Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Architecture Department Celebrates 25 Years

The Architecture Department celebrated their 25 year anniversary over the Hawktober 2016 weekend. The weekend kicked off on Friday with a lecture by alumni, Joseph Kunkel, RA (class of 2006), Sustainable Native Communities Collaboration, "Designing for Equity Input & Community Resiliency in Indian Country".  On Saturday, alumni, administrators, faculty, staff, students, and parents, both past and present, gathered in the Lower Level of HJG's West Wing for a reception and tour of the studios, wood shop, and fabrication lab. 


The undergraduate architecture program began in 1992 with just 6 students.  Today in addition to the undergraduate program we offer a MArch professional degree program and have almost 200 students.

UNOTES: 10/25/16

Learning Beyond the Classroom: ENHP and CETA Students Attend Regional Conference

The New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine Regional Conference allowed five students from the Department of Health Science and Nursing and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering to expand their learning outside the classroom.

Approximately one thousand professionals and students attended the conference that included presentations about exercise science, health promotion, sports nutrition, and sports medicine through interaction with leading scientists, clinicians, practitioners, and educators. Further, the conference provides opportunities for student professional development and certifications.

Those in attendance from the University of Hartford were:

Hajar AlTamimi, Respiratory Care

Kathryn Clifford, Health Science

Nicholas D'Annolfo, Electromechanical Engineering

Jada Grace, Health Science/Physical Therapy

Amy Kratzer, Health Science

Colleen Muñoz, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

“The students attended a variety of sessions ranging from how to be competitive on graduate school applications to science sessions about perivascular stem cells and skeletal muscle adaptations,” said Muñoz. “These opportunities help students as they develop their knowledge base of physiology, scientific methodology and presentation, and they get to see first-hand the benefits of being involved in a scientific community at every stage of professional development.”

The students also met several leaders in the fields of clinical exercise physiology and sports medicine, as well as the organization’s recent national presidents.

UNOTES: 10/25/16

Thursday, October 20, 2016

CETA Students Take Part in the 2016 IEEE Broadcast Symposium




CETA BSEE Stduents at the IEEE Broadcast Symposium

CETA Electrical Engineering and Audio Engineering Technology students and Professors Ladimer Nagurney and David Shuman of CETA's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department were hosted by the IEEE Broadcast Society at the 2016 IEEE Broadcast Symposium held in Hartford October 12-14.
The symposium is one of the world's preeminent technical conferences on broadcasting technology. The students were able to participate in the tutorials and technical sessions of the symposium and to network with broadcast industry engineering professionals.
UNOTES: 10/20/16

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Architecture Students Gain Insights from Shawmut Construction

Architecture Students Gain Insights

Friday, September 16 was a day filled with architecture students immersed in BIM - Building Information Modeling - from one of the leaders in the application of BIM, Shawmut Construction. BIM is the latest digital tool used by architects, engineers, construction managers, and contractors to document and coordinate the design and construction process of buildings.

The day was divided between an intensive morning session in the architecture studios followed by a visit to the construction site of the new St. John Hall Student Center at Choate Rosemary Hall school. The Center was designed by Bowie Gridley Architects and is being constructed by Shawmut. During the morning session students were shown how BIM allowed the design and construction team to visualize the project and coordinate the architectural, structural, mechanical, electrical and building systems elements before the construction began, saving time and expense for the owner. Tom Perry, Nick Kornacki and Tim Grant, all from Shawmut, brought the students into the process through demonstration and hands-on experience with the BIM software. 

After lunch the students took a short bus trip to Wallingford to walk through the new student center under construction. Lisa Bendas, the project manager for Shawmut and a graduate of the University of Hartford Department of Architecture Bachelor of Science AET program, gave the students a detailed tour of the building as it was taking shape. They were able to physically walk through spaces that they had virtually walked through in the morning. It was a tremendous learning experience and helped the students see the reality of construction - preparing them to visualize how their future designs turn into reality through the construction process.

This event was developed through the collaboration of the Construction Institute, the University's Facilities Department, the Department of Architecture, and Shawmut Construction . The Department thanks Nancy Greenwald of the Construction Institute for her continued support of programs such as this, Nick Macy of the Facilities Department for his tireless work in coordinating both the morning and afternoon sessions, and Shawmut Construction for their time and expertise.

 UNOTES - 10/11/16

Sunday, October 2, 2016

University Ranks High On List of Colleges Where Engineering Grads Earn the Most

University Ranks High On List of Colleges!

Earning an engineering degree at the University of Hartford pays. That’s the word from Business Insider magazine, which just published its list of “colleges where engineering students go on to make the most money.” The University’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) ranks #14 on the list right alongside MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Tufts, and Cooper Union. According to the article, the early career median pay for UHart engineering majors is $61,900. Mid-career professionals from CETA earn a median salary of $130,000. (See the full list and read more about Business Insider’s methodology.)

“The high ranking in this nationwide survey is a credit to our accomplished alumni and the faculty and staff who prepared them so well,” says CETA Dean Lou Manzione. “We emphasize career readiness and hold many events where our students engage with our partner companies. This helps them to launch into their careers, realize early success, and sustain that success through solid understanding of the profession.”

CETA engineering students begin gaining real-world experience right away. They work on projects requested by companies such as Otis Elevator, Pratt & Whitney, and Medtronic, as well as government agencies like NASA. Putting skills learned in the classroom to practice on real projects often gives them an edge over other job applicants.

“One of the things we are trying to instill in our students is that it’s not just about getting a degree,” explains David Pines, CETA assistant dean for student support and a professor of civil and environmental engineering. “It’s also about what you do with the degree and starting your professional career. We want them to think about their careers.”

Kimberly Colavito, who graduated last spring and is currently working toward her Master of Science with a focus on structural engineering, is just one of Pines’s students who is benefitting from this philosophy.

“CETA has done an amazing job preparing me for a job upon graduation,” she says. “Because of CETA's connections, among various other reasons, I have received several employment offers but had to turn them down since I am currently attending graduate school. I had an internship this past summer at General Dynamics Electric Boat and have received an offer for employment upon graduation next year.”

This ranking is also a good indicator for Connecticut’s economy. Because the engineering job market is much better here than in their home states, many CETA graduates stay in the state and spend their earnings here.

“We are an importer of talent into Connecticut,” Manzione says. “Connecticut firms benefit from that, but clearly our graduates do as well, quickly rising up to leadership roles in their organizations.”

CETA is prepared to continue to provide talented workers to the region for the foreseeable future. Professor Pines recently appeared on WFSB-TV to discuss CETA graduates being ready to fill some of the 8,000 jobs that Pratt & Whitney will soon bring to the state. Watch the story:

UNOTES - 9/30/16

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.

 UNOTES - 9/16/16

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
Unotes - 8/26/16