Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dr. Saleh Keshawarz Leads Workshop Held in Laos

CETA faculty crosses national borders to create relationships with students, in order to share their knowledge with the world.
Dr. Saleh Keshawarz, P.E., Professor and Chair of the Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering Department, led a team of Afghan Graduate Students at the Asian Institute of Technology during a workshop held in the headquarters of the Mekong River Commission, Vientiane, Laos. 
The workshop was entitled: Transboundary Water Issues of Mekong River. Dr. Keshawarz led the discussion in the workshop in addition to giving two presentations. One presentation was on “Afghanistan Water Sharing Agreements with Neighbors” and the other was on “Economic Collaboration involving water Resources in Central Asia, Background and Future Prospects.” 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Acoustical Society of America’s 2017 Rossing Prize in Acoustics Education Awarded.

Congratulations to Dr. Bob Celmer ‘78, Program Director of CETA’s Acoustical Engineering programs, who has been selected to receive the Acoustical Society of America’s 2017 Rossing Prize in Acoustics Education!

The Rossing Prize in Acoustics Education was established in 2003 from a generous gift made to the Acoustical Society Foundation by Dr. Thomas D. Rossing to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions toward furthering acoustics education through distinguished teaching, creation of educational materials, textbook writing and other activities.
The Prize will be presented to Professor Celmer during the Plenary Session of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) fall 2017 meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, in December 2017. At that meeting, Professor Celmer will deliver the “Rossing Prize Lecture” in a session sponsored by the Committee on Education in Acoustics. He was named a Fellow of ASA in 2014.

The University of Hartford has the only ABET-accredited undergraduate B.S.E. Acoustical Engineering and Music degree. Professor Celmer is the Program Director of the program, which requires students to have both the math and science background, as well as successfully pass the Hartt entrance requirements, including an audition.

Congratulations again, to Dr. Bob Celmer!

Monday, July 10, 2017

CETA Student Success Stories

University of Hartford and CETA students are striving for success each day.  Here are just 2 of our most recent CETA success stories:

Sara Huelsman '17, College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture: 

Sara's future is taking flight as she begins her journey toward a career in aeroacoustics. The aerospace engineering major with an acoustics concentration won a NASA summer internship funded by the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium. She will be heading to Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., to research the impact of aircraft noise, and then to Georgia Tech, to pursue her master’s degree in aerospace engineering.

Sara was originally interested in restoring the acoustics in historical theatres, until a course in fluid mechanics captured her interest. With plans to obtain her PhD in aerospace engineering, Sara intends to focus on noise control engineering within the aerospace industry.

Lucas "Luke" Shearer: College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture:

“If there’s a challenging environment, that’s what I’m drawn too,” says Lucas Shearer, ’17 of Parker, Colo., This statement couldn’t be truer when you consider where the marine has been and where his future is taking him. He recently secured his second summer internship at NASA and is headed to the University of Texas in the fall to pursue a Master’s in mechanical engineering and acoustics.

After interning in 2016 in the Structural Acoustics Branch at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., Lucas applied and landed a 2017 internship at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

A mechanical engineering student with a concentration in acoustics within the University of Hartford’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), and a drummer since the age of 10, Lucas served four years as a U.S. Marine Corp. sergeant, and was a percussionist in “The Commandant’s Own,” The United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps.

UH website - 7/10/17

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Two UHart Professors and Three Students are Working and Studying at NASA this Summer

Students and faculty soaring to new heights at NASA

Wesaam Lepak '18 at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio

Mechanical Engineering major Wesaam Lepak ’18 knows he’s achieved what many only dream of—landing an internship with NASA (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration). He is spending the summer working on a space shuttle system that, in the next two decades, may launch humans to the moon, asteroids, and Mars.

“NASA has been a dream of mine for a while,” says Wesaam, a Washington D.C. native who cultivated his affinity for faraway places while living in Brazil and Qatar during elementary school and Germany and Sweden in high school. “NASA has some of the best engineers and scientists in the world, and my goal is to be part of that group,” Wesaam says with confidence.

His summer responsibilities in the Structural Dynamics Laboratory at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, take advantage of his concentration in acoustics, and include working with aerospace engineers to analyze the effects sound waves have on a space launch. “I’ve always found math and science interesting because it affects the world, and I also have a passion for music, which is where studying acoustics come in,” he shares.

Recent graduate Sara Huelsman ’17, headed back to her home state of California this summer to intern in the Aeromechanics branch of NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, and Lucas Shearer ’17, a former marine is doing his second NASA internship at the Fluid Dynamics branch of the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Both majored in mechanical engineering with an acoustics concentration in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) and both are working on sound measurement projects as their assignments this summer.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Ivana Milanovic is also in Cleveland this summer with Wesaam. She was awarded a remarkable sixth NASA faculty fellowship award to work this summer. Also in Cleveland is Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Paul Slaboch, who secured his second NASA faculty fellowship. Milanovic says working for NASA isn’t an impossible dream.

“While NASA internships are notoriously competitive for students to secure, the structure of UHart’s mechanical engineering and acoustics programs equips our future engineers with skills that are currently of great interest to NASA.”
These skills include the ability to engineer and analyze materials to optimize how sound is absorbed and transmitted. “Understanding acoustics and vibrations is critical to the success of a space mission, because as sound waves travel through the space shuttle, they have the ability to physically damage mission-critical components like the electrical and avionics systems,” explains Wesaam.

While Wesaam’s ultimate focus is on space exploration, he’s learned that NASA’s research extends beyond there. “Every aircraft in the U.S. has NASA-developed technology on board, so researching new ways to control jet engine noise on airplanes, especially when they take off and land, is part of what they do,” he says.

In fact, his time at NASA with professors Milanovic and Slaboch has included a preview of their research on reducing the noise level of jet engines to determine if there is a renewed future of commercial supersonic jets. (Click here to learn more about their faculty research.)

Wesaam says that his favorite part of the internship “is hearing all about the exciting research on cutting-edge technology that is going on around me and the idea that I could play a role in sending humans to Mars.”

UH Website - 7/6/17

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Nagurney Presents at Dynamics of Disasters Conference

Ladmer S. Nagurney, Professor of Electrical, Computer, and Biomedical Engineering in CETA, will present, Advances in Disaster Communications: Broadband Systems for First Responders, at the third International Conference on Dynamics of Disasters to be held in Kalamata, Greece, July 5-9, 2017.

The presentation describes the current state of Mission Critical and Non-Mission Critical Communications systems for first responders and discusses the transition from commercial broadband to FirstNet, a network developed for the needs of first responders.

Link to the presentation.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Alumna develops mobile app to help headache sufferers find relief.

Our Alumni Are Changing the Future

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Recent graduate Rosemarie Day ’17 is developing a mobile app she hopes will have headache sufferers reaching for their phones instead of the medicine cabinet. The app, tentatively named “Whitman,” tracks environmental factors like temperature, humidity levels, and light and combines them with users’ personal data so they can alter their environment to minimize or even avoid headache symptoms. Day, who suffers from headaches herself, started developing “Whitman” for her senior capstone project in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture. It now has the backing of iDevices, an Avon, Conn.-based company where Day works as a software engineer and spent time as an intern.

“Sunlight reflections, glare, fluorescent light, and extreme heat are just some of the environmental factors that can cause headaches if you’re prone to sensitivities.”
“I discovered that my headaches, migraines, and sinus headaches could be misdiagnosed due to their similarities, as many people’s can. Having a way to keep track of the role the environment plays makes it easier to diagnose them and ultimately treat them," Day says.

Small, wireless sensors placed in rooms inside the user’s home track environmental factors, and they enter personal data into the app, including daily eating, sleeping, and activity habits. The information is combined and sent to an iPhone or tablet. The data is then analyzed and displayed on the screen, revealing patterns between changes in the environment and the onset of a headache or migraine. “For example, if the app reveals that higher temperatures and light sensitivity combined are a factor, the user can make adjustments to reduce their exposure to these elements,” she says.

Aside from sponsorship from iDevices, “Whitman” earned Day first place among the dozens of senior projects showcased at the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture’s 2017 Spring Expo. She also presented it at the 2016 IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference in Cambridge, Mass. But she still sees room for improvement.

“I have some ideas to make “Whitman” more usable and efficient, so I’ll keep working on it as a project when I enter graduate school at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in the fall,” Day shares. “My dream is to expand it to include other chronic illnesses affected by environmental changes, including asthma and joint-related disorders.”

UNOTES 6-14-17

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

CETA Students Award Professor of the Year at Commencement

Dr. Hassan Salehi, Visiting Assistant Professor of the Samuel I. Ward Electrical Computer Engineering Department

Dominick Lauria, Adjunct Faculty for the Samuel I. Ward Electrical Computer Engineering Department
Every year the CETA student clubs and organizations invite the students to vote for the Professor of the Year award. The students award both a part-time and full-time faculty member at the commencement ceremony. What makes the Professor of the Year award so unique is that the students are truly the only ones involved in the process of selecting the winners of the award.
This year the students awarded Dr. Hassan Salehi, Visiting Assistant Professor of the Samuel I. Ward Electrical and Computer Engineering, with the Full-Time Professor of the Year and Dominick Lauria with the Part-Time Professor of the Year.
Professor Salehi joined the CETA faculty in 2015 and instructs both undergraduate and graduate level courses. Hassan has left an imprint on the 2017 graduating class after only two years in CETA. Hassan Salehi, himself, had earned his M.Eng from CETA and Ph.D. from UCONN.
Dominick Lauria is lab instructor for the Samuel I. Ward Electrical Computer Engineering Department. He earned a BS degree in Audio Engineering Technology from CETA and has industry experience in audio and electronic equipment repair.
CETA congratulates both of them on their success!
UNOTEs - 5/31/17