Monday, March 12, 2018

MATH COUNTS - Students Win

Students Win State Math Competition

On March 10, the 2018 State MATHCOUNTS competition was held at the University of Hartford.  A team of middle school Mathletes® from Timothy Edwards Middle School in South Windsor won first place. The top individual was Ryan Yang, from The Foote School in New Haven.

Members of the winning team are: Aryan Kalia, Jaideep Naik, Michael Ngo and Yunfei Zheng and the coaches are William Denker and Beth Goldman.

The second, third and fourth place teams are East Lyme Middle School in Niantic, Brunswick Middle School in Greenwich and Irving A Robbins Middle School in Farmington, respectively.

The top four individuals from the State Competition will represent Connecticut at the 2018 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition to be held in Washington, DC on May 13 & 14.

The four team members representing Connecticut at the 2018 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition are: Ryan Yang in first place, from The Foote School in New Haven, Shangyu Xu, in second place, from Dodd Middle School in Cheshire, Mingwen Duan in third place, from East Lyme Middle School in Niantic and Natalie Shell, in fourth place, from Greenwich Academy in Greenwich. The coach is William Denker from Timothy Edwards Middle School in South Windsor.

The top sixteen Mathletes competed in a Countdown Round where the Mathletes were paired in a fast-paced, oral competition, competing against each other and the clock to solve problems. The first, second, third and fourth place Countdown Round winners are Aryan Kalia from Timothy Edwards Middle School in South Windsor, Mingwen Duan from East Lyme Middle School in Niantic, Savi Agarwal from Irving A Robbins Middle School in Farmington and Sophia Cho from Irving A Robbins Middle School in Farmington, respectively.

The competition is organized by the Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers, hosted by the University of Hartford and sponsored by businesses, organizations and individuals throughout Connecticut.

In our increasingly technological society, those students who do not begin developing strong problem-solving, logical thinking and analytical abilities in middle school will face an uphill battle later in life if they wish to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. As the only nationwide math enrichment, club and competition program designed to improve math skills for U.S. middle school students, MATHCOUNTS prepares students for future career opportunities and success. More than 6 million students across the U.S. have participated in MATHCOUNTS programs.

The National Sponsors of MATHCOUNTS are Raytheon Company, Northrop Grumman Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense, National Society of Professional Engineers, CNA Insurance, Phillips 66, Texas Instruments Incorporated, 3Mgives, Art of Problem Solving and NextThought.  MATHCOUNTS was founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and CNA Insurance.

Additional information on MATHCOUNTS is available at
UNOTEs - 3/12/18

Monday, February 26, 2018

CETA's Hassan Salehi Presents and Publishes Research Paper at International Conference

Dr. Hassan S. Salehi
The deep convolutional neural network architecture for early dental caries detection.
Dr. Hassan S. Salehi, visiting assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Hartford's College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) has presented and published a research article at the SPIE Photonics West International Conference, held in San Francisco CA, January 27-February 1, 2018. The paper, "Deep learning classifier with optical coherence tomography images for early dental caries detection," was written by Dr. Salehi along with Nima Karimian, PhD candidate at UCONN ECE; Dr. Mina Mahdian, assistant professor and program director at Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine; Dr. Hisham Alnajjar, CETA Associate Dean; and Dr. Aditya Tadinada, assistant professor at University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC).   
In this research project, Dr. Salehi has been leading the development of a novel approach combining Deep Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging modality for classification of human oral tissues to detect early dental caries. In this paper, OCT images of oral tissues with various densities are input to a deep convolutional neural network classifier to determine variations in tissue densities resembling the demineralization process. The deep convolutional neural network automatically learns a hierarchy of increasingly complex features and a related classifier directly from training data sets. The initial convolutional neural network layer parameters are randomly selected. The convolutional neural network employs two convolutional and pooling layers to extract features and then classify each patch based on the probabilities from the SoftMax classification layer. Afterward, the neural network calculates the error between the classification result and the reference label, and then utilizes the backpropagation process to fine-tune all the layer parameters to minimize this error using batch gradient descent algorithm. The proposed technique is validated on ex vivo OCT images of human oral tissues (enamel, cortical bone, trabecular bone, muscular tissue, and fatty tissue), which attested to effectiveness of the proposed method.
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 (IoT), smart manufacturing and “Industry 4.0,” autonomous vehicles, scientific research, communications, displays, and other solutions powered by photonics.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Professor Imdat As Receives DARPA Grant

Professor Imdat As, Assistant Professor of Architecture in CETA was recently awarded an external research grant under "The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) under a subcontract by Raytheon BBN Technologies.

The scope of work that will be conducted by Professor As will aim to research and investigate new fundamental computational and mathematical building blocks to represent conceptual designs. This research will help support his goals to explore the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning systems as applied in architectural design.

OSP congratulates Professor As on your grant funding.

UNOTES - 2/22/18

Monday, February 19, 2018

Architecture Faculty Active at 2018 CIEC Annual Conference

The 2018 Conference for Industry and Educational Collaboration (CIEC), is an annual event organized and supported by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE).  This year the conference was held in San Antonio, TX from February 6th through 9th.
Associate Professor Elizabeth Petry served as a Paper Reviewer, presented a paper entitled: “Professional Preparations for Architectural Engineering Technology Students”, and was a Session Moderator for the “Student Success Innovations” session of the conference.
Professor Daniel Davis’ also served as a Paper Reviewer, and presented a paper entitled: “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Mosque”.
Associate Professor Petry was also honored at the Awards Luncheon where she accepted the award for Best Moderator: ET Education-Industry Collaboration Excellence, for her activities at the 2017 CIEC Conference in Jacksonville, FL.

CETA Celebrates Engineers Week - 2018

Join us for a week of awareness and fun!

Mon., 2/19/18 –
Fundamental Exam Reviews: UT 320
Dr. Ted Sussmann: Mech of Materials / Statics: 1:00 – 3:00pm
Prof. Mark Turpin: Math review: 3:30 – 4:30pm
Ibraheem Kamona: Tips and Tricks - What you need to know!: 4:30 - 5:30pm

Tues., 2/20/18 –
Business and Technology Career Fair Konover Great Room: 11:00 – 3:00pm
Dress to Impress!  

Wed., 2/21/18 –
Come Celebrate with us!: Support CETA clubs: Buy a Wristband - $1.00! and Visit us in the Lounge (UT 212) for treats … cake, popcorn and more – we celebrate you!: 12:00 – 2:00pm

Thurs., 2/22/18 –
Girl Day! – CETA Student Ambassadors & Leadership Society members will visit the elementary Magnet School on campus and spread the news of STEM and women in STEM!: 1:30 - 3:00pm

Join us in UT 212 for a viewing of Hidden Figures: 12:15pm – UT 212

Fri., 2/23/18 –
To round out the week … the Ashford School will visit CETA! This middle school visit will allow us to pass on to the next generation of engineers, technologists and architects all CETA has to offer! Special thanks to Dr. Bob and Dr. King!: 1:00 – 4:00pm

Student Mathletes® to Compete In State Math Contest

WHAT— 149 middle school Mathletes® from 56 state schools will compete in the Connecticut State MATHCOUNTS Competition at the University of Hartford on Saturday, March 10.

            State winners will advance to the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition to be held in Washington, DC on May 13 & 14.

            Teachers and students have been preparing for the competition since the fall. Students will compete individually and as teams in written and fast-paced oral matches on subjects that include algebra, probability, statistics, and geometry.

            The competition is organized by the Connecticut Society of Professional Engineers, hosted by the University of Hartford and sponsored by The Connecticut Engineers Education Foundation.

WHEN — Saturday, March 10, 12:30 to 3 p.m.

WHERE —    Gengras Student Union

                        University of Hartford

                        200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford
WHO —      Thomas A. Garrity

                     Professor of Mathematics from Williams College

                     On Writing Numbers

While we use numbers every day, from calculating grades to dialing phone numbers, many of their properties are still quite mysterious. One method for trying to unravel these mysteries is to find novel methods for writing numbers. This quickly leads to the frontiers of mathematics.

The top sixteen Mathletes are paired in a fast-paced, oral competition, competing against each other and the clock to solve problems.

BACKGROUND — MATHCOUNTS is a national program designed to improve math skills among the nation’s students. The program focuses on middle school students who are at a crucial stage in developing and sustaining math interest and ability. Students who do not begin developing strong problem-solving, logical thinking and analytical abilities in middle school will face an uphill battle later in life if they wish to pursue a medical, scientific, mathematical, engineering or technical career.

2018 Connecticut State MATHCOUNTS Competition – Participating Schools

Amity Middle School, Bethany

Avon Middle School, Avon

Betances BSTEM Magnet at Dwight, Hartford

Breakthrough Magnet School – South, Hartford

Broadview Middle School, Danbury

Brunswick Middle School, Greenwich

Central Middle School, Greenwich

Clark Lane Middle School, Waterford

Depaolo Middle School, Southington

Dodd Middle School, Cheshire

East Lyme Middle School, Niantic

Eastern Middle School, Greenwich

Fairfield Woods Middle School, Fairfield

Granby Memorial Middle School, Granby

Greens Farms Academy, Greens Farms

Greenwich Academy, Greenwich

Greenwich Country Day School, Greenwich

Hamden Hall Country Day School, Hamden

Henry James Memorial School, Simsbury

Hillcrest Middle School, Trumbull

Hopkins School, New Haven

Irving A. Robbins Middle School, Farmington

John F. Kennedy Middle School, Plantsville

John Read Middle School, Redding

John Winthrop Middle School, Deep River

King Philip Middle School, West Hartford

Lebanon Middle School, Lebanon

Ledyard Middle School, Gales Ferry

Lyme Old Lyme Middle School, Old Lyme

Madison Middle School, Trumbull

Mansfield Middle School, Storrs

Memorial Middle School, Middlebury

Middlebook School, Wilton

Middlesex Middle School, Darien

Mystic Middle School, Mystic

Pomfret Community School, Pomfret Center

Renbrook School, West Hartford                              

Rochambeau Middle, Southbury

Sacred Heart School, Groton

Saxe Middle School, New Canaan

Scotts Ridge Middle School, Ridgefield

Sedgwick Middle School, West Hartford

Shelton Intermediate School, Shelton

Smith Middle School, Glastonbury

St. Bridget School, Cheshire

The Foote School, New Haven

2018 Connecticut State MATHCOUNTS Competition – Participating Schools


The Unquowa School, Fairfield

Thompson Brook School, Avon

Timothy Edwards Middle School, South Windsor

Turn Of River Middle School, Stamford

Two Rivers Magnet Middle School, East Hartford

Watkinson School, Hartford

West Woods Upper Elementary School, Farmington

Western Middle School, Greenwich

Weston Middle School, Weston

Whisconier Middle School, Brookfield

Thursday, February 15, 2018

CETA Mechanical Engineering Undergraduates Have Paper Accepted Into International Conference

Two senior undergraduate mechanical engineering students, Charlie DeLorenzo and Jared Deleon, along with their adviser, Dr. Paul Slaboch, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, recently had their conference paper accepted into the 2018 ASME TurboExpo, the world's largest turbomachinery conference attracting over 2,000 academics, engineers, and industry experts from around the world. The paper, entitled "Effect of Aft Rotor on Forward Rotor Blade Wakes in Open Rotor Propulsion Systems," was written primarily by Charlie and Jared after conducting their research during the summer and fall semester of 2017. Their work explored the dependence of the forward rotor wake topology on the position of the aft rotor. The paper went through a rigorous peer review process before being accepted for publication in the conference proceedings, and there was no student paper category.

The 2018 ASME TurboExpo will be held near Oslo, Norway in June where Charlie will present the paper. This work was funded by the NASA CT Space Grant Consortium.

DeLorenzo, C., Deleon, J., and Slaboch, P.E., “Effect of Aft Rotor on Forward Rotor Blade Wakes in Open Rotor Propulsion Systems,” ASME Paper No. GT2018-76183, Proceedings of ASME Turbo Expo, June 9-13, 2018, Oslo, Norway

UNOTES - 2/14/18