Tuesday, September 11, 2018

CETA’s Timothy Adekunle Publishes Peer-Reviewed Article in Journal of Intelligent Buildings International

Assistant Professor Timothy Adekunle in the Department of Architecture, College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) publishes a peer-reviewed journal article titled: “Post-occupancy evaluation on people’s perception of comfort, adaptation and seasonal performance of sustainable housing: a case study of three prefabricated structural timber housing developments" in the Journal of Intelligent Buildings International (Taylor & Francis). The Journal of Intelligent Buildings is a highly preferred and top-ranking journal that focuses on scholarly work on intelligent buildings and cities (people, innovative technologies, and sustainability). The peer-reviewed journal article discusses the results of the post-occupancy evaluation conducted in different prefabricated timber housing developments. The study investigated occupants’ perception of comfort, adaptation to the thermal environment, and seasonal performance of the buildings. Assistant Professor Adekunle co-authored the scholarly work with Professor M. Nikolopoulou (a Professor of Sustainable Architecture at the University of Kent, UK). Assistant Professor Adekunle served as the first author and lead investigator for the project. The work is an international collaborative research work between the University of Hartford and the University of Kent, UK. The peer-reviewed article provides an insight into occupants’ perception of comfort and adaptation in prefabricated timber buildings. The research identifies the significant impact of control on occupants’ comfort and adaptation. The study concludes that prefabricated timber buildings perform better in winter than summer.

Professor Petry Receives NCARB Award

Associate Professor Elizabeth Petry, AIA receives the NCARB Scholar in Professional Practice award from David L. Hoffman, FAIA, President/Chair of the NCARB Board

Architecture Associate Professor Elizabeth Petry, AIA was one of only ten architecture faculty selected, from across the nation and beyond, for the highly competitive inaugural session of the NCARB Scholars in Professional Practice Program set in Washington, DC in August 2018.   The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Scholars in Professional Practice is an entirely new program to address current and future development of strong academic leaders in the professional practice community. This structured, multi-day course supported the development of faculty as teachers of professional practice in the program, leading to recognition as a Professional.  All expenses related to travel and participation were covered by NCARB.   The intensive three day NCARB Scholars in Professional Practice Program was a mix of presentations and interactive sessions, scholars explored several topics related to teaching professional practice, including: the future of academia and practice, ethics in architecture, business strategies and financial management, law and professional liability, communications and marketing, and teaching methods and curriculum development.  Professor Petry was eligible to apply for the program because she teaches ARC 623 – Advanced Professional Practice in our graduate program accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).  She developed and has been teaching the Professional Practice course every spring its inception in 2006.  It is a required course of the University of Hartford’s Master of Architecture program.  It was noted in her letter of support that “At our last re-accreditation visit from NAAB, in March 2017, the visiting team noted the exceptional high quality of the Advanced Professional Practice course taught by Professor Petry.  In their Visiting Team Report the team praised her Advanced Professional Practice course.  Their assessment of each of the five criteria of Realm D: Professional Practice was “Met with Distinction”.  No higher praise can be given.”  The NAAB visiting team commented, “The student work in ARC 623 Advanced Professional Practice is distinctive.  The course is well organized, thorough, and well regarded by the students, and is taught in a manner that is engaging and effective.”  At the NCARB Scholars in Professional Practice Program the NAAB Associate Director, Ellen S. Cathey, AIA noted that of 25 NAAB programs re-accredited from 2015 – 2018 that Petry’s course was one of only three to receive this distinction.

The 2018 NCARB Scholars in Professional Practice, (Front row, l-r) Greg Wynn, AIA, NCARB, Lecturer, California Polytechnic State University; Erin Pellegrino, Visiting Critic, Cornell University; Shavon T. Charlot, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Adjunct Instruction, Tuskegee University; Marcus M. Farr, Assistant Professor of Architecture, American University of Sharjah. (Back row, l-r) Elizabeth Petry, AIA, Associate Professor, University of Hartford; Benjamin Vargas, FAIA, Adjunct Faculty, Pontifical Cathol

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Milanovic and ME Students in Design World Magazine

Simulation app built by undergraduate students Iliana Albion-Poles and Jeffrey Severino

An article, ‘Simulation apps provide graduates with a competitive advantages,’ featuring Ivana Milanovic, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Iliana Albion-Poles, and Jeffrey Severino, undergraduate mechanical engineering students, has been published in the Design World Magazine.
The article provides an overview of the use of simulation apps by undergraduate students at the University of Hartford. The apps provide students with easy-to-use specialized user interfaces to run realistic simulations and visualize results without any previous training. This inquiry-based learning method enables deeper understanding of the physics and theory. Students can then easily progress to learn more about the underlying model and even build their own simulation apps. An application ‘Tones in Multi-Stream Nozzle’ by Jeffrey Severino and Iliana Albion-Poles, was featured in the article. This work was funded by the Connecticut Space Grant for Faculty Research and resulted in a presentation at an undergraduate research and creativity colloquium.
Design World (DW) is a trade magazine with print and online issues covering topics in the field of design engineering and providing technical content and resources to help design product faster and smarter. Design World publishes twelve print editions annually that are sent to a BPA-audited circulation of 40,000 OEM design engineers. The digital version of the magazine is sent monthly to 100,000 subscribers.
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

CETA's King Selected for International Advisory Panel

Associate Professor Dr. Eoin King was recently invited to join the The International WELL Building Institute’s Global Network of Concept Advisories. King joins the WELL Sound Concept Advisory - the Sound concept in WELL aims to bolster health and well-being through the identification and mitigation of acoustical comfort parameters that shape human experiences in the built environment.

Each WELL concept advisory includes a collection of professionals, practitioners and experts, each serving a one-year term. WELL concept advisors will number more than 100 individuals, span 20 countries and represent WELL advocates from not just global market centers like New York, London, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Addis Ababa and Sydney, but a number of smaller municipalities in between.  They cover a broad array of technical, scientific and medical fields.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Professor of Architecture Michael j. Crosbie of CETA's Department of Architecture recently delivered a plenary address at the University of Ghana in Accra, Ghana, at the conference, "Religion and the 21st Century City: Openings and Closures."

The lecture, "God the City Dweller," explored the way that religious architecture is expressed in urban settings. Crosbie is shown here with Dr. Ben-Willie Golo, one of the conveners of the international conference. Crosbie's presentation was offered in a plenary session. He was one of only a few North Americans attending the conference.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Milanovic Publishes Two Research Papers at the AIAA AVIATION Forum

Ivana Milanovic, professor of mechanical engineering, CETA, published two research papers with NASA GRC colleagues at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) AVIATION Forum last month in Atlanta, Georgia. AIAA AVIATION is a premier, forward-looking forum designed to showcase recent innovations and achievements in aviation, highlight new initiatives and plans, and address key issues that need to be resolved in order to define clear roadmaps for future progress.

The paper ‘Resonance and Tones in Dual-Stream Nozzles’ reports on a numerical investigation whose objective was predicting the appearance of tones and studying their sources. It was found that some of the tones traced to a coupling between Strouhal shedding from the struts, which held different pieces of the nozzle together, and various duct acoustic modes. A focus of the work was on exploring the nature of the duct modes. First, elements of the numerical procedure were studied for a 4-strut nozzle, validating the results with existing experimental data. The approach was then applied to a 3-strut geometry and four different excitation methods. The predicted tones and associated duct modes are analyzed in detail.

The paper ‘Experimental and Computational Study of Tones Occuring with a Coaxial Nozzle’ explored the source of audible tones occurring in a coaxial nozzle in a range of low Mach numbers experimentally and computationally. The hardware was comprised of an inner and an outer nozzle, without a center-body, and held together by a set of four struts.

Supported by the Transformational Tools Technology (TTT) and the Commercial Supersonic Technology (CST) Projects under NASA’s Advanced Air Vehicles Program, this has been a joint effort among members of the Inlets and Nozzles (LTN) and the Acoustic (LTV) Branches together with Professor Milanovic. Dr. Milanovic is grateful for the support of the University of Hartford Harrison Faculty Development Grant.

Fig. 1 4-strut nozzle configuration. Monitored plane at the trailing edge of the driven strut.

 Fig. 2 Mode shape pressure distribution (4-strut configuration)

Fig. 3 Mode shape pressure distribution (3-strut configuration)

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Hisham Alnajjar Named Interim Dean of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture

Hisham Alnajjar

Hisham Alnajjar, who has served as Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture since 2007, became Interim Dean of the College effective July 1, 2018.

One of the University of Hartford’s seven schools and colleges, the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture offers accredited programs at the bachelor's level in engineering, technology, and architecture, and graduate programs in engineering and architecture.

“I have worked with Hisham in a variety of settings over the years and know him to be a thoughtful and caring person who brings integrity, energy, passion, and commitment to everything he does,” Provost Sweitzer stated. “I look forward to working with him in his new role as we navigate this important transition in the College.”

Alnajjar joined the University as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering in 1995. He was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor in 2001 and promoted to Professor in 2009. He has taught a variety of courses in the department, with a specialization in Signal Processing. His publication record includes journal articles, book chapters, and conference presentations. He has held a variety of leadership positions in the College including Department Chair, and Assistant Dean. Hisham also serves as the Director of the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium. He has served the College and University in many capacities over the years including service on the Faculty Senate, the Faculty Compensation Committee, and the Provost’s Committee on Promotion and Tenure. He was recognized for his outstanding services in 2014 with the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Award for service to the University.

Alnajjar received his Bachelor of Science from Aleppo University in Syria, an Advanced Diploma from Damascus University, a Master of Science in Engineering from Ohio University, and a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Vanderbilt University.

Provost Sweitzer invites, “Please join me in thanking Hisham for his willingness to undertake these new responsibilities and wishing him well.”