Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Architecture Student Exhibits Work in Mortensen Library

Jaclyn Grimaldi, a senior in the Department of Architecture, CETA, has created an exhibit entitled "Raw Perspectives," which is currently on display in Mortensen Library.
The exhibit is Grimaldi's representation of her exploration of the relationship of religion and spirituality. During the summer and into this fall semester she explored, through photography, ceramics, poetry and architecture, her personal understanding of this relationship.
Since she felt this is a personal journey for everyone, she felt the need to design an exhibit that is interactive. Grimaldi invites you to comment in the journal book and to answer a question posed on the back of the cards above the journal book.
Her advisor for this Independent Study project, Associate Professor of Architecture James E. Fuller, commented "Jaclyn’s honest approach to this work required that she explore deeply her own feelings and to discover ways to express these through different media. She is very demanding of herself and, throughout the process, pushed herself to understand her feelings but also to create ways for viewers to be participants in her work, sharing in the discovery, and sharing their thoughts."
The exhibit will be on display adjacent to the circulation desk in Mortensen Library through Thursday, Dec. 20.

Shertukde Serves as Keynote Speaker at Conference in China and Makes Presentations in India

Hemchandra M. Shertukde, professor of electrical and computer engineering, CETA, was a keynote speaker at CEMD-2012, which was held Dec. 2-4 in Guangzhou, China. Shertukde presented his keynote speech on his research on Human Embryonic Stem Cells (hESC) on Dec. 2, 2012.
Shertukde then proceeded to Kolkata, India, to attend the PAN IIT 2012 (Dec. 7-9), where he presented his new Electro Cardiac Diagnostic Device (eCAD). On Dec. 10, he visited his alma mater, IIT Kharagpur, to celebrate its Diamond Jubilee.
Shertukde will proceed to Mumbai to conduct student recruiting activities on behalf of CETA. Professor Shertukde is presently on sabbatical writing his book on DPV-Grid Transformer Applications, CRC Press, Taylor Francis Publishers.

Fall Commencement!

Check out this photo from the University of Hartford's Fall Commencement!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Audio Program adds new Digital Media Technology Minor

CETA adds new Digital Media Technology Minor for the Audio Program. Check it out:

University of Hartford and Herat University Collaboration

Check out a video featuring CETA professor Saleh Keshawarz, and the University of Hartford President Walter Harrison. CETA professor Tim Britt was the Associate Producer and Wayne Holmes was the Producer.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Faculty and Staff Awarded More Than $6 Million in Grants

CETA Faculty awarded some of the $6 Million in Grants at the University

University of Hartford faculty and staff were awarded $6,213,174 in grants and contracts in 2011-12. Additionally, awards for the NASA space grant totaled $37,000 and the Hartford Scholars program totaled $18,700.

The recipients of those awards, and the funding organizations, were honored recently at the annual External Funding Recognition Reception held at the President’s home (Russell House). The reception was sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of Sponsored Programs. Support for the event was also provided by Morton Handel, a University regent, and Irma Handel.

Following is a list of the recipients, the grants they received, and the funding organizations.

Barney School of Business

Ann Costello
Risk Manager in Residence
Spencer Educational Foundation – $3,000

Marilyn Risi
• Community Development Block Grant – Year 38
City of Hartford – $100,000

• Tenant Automated Litter Vacuum
City of Hartford – $7,665

• Upper Albany Main Street Technical Grant Assistance
Bank of America – $7,500

College of Arts and Sciences

Michael Anderson
Developing a General Ethical Dilemma Analyzer
National Science Foundation – $66,061

Joanna Borucinska
• Connecticut Sea Grant
University of Connecticut – $3,500

• Morphological Studies of Bioindicators in Sharks
Quebec-Labrador Foundation – $500

Albert DiChiara
Weed and Seed Evaluation – Year 5
City of Hartford – $4,000

Marcia Hughes
• Help Me Grow: National Technical Assistance Center 2012
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center – $49,267

• Help Me Grow: National Technical Assistance Center 2013
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center – $16,400

• Program Evaluation of Connecticut Department of Correction Initiatives:
Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program
Connecticut Department of Correction – $69,000

• Research and Evaluation of Community Based Programs
Connecticut Department of Social Services – $899,741

Jean McGivney-Burelle, John Tapper and Larissa Schroeder
• PROMISE: Promoting Mastery in STEM Education
Connecticut Office of Financial and Academic Affairs – $134,074

• PROMISE: Promoting Mastery in STEM Education
Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology – $56,033

Karin Tusinsky Miofsky
Building a Prevention Framework to Address Teen “Sexting” Behaviors
University of Massachusetts, Lowell – $11,167

Anne Pidano
Pediatric Behavioral Health in Primary Care
Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut – $1,500

College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions

Barbara Crane
Development of a Clinical Guide to Standardized Wheelchair Seating Measures
University of Colorado – $5,171

Mary Christensen
Educational Main Street Tutoring Program

– Ensworth Charitable Foundation – $10,000
– Elizabeth Carse Family Foundation – $3,000
–  George and Grace Long Foundation – $3,000
– Jumoke Academy – $5,000
–  TD Bank Charitable Foundation – $5,000
– The Barnes Foundation – $12,500

Adam Goodworth
Vestibular Contribution to the Control of Human Upright Stance
Oregon Health and Science University – $101,216

Beth Parker
The Effect of High-Dose Atrovastatin on Neuronal Activity and Cognition in Humans
Hartford Hospital – $76,154

College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture

Mary Arico
Biomedical Engineering Senior Design Project
Covidien – $5,000

Robert Celmer
Just Noticeable Difference of Reverberation Time
Veneklasen Research Foundation – $15,000

Thomas Filburn
•  Collaborative Nuclear Fellowship Program Applied Research in Radiation Damage and Mitigation
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission – $340,805

•  Compact, Regenerable Microlith Adsorber for Spacesuite CO2, Humidity and Trace Contaminant Control
Precision Combustion – $45,446

•  Internship Development and Talent Directory
Connecticut Innovations – $100,000

• Miniaturization of Underwater Life Support Rebreathers
U.S. Department of the Navy – $115,125

• Model See-Through Reactor
Westinghouse Charitable Giving Program – $5,000

Thomas Filburn and Mary Arico
National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program 2013–2017
National Aeronautics and Space Administration – $2,380,000

Thomas Filburn and Cy Yavuzturk
Use of Physical and Computer Models to Enhance Learning for Nuclear Power Plant Design and Operation
U.S. Regulatory Commission – $121,560

Louis Manzione
Newman’s Own Foundation
– $25,000

David Pines and Marcia Hughes
Promoting Entrepreneurial Development and Sustainable Agribusiness in Rural Western Kenya
National Colleagiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance

Chittaranjan Sahay
Task 14: Modeling of Oxidation-Depletion Kinetics and Material Surface Degradation
United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney Division

Michelle Vigeant
Importance of Late-Sound-Field Properties and Listener Envelopment to Room Acoustic Quality and Design
National Science Foundation

Hartford Art School

Nancy Stuart and Robert Calafiore
Pre-Collegiate Workshop
SBM Charitable Foundation

The Hartt School

Aaron Flagg and Steve Metcalf
2012-13 and 2013-14 Richard P. Garmany Chamber Music Series
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Hilary Respass
•  ENCORE Program at Rawson Middle Grades Academy
Hartford Board of Education

•  Fund for Access ScholarshipsEllen Jeanne Goldfarb Memorial Charitable Trust $5,000People’s United Bank $1,500

Hillyer College

David Goldenberg
• Bridge to the Future  Bank of America $5,000  The Hartford Financial Services Company   $6,000

• Bridge to the Future
Travelers Foundation

Michael Robinson
Exploration: A Critical & Creative Folio & Performance
Hartford Consortium for Higher Education

Sharon Shepela
Road Scholars for Peace
Hartford Consortium for Higher Education – $1,800


Jim Keener
Soccer Excellence Fund
Newman’s Own Foundation – $5,000

Human Resources Development

Kathe Snow and Jamie Harlow
Shape Up Cigna!

Student Affairs

Matthew Blocker-Glynn
2012 SWEET Day
Newman’s Own Foundation

Mary Norris
Health Services Education
Consolidated Health Plans

John Ramsey
WWUH Radio Program
Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

University Libraries

Randi Ashton-Pritting
Mobile Technology Pilot Project
William and Alice Mortensen Foundation

University Relations

Sandra Cahill
Community Development Block Grant – Year 37
City of Hartford

Community Development Block Grant – Year 38
City of Hartford

Entrepreneurial Center
Prudential Foundation

DECD Entrepreneurial Center
Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development Foundation

Women’s Business Center Program
U.S. Small Business Administration

Christine Grant
Lest We Forget: Images of the Black Civil Rights Movement
First Niagara

Eleta Jones
Scholarships for Adult Career Counseling Center
Charles Nelson Robinson Fund

Career Planning, Job Search Assistance for the Community College Community
Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

Eileen Peltier
TD Bank Business Leadership Series
TD Bank

Total – $6,213,174
(Excluding Hartford Scholars program and NASA space grant awards)

Space Grant Consortium

Ivana Milanovic
Computational Fluid Dynamics Investigation of Coherent Structures in Jets in Cross-Flow
National Aeronautics & Space Administration

Michael Robinson
Lessons from the Last Frontier
National Aeronautics & Space Administration

Cy Yavuzturk
Space Suite Life Support Development
National Aeronautics & Space Administration

Space Grant Total

Hartford Scholars Program

Fuss & O’Neill

Greater Hartford Automobile Dealers Association

HCC Global

JCJ Architecture
Northeast Utilities Service Company $5,000

People’s United Community Foundation

Reid & Reige

Robinson & Cole LLP

Shipman & Goodwin LLP

Tecton Architects

The Simon Konover Company

Waterford Group Charitable Foundation

Hartford Scholars Program Total $18,700

Milanovic Publishes in Physics of Fluids

Cross-sectional distributions of time-averaged properties. Left column: baseline JICF (no tab); middle column: two stationary tabs (placed symmetrically); right column: tabs oscillating at 7.5 Hz.

Ivana Milanovic, professor of mechanical engineering, CETA, published the research paper "Control of a jet-in-cross-flow by periodically oscillating tabs" in Physics of Fluids. The paper was co-authored with Dr. Khairul Zaman of NASA Glenn Research Center.
Physics of Fluids is published by the American Institute of Physics with the cooperation of The American Physical Society Division of Fluid Dynamics. The journal is devoted to the publication of original theoretical, computational, and experimental contributions to the dynamics of gases, liquids, and complex or multiphase fluids.
A technique for active control of a jet-in-cross-flow (JICF) is explored in this study. Two triangular tabs are placed at the 90 deg. and 270 deg. edges of the jet orifice, relative to the direction of the cross-flow. An asymmetry in the place­ment of the two tabs is reversed periodically. This causes a profound oscillation of the flow field that persists as far downstream as permitted by the measurements in the facility (100 orifice diameters).  The kidney-shaped cross-section of the JICF is seen to tilt side-to-side periodically. The flow mechanism apparently involves a direct perturbation of the counter-rotating stream­wise vortex pair of the flow.

Source: http://www.hartford.edu/daily/Article/View/13788

Monday, November 12, 2012

Hartford Scholars Celebrated at Annual Breakfast- Two CETA students win awards.

Travis Francis '14 speaks at the Hartford Scholars Breakfast
Nine current Hartford Scholars and six past scholars joined with program donors for the annual Hartford Scholars Breakfast on Oct. 24 in the 1877 Club.
Speaking at the program this year were William Herdegen III, president and chief operating officer, Connecticut Light & Power; Peter Stevens, partner and president, JCJ Architecture; Christine Pina, vice president for institutional advancement, University of Hartford; current Hartford Scholar Travis Francis '14, and University President Walter Harrison.
Rajin Roophnath '13 was the recipient of the Connecticut Light & Power award, and Ersa Llakmani '13 received the JCJ Mayor’s Scholar Award.
Current and former Hartford Scholars and program donors pose for a photo. Back Row (l-r): Ersa Llakmani ‘13; Sonnet Bromfield AA'12, '14 ; David Daye ‘06; President Walter Harrison; Christine Pina, VP for Institutional Advancement; Peter Stevens, President, JCJ Architecture; Chevard Johnson ‘07; William Herdegen, President and COO, Connecticut Light & Power; Jorin Grori ‘08, Jasmine Cooper ’15; Nicole Walton AA'12, '14; and Christopher Rodriguez AA'11, '13. Middle Row: Tashana Mullings ’07; Alana Hughes AA '03, '05 (wearing purple shirt); and Carol Dowe ‘11. Front Row: Travis Francis ‘14; Rajin Roophnath ‘13; Aja Wilson ‘10; Raquel Brown AS '04, '05 ; Evan Thompson ‘13; and Bo-Edward Lawrence ‘16.

Founded in 1990, the Hartford Scholars program provides half-tuition scholarships to Hartford residents who are graduates of Hartford public schools. Since the program’s inception, more than 300 students from the city of Hartford have been helped, and more than 400 degrees have been awarded. Each year, the University relies on support from individuals, corporations, and foundations to help fund this scholarship program.
The breakfast event sponsor was Travelers and the lead scholarship donors were Connecticut Light & Power, a Northeast Utilities Company, and Kaman Corporation.
Scholarship donors include Fuss & O’Neill, Inc., Greater Hartford Automobile Dealers Association, JCJ Architecture, People’s United Community Foundation, Reid & Riege, P.C., Robinson & Cole LLP, Shipman & Goodwin LLP, Simon Konover Company, Waterford Group, Charitable Foundation, and Wells Fargo Advisors.

Architect Yolande Daniels of StudioSUMO to Give Talk on Monday

Architect Yolande Daniels will give a lecture about her firm's work on Monday, Nov. 12, as part of the University of Hartford Architecture Lecture Series. The program will take place at 4 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium.
An African American woman architect, Daniels is a principal of the New York City-based firm StudioSUMO, which has designed projects in the U.S. and abroad.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Visitors should park in either visitor lot D or K. The Architecture Lecture Series is made possible through the generosity of the JCJ Architecture Endowment of the University of Hartford Department of Architecture.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

CETA Audio Engineering Technology Programs gets new audio console.

 The Audio Engineering Technology Program is proud to announce the acquisition of a world class brand new large format mixing console. This is an Audient ASP8028 model also used by Peter Townsend of the famous band "The Who". The console will be utilized by students in all of the Audio Production courses. It is in excellent example of a mixing console that is perfect for learning Audio Production.
Photo of similar console

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Manzione Gives Invited Presentations on Manufacturing

Lou Manzione, dean of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), gave two invited presentations on manufacturing in the region this fall.
There has been a significant increase in attention to manufacturing since President Obama mentioned manufacturing 15 times in the 2012 State of the Union Address. CETA has long had a graduate concentration in manufacturing and this was bolstered recently with the opening of the new Manufacturing Metrology Lab that was developed with the assistance of Pratt & Whitney.
On Sept. 27, Manzione was the invited speaker at the Statewide Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Committee. This is a group of administrators from the state community colleges and four-year colleges that have programs in manufacturing. The committee is administered through the president of the Connecticut System of Colleges and Universities (ConnSCU). The topic was “Challenges and Opportunities for the Connecticut Manufacturing Base.” CETA recruits both graduate students from the state’s four-year colleges and transfer students from the community colleges, so ConnSCU has emerged as an important partner for the college in both recruiting and joint grant proposals.
On Oct. 3, Manzione was the invited speaker at the statewide Manufacturers Council, a group of manufacturing companies that meets regularly at the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technologies. Manzione spoke on “Topics in 21st Century Manufacturing,” where he stressed the importance of Connecticut manufacturers staying at the leading edge of production technologies to overcome the liabilities of our higher cost structure. He advised the state manufacturers to pursue partnerships with universities, professional societies, and institutions like CCAT to stay at the leading edge through cost-effective research and development programs and student internships.

Nagurney Named A Fellow Of The Radio Club Of America Clubs & Organizations Submitted by David Isgur, University of Hartford, on 2012-11-01.

Ladimer S. Nagurney, associate professor of electrical, computer, and biomedical engineering and program director for Electrical and Computer Engineering in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture at the University of Hartford, has been named a Fellow of the Radio Club of America. He will receive his award on Nov. 16 at the Club's 103rd Annual Awards Banquet at the New York Athletic Club.
,br> The Radio Club of America (RCA), the oldest association of professionals in the radio and wireless telecommunications industries, annually elevates worthy Club members to the grade of Fellow in recognition of outstanding achievement. Nagurney will be one of six RCA members elevated this to Fellow status this year, joining a select group of radio communications industry luminaries, such as Edwin Armstrong, David Sarnoff, Louis Hazeltine, John V. L. Hogan, Paul Godley and Allen B. DuMont.

The keynote speaker at the Radio Club of America's annual gathering will be David Sumner, CEO and Secretary of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) which is based in Newington, ARRL is a national association representing thousands of amateur radio operators. From the 1979 World Administrative Radio Conference of the International Telecommunication Union in Geneva to his representation at the World Radio Communication Conferences in Istanbul and Geneva between 2000 and 2012, Sumner has been a steward of amateur radio throughout the world, applying his tireless energies on behalf of the World Radio Sport Team Championships. An RCA Fellow himself, he was awarded the Calcutta Key by the Radio Society of Great Britain in 1989.

Nagurney joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Hartford in September 1986. His research and teaching interests have been primarily in the areas of communications and signal processing. He has taught courses in analog and digital communications, RF systems, instrumentation, wireless communications and software defined radio.

As a NASA JOVE Fellow from 1992-1995, he collaborated with engineers at NASA Lewis (now Glenn) Research Center on the MiniTerminal Testbed low bandwidth experiment for the Advanced Communications Technology Spacecraft (ACTS). He has contributed to the development of grammar-based modeling for the development of Intellectual Property blocks for communications. He also has consulted on the use of RFID in dirty/wet environments.

In 1999, Nagurney was one of the co-principal investigators of a National Science Foundation funded project, Integrating Engineering Design with Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, and Mathematics. As part of this project he developed a course, Engineering Practice, which introduces engineering students to the design of large projects requiring multiple engineering disciplines and including societal impact. The project chosen for the first several years of the course was the siting and design of cell sites.

From 1995 to 1999, Nagurney was the consortium director of the NASA Connecticut Space Grant College Consortium, a NASA funded consortium.
He also was a co-PI for the NSF Telecommunications and Network Engineering Technology Education Project, which linked high schools, community colleges, four-year colleges, and research institutions to train the next generation of engineers and technicians for the telecommunications industry.
During the 2008-2009 academic year, Nagurney visited the Engineering Research Center for the Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere, CASA, an NSF Engineering Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he collaborated on the development of small integrated solid-state X-band radars for Extreme Weather prediction.
Nagurney received his BS from Lafayette College and an ScM and PhD from Brown University. He is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Connecticut. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE, a member of the American Physical Society, American Society of Engineering Education, Society of Sigma Xi, and Eta Kappa Nu. He holds an amateur radio license, WA3EEC, since 1965 and is the trustee of the University of Hartford Amateur Radio Club, WA1OBY.

Source: http://www.courant.com/community/hc-community-articleresults,0,5942637,results.formprofile?Query=67479HC

Check out the CETA ECE Department Video!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Eppes, Milanovic, and Patlolla Present Research Paper at COMSOL Conference

Surface temperature distribution (t = 3.2 ms)
Tom Eppes, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, CETA; Ivana Milanovic, professor of mechanical engineering, CETA; and Harini Patlolla, electrical engineering graduate student, presented a research paper at the COMSOL Conference, which took place earlier this month in Newton, Mass.
The annual conference features peer-reviewed work in the area of multiphysics modeling and simulations.
The paper, "Early Stage Melt Ejection in Laser Percussion Drilling," describes a percussion laser drilling model during the early stage of melt formation and ejection. The target material is iron with temperature dependent material properties that are used to model the phase transitions. Velocity and temperature fields above and within the target metal are discussed.  The size and shape of the vapor and melt fronts during the drilling process are revealed with a particle trace analysis.

Four CETA Students Attend COMSOL Conference

(L-R) Harini Patlolla, Aneela Naz, Tom Eppes, Annie Becerra, and Karen Brzostowski

Four CETA engineering students attended the annual COMSOL conference in Newton, Mass., from Oct. 3-5. On hand were Harini Patlolla and Aneela Naz, both master’s candidates in electrical engineering, as well as Annie Becerra, a senior electrical engineering major, and Karen Brzostowski, a junior in mechanical engineering. Accompanying the students was Tom A. Eppes, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.
The conference features peer-reviewed work in the area of multiphysics modeling and simulations and consists of keynote addresses, user presentations and minicourses.

Patlolla presented a paper titled "Early Stage Melt Ejection in Laser Percussion Drilling," co-authored with Eppes and Milanovic. The four students, along with Stacey Dufrane, a junior in mechanical engineering, have been working on research projects in laser drilling, electronic heat sink trade-offs, and conformal patch antenna design funded by a grant from WELFund.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Fang Serves as Editor-in-Chief of ASCE Conference Proceedings on Multimodal Transportation Systems

Clara Fang, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, CETA, recently served as the editor-in-chief for the Proceedings of the 12th COTA International Conference of Transportation Professionals (CICTP 2012): Convenient, Safe, Cost-Effective and Efficient Multimodal Transportation Systems, published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
The cover of the conference proceedings on multimodal transportation systems, for which Fang served as editor-in-chief.
The co-editors of the proceedings include Heng Wei, associate professor at the University of Cincinnati; and Yunpeng Wang and Jun Zhang, professors at Beihang University in Beijing, China. The conference proceedings are indexed via the EI Compendia, one of the most comprehensive engineering literature databases available to engineers.

As the editor-in-chief, Fang led and organized a rigorous two-stage (abstract and full-text paper) technical review and editing process. The CICTP 2012 received a large number of high-quality technical contributions. Among the nearly 900 abstract submissions, a total of 369 papers were finally accepted for publication in the proceedings. The conference papers address a wide range of topics in 11 areas, including transportation planning, intelligent transportation systems, public transportation, air transportation, railway, logistics and freight transportation, safety and emergence response, energy saving and environmental protection. It is expected that research and studies gathered in these proceedings will contribute to future needs of a multimodal transportation system, and help to advance transportation sustainability, energy independence, economic vitality, and quality of life.

The CICTP 2012, held in Beijing, China, from August 3-6, 2012, attracted more than 1,000 participants internationally from countries and regions including mainland China, the United States, Taiwan, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Egypt and Iran. Fang also served as the chair of the Conference Executive & Organizing Committee to lead the development of nearly 30 conference sessions including plenary, invited, technical, and forums. These talks addressed current practice and state-of-the-art transportation topics of interest to professionals from government, industry, and academic institutions.

Ilumoka to Serve on State Disparity Study Committee

Abby Ilumoka, professor of electrical and computer engineering, CETA, will be working with the Connecticut General Assembly to conduct a disparity study to determine whether the state’s set-aside program achieves the goal of facilitating participation in state contracts of small contractors and minority business enterprises.
Ilumoka is a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering, the organization under contract with the state to conduct the study.
See a list of members of the Connecticut Disparity Study Committee

SOURCE: http://www.hartford.edu/daily/Article/View/13612

CETA student Colin Pfund travels to Budapest for Confrence

Audio Engineering Society (AES) Conventions occur bi-annually, once in the US and once in Europe. Professionals and students from around the world gather for a diverse technical program of workshops, presentations, and student competitions, accompanied by the industry's largest trade show. AES Conventions are the organization's largest summits, offering enlightening sessions and invaluable networking opportunities.

At the 131st Convention in New York last fall, I was elected Vice Chair of the AES Student Delegate Assembly (SDA) for North and Latin America after serving as President of our student chapter for two years. The new position is a two-year commitment that includes planning and facilitating student events at the US and international conventions.

The five months leading up to AES 132 Budapest consisted of weekly Skype conference calls, periodic blogging, and other tasks delegated by the European Chair of the SDA and our advisor, the Chair of the AES Education Committee. There was a lot of prep work to be done, and I found myself using skills learned in audio classes to prepare promotional materials and knowledge gained in english classes to revise and edit the official rules for the Student Recording Competition. I had to do some research, too; I had never booked a flight, dealt with foreign currency, or used any language other than English to buy food or check into a hotel!

The Convention, held on April 26-29, was extremely successful. All of our events went swimmingly, and we saw a huge turnout of students from England, France, Germany, Austria, Poland, Serbia, Sweden and more. I was given chances to speak at multiple meetings, had an active role in the playback of student projects during the Recording Competition finals, and spoke with prospective scholars while manning the University of Hartford display at the Education and Career Fair. The most stressful part may have been the last-minute planning of the Student Party, which followed my proposal to have the students pitch-in for a boat tour on the Danube River. With some help from our volunteers, we were able to turn a long shot into a reality, and enjoyed magnificent views while bumping shoulders with top record mastering engineers and AES VPs.

I learned that when you travel abroad, you have to leave your comfort zone and depend on things like maps and phrase books; simple tasks like walking to the corner store become bold acts of courage. Once I overcame my initial worries, I was blown away by a beautiful city. Everything about the trip was spectacular -- the plane rides, the monuments, the hilltop views of the city, the Hungarian Goulash soup, the sunset cruise, meeting students from around the world, and taking an active roll in a global community.

Trips like mine may seem like rare opportunities, but they start with getting involved on-campus. The University provides a myriad of clubs and organizations that can really take you places. The AES has done wonders for my professional development, and I strongly encourage other CETA students to join the engineering societies.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Architecture Student to Give Lecture on His Studies in Italy

Fourth-year architecture student Andre Stiles will present a lecture on his recent foreign studies experience in Italy, and how it has broadened him and his perspective on architecture.
The lecture will take place on Monday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to park in visitor lots K and D.
The Architecture Lecture Series is made possible through the JCJ Architecture endowment of the Department of Architecture at the University of Hartford.

NASA SPACE Grant Applications Due

“The Connecticut Space Grant Consortium is accepting applications for their Fall Call for Applications.  Proposals are being accepted for the following award categories:

Faculty Grants:  Research - $20,000, Seed Research - $6,000, Curriculum Development - $15,000, Collaboration - $15,000, Travel – up to $1,000

Graduate Student Grants:  Research - $20,000, Travel – up to $1,000

Undergraduate Student Grants:  Research - $5,000, Industrial Internship - $5,000, Project – up to $1,000, Senior Design Project – up to $3,000, Travel – up to $1,000

CT Space Grant endeavors to support diverse projects, in all areas of interest to NASA.  These areas may include, but are not limited to, research related to aeronautics/aerospace, STEM, and STEM education.

Applications will be accepted until 2:00pm on Thursday, October 18, 2012.  More information can be found at www.ctspacegrant.org,  Please note:  Space Grant award recipients must be US citizens.”