Thursday, December 15, 2016

Welcoming a new President: University of Hartford

Please join us in welcoming Hartford's next President: Gregory Woodward. 

The festivities to announce Gregory Woodward as President - Designate and introduce him to campus were exciting and energizing! 

See Unotes to learn more about the celebration:

Unotes: 12/15/16

Monday, December 12, 2016

CETA Design Expo – Fall 2016 - 12/9/16: A Great Success

On Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 – The College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) celebrated the accomplishments of the freshmen ES 143 / ECT 110 – final projects and senior project-based courses students with CETA Design Expo: Fall 2016 – event and poster competitions.  The all-day event was held once again in the Sports Center, Intramural Gym and was a day of exhibition and celebration. 

The ES 143Engineering and Design classes focus on the fundamentals of engineering, the engineering profession and engineering design with emphasis on guided design and problem-solving methodologies. Students undertake practice-oriented group design projects. The Design Challenge for these classes focused on proposing, building and demonstrating a final Boe-Bot project that shows new knowledge and skills pertaining to the Boe-Bot.  New knowledge and skills may be in the form of implementation of a new sensor, novel application of an existing sensor and/or advanced programming techniques beyond the code given in the manual.

The Awards of Excellence for ES 143 – freshmen poster competition were awarded as follows:

Freshmen: ES 143 –

Group: E5: Alex Minolfo, Connor Griffin, Hamad Al Munyif, Steven Malley

Rube Goldberg Machine

Group E20: Michael Bogedal, Ryan Cyr, Griffin Reilly, Ariel Richards

BLT Sandwich

Group E30: Emmanuel Burgess, Nathaniel Cromie, Carlos Godinez


Group E37: Saleh Al Humood, Jenna Bridges, Sean Dupuis, Javier Melecio

Boe-Bot Trick Shot

The ECT 110Practical Projects classes focus on introduction to the fundamentals of electronics & computer engineering technology with emphasis on skills that are needed for the major. Students undertake practice-oriented group lessons in topics such as soldering, printed circuit board and electronic/computers troubleshooting skills. Students are guided to apply the skills they gained from the above lessons to build electronic gadgets, and to use robotic kits to perform specific tasks through team projects. Statistical analysis is covered in this course as well. Students work on several projects including a final project in a team setting. For the Design Challenge for these classes each team must choose an electronics kit that they must construct, troubleshoot, and demonstrate as a working final product. Teams were asked to consider several factors in choosing the kit, including components in the kit, tasks involved in construction, ability to customize, and evaluation of its performance.
The Awards of Excellence for ECT 110 – freshmen poster competition were awarded as follows:

Freshmen: ECT 110 –

Group T56: Mernyn Dominguez, Demetrius Lopez, Tariq Sebadduka


Group T59: Patrice Cyril, Kaelaan Maynor


The Senior Project-Based Courses - Students work on projects in their field of study with faculty mentors or external project sponsors to design, fabricate, and/or test a device, process, or system.  This is a major design experience based on the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier course work, and incorporating industry appropriate standards and realistic constraints.  Students participating this fall are enrolled in:

· CE 420: Water Quality Engineering I

· ECE 483: ECE Capstone Design II

· ES 493: Engineering Research

· ME 473: Capstone Design Project II

The Awards of Excellence for senior Project-Based Courses – senior poster competition were awarded as follows:

Seniors: Project-Based Courses -

Group S7: Denis Mersim, John Dion, Reid Holland, Wasim Bakour

Technical Advisor: Prof. Todd Brown – CE 420

Biological Phosphorous Removal Mechanisms

Group S10: Abdulrahman Almesfer

Technical Advisor: Dr. Hassan Salehi – ECE 483

Duo Solar Power Bank

Thank you to all who participated, coordinated, judged and attended.  The CETA Design Expo is an event held each semester and we look forward to the next event in the spring of 2017. 

Congratulations again to all the award recipients!  


Monday, November 28, 2016

CETA Design Expo - Fall 2016: Coming Soon!

The College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) students are doing amazing things in and out of the classroom and studios and now will have the opportunity to show off their talents to the greater community.

This fall's CETA Design Expo will be held on: Friday, Dec. 9, 2016 - 9 - 12pm in the Sports Center: Intramural Gym and will showcase student projects and achievements in Engineering, Technology, and Architecture.

Below is a glimpse from last spring's CETA Design Expo ... please do not miss out!

Join us and see all the happenings and accomplishments of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture.  Any questions, please contact: 

We hope to see you there!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Students Earn Top Prizes at Connecticut Skills Competition.

Students’ Water Purification Designs Earn Top Prizes at Connecticut Skills Competition

Brenda Salazar Bautista '17, Adam Haggett '18, and Rosemarie Day '17 won first place.

Paul Mangelsdorf '18, Jared Deleon '18, and Brady Hoddinott '18 came in second.

Six students from the University of Hartford’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) proved themselves to be among the next generation of engineering innovators after capturing first and second place at the Connecticut Skills Challenge on Nov. 10 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. They, along with students from 11 other colleges, had three hours to come up with a way to improve access to clean water across the world. They then presented their solutions to a judging panel made up of industry leaders.

Computer engineering students Rosemarie Day ’17 and Adam Haggett ’18 and electrical engineering student Brenda Salazar Bautista ’17 took home the top prize of $5,000 for their water filtration system. The team worked on solving the problem of contaminated water which kills as many as two million people every year in Latin America.

“Our filtration system uses local products to purify the water and can be implemented in any container (therefore) allowing for families to store clean water at a cost of about $30-40 for one year of use,” Adam explains.

The three CETA students, who happen to be best friends, attribute their win to team dynamics and planning. “We were all on the same page. We dedicated a brief time to decide on an idea, time to research and develop it, and an hour in the end for designing and preparing our presentation,” Rosemarie says.

Second place winners Jared Deleon’18 and Brady Hoddinott ’18, who are mechanical engineering majors, and Paul Mangelsdorf ’18, an acoustical engineering major, designed a low-cost, low-maintenance solar water distiller. It uses sunlight to evaporate water, allowing it to condense and drain into a holding tank that is designed to fit into the bed of a pickup truck for easy transport into underdeveloped areas. The team will split the $2,500 prize.

“We are so proud of our teams for excelling in this statewide competition,” says Lou Manzione, dean of CETA and director of Research Collaboration and Economic Development. “Our teams excelled in both engineering and communications skills. These are real metrics for success in our profession.”

Following the competition, the CTC hosted a job and internship fair for all participating students.

Unotes – 11/21/16

Thursday, November 10, 2016

CETA Student Ambassadors Program - Fall 2016

CETA Student Ambassadors Program – Changing and trending with the times:

The CETA Student Ambassadors Program is evolving this fall 2016 and the 19 CETA Ambassadors are ready for the year! The program was initially conceived and developed in the fall of 2013 by Dr. Hisham Alnajjar (Associate Dean), Dr. Ying Yu (ECE Dept Co-Chair) & Kelly Cofiell (Turner) (Enrollment Manager) through a grant from the Women’s Advancement Initiative (then Women’s Education and Leadership Fund). This program was founded as a female only organization has gone co-ed this fall. The program has been funded by CETA since fall 2015.

As women have historically been under-represented in the engineering and technology disciplines/programs across the nation, including the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), the first two-year pilot program was focused on recruiting women student members only. The long term plan for the CETA Student Ambassadors Program was to include a balanced number of both female and male students and that process has begun this fall.
The pilot program expanded from 8 members to 16 in the fall of 2014 due to the effort of a new and energetic leader. Ms. Julie Spring, the CETA Director of Collegiate Student Services, joined the program and she is behind making the program a success within CETA. She hopes to spread the successful program model throughout the university.

The program membership is CETA students from all undergraduate majors and they serve as representatives of CETA. They participate in recruitment events such as Preview Days (open houses), prospective students’ luncheons and receptions interacting with prospective students and families and sharing their knowledge of all the different CETA programs, their unique CETA and University of Hartford experiences. CETA Ambassadors frequently assist with CETA Dean’s events, conduct one-on–one tours, participate in the first-year student mentoring program, and most importantly aim to build a welcoming community within CETA. At the same time, the Ambassadors are given opportunities to enhance their communication skills and leadership skills during their tenure as CETA Student Ambassadors.

In addition to welcoming male student ambassadors this fall, CETA Student Ambassadors Leadership Team will also begin to develop outreach to local high-schools in the hopes of bringing STEM to a few area high schools in CT and looking to share their stories of how they discovered STEM and all it has to offer. This year will also serve as a developmental year as the CETA Student Ambassadors and Leadership Team hope to continue to evolve and grow with the ever changing needs of educational environments, prospective students and their families and industry.

CETA and the current program advisors, Ms. Julie Spring, Dr. Hisham Alnajjar, and Dr. Ying Yu are thrilled to see the student ambassador movement spreading throughout the University of Hartford community and look forward to continued growth and success of all student leaders.

CETA Student Ambassadors Program
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UNOTES - 11/3/16

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

CETA Students Present Their Research at IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference

Willem Schauer, Dr. Hassan Salehi, Rosemarie Day, and Tim Nguyen at MIT

Three undergraduates of the University of Hartford's College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) presented their research to professionals at the 2016 IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference (URTC), held 4-6 November in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Tim Nguyen and Willem Schauer presented aspects of their research titled "Design and Evaluation of High Order Polyphase Induction Motor for Power Density Improvement," and Rosemarie Day presented aspects of her research titled "Design and Implementation of an Interior Automated Environmental Analyzer with App." These three students are currently working under the supervision of Dr. Hassan S. Salehi, visiting assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in CETA.

The IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference (URTC) brings together undergraduates around the world to present, discuss, and develop solutions to advance technology for humanity. As an IEEE official conference, undergraduates may publish papers of their school projects, research, innovations, or case studies. Participants attend a rich program with keynote speeches and technical flash talks featuring renowned speakers, a student design competition, and networking events. The conference is hosted on the MIT campus.
Rosemarie Day's Poster
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Unotes: 11/8/16

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Architecture Department Celebrates 25 Years

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

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

UNOTES: 10/25/16

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

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

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

Those in attendance from the University of Hartford were:

Hajar AlTamimi, Respiratory Care

Kathryn Clifford, Health Science

Nicholas D'Annolfo, Electromechanical Engineering

Jada Grace, Health Science/Physical Therapy

Amy Kratzer, Health Science

Colleen Muñoz, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

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

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

UNOTES: 10/25/16

Thursday, October 20, 2016

CETA Students Take Part in the 2016 IEEE Broadcast Symposium




CETA BSEE Stduents at the IEEE Broadcast Symposium

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

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Architecture Students Gain Insights from Shawmut Construction

Architecture Students Gain Insights

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

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

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

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

 UNOTES - 10/11/16

Sunday, October 2, 2016

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

University Ranks High On List of Colleges!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UNOTES - 9/30/16

Monday, September 19, 2016

Engineering Alumnus - UHart Library Renovation Ignites Students' Interest in the Construction Industry

Engineering Alumnus Involved in UHart Library Renovation Ignites Students' Interest in the Construction Industry

Electrical engineering student Merlene Buchanan '19 gets career advice from Jim Alibrandi '84.

“Be excited, and stay excited.”
That’s one piece of advice Jim Alibrandi ’84 shared with engineering and architectural students during a visit to campus this month. Alibrandi, who is president of Interstate Electrical Services, a Massachusetts company founded by his father, shed some light on how to create a successful career path in the field of construction.
Alibrandi’s company is designing and constructing electrical systems for the expansion of the University’s Mortensen Library, which is underway. The highly anticipated completion is expected by May 2017. (Read more about the library renovation project.) His excitement and passion for doing a project at his alma mater was evident as he emphasized to today’s students how they can apply their UHart education to “create, design, and build in the industry.”
“There is a growing demand for and shortage of a younger workforce within the construction industry, which is translating into exciting career opportunities for students majoring in engineering and architecture,” Alibrandi explained. “Positions in project management, project engineering, designing, building information modeling (BIM) detailing, and all aspects of build and design, can offer students the satisfaction of taking a design all the way from drawing table to completion.”
Marquis Williams ‘17, who is from Brooklyn, N.Y., and who plans to graduate with both a BS in Architecture and a BS in Civil Engineering agrees. Marquis interned at Shelton, Conn.-based Turner Construction over the summer, and found it to be a “lucrative and worthwhile learning opportunity.” Marquis said, “I have seen many drawings and plans in class, but I had not seen cement poured before.” After talking one-on-one with Alibrandi, he now realizes his internship experience has given him an edge.
For Denise Prussen ’19, a civil engineering major from Long Island, N.Y., the opportunity to speak with an engineer in the construction field was insightful and motivating. “Mr. Alibrandi’s success as an electrical engineer and his passion for construction has made me even more excited about my initial plans to work in construction project management.”
Both Denise and electrical engineering major Merlene Buchanan ’19, were glad to learn their early exposure in the classroom to engineering-specific software technology like AutoCAD and 3D modeling will pay off in future internship opportunities. Alibrandi says that technology has helped change the way the construction profession operates.

 UNOTES - 9/16/16

Friday, August 26, 2016

Awards Recognize Faculty and Staff Achievement

Twelve faculty and staff members were recognized for their exceptional contributions during this year’s, 2016-17, Faculty/Staff Kickoff.

The College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture is proud to announce and congratulate two of the winners as CETA faculty:

Awards for Innovations in Teaching and Learning:

Seth Holmes - Assistant Professor of Architecture in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture:

Last fall, graduate students in Holmes's "Advanced Building Systems" course built six different huts to analyze the effectiveness of architectural design methods in relation to indoor environment comfort and energy use. You may have seen the huts located near Lincoln Theater and the picnic grove on the residential side of campus. This active learning technique promotes students’ ability to evaluate and apply knowledge to real-world architectural design proposals.


(L-R) Interim Provost H. Frederick Sweitzer, Associate Professor Nels Highberg, Professor Katherine Stevinson-Nollet, Professor Robert Carl, Assistant Professor Seth Holmes, University President Walter Harrison

The Women’s Advancement Initiative Faculty Fellowship Program:

Ivana Milanovic - Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture

Milanovic is an inspiring teacher, tireless professional, and excellent researcher, who always focuses on her students and the community. She is an expert in developing high-impact practices in teaching and a champion in using multimedia and enriched content.


(L-R) Interim Provost H. Frederick Sweitzer, Professor Ivana Milanovic, Amy Jaffe Barzach, University President Walter Harrison
Unotes - 8/26/16

Monday, August 15, 2016

Angel Muñoz - '17 - Part of the Technical Team Bringing the Olympics to Viewers.

Angel Muñoz '17 is Part of the Technical Team Bringing the Olympics to Viewers.

Angel Muñoz '17 is in Rio, interning with NBC during the Olympics.

Angel works in NBC's "Primetime Studio," changing audio levels for Bob Costas and guests' ear monitors.

Qualifying to join NBC’s staff at the Olympics may not be as difficult as the work to win a medal, but the competition is tough. Just ask Angel Muñoz ’17, who was one of thousands of young people who applied for a coveted intern position on the network’s production team at the Games. As it turns out, he was the only engineering student selected to help broadcast the Games to millions of viewers around the world.

“I came to Rio expecting to be in a pool of “runner” interns with general duties,” says Angel, an audio engineering technology major in the University’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA). “Now I’m actually involved in broadcasting the Olympic Games, one of the most massive media productions in the world. I’m interning directly with the A1 engineer, who mixes all the sound for the show, and the A2 engineer, who sets up technical equipment for the sound. I couldn’t believe I was actually putting a microphone on Bob Costas during rehearsal.”

Angel’s dream of interning at the Olympics started during his first year at UHart, when he learned that Joe Dziok, a music production and technology major in The Hartt School, interned at the 2014 winter games in Soche, Russia. (Read more about Joe Dziok, and his experience at the Olympics.) Angel’s advisor, Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering David Shuman, supported him in his quest to intern in Rio.

“Angel has a worldliness about him that, when combined with how studious he is and how hard he works, is a great mix for broadcast,” says Shuman. Additionally, Shuman points out that the University’s audio technology program is more technical than most in the country. “Our students tend to advance very quickly once people understand their technical capabilities.”

Angel, who arrived in Rio on July 17 and expects to be there until August 24, isn’t complaining about his 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily shifts. He says NBC is, “taking great care of its interns with sightseeing trips and hosting dinners with athletes and network employees.” Any other time he has, he’s using to make connections. “Broadcasting is a great world to work in, so I hope to keep networking while I’m here. It’s a long road and a lot of hard work, but I’m up for it.”

Something else he’s up for? “Catching some beach volleyball and gymnastics action before my work day begins.”

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

CETA’s Sussmann has Presentations on Three Continents this Summer.

CETA's Professor Sussmann Presents -

Ted Sussmann, assistant professor in CETA’s Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering Department, was involved in presentations in Italy, China, and at the University of Illinois this summer. In Milan, Italy, Dr. Sussmann attended the World Congress on Railway Research and was coauthor of the paper “Long Term Performance of Slab Track Designed for Shared Passenger and Freight Operations and Tested Under Heavy Freight Trains”, which summarizes the results from a recently completed long term test Dr. Sussmann worked to initiate in his early research for the Volpe Center in Cambridge, MA. In China, Dr. Sussmann was invited to speak at the First International Summit on Railroad Engineering and Transportation Geotechnics at Central South University in Changsha. Finally, Dr. Sussmann presented “Track Substructure Influences on Track Support Conditions” at the 2016 International Crosstie and Fastening Symposium at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Ted Sussman giving Presentation in Changsha China
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Nagurney Presents at EURO 2016

Nagurney Presents at EURO 2016 - Poznan, Poland

Ladimer S. Nagurney, professor of electrical, computer, and biomedical engineering in CETA,  presented Physical Proof of the Occurrence of the Braess Paradox in Electrical Circuits at the 28th European Conference on Operational Research held July 3-6. 2016 in Poznan, Poland.
The work described the first measurements to show the existence of the Braess Paradox in a macroscopic electrical circuit. The measurements were made as part of his activities during his AY 15-16 sabbatical at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

The presentation was co-authored with Professor Anna Nagurney of the Isenberg School of Management at University of Massachusetts and may be viewed here.

Milanovic and Eppes Publish Paper

Milanovic and Eppes Publish Paper at the ASME Fluids Engineering Division Summer Conference

Posted 07/12/2016
Category: Accolades
Ivana Milanovic, professor of mechanical engineering, CETA, and Tom Eppes, professor of electrical engineering, CETA, published a paper at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Fluids Engineering Division Summer Meeting (FEDSM) in Washington, DC. The Fluids Engineering Division (FED) sponsored this meeting jointly with ASME Heat Transfer Division and the International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels (ICNMM).  This year marks FED 90th anniversary.

The paper, ‘Application Building in Undergraduate Courses with a Simulation Component,’ is a case study in thermo-fluids course design. The objectives were to better illustrate thermo-fluids concepts, embed simulations and research, and facilitate application building in the context of the undergraduate three credit lecture course. The approach combines project- and inquiry-based learning and emphasizes the importance of outside-of-class learning. The authors gratefully acknowledge support provided by University of Hartford Educational Technology and Strategic Plan Goal 1 grants.
Milanovic also co-organized the 17th Symposium on Fundamental Issues and Perspectives in Fluid Mechanics, and 9th Symposium on Transport Phenomena in Mixing. Milanovic additionally co-chaired sessions on Cavity, Jet, and Pipe Flows and Transport Phenomena in Mixing I: Jets. This marked the 13th year of her activities on the Fluid Mechanics Technical Committee co-organizing symposia, forums and poster sessions.

Salehi Publishes Paper

Salehi Publishes Paper Based on NIH-Funded Research Project in "Journal of Biomedical Optics"

Dr. Hassan S. Salehi, visiting assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, published an article based on the NIH-funded research in the SPIE Journal of Biomedical Optics, Volume 21, Issue 4, 046006, 2016. The paper, “Coregistered photoacoustic and ultrasound imaging and classification of ovarian cancer: ex vivo and in vivo studies,” was written by lead author Dr. Salehi along with his collaborators at the University of Connecticut, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the University of Connecticut Health Center (UConn Health).

The paper reports on a study testing capabilities of a novel co-registered photoacoustic and ultrasound imaging system and classification algorithms using machine learning techniques for ovarian cancer diagnosis. Most ovarian cancers are diagnosed at advanced stages due to the lack of efficacious screening techniques. As a result, there is an urgent need to improve the current clinical practice by advancing the conventional imaging systems and detecting early malignancies in the ovary. Photoacoustic tomography (PAT) is an emerging imaging modality with great potential to assist transvaginal ultrasound for ovarian cancer screening. Therefore, the authors have developed their co-registered photoacoustic tomography (PAT) and ultrasound (US) prototype system for real-time assessment of ovarian masses. Features extracted from PAT and US angular beams, envelopes, and images were input to a logistic classifier and a support vector machine (SVM) classifier to diagnose ovaries as benign or malignant. A total of 25 excised ovaries of 15 patients were studied and the logistic and SVM classifiers achieved sensitivities of 70.4 and 87.7%, and specificities of 95.6 and 97.9%, respectively. Furthermore, the ovaries of two patients were non-invasively imaged using the PAT/US system before surgical excision. By using five significant features and the logistic classifier, 12 out of 14 images (86% sensitivity) from a malignant ovarian mass and all 17 images (100% specificity) from a benign mass were accurately classified; the SVM correctly classified 10 out of 14 malignant images (71% sensitivity) and all 17 benign images (100% specificity). These initial results demonstrate the clinical potential of the PAT/US technique for ovarian cancer diagnosis.

This research was supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH grant number: R01CA151570).

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Salehi Presents &Publishes Research Paper - OSA International Biomedical Optics Congress

Salehi Presents and Publishes Research Paper at OSA International Biomedical Optics Congress

Hassan S. Salehi, PhD, visiting assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Hartford, has presented and published a research paper at Optical Society of America (OSA) International Biomedical Optics Congress. The conference was held 25-28 April 2016 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This research work was done in collaboration with the University of Connecticut (UCONN) School of Dental Medicine and the Stony Brook University School of Dental.
In this paper, "Utilizing Optical Coherence Tomography and Cone Beam Computed Tomography for Oral Tissues Characterization: Ex vivo Study," human specimens were imaged ex vivo using optical coherence tomography (OCT) and compared with images obtained from cone beam computed tomography. Furthermore, image processing techniques were applied to characterize oral tissues. The results show that OCT can reliably differentiate between oral tissues, and that could be extremely valuable in assisting physicians for in vivo evaluation of oral tissues and early cancer detection. 
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

CETA Design Expo – Spring 2016: 4/29/16

CETA Design Expo – Spring 2016

On Friday, April 29, 2016 – The College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) celebrated the accomplishments of the sophomore ES 242 – final projects and senior capstone design students with CETA Design Expo: Spring 2016 – event and poster competitions.  The all-day event held for the first time in the Sports Center, Intramural Gym was a day of success and celebration. 

The ES 242 – Engineering by Design classes participated in an in-depth study of the design process to include problem solving methodologies, evaluation of alternate solutions, economic analysis, ethical constraints, group dynamics, and presentation techniques. Students undertake design projects specifically chosen to meet the objectives of the course. The Design Challenge this semester focused on ways to improve safety among older adults in their daily lives, both inside their homes and in their community.

The winners of the ES 242 – sophomore poster competition were as follows:

Sophomores: ES 242 –
1st Place:
Mikaela Nelson & Thienly Nguyen & Jathnan Alzabadin & Matthew Bernocco
Sensory Deterioration

2nd Place:
Ahmad Ashkanani & Mark Markiewicz & Carl Mitchell & Mofareh Almakhalas
Lock & Go

2nd Place:
Kyle Bergman & Ahmad Alotaibi & Andrew Strakhman
Fall Tracking and Injury Prevention System

Senior Design/Capstone courses are the culminating experience for students. Students work on projects in their field of study with faculty mentors or external project sponsors to design, fabricate, and/or test a device, process, or system. This is a major design experience based on the knowledge and skills acquired in earlier course work, and incorporating industry appropriate standards and realistic constraints. Students who participated this spring are enrolled in:

AET 489 - Senior Capstone Project
AUD 471 - Senior Project
BE 461 - Biomedical Engineering Design Project II
CE 460 - Civil Engineering Design Project
ECE 483 - Capstone Design II
ECT 481 - Senior Design Project II for Engineering Technology
ME 461 – Acoustics Capstone Design
ME 473 - Capstone Design Project II
MET 482 - Capstone for Engineering Technology

The winners of the Senior Capstone Projects – poster competition were as follows:

Seniors: Capstone -
1st Place: Architecture -
Liana Pangburn
Mobile Medical Unit(s) - Africa

1st Place: Technology
Hunter Russel & Martin Mercer
Motorcycle Jacket with Lights

1st Place: Engineering –
Kim Colavito & Amanda Czerwiec & Erinn Lavelle
Podunk River Bridge Replacement

2nd Place: Engineering –
Luis Montes & Zack Cleary & Saleh Alamri
Fluid Collection Device 

2nd Place: Engineering –
Erick Latvis & Kevin Miller & Gianna Sabino
Additive Manufactured Air Duct - Pratt and Whitney

Thank you to all who participated, coordinated, judged and attended.  The CETA Design Expo is an event held each semester and we look forward to the next event in the fall of 2016. 

Congratulations again to all the winners!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Congratulations to all the CETA student scholarship recipients for the 2016 - 2017 academic year!

On Thurs., April 21, 2016 - a wonderful event, made possible by the generosity of the many CETA & University of Hartford donors, was held to honor the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) student award recipients for the 2016 - 2017 academic year.  This celebratory event honored many high achieving students in CETA for their academic success and accomplishment in their disciplines. 

During the event, time was taken to acknowledge the superb efforts and achievements of the almost 90 student scholarship recipients for the 2016 - 2017 academic year, 49 of which were in attendance.  For the 2016 – 2017 academic year, approximately $249,686.00 will be awarded in CETA.  Many students took a moment to address what it meant to them and/or their families to receive such a scholarship and thank all those who donated funds to make the awards a reality. 

The College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) would like to again congratulate all the students nominated and honored.  A special thanks to all those who worked on the scholarship process from CETA, Financial Aid, Institutional Advancement, Alumni Relations and more.  And, of course, a tremendous thank you to all donors whose generosity allowed the students of CETA to celebrate and continue on their educational and career paths.

CETA Scholarship Event - Welcome.

Kadian Hall, scholarship recipient, and family enjoying the day.

Dean Lou Manzione addressing the CETA scholarship award recipients, in attendance

Thursday, April 21, 2016

CETA Design Expo Spring 2016: Showcasing Student Projects and Achievements

CETA Design Expo — Spring 2016:  Join Us!

Friday, April 29, 2016
Sports Center, Intramural Gym

9 to 11 a.m.:
Sophomore — Final Projects
Project Showcase

1 to 3 p.m.: Seniors

Capstone Design — Poster Session

College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) students are doing amazing things in and out of the classroom and studios, and on April 29
th they will have the opportunity to show off their talents to the greater community. The CETA Design Expo will showcase student projects and achievements in engineering and technology.

Please join us and see all the happenings and accomplishments of the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture. We look forward to seeing you there!

For questions, please contact: