Friday, March 17, 2017

Fulbright Scholar Earns Second International Architecture Award for Innovative Mosque Design

Fahed Baker puts the finishing touches on a design sketch.
The word “prestigious” cannot be used lightly because it denotes high opinion and honor. Yet the word applies triple time to Master of Architecture (MArch) student Fahed Baker, M’17. He is a prestigious Fulbright Scholar and two-time winner of the prestigious International Architecture Award presented by the World Architecture Community. Fulbright Scholars receive highly-competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange. Eight thousand grants are given annually worldwide for graduate study, advanced research, university lecturing, and classroom teaching.

The International Architecture Awards honors designs, built and unbuilt, that recognize architecture as a high art while answering complicated problems of environment, social context, quality of life, and sustainability. Fahed won the 2017 award for his design of a mosque. He received the 2016 accolade for his creative interpretation of a modern Italian piazza. The projects were completed following visits to Florence, Italy and Montreal, Canada as part of Architectural Studio III, a second-year graduate course. 

The 2017 award is particularly meaningful to Fahed, who came to the University’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) in 2015 from politically-conflicted Gaza, a small territory located on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea between Israel and Egypt. Leaving behind his wife, three young daughters, and an established architectural business, he felt compelled to explore the latest technologies in western design and fabrication in hopes of one day helping to rebuild Gaza’s fragile infrastructure.

“Gaza continues to confront unique architectural challenges because of the conflicts it has endured,” Fahed says. “Restoring the infrastructure of schools, mosques, and other landmarks will result in greater unification among people and improved economic opportunities. This award confirms I can be a vital contributor to such a goal.”

Fahed says he chose a tranquil design for the mosque project, which he titled ‘Transcendence of Light’. “I drew inspiration from the Muslim belief that emphasizes light as a mark of God’s presence. The openness of the mosque and the light leaning in invites all people to come in and learn about a peaceful, transparent, and welcoming faith while speaking to the architectural context of cities in the 21st century,” he explains.

The CETA MArch program is one of only two (Yale) in Connecticut that is nationally accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB), a factor Fahed says gave him peace of mind in deciding to study at UHart. “I discovered most state registration boards require a degree from an NAAB-accredited program as a prerequisite for architectural licensure, which I plan to pursue,” he says.

Architecture Graduate Program Director Daniel Davis considers Fahed’s award-winning designs innovative and professional. “Fahed is capable well beyond his years and the architecture faculty is immensely proud of his accomplishments,” says Davis. “Not only has he brought international attention to our graduate program, but he is also a natural teacher, mentoring both our international and domestic students while he continues exploring diverse academic topics.”

One such topic is developing parametric models for mapping weather data with University Assistant Professor of Architecture Seth Holmes and Assistant Professor of Architecture Nicholas Rajkovich of the University of Buffalo, the research of which is on its way to being published and submitted to the 2017 Building Simulation Conference.

Fahed has mentored students at Islamic University of Gaza, where he earned his undergraduate degree. He plans to pursue his doctorate in architecture so he can teach after he spends time “solving human problems. This is why I push the boundaries of design and building.”

He is motivated by the thought of reuniting with his family following the 2017 commencement ceremony. “They have the greater courage. They have given me a gift in allowing me to focus in-depth on my passion. These awards are for them and because of them.”

Design and sketch (unbuilt) of "Crystal Piazza" Cultural Center in Florence, Italy.

Design and sketch (unbuilt) of "Transcendence of Light" Islamic Center in Montreal, Canada.
Unotes - 3/17/17

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Eppes and Milanovic Publish the Paper on Development of Hybrid Courses

Eppes and Milanovic Publish

Tom Eppes, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Ivana Milanovic, professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), have published an article in the Academic Journal of Science (AJS) Vol. 6, No. 1. The IJAS publishes original contributions on all aspects of science from the academic perspective.
The paper, "Development of Hybrid Courses by Applying Best Practices from the Online Environment" describes how four on-ground engineering courses were transformed into a hybrid mode using best practices found in online environment.
The objective was to overcome two major teaching issues present in the courses: (1) over-reliance on advanced mathematical tools that hampered students understanding of the underlying principles, and (2) the absence of immersive and exciting visuals. In these hybrid courses, facilitation is required on the part of the instructor while the student must become more active in the learning process.
The result was an integrated learning environment (face-to-face and online) with comprehensive information sources, a knowledgebase, and experiential learning elements. In addition, modeling, simulation, visualization, and application building are incorporated to further extend learning outcomes.  
Course Design Elements
Application: Optical Fiber Drawing Furnace

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Assistant Professor Eoin King Elected to Board of Directors

Assistant Professor Eoin King Elected to Board of Directors for the Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA

Eoin King, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and acoustics in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA (INCE-USA).

As the only professional society devoted solely to Noise Control Engineering, INCE-USA provides a unique forum for technical exchange, networking, and professional growth. INCE-USA provides a wide range of services to it's nearly 1,000 Members and Associates and is also a Member Society of the International Institute of Noise Control Engineering, an international consortium of organizations with interests in acoustics and noise control.

King was elected following his position as Technical Chair of NOISE-CON 2016, the INCE national conference, which was held in Rhode Island in June 2016.

Unotes - 3/1/17

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

CETA Student Ambassadors Visit the University of Hartford Magnet School

CETA Celebrates 2017 Engineers Week:


Engineer’s week kicked off on Monday, 2/20/17, with cake and balloons in the CETA Student Lounge and was followed by a visit to the University of Hartford Magnet School on Thursday, 2/23/17, to celebrate and build awareness of Girl Day.

DiscoverE announced Girl Day as “a worldwide campaign to introduce girls to the fascinating world of engineering. Thousands of people--engineers, teachers and others--act as Role Models and educate girls about how engineers change our world. This simple act has turned many girls on to engineering & technology careers”.

In the early 1980s only “5.8% of engineers in the U.S. were women”. Studies have proven that exposing more women to engineering have improved those numbers. Since 2012, the statistics have moved to 20% of engineering students in the U.S are women (Crawford 2012).  A select group of CETA Student Ambassadors chose to do their part in encouraging women in STEM by visiting the University of Hartford Magnet School to honor Girl Day. Sixty-five second graders enjoyed a presentation of Women Engineers in History followed by the Marshmallow Challenge. 

Current CETA Student Ambassadors: Jackie Maynard, Heather Volkens, Kareema Shell, Lydia Metcalf and Andrea Hoyt offered up their time to share their experiences as women in STEM. They began the visit with a presentation honoring successful women in engineering and science.

They challenged the social stereotypes that link “masculinity to technology” by urging the three Second grade classes to begin exploring science, technology, engineering and math early on, no matter your gender (Crawford 2012).

All in all, the visit was an effective way for our CETA students to share the passion they have for engineering and to encourage the youth of today to be the engineers of tomorrow. These visits help elementary students discover the world of engineering and improve the inclusiveness of women in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).


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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