Monday, September 19, 2016

Engineering Alumnus - UHart Library Renovation Ignites Students' Interest in the Construction Industry

Engineering Alumnus Involved in UHart Library Renovation Ignites Students' Interest in the Construction Industry

Electrical engineering student Merlene Buchanan '19 gets career advice from Jim Alibrandi '84.

“Be excited, and stay excited.”
That’s one piece of advice Jim Alibrandi ’84 shared with engineering and architectural students during a visit to campus this month. Alibrandi, who is president of Interstate Electrical Services, a Massachusetts company founded by his father, shed some light on how to create a successful career path in the field of construction.
Alibrandi’s company is designing and constructing electrical systems for the expansion of the University’s Mortensen Library, which is underway. The highly anticipated completion is expected by May 2017. (Read more about the library renovation project.) His excitement and passion for doing a project at his alma mater was evident as he emphasized to today’s students how they can apply their UHart education to “create, design, and build in the industry.”
“There is a growing demand for and shortage of a younger workforce within the construction industry, which is translating into exciting career opportunities for students majoring in engineering and architecture,” Alibrandi explained. “Positions in project management, project engineering, designing, building information modeling (BIM) detailing, and all aspects of build and design, can offer students the satisfaction of taking a design all the way from drawing table to completion.”
Marquis Williams ‘17, who is from Brooklyn, N.Y., and who plans to graduate with both a BS in Architecture and a BS in Civil Engineering agrees. Marquis interned at Shelton, Conn.-based Turner Construction over the summer, and found it to be a “lucrative and worthwhile learning opportunity.” Marquis said, “I have seen many drawings and plans in class, but I had not seen cement poured before.” After talking one-on-one with Alibrandi, he now realizes his internship experience has given him an edge.
For Denise Prussen ’19, a civil engineering major from Long Island, N.Y., the opportunity to speak with an engineer in the construction field was insightful and motivating. “Mr. Alibrandi’s success as an electrical engineer and his passion for construction has made me even more excited about my initial plans to work in construction project management.”
Both Denise and electrical engineering major Merlene Buchanan ’19, were glad to learn their early exposure in the classroom to engineering-specific software technology like AutoCAD and 3D modeling will pay off in future internship opportunities. Alibrandi says that technology has helped change the way the construction profession operates.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Awards Recognize Faculty and Staff Achievement

Twelve faculty and staff members were recognized for their exceptional contributions during this year’s, 2016-17, Faculty/Staff Kickoff.

The College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture is proud to announce and congratulate two of the winners as CETA faculty:

Awards for Innovations in Teaching and Learning:

Seth Holmes - Assistant Professor of Architecture in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture:

Last fall, graduate students in Holmes's "Advanced Building Systems" course built six different huts to analyze the effectiveness of architectural design methods in relation to indoor environment comfort and energy use. You may have seen the huts located near Lincoln Theater and the picnic grove on the residential side of campus. This active learning technique promotes students’ ability to evaluate and apply knowledge to real-world architectural design proposals.


(L-R) Interim Provost H. Frederick Sweitzer, Associate Professor Nels Highberg, Professor Katherine Stevinson-Nollet, Professor Robert Carl, Assistant Professor Seth Holmes, University President Walter Harrison

The Women’s Advancement Initiative Faculty Fellowship Program:

Ivana Milanovic - Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture

Milanovic is an inspiring teacher, tireless professional, and excellent researcher, who always focuses on her students and the community. She is an expert in developing high-impact practices in teaching and a champion in using multimedia and enriched content.


(L-R) Interim Provost H. Frederick Sweitzer, Professor Ivana Milanovic, Amy Jaffe Barzach, University President Walter Harrison
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Monday, August 15, 2016

Angel Muñoz - '17 - Part of the Technical Team Bringing the Olympics to Viewers.

Angel Muñoz '17 is Part of the Technical Team Bringing the Olympics to Viewers.

Angel Muñoz '17 is in Rio, interning with NBC during the Olympics.

Angel works in NBC's "Primetime Studio," changing audio levels for Bob Costas and guests' ear monitors.

Qualifying to join NBC’s staff at the Olympics may not be as difficult as the work to win a medal, but the competition is tough. Just ask Angel Muñoz ’17, who was one of thousands of young people who applied for a coveted intern position on the network’s production team at the Games. As it turns out, he was the only engineering student selected to help broadcast the Games to millions of viewers around the world.

“I came to Rio expecting to be in a pool of “runner” interns with general duties,” says Angel, an audio engineering technology major in the University’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA). “Now I’m actually involved in broadcasting the Olympic Games, one of the most massive media productions in the world. I’m interning directly with the A1 engineer, who mixes all the sound for the show, and the A2 engineer, who sets up technical equipment for the sound. I couldn’t believe I was actually putting a microphone on Bob Costas during rehearsal.”

Angel’s dream of interning at the Olympics started during his first year at UHart, when he learned that Joe Dziok, a music production and technology major in The Hartt School, interned at the 2014 winter games in Soche, Russia. (Read more about Joe Dziok, and his experience at the Olympics.) Angel’s advisor, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering David Shuman, supported him in his quest to intern in Rio.

“Angel has a worldliness about him that, when combined with how studious he is and how hard he works, is a great mix for broadcast,” says Shuman. Additionally, Shuman points out that the University’s audio technology program is more technical than most in the country. “Our students tend to advance very quickly once people understand their technical capabilities.”

Angel, who arrived in Rio on July 17 and expects to be there until August 24, isn’t complaining about his 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily shifts. He says NBC is, “taking great care of its interns with sightseeing trips and hosting dinners with athletes and network employees.” Any other time he has, he’s using to make connections. “Broadcasting is a great world to work in, so I hope to keep networking while I’m here. It’s a long road and a lot of hard work, but I’m up for it.”

Something else he’s up for? “Catching some beach volleyball and gymnastics action before my work day begins.”

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

CETA’s Sussmann has Presentations on Three Continents this Summer.

CETA's Professor Sussmann Presents -

Ted Sussmann, assistant professor in CETA’s Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering Department, was involved in presentations in Italy, China, and at the University of Illinois this summer. In Milan, Italy, Dr. Sussmann attended the World Congress on Railway Research and was coauthor of the paper “Long Term Performance of Slab Track Designed for Shared Passenger and Freight Operations and Tested Under Heavy Freight Trains”, which summarizes the results from a recently completed long term test Dr. Sussmann worked to initiate in his early research for the Volpe Center in Cambridge, MA. In China, Dr. Sussmann was invited to speak at the First International Summit on Railroad Engineering and Transportation Geotechnics at Central South University in Changsha. Finally, Dr. Sussmann presented “Track Substructure Influences on Track Support Conditions” at the 2016 International Crosstie and Fastening Symposium at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Ted Sussman giving Presentation in Changsha China
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Nagurney Presents at EURO 2016

Nagurney Presents at EURO 2016 - Poznan, Poland

Ladimer S. Nagurney, professor of electrical, computer, and biomedical engineering in CETA,  presented Physical Proof of the Occurrence of the Braess Paradox in Electrical Circuits at the 28th European Conference on Operational Research held July 3-6. 2016 in Poznan, Poland.
The work described the first measurements to show the existence of the Braess Paradox in a macroscopic electrical circuit. The measurements were made as part of his activities during his AY 15-16 sabbatical at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The presentation was co-authored with Professor Anna Nagurney of the Isenberg School of Management at University of Massachusetts and may be viewed here.

Milanovic and Eppes Publish Paper

Milanovic and Eppes Publish Paper at the ASME Fluids Engineering Division Summer Conference

Posted 07/12/2016
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) Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting (FEDSM) in Washington, DC. The Fluids Engineering Division (FED) sponsored this meeting jointly with ASME Heat Transfer Division and the International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels (ICNMM).  This year marks FED 90th anniversary.

The paper, ‘Application Building in Undergraduate Courses with a Simulation Component,’ is a case study in thermo-fluids course design. The objectives were to better illustrate thermo-fluids concepts, embed simulations and research, and facilitate application building in the context of the undergraduate three credit lecture course. The approach combines project- and inquiry-based learning and emphasizes the importance of outside-of-class learning. The authors gratefully acknowledge support provided by University of Hartford Educational Technology and Strategic Plan Goal 1 grants.
Milanovic also co-organized the 17th Symposium on Fundamental Issues and Perspectives in Fluid Mechanics, and 9th Symposium on Transport Phenomena in Mixing. Milanovic additionally co-chaired sessions on Cavity, Jet, and Pipe Flows and Transport Phenomena in Mixing I: Jets. This marked the 13th year of her activities on the Fluid Mechanics Technical Committee co-organizing symposia, forums and poster sessions.

Salehi Publishes Paper

Salehi Publishes Paper Based on NIH-Funded Research Project in "Journal of Biomedical Optics"

Dr. Hassan S. Salehi, visiting assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, published an article based on the NIH-funded research in the SPIE Journal of Biomedical Optics, Volume 21, Issue 4, 046006, 2016. The paper, “Coregistered photoacoustic and ultrasound imaging and classification of ovarian cancer: ex vivo and in vivo studies,” was written by lead author Dr. Salehi along with his collaborators at the University of Connecticut, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the University of Connecticut Health Center (UConn Health).

The paper reports on a study testing capabilities of a novel co-registered photoacoustic and ultrasound imaging system and classification algorithms using machine learning techniques for ovarian cancer diagnosis. Most ovarian cancers are diagnosed at advanced stages due to the lack of efficacious screening techniques. As a result, there is an urgent need to improve the current clinical practice by advancing the conventional imaging systems and detecting early malignancies in the ovary. Photoacoustic tomography (PAT) is an emerging imaging modality with great potential to assist transvaginal ultrasound for ovarian cancer screening. Therefore, the authors have developed their co-registered photoacoustic tomography (PAT) and ultrasound (US) prototype system for real-time assessment of ovarian masses. Features extracted from PAT and US angular beams, envelopes, and images were input to a logistic classifier and a support vector machine (SVM) classifier to diagnose ovaries as benign or malignant. A total of 25 excised ovaries of 15 patients were studied and the logistic and SVM classifiers achieved sensitivities of 70.4 and 87.7%, and specificities of 95.6 and 97.9%, respectively. Furthermore, the ovaries of two patients were non-invasively imaged using the PAT/US system before surgical excision. By using five significant features and the logistic classifier, 12 out of 14 images (86% sensitivity) from a malignant ovarian mass and all 17 images (100% specificity) from a benign mass were accurately classified; the SVM correctly classified 10 out of 14 malignant images (71% sensitivity) and all 17 benign images (100% specificity). These initial results demonstrate the clinical potential of the PAT/US technique for ovarian cancer diagnosis.

This research was supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH grant number: R01CA151570).