Mentor: Eoin King

Michelle LaValle  (Biology/Pre-Med major, A&S) — “Slowing Alzheimer’s Disease: The Effects of a Calorie Restricted Diet”
Faculty Mentor: Jacob Harney

Colleen  McLoughlin (Double major in Rhetoric and Professional Writing, and Politics and Government, A&S) — “The Effect of ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ on U.S. Senate Climate Change Rhetoric”
Faculty Mentor: Katharine Owens

Andres Olarte (Double major in Economics and Finance, and Marketing, Barney School of Business) — “Positive or Negative Economic Results: Return on Investment of Hosting the World Cup”
Faculty Mentor: Lillian Kamal

Adam Stankiewicz (Multimedia Web Design and Development major, University Studies) — “Using Visualization to Motivate Student Collaboration in Online Learning Environments”
Faculty Mentor: Larissa Schroeder 

UNOTES - Jan. 2015

Friday, December 12, 2014

Student Lands the Perfect Job Before Graduation.

Student Lands the Perfect Job Before Graduation


Posted 12/12/2014
Submitted by Barbara Steinberger
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements
Austen Williams is pictured outside Konover shortly before Fall Commencement on Dec. 7. (Click on photo to enlarge.)
Austen Williams is pictured outside Konover shortly before Fall Commencement on Dec. 7. (Click on photo to enlarge.)
For the past seven weeks, Austen Williams has been leading a double life.
Williams, who took part in Fall Commencement on Sunday, Dec. 7, earning a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, has been juggling the life of a full-time college student with the life of a young professional.

He has spent eight-hour days working as a regional application engineer for Henkel Corp. in Rocky Hill, Conn., and has then come back to his campus home to take classes, work on his senior capstone project, and teach a physics lab.

“It’s been quite a balancing act,” said Williams.

Williams is in the enviable position of having been offered a good job in his field weeks before graduation, thanks to his talent, drive, and a co-op opportunity that he got through the University.
During the spring 2013 semester, Professor Cy Yavuzturk, one of Williams’s professors in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), asked his students if any of them would be interested in a co-op experience at Henkel, in which they would work full-time for six months while also receiving some college credit.

While the co-op would provide invaluable experience, it also would mean graduating one semester late. A number of students expressed interest in the co-op opportunity, but Williams was one of the few who was willing to delay his graduation for one semester — a risk that ultimately paid off.
Henkel is an international company based in Germany with leading brands and technologies in several areas. The co-op was with Henkel’s adhesive technologies division in Rocky Hill.
From June through December 2013, Williams worked full-time at Henkel, performing lab tests and writing technical reports, and met regularly with his advisor at CETA, Professor of Mechanical Engineering Robert Celmer. At the end of the six-month co-op, Williams wrote a paper about the experience.

During the summer of 2014, Williams’s former mentor at Henkel told him about a job opening for a regional application engineer, and this fall, Williams got the job. He has been working at Henkel two days a week since Oct. 20, while he finishes his degree requirements and wraps up his college career. He will start working full-time on Jan. 5.
As a regional application engineer, Williams will be working with the sales team to determine which products best fit clients’ needs, and to validate the application of those products through lab testing. Williams said that his CETA coursework prepared him well for the co-op and for his new job, by giving him the “problem-solving mentality” he needs to be able to analyze and address engineering problems.

Williams, who plays a wide range of instruments — including guitar, drums, piano, bass, harmonica, mandolin, and banjo — started at the University of Hartford majoring in mechanical engineering with a concentration in acoustics. He never considered a career as an application engineer until his co-op with Henkel, but he has discovered that it is a perfect fit for him.
“The co-op allowed me to see what an application engineer does. As soon as I started, I thought ‘This is where I could see myself being happy,’” said Williams, who enjoys working directly with customers and coming up with solutions for their needs. “I really love it.”

UNOTES - Univ. of Hartford - 12/12/14

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Taking Hartford's Simmering Pots To A Boil - By MICHAEL J. CROSBIE

Taking Hartford's Simmering Pots To A Boil


Hartford needs to nurture small entrepreneurial businesses for a bustling future
Hartford's many simmering businesses and ideas must be encouraged

Architects and planners like grand schemes. "Make no little plans," counseled Chicago architect Daniel Burnham just over a century ago. But maybe today we need to think differently about a city like Hartford, whose future might lie in thousands of little things — creative and synergistic ideas —happening, connecting, collaborating, sharing, shaping, building.
That impression emerged from a lively panel discussion last week on imagining a new Hartford, part of a series of exhibits and events at the Hartford Public Library and the Connecticut Historical Society. The Courant's Tom Condon asked the panel of four folks involved with creative, innovative organizations working to change the city what Hartford will look like in 25 years.
Cities are shaped by people and projects that can simmer for years until reaching a boiling point, and the impression is that Hartford has an encouraging number of pots on the stove. One is MakeHartford, headed by Steve Yanicke, who describes the enterprise as a "gym for geeks" who like to make stuff. MakeHartford is at 30 Arbor Street, in a space that offers folks access to digital toys and tools like 3D printers (you can "print" objects). Yanicke spoke about the allure of incubator space where people can meet, learn to use new technologies and share knowledge. It's something of a free-form collaborative, "connecting people who are doing things with other people who are doing things," he explained.
Yanicke's vision of the city is a place where new businesses, with very low starting costs, attract other entrepreneurs just because innovative types feed off each other. For Yanicke, one of Hartford's greatest assets is the empty buildings that can become hotbeds of creative collaboration, leading to new businesses, housing and communities. Yanicke noted that housing in downtown Hartford always seems to grow in the wrong direction. Instead of more towers, Yanicke sees a downtown thriving with more three- and four-story, mixed-use residential and retail structures, where people live close to work, walk and actually meet their neighbors.
Gina Muslim, director of the Hartford Community Partnership, Community Solutions, sees the former Swift gold-plating factory in Hartford's North End as similar to Yanicke's idea of flexible incubator space. Rather than devoting Swift to one use, Muslim imagines a place that combines work, living, health care and food shopping within its 65,000 square feet. The idea is to create enough synergy in one place to offer residents and the surrounding neighborhood a one-stop community resource focused on job creation. The key, notes Muslim, is getting the right mix of uses and anchor businesses, and then studying what worked and what doesn't work so it can be replicated in other neighborhoods.
Food is the critical component to successful revitalization. Cary Wheaton, executive director of Billings Forge Community Works in Frog Hollow, sees new restaurants and farmers markets, along with good housing, luring folks to city neighborhoods. "Food and housing are the drivers" for community building, says Wheaton, who noted that Billings has created about 100 jobs over the past six years.
Echoing the others on the panel, Wheaton cautioned against high-powered, multimillion-dollar solutions. Sometimes a new idea is in plain sight. Like closing cafeterias! Wheaton speculated on what would happen to the urban life on Hartford's streets overnight if the city's major employers closed their cafeterias and people had to leave work to have lunch. The economic driver for new lunch places and busy streets is right there. "Small things connect with other things, and that is sustainable community building," says Wheaton.
Kristina Newman-Scott, director of marketing, events and cultural affairs for the city, thinks that Hartford's biggest problem is an inferiority complex. "We need pride in the city," and to start taking advantage of the incredible creative resources here. She pointed out that within its 18 square miles Hartford has more than 300 arts and cultural institutions. "The challenge is to connect these creative communities," says Newman-Scott, who also sees incubator space and short-term, low-cost leases as a way to hot-wire new retail. "Creative businesses grow out of a more do-it-yourself culture, with the city serving as a platform," she believes.
So, what will Hartford look like?
Michael J. Crosbie is an architect in Essex and chairman of the University of Hartford's Department of Architecture.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Women Thrive at the University of Hartford.

Women Thrive at the University of Hartford:

Emily Meachon ’16 (and WELCorps Student Leader) and her mentor Jessica Nicklin will study the connections between birth order, leadership, and the success in college students.
Katherine McLellan ’16 and faculty mentor Susan Mardinly aim to find remarkable female composers from the 1920s on to form a chronological timeline of the history of women composers and their influence in the theatre and music genre. Katherine plans to educate the audience through a final concert and slideshow. 
Tanya Johnson 15 and faculty mentor Ivana Milanovic will simulate a "hole tone’" system in which information will be provided on vortex shedding, source location of acoustic waves, and noise mitigation strategies.
Madison Norwich ’16 (a WELCorps Student Leader) along with her faculty mentor, Mala Matacin, will educate the University of Hartford’s campus on the current issues of sexual violence, while creating a safe environment of support for survivors.
Dorothy Goodwin, educator, politician, world traveler, and family member, inspired women and girls to live beyond limitations—to exercise their full potential. She recognized that reaching one’s potential requires challenging opportunities, committed mentors, and financial support. It is in honor of her influence and with gratitude for the generosity of her friends and family that the Women’s Education and Leadership Fund (WELFund) offers the Dorothy Goodwin Scholars.