Monday, December 23, 2013

CT Space Grant Consortium Spring 2014 Call for Applications

The list of available fellowships and grants has been posted for faculty and students on the Connecticut Space Grant Consortium website.
The Consortium's Spring 2014 application deadline is February 4, 2014, at 2 p.m.
Download a poster with information about the Consortium's call for applications.
Visit, email, or stop by in person at the Space Grant Consortium office in Dana 203 with any questions.

Sabbaticals Awarded for 2014–2015

President Walter Harrison and Provost Sharon L. Vasquez are pleased to announce that the following faculty members have been awarded sabbaticals for the 2014–15 academic year. 

Professor Abiodun Ilumoka (Fall Semester 2014)
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture

Professor Ilumoka will use her sabbatical in collaboration with the Connecticut Science Center, to exploit synergies between the two institutions to establish a powerful cluster of innovative and dynamic STEM workforce development programs. Project components will include a range of activities from after-school enrichment programs to summer programs, Saturday workshops, field trips and mentoring/shadowing experiences provided by industry-based STEM professionals.  

Associate Professor Saeid Moslehpour (Fall Semester 2014)
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture

Professor Moslehpour will use his sabbatical to write his second book of electronic system design using electronic design automation titled Computer Aided Digital Circuit Analysis Using Cadence. He will also be a visiting professor at Power and Water University of Technology teaching and learning about distance learning (eLearning). 

Associate Professor David Pines (Spring Semester 2015)
Department of Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture

Professor Pines will use his sabbatical to strengthen and deepen the humanitarian service learning projects in India and Kenya in which he and others have been engaged for the last seven years. These cross-cultural experiences have emphasized the importance of listening and understanding so that relationships can be developed to address the basic needs facing the residents of Abheypur, India and Western Kenya. The humanitarian projects exemplify the University’s mission statement which stresses the importance of engaging our students to contribute to a pluralistic, complex world.

Professor Chittaranjan Sahay (Fall Semester 2014)
Department of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture

Professor Sahay will use his sabbatical to pursue research in the area of Machining of Titanium Alloys, and prepare material for a handbook in manufacturing metrology. During the last year, the University of Hartford has established a Center for Manufacturing and Metrology. The laboratory facilities for the Center consist of a manufacturing metrology lab in D 102 and at the Advanced Manufacturing Center of the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology. A graduate certificate program in manufacturing metrology has been established to meet the needs of the industry. There is however a lack of textbooks in this fast developing area.

Biomedical Engineering Seniors participate in a "Kitchen Battle"

On Friday, December 7th, the biomedical engineering seniors competed in a Kitchen Battle at The Kitchen at Billings Forge.  The event, part Dr. Arico’s Biomedical Engineering Senior Design course offered an off-campus opportunity to hone their team work and communication skills.  Each student team was tasked with making a dish using ingredients in the ‘mystery basket’.  Students then worked with the Kitchen staff to create the dish.  Following the judging/eating period, students reflected on the similarities and differences in team dynamics and communication in the different setting.
Mohammed B.:  “The kitchen battle was an amazing opportunity for us as senior students. We could see the differences in the group work in two different areas, at the senior design class and at the kitchen. At the senior design class, my group is more confident and can deal with things so easily. The reason behind that is that they are used to this kind of work, which makes them feel confident about it. But at the kitchen, they were not as confident as in the design class. They were so shy since almost no one knew how to cook. I think the reason behind that is that they did not get used to this kind of work, they just need more practice in cooking so they achieve better results in this side.” 

Alyssa B: “On Friday, December 7th, our BE460 class gathered at Kitchen at Billings Forge in Hartford to participate in a team building kitchen battle. The class split into our design project teams and we were given a basket of ingredients to cook three dishes out of. Our group discussed possibilities of dishes and decided on three before heading back to the kitchen to start cooking. Once in the kitchen, each member of the group began performing a certain task such as cutting onions or preparing chicken for the grill. In the end, I was surprised by what our group could accomplish by working as a team. Our communication in the kitchen was functional and produced very successful and tasty dishes.  I did notice a difference in communication during the Kitchen Battle compared to our normal group work. Our group seemed more respectful of other members of the team and more functional and productive as a whole. I am not sure why we were more productive in the kitchen compared to doing project related things. Maybe it was because we were given a set timeline by the chefs and everyone was completing their own task. There was no set leader and no one was controlling or criticizing another.” 

Lydia W: “The Kitchen Battle was a really fun experience that was also a great team building activity. You have to be able to truly trust the people in your class if you are going to eat food that they make. I think that it was good for my group, but it was also something that made our class better friends. Before the kitchen battle, I had never spent anytime outside of class with the majority of the people in BE 460, so it was nice to get to know people on more of a personal, rather than professional, level. I know that a lot of people were not enthusiastic about this event, but it seemed like everyone really enjoyed it. I will admit that I was not looking forward to this event, but I had a great time, and I believe that my group will definitely benefit from participating.”

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Sawruk Publishes Article About CETA's Work in Afghanistan

The article, "Reconstructing Afghanistan: An Architecture Curriculum for a 'New Way of Life'" by Associate Professor of Architecture Theodore Sawruk was recently published in the British-based International Journal of Islamic Architecture (Volume 2 Number 2, ISSN 2045-5895).
Female students on the Herat University campus with the Engineering Building in the background.

In 2008, the University of Hartford's College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) was given a $1.33 million grant from the World Bank to help re-establish the School of Engineering at Herat University in western Afghanistan. The grant mission facilitated creating a new Architectural Engineering Technology program to address the growing needs of contemporary Afghanistan.
Over the next three years various individuals worked to forge an innovative curriculum, one that melds the historic traditions of a 2,000-year-old city with the contemporary needs of a Western-style Islamic society.  When the ideally conceived, Western-inspired curriculum was finally taken to Herat University for approval and implementation, a new and harsher reality emerged.
Sawruk's article chronicles the events, individuals, and unique constructs that eventually reshaped the proposed curriculum.  It relays how the current state of the profession, cultural traditions, expanding innovations, and economic realities came to bare on the development of this new program, and how Western preconceptions were revised by Islamic realities.  And finally, how did the melding of these realities supplant the initial utopian agendas of Hartford faculty members in the creation of a more viable, integrated curriculum, one which evolved to support an evolving, unique, and contemporary architectural identity?
Sawruk can be reached via email at

Monday, November 25, 2013

Shertukde to Write Textbook on Digital Control Applications

Hemchandra Shertukde, professor of electrical and computer engineering, CETA, has received another contract from CRC Press, a Taylor and Francis Publishing Co., to write a new solo book entitled Digital Control Applications Illustrated with Matlab, to be completed for submission on May 31, 2014. This is an 800-page text for undergraduate and graduate students.

This is on the heels of completing his earlier book, entitled Distributed Photo Voltaic Grid Transformers, on July 31, 2013, to be published on March 7, 2014 by CRC Press as well. The latter is in completion of the sabbatical award that  Shertukde received for Fall 2012.
Please visit or for more details on books published by Shertukde over the past three years.

During the week of Oct. 19-24, Shertukde presented further work on the User's Guide for DPV Grid Transformers as a part of the Working Group C.57.159 of the IEEE-Transformer Committee as a part of Power Energy Society (PES) in St. Louis, Mo. Shertukde is also the chair of this working group. IEEE-PES is responsible for publishing standards, user's guides, and recommendations to be followed by the electrical industry worldwide, as co-sponsored and published by ANSI.

King Named Finalist for Engineer of the Year in Ireland

Eoin King, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and acoustics, CETA, was named a finalist for the title of Chartered Engineer of the Year in his native Ireland.

Engineers who become licensed professionals in Ireland are called "Chartered Engineers," and a select few from each year’s 450+ new license holders are cited for this distinction.
King was nominated for his development of strategic noise maps for all major roads in Ireland, representing the most exhaustive environmental noise assessment undertaking to date in that country. He has already been awarded the Innovation Voucher from Enterprise Ireland for this accomplishment.
"Noise mapping involves the graphical representation of noise," King says. "In this case it was the average noise level over a complete year of Ireland's road network. We use the noise maps to analyze where the problems are and where people are exposed to the most noise. This allows us to identify noise hotspots. We pass this information on to the local authority which can then develop a noise action plan to deal with the problems.”
Before starting this fall at the University of Hartford, King earned his PhD in 2008 from Trinity College, Ireland, where he studied environmental acoustics. He subsequently taught undergraduate classes at Trinity College Dublin and The Dublin Institute of Technology, and served as coordinator for the Institute of Acoustics’ tutored distance learning Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control. An avid musician and guitarist, King is excited about his move to the United States and starting here in the University of Hartford acoustics program.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Nagurney Publishes in International Transactions in Operational Research

Ladimer S. Nagurney, professor of electrical, computer, and biomedical engineering, CETA, published an article in the International Transactions in Operational Research, titled "Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Networks with Outsourcing Under Price and Quality Competition," (volume 20(6), pp 859-888) along with Anna Nagurney and Dong Li from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
The paper develops a game theory pharmaceutical supply chain network model with outsourcing under price and quality competition in equilibrium and dynamic versions. This model, with proposed algorithm, allows for the determination of the optimal product flows of in-house and outsourcing activities and provides the firm with the optimal make-or-buy and contractor selection decisions.
This paper was also recently presented in an invited session on "Pricing and Revenue Management in the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Industry" at the INFORMS (Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences) Annual Conference, which took place October 6-9, 2013 in Minneapolis, Minn.
Download the presentation.

Gov. Malloy Tours Manufacturing Metrology Lab

The University of Hartford’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) is home to a unique lab that provides students with skills vital to the manufacturing industry. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy visited the Manufacturing Metrology Lab on Friday, Oct. 25, to learn how it can help Connecticut’s economy.
CETA Dean Lou Manzione (right) discusses the benefits of the Manufacturing Metrology Lab with Gov. Dannel Malloy.

Metrology is the technology of automated precision measurement of complex manufactured parts that can be used to assure rigorous specifications are met. Workers trained in metrology are important to the more than 4,000 manufacturers in Connecticut who provide more than 165,000 jobs.

“We try to uncover skill gaps,” CETA Dean Lou Manzione told Malloy as he gave him a tour of the lab. “It’s critical to this state. You’ve made job creation a real cornerstone of your administration and we support you strongly on that.”

Manzione also explained that these precise measurements enable parts to be exchanged worldwide, because there is confidence that the parts meet international companies’ standards.

“This facility is an enabler of global supply chains,” said Manzione. “This enables Connecticut manufacturers to remain competitive in a fiercely competitive global environment.”

Malloy said he was glad to have the opportunity to take the tour.

“It’s a great looking laboratory, the equipment is great, and the level of cooperation between parties is wonderful,” he told Manzione.

The Manufacturing Metrology Lab opened just over a year ago with support from Pratt & Whitney. Firms and organizations such as Nikon, Zygo, Faro Arm, and the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) provided the equipment in the lab.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Join the Society of Women Engineers

Join the Society of Women Engineers (SWE)!

SWE was created for all women in the STEM fields, also known as the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields. It's a great organization where women from all different STEM majors can meet and get to know each other, as well as network with other professional women in their desired fields.

We're planning tons of fun events this semester; we already attended a SWEet Treats and Corn Maze event held by the regional SWE and we'll hopefully be doing an ice cream social and a movie night this semester, as well as networking with other women!

We're holding a meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 15, in UT Hall, Room 306, at 12:15 p.m., so please stop by! There will also be food available!

If you have any questions or interest, please email Kimberly Colavito at

3...2...1...Lift Off! All Space Grant Application Forms Are Go!

The list of available fellowships and grants has been posted for faculty and students on the Connecticut Space Grant Consortium website!
The Consortium's fall 2013 application deadline is October 24 at 2 p.m.

Download a poster with information about the Consortium's call for applications.

Visit our website (, email, or even stop by in person (Dana 203) with any questions!

CETA would like to congratulate the 13-14 CETA Scholarship recipients

CETA would like to congratulate the 13-14 CETA Scholarship recipients who are as follows:

Feng Chen
Virginia Dempske
Joseph Faucher
Stephanie Hebert
William Keller
Chris Mutchler
Matthew Stoutz

Lydia Weitzler

Lane Miller

Andrew Mannino

Karen Zapata

Malissa Carvalho

Eugene Semyanko

A&N Hajek Techonology
Xin Yan K. Zheng

Jeffrey Knecht

Stephen Bruno
Jayson Wilson

Mark Lamothe

Christopher Vincent

Jordan Strybos

Kimberly Colavito

Peter Andrews
Thomas Iannelli
Dominic Santaniello
Matthew Stoutz
Beth D. Weiss

Lyle b. Siegall

Louis Diaz-Delgado

Feng Chen
Giuliana X. Jessop
Ali A. Mourad

Tadeusz Baginski
Braden Daley
Theresa DeFreitas

Dylan Hardy

Erik Quitzau

Ashley Keller

Joseph T. Buonagurio '09
David Arena

Graham M. Platt
Karen Brzostowski

Sharon & Paul Oliva
Feng Chen
Chelsea Perryman

Anita Slusarski
Kevin Dempsey
Conor Knox

Dr. Ernest B. Gardow
Jeffrey Knecht

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Conor Knox
Martin Jones
Inol Santana

Sid Schwartz
Feng Chen

Chester Gehman
Jason Ferrisi
John Hesson

Peter Bowers

Colin Pfund




Lecture on Kabbalah and Architecture

Architect and writer Alexander Gorlin will lecture on the influence of Kabbalah on architecture in the University of Hartford Architecture Lecture Series on Monday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m. in Wilde Auditorium.
Gorlin was recently profiled in the New York Times regarding his new book on the subject.
The lecture is free and open to the public, and visitors should park in visitor lots K or D. The lecture series is made possible through the JCJ Architecture Endowment of the University of Hartford Department of Architecture.
See the complete schedule of lectures for the fall semester.

Ilumoka Conducts Study on Behalf of Conn. General Assembly

Abby Ilumoka, professor of electrical and computer engineering, CETA, and a member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering (CASE), participated in a recently concluded year-long study entitled “CT Disparity Study:  Phase I,” conducted by CASE on behalf of the Connecticut General Assembly.
The study was conducted in accordance with legislation adopted during the 2012 General Assembly session, Public Act 12-1 and Public Act 12-104, authorizing CASE to conduct a disparity study of the state’s Small and Minority Business Enterprise Set-Aside Program.
A briefing was held to present the results of the study to the Connecticut General Assembly on Sept. 18, 2013 at the Legislative Office Building at the State Capitol in Hartford.
An electronic version of the report is available on the Academy’s website at the following link: Connecticut Disparity Study: Phase I, or at

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Eppes, Milanovic and Malik Present Paper at Conference in Austria

Tom Eppes, professor of electrical and computer engineering; Ivana Milanovic, professor of mechanical engineering; and Shiraz Malik, graduate student in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), presented a paper at the June 2013 Multidisciplinary Conference sponsored by the International Journal of Arts & Sciences in Bad Hofgastein, Austria.
The conference brings together international academics to present research in the fields of social sciences, humanities, education and technology.
The paper, "Vibrational Response of a Gong," presents the results of a three-dimensional finite element analysis of the eigenmodes of an Indonesian gong suspended in air. A model was developed using COMSOL Multiphysics 4.3a to identify discrete vibrational modes, known as eigenfrequencies, which constitute the set of amplitude response patterns produced when the gong is abruptly struck by an external force. These frequencies are driven by the physical geometry and material composition of the gong and suspension system. Contour plots of the complex surface deformations as a function of time are examined along with acoustic wave propagation into the surrounding air.
 Eigenmode at 664 Hz

Nagurney Presents to High School Students at Olin College

Ladimer S. Nagurney, professor of electrical, computer, and biomedical engineering, CETA, visited the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Mass., on June 29 to make a presentation, titled "What is Supply Chain Management?," to 200 high school students who were visiting Olin as part of the LeadAmerica Program in Engineering and Technology.
Nagurney is pictured during his presentation to high school students at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.
Nagurney is pictured during his presentation to high school students at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering.
Nagurney returned to Olin College on July 9 to present to the second session of the program.
See Nagurney's presentation

Milanovic at ASME 2013 Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting

Ivana Milanovic, professor of mechanical engineering, CETA, participated in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fluids Engineering Division Summer Conference (FEDSM 2013) in July in Nevada.
The FEDSM Conference brought together international researchers and engineers focusing on fluid flow in a variety of applications. The objectives of the meeting were to provide a forum for the presentation of state-of-the-art research and opportunities for technical interactions among participants.
Milanovic co-organized the 13th Symposium on Fundamental Issues and Perspectives in Fluid Mechanics and the 6th Symposium on the Transport Phenomena in Mixing. Milanovic also chaired a session on Transitional and Turbulent Flows. This marks the 10th year of her activities on the Fluid Mechanics Technical Committee co-organizing symposia, forums and poster sessions.

Andre Stiles: "Study Abroad is One of the Best Decisions I Ever Made”

Recent UHA grad Andre Stiles ('13) reflects upon his semester abroad in Florence, Italy and how the experiences and skills gained from study abroad have opened a door of new opportunities. Read on to learn more about Andre in our alumni series: "Where are they now?"
Name: Andre Stiles
Major: Architectural Engineering Technology
Minor: Business Management
Graduation year: 2013
Study abroad location & term: Florence, Italy. Spring Semester 2012
Your next step after graduation: Graduate School at Columbia University studying Preservation Design in the school of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.
Please tell us a little about your previous international experience.
Before studying abroad, my only experience outside of the USA was a trip I did in high school with an exchange program in Germany. I was there for 3 weeks and stayed with a family living in Ulm, Bavaria. I had to go to school, do chores, and live as an everyday German teenager. I was also able to travel around Germany and see the amazing history and landscapes that seemed so different than anything I had encountered in America. I was happy to have had this experience abroad because it taught me at a young age the importance of learning about culture, and that there is so much more that this world has to offer.
The benefits from studying abroad are difficult to write down in ink because they are different for everyone. Obviously, there are the benefits like becoming an expert traveler, becoming more aware of your surroundings, and getting a better grasp on world language.  But I’m talking about the ones that effect your everyday life in ways that may not be so self-evident. For example, you subconsciously learn how to adapt quickly to new conditions, whether that be trying new foods, meeting new people, or moving to a new city.  You learn how to manage your money in a way that makes you extremely mature for your age. (Seriously, a weekend trip to any big city for under $100 including food, lodging, and sightseeing is completely doable). Your time management skills become ridiculous, and what some might see as OCD, you see as an adventure. (Trust me, you tell your friends back home you did a 1 ½ day trip to London, saw every major attraction from Portobello market to the London Eye, saw two Broadway shows, mastered the tube, had time for high tea at Harrods, didn’t miss your flight there or back, and still made it home for your Ancient Roman History exam and see if they believe you).

The little things that used to bother you become irrelevant, because now you see every day as an epic journey and there is no time to waste dwelling on the negatives. You will become obsessed with some food item which, in turn, will change your entire diet back home. (For me all I wanted when I first got to Italy was barbecue sauce and all I want now is pesto.... pesto on literally everything.) But most importantly, you can see a world that you never thought possible. You can look at anything and understand why it is important and beautiful. You see history and art in the most unlikely of places and every second becomes a part of your legacy. You are humbled by knowledge as the world around you becomes so much smaller. Every experience, every relationship, and every single day is a gift that should not be left unopened.

Tell us a little about the next chapter of your life after UHA:
In the fall I’ll be attending my dream school, Columbia University in New York City! There I will be getting my Masters in Preservation Design and I cannot be more excited. It’s amazing to look back and see how basically all the factors that helped me get into Columbia were skills related to studying abroad-- skills I had to use to get abroad, be abroad, and reflect on my abroad experience. The program I signed up with for studying abroad was not handed to me on a silver platter. It took hours of work, tediously making sure all of my classes fit. Sure, there were some easier options, but the most important things in life are the ones worth fighting for! This drive helped me through the most tedious process you will ever go through in your entire life which is applying to graduate programs…. it’s literally a full-time job.
Studying abroad for anyone is an amazing learning experience, but I do have a bias for people in the architectural fields as we get something extra out of the whole package.  It is one thing to learn about the history of architecture in a book, but a completely different benefit when you experience it in person. You gain a whole new appreciation for structure and design that can be jaded by a sedentary learning environment. You get new opinions, new ideas, and see completely different approaches to design issues. Respect is now a staple in your vocabulary and is used in so many aspects of world architecture. Respect for the environment, culture, history, present, and future of the sites and buildings you are designing. You can see better the way in which a space will be inhabited and how using a certain, let’s say, material can make or break a project. See, in our American institutions we can sometimes get selfish, greedy, and lazy in our designs. It is easy to lose sight of what makes architecture such an amazing profession in the first place. In our corporate America we see $$ dollar signs but there is so much more to the human experience than money. As I said, every day is a gift, and the buildings we live in should help us to respect that. This is one of many concepts that is hard to see past if you don’t study abroad and get a different perspective. Overall, I was able to become a better designer and this was another step in the right direction toward graduate school.

Lastly, when I returned from studying abroad I didn’t just simply say “Oh cool! I’m back in America, let’s go to Wendy’s and order a supersized baconator”…. (even though I did). I put my new skills to the test and started using every day to the fullest. I took history and historic preservation courses, I blogged and reflected on my experience (, and then I traveled some more around America to get an even wider variety of opinions on what architecture means to different people. When I was able to present my lecture on the architecture of Italy in the fall of 2012, I saw a side of myself that I had never seen before. I no longer had stage fright, I was truly psyched about explaining everything I had experienced, and, most of all, I was eager to get more people excited and involved in studying abroad. I wanted everyone to see what I had seen, and for them to get a worldly perspective on what it is to be an architect.  This newfound confidence was the final push for me to get into my dream school for graduate studies, and the same can happen for anyone if you set your mind and your heart to it.

What would you want to say to UHA students who are thinking about going abroad?
Studying abroad is one of the best decisions I have ever made in my entire life, and I know that sounds cheesy and something you expect to hear, but it has truly changed my life for the better. For my career, it has opened up numerous doors and was a huge factor in my acceptance at Columbia University. Then, for my everyday life, I am instantly more cultured than a good majority of the people in America who have no clue what is going on in the world around them. It may seem scary at first and that is why so many people don’t go. They are comfortable here in their little bubble, but once you step off that plane in the destination of your choosing, you won’t believe what the world has in store for you! So suck it up, think of the place you have always dreamed of going, make sure all your classes work, pack your bags, and embark on one of the most amazing journeys you will ever have in your lifetime.
Also if you ask anyone who graduated from college what their biggest regret was, a good majority will say never studying abroad; if you ask a student who studied abroad what their biggest regret was, they’ll say not studying abroad longer. If that doesn’t put it into perspective, I don’t know what will.
Any other thoughts or advice?
Wherever you go, go with all of your heart, and you will not be disappointed!

Bon Voyage!!

-Andre Stiles

Interested in spending a semester off-campus?  Contact Susan Carey in the Study Abroad Office:

Or visit our official website:

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Milanovic Presents Paper at ASEE-NE Conference

Ivana Milanovic, professor of mechanical engineering, CETA; Khaled J. Hammad, assistant professor of engineering at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU); and Nidal Al-Masoud, associate professor of engineering at CCSU, presented a research paper at the American Society of Engineering Education – North East Section (ASEE-NE) Conference, which took place in Northfield, Vt., in March.
The paper, "Characteristics of a Confined Annular Jet Flow Field," reported wall shear stress and centerline velocity distributions to demonstrate the influence of the governing parameters on the recirculation and redevelopment features of the flow field
Flow regions of a confined annular jet

Velocity field

Fang and Xue Publish Research Article on Leading Vehicle Characteristics

Clara Fang, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, CETA, and Fei Xue, associate professor of mathematics, A&S, recently collaborated on a research project studying leading vehicle characteristics on urban streets and highways. The research work is published in a peer-reviewed journal: the International Journal of Modern Engineering.
Using a capability-enhanced microscopic traffic simulation model developed by the authors, lead vehicle behavior data were extracted and examined at a second-by-second level. A study area in the City of Hartford, Conn., was selected including a segment of Interstate 91 with both on and off ramps, and a section of urban street with eight signalized intersections, one stop sign and one yield control. They analyzed how lead vehicle speed and acceleration varies along basic uniform roadway segments, with grade, with horizontal curvature and also approaching signalized controls. The lead vehicle typology developed in this research will contribute to the current microscopic car-following theories and vehicle emission models to improve the accuracy of such models.

Sahay Elected a Member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering

Chittaranjan Sahay, the Vernon D. Roosa Professor of Manufacturing Engineering, CETA, has been elected to membership in the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering.
Sahay is one of 33 newly elected members of the academy. The new members, who are some of Connecticut's leading experts in science, engineering and technology, will be introduced at the academy’s 38th Annual Meeting and Dinner on May 22 at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.
See the complete list of newly elected members.

Election to the Academy is on the basis of scientific and engineering distinction achieved through significant contributions in theory or applications, as demonstrated by original published books and papers, patents, the pioneering of new and developing fields and innovative products, outstanding leadership of nationally recognized technical teams, and external professional awards in recognition of scientific and engineering excellence.
The Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering was chartered by the Connecticut General Assembly in 1976 to provide expert guidance on science and technology to the people and to the state of Connecticut, and to promote the application of science and technology to human welfare and economic well-being. For more information about the Academy, please see

Milanovic is Visiting Scientist at United Technologies Research Center

This spring and summer, Ivana Milanovic, professor of mechanical engineering, CETA, is a visiting scientist hosted by the Thermal and Fluid Sciences Department at United Technologies Research Center (UTRC).
During her assignment, Milanovic is working on the aerodynamic optimization of compressor flow path geometries and on validation of CFD models of coupled inlet/fan configurations. The work is expected to provide ideas for graduate-level projects for students interested in computational simulation studies.
UTRC, located in East Hartford, delivers advanced technologies to the businesses of United Technologies Corporation to improve the performance, energy efficiency and cost of UTC products and processes. UTC is a diversified company that provides a broad range of high-technology products and services to the global aerospace and building systems industries, including Otis elevators and escalators, Pratt & Whitney aircraft engines, Sikorsky aircraft systems, UTC Aerospace Systems aerospace products, and UTC Climate, Controls & Security heating, ventilation, air conditioning, fire and security systems, building automation and controls.

Outstanding Faculty to Receive Awards at Commencement

David Pines, associate professor of civil, environmental, and biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), is the recipient of the Donald W. Davis All-University Curriculum Award.

The All-University Curriculum (AUC) is an innovative program of cross-disciplinary courses that allow students to explore the depth and breadth of a liberal arts education. The Donald W. Davis Award honors a faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to the AUC and to interdisciplinary education.

Pines embodies the concept of interdisciplinary learning and what it is capable of achieving. Over the past six years, he has brought together students, faculty, and professionals from such fields as engineering, graphic design, business, and sociology to tackle real-life projects in developing countries around the world. The interdisciplinary courses that Pines has created have provided transformational experiences for students—and for residents of the communities where the projects have taken place.

Working under the umbrella of Engineers Without Borders, the interdisciplinary teams have created water supply systems for a village in rural India, helped to develop and promote a sustainable form of agriculture in western Kenya, and helped to relocate and restore historic sugar mills on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent.

Stellar Students to be Honored at Commencement

Three exceptional members of the Class of 2013 will receive the top student awards during the undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19.
Miles Aaron

Peter Bowers

Dana Eckstein

Dana Eckstein,  who has been pursuing a double major in cinema and English in the College of Arts and Sciences, will receive the Belle K. Ribicoff Prize, which is awarded for academic excellence.

Evidence of Eckstein’s incredible energy lies in the long list of activities, awards, papers, and projects submitted with her nomination for the Ribicoff Prize. Eckstein has been on the Dean’s List and the President’s List every semester of her undergraduate career. Inducted her first year into Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, she eventually served as treasurer and president of the Psi Phi chapter. A presenter at the Undergraduate Colloquium all four years, a two-year Humanities Center fellow, and a Junior Regents’ Honor Award recipient, Eckstein was named editor of the English department’s Aerie literary journal her senior year.

Eckstein served in several roles, including general manager, of the student-run STN Channel 2 News. Her original stop-motion animation film appeared in the University’s 2012 Goldfarb Exhibition at the Hartford Art School, and she received the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Regional 10-Minute Play Award.

"My father used to tell me, 'You can’t dance at two weddings with one tuchus,'" says Eckstein. "It’s been my life goal to dance at all the weddings." Eckstein will be preparing her writing portfolio for application to a Master of Fine Arts program.

Miles Aron, who will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the Acoustical Engineering and Music program, is the winner of the John G. Martin Scholarship. The Martin Scholarship provides an extraordinary opportunity to study for two years at the University of Oxford’s Hertford College in England. Aron will start his master’s in biomedical engineering in the fall at Oxford, researching drug delivery through the blood-brain barrier in the treatment of cancer and other brain diseases.
Jazz guitar lessons with Rich Goldstein, artist teacher at The Hartt School, convinced Aron to enter the rigorous Acoustical Engineering and Music program. In the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), Aron has impressed his professors. “Miles is one of our top honors students and has consistently performed well in all of his classes, even as he averaged almost 19 credits each semester,” wrote Robert Celmer, professor of mechanical engineering, in nominating Aron for the Martin Scholarship.

While at the University of Hartford, Aron has had challenging internships, including working for the U.S. Department of Energy at the SLAC National Linear Accelerator; PVI Systems; and NASA Ames Research Center through the Connecticut Space Grant Consortium. Aron also has presented and submitted research on nonlinear partial differential equations completed with Aslihan Demirkay, assistant professor of mathematics, and Robert Decker, associate professor of mathematics.

The John G. Lee Medal will go to Peter Bowers, who majored in mechanical engineering with a concentration in acoustics and minored in electrical engineering and mathematics.  The John G. Lee Medal is awarded annually to a graduating senior from Greater Hartford who has excelled academically while demonstrating a deep commitment to community.

Although Bowers’s dream of becoming an acoustical consultant brought him to the University of Hartford, his dream has changed somewhat since he arrived. “From my course work in acoustics, I learned about hearing loss and current treatments. There are limitations to these treatments that need to be addressed.”

With a part-time job, interning at Westinghouse Electric Company, and volunteering in the community, Bowers will graduate with a 3.99 GPA.  Bowers also has collected regents’ honors and numerous scholarships. His volunteer contributions include serving meals to low-income individuals in Hartford through the Hands on Hartford program, participating in the Whole Plant Foundation established by Whole Foods Market to aid the self-employed poor, and volunteering with Don’t Go Deaf to raise awareness about hearing loss.

In the fall, Bowers will enter Harvard University’s Harvard/MIT Program in Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology. Ultimately he hopes to advance technology involving hearing aids and cochlear implants.