Monday, February 27, 2012

Eppes, Milanovic, Shetty, and Daly Present Paper at Conference in India

Professor Eppes presenting at the conference.

Jenna Daly, undergraduate student in mechanical engineering

Tom Eppes, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, CETA; Ivana Milanovic, associate professor of mechanical engineering, CETA; Devdas Shetty, professor of mechanical engineering, and Jenna Daly, mechanical engineering student, presented a research paper at the International Conference on Innovation and Trends in Applied Computing (ITAC), which took place in Nagpur, Maharashtra, India, in February.

The paper, "Characterization of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Wing Design," describes the aerodynamic characteristics of a single wing design for use in an unpowered vehicle. A 2D computational fluid dynamics model was developed to predict key performance parameters. The lift/drag ratio is of primary importance to ensure the vehicle has the required glide range. The model was developed with the COMSOL 4.2 computational fluid dynamics module using the single phase flow interface with low Reynolds number k-e turbulence model. Studies are conducted for angles of attack from 0 to 15 degrees at a mean velocity of 70 m/s corresponding to a Reynolds number of about 50,000.

This work was initiated and done in-part during the new course ES 591 Multiphysics Modeling and it can be found in the ITAC 2012 proceedings published in the book form: Eppes, T., Milanovic, I., Shetty, D. & Daly, J. (2012). Characterization of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Design. In M. Kshirsagar, B. Patil, U. Gawande, L. Manzione, D. Shetty, & T. Eppes (Eds.), Proceedings of International Conference on Innovation and Trends in Applied Computing (pp. 3-6), Nagpur, Maharashtra, India. Support of WELFund and Dorothy Goodwin Summer Scholarship is gratefully acknowledged.

Architecture Lecture on Wednesday

Assistant Professor Dr. Imdat As will deliver a lecture in the University of Hartford Spring Architecture Lecture Series on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 4 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium.

He will speak on "A Referential Interpretation of the Unbuilt State Mosque of Turkey."

The lecture is free and open to the public. The University of Hartford Architecture Lecture Series is supported through the JCJ Architecture Endowment of the University of Hartford Department of Architecture.

Friday, February 24, 2012

CETA student Kevin O'Shea Named Lacrosse Rookie of the Week

University of Hartford freshman lacrosse player Kevin O'Shea grabbed the first America East Rookie of the Week honor of the season after riding a high-scoring performance in the opening game of the Hawks’ 2012 campaign. The award for the week ending Feb. 19 was announced by the league office on Monday afternoon.

A native of Dix Hills, N.Y., O’Shea came off of the bench to net a hat trick in his collegiate debut at No. 8 Maryland on Saturday afternoon. The freshman accounted for half of Hartford’s goals in its season opener, a 12-6 setback, and helped keep his team in the game as all of his scores came in the second half.

Shea scored his first goal as a collegian in the opening minutes of the third quarter to knot the game at 4-4. He then put the Hawks ahead at 5-4 just 3:17 later before the Terrapins went on a four-goal tear to open an 8-5 lead. O’Shea’s final goal, which came in the opening minute of the final quarter, proved to be the last of Hartford’s offense as the Terps closed out the game with four-straight en route to the six-goal victory.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

CETA Job Fair on Feb. 21

CETA job fair is a great success! Here are some photos;

Scholarship Opportunity for Connecticut Students

The American Savings Robert T. Kenney Scholar Program

This scholarship is primarily based on financial need, with consideration given to the applicant's academic performance, community involvement, and other indications of a strong desire to achieve goals through education. In order to apply, you should have a minimum 2.5 GPA on an unweighted 4.0 scale.

Current college students and nontraditional adult students working on no higher than a first bachelor's degree at an accredited two- or four-year college undergraduate program or technical/vocational program may apply. You must be a resident of one of the 64 Connecticut towns served by American Savings Foundation.
The online application is available at If you are unable to access the online application, a printed version is available by calling (860) 827-2556.

Scholarship awards range from $500 to $3,000 for the academic year, and applicants may reapply for up to a total of four academic years. Recipients will be notified in mid-June and awards will be sent directly to the school in September.

You will need your 2012-2013 Student Aid Report (SAR) to apply. You should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible to be sure you have your SAR by the application deadline. The FAFSA can be filed at A copy of your SAR, two letters of recommendation, and your transcripts must be mailed to the Foundation in addition to submitting the online application.

All materials must be submitted/postmarked by March 31, 2012. If you have any questions, you can call the Foundation at (860) 827-2556.

CETA Audio Engineering Technology Student Featured on Hartford Webpage

Matthew Poole

Chief Engineer for STN and the University TV studio


  • Has worked for CBS affiliate WFMY-TV in Greensboro, N.C.

U of H Connection

  • Class 2012
  • College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture
  • Major: Audio Engineering Technology
  • Minor: Communication
The Student Television Network (STN Channel 2) is a student club that produces a weekly 30-minute newscast that goes out live on the web ( and on the cable network here on campus. I joined STN in my sophomore year originally just to do another activity on campus, but then I fell for the whole world of broadcast and the engineering aspect of it.
In addition to the weekly newscast on Fridays, we produce an entertainment news show and we do a professional sports show. We also do other programs, like the student government debates every year and a basketball production. An important purpose of the club is to prepare our members for the real world. We try to provide them with hands-on experiences with real-world equipment.
As chief engineer at STN, I’m in charge of maintaining all the technology, whether that means fixing equipment or planning for future upgrades. We are currently planning our high definition upgrade. We got our first HD camera this year. The plan is to continue building on that for the next five or six years until we are completely HD.
As staff engineer for the University’s TV studio, I spend most of my time maintaining the technology for classroom learning. I also get to work on special productions that come into the studio from outside. The TV studio gets rented out to organizations looking to shoot everything from commercials to local cable television shows to depositions for court cases. These are great fun and great learning experiences.
Both jobs have prepared me for professional opportunities. I’ve gotten internships and jobs at network affiliates because of the experience and skills I’ve gained working here.
A lot goes on with STN and the TV studio, most of it time sensitive. I live on call. When something goes down, it has to be fixed immediately. I probably spend 20 to 30 hours a week on both jobs. Juggling that with a full load of classes is a challenge. Making it all work definitely requires skills in time management.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Society of Women Engineers Competes for $25,000 in 'Newman's Own Challenge'

The University’s Society of Women Engineers group is a finalist in the third annual Newman’s Own Foundation Campus Community Service Challenge.

The Society of Women Engineers will compete for a $25,000 grant against a student group from each of the America East Conference’s eight other schools. A total of $80,000 will be awarded to the nonprofit finalists during the America East Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship, which will be held on campus from March 1-4.

The group members were nominated for SWEET Day (Society of Women Engineers Educating for Tomorrow), an annual event that brings high school students to campus to engage in engineering activities and demonstrations. They plan to use grant money to increase the number of students they invite to participate.

The University of Hartford’s Best Buddies chapter received a $15,000 grant in the 2010 Challenge. The Habitat for Humanity chapter won a $7,500 grant last year

Monday, February 13, 2012

Milanovic Presents at United Technologies Research Center

Ivana Milanovic, associate professor of mechanical engineering, CETA, gave an overview of her research on vortex dominated flows covering leading edge vortices, as well as synthetic and continuous jets with and without cross-flow, at a United Technologies Research Center (UTRC) Seminar.

The practice of extrapolating data from low-speed delta wings to configurations intended for supersonic operation was addressed via direct quantitative and qualitative comparison. Evolution of steady counter rotating vortex pair and unsteady wake vortices of the jet in cross-flow was examined at a wide range of injection angles and momentum flux ratios. Continuous jets were also compared with their synthetic counterparts.

Photos show delta wing planforms made by Mechanical Engineering Technology students at the University of Hartford during a fluid mechanics laboratory. Oil flow patterns illustrate a two-dimensional footprint of the three-dimensional flow field above the delta wing. The flow topology above the delta planform reveals flow with secondary vortices.

Eppes, Milanovic, and Quarshie Publish Research Paper

Tom Eppes, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, CETA; Ivana Milanovic, associate professor of mechanical engineering, CETA; and George Quarshie, electrical engineering student, published the research paper "Finite Element Modeling of a Transistor Heat Sink” in the American Journal of Engineering and Technology Research, Vol. 2, No. 2, pp. 1-8, 2012.

The paper discusses the heat transfer process in a TO-220 transistor package and the benefits of certain design features. Power transistors require heat sinks to dissipate thermal energy and keep junction temperatures below the recommended limit. A significant increase in useful life can be achieved by a small reduction in operating temperature. Parametric studies of heat sink size, emissivity and convective cooling coefficient impact on the steady-state temperature of the assembly were reported. This work was initiated and done in part during the new course ES 591 – Multiphysics Modeling.

The American Journal of Engineering and Technology Research is aimed at providing a platform for researchers, engineers, scientists, and educators to publish their original research results, to exchange new ideas, and to disseminate information in innovative designs, engineering experiences and technological skills.

Jeff Jahnke to Give Architecture Lecture on 'Pre-Fab'

Jeff Jahnke, AIA, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Architecture, CETA, will open the University's spring Architecture Lecture Series on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium.

Jahnke will speak on "Up to Pre-Fab: Following a Thread," concerning recent research and work he is engaged in.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Visitors should park in visitor lot D and K.

The University of Hartford Architecture Lecture Series is supported through the JCJ Architecture Endowment of the University of Hartford Department of Architecture.

Audio Engineering Technology student Colin Pfund representing North America at the upcoming Studio Audio Engineering Society Summit.

University of Hartford Audio Engineering Technology student, Colin Pfund has been selected to represent North America at the upcoming Student Audio Engineering Society summit in Europe. Colin, who is a former Chair person of the U-Hartford's student chapter of the Audio Engineering Society has been very active in events and activities for the society both locally and nationally. His  efforts and skill set developed as a student in the Audio Engineering Technology program gained the notice of key administrators within the Audio Engineering Society and we here at the University of Hartford are thrilled with his success and this recently gained recognition. The University of Hartford's Audio Engineering Society is recognized as a very active chapter for the organization due in part to it's emphasis on the technical nature of Audio Engineering in addition to the creative and musical side of the discipline.