Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Alumna develops mobile app to help headache sufferers find relief.

Our Alumni Are Changing the Future

 iDevices Store front - image 1
Screen image of values calculated & plotted for two room variables over a nine-day period - image 2
Recent graduate Rosemarie Day ’17 is developing a mobile app she hopes will have headache sufferers reaching for their phones instead of the medicine cabinet. The app, tentatively named “Whitman,” tracks environmental factors like temperature, humidity levels, and light and combines them with users’ personal data so they can alter their environment to minimize or even avoid headache symptoms. Day, who suffers from headaches herself, started developing “Whitman” for her senior capstone project in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture. It now has the backing of iDevices, an Avon, Conn.-based company where Day works as a software engineer and spent time as an intern.

“Sunlight reflections, glare, fluorescent light, and extreme heat are just some of the environmental factors that can cause headaches if you’re prone to sensitivities.”
“I discovered that my headaches, migraines, and sinus headaches could be misdiagnosed due to their similarities, as many people’s can. Having a way to keep track of the role the environment plays makes it easier to diagnose them and ultimately treat them," Day says.

Small, wireless sensors placed in rooms inside the user’s home track environmental factors, and they enter personal data into the app, including daily eating, sleeping, and activity habits. The information is combined and sent to an iPhone or tablet. The data is then analyzed and displayed on the screen, revealing patterns between changes in the environment and the onset of a headache or migraine. “For example, if the app reveals that higher temperatures and light sensitivity combined are a factor, the user can make adjustments to reduce their exposure to these elements,” she says.

Aside from sponsorship from iDevices, “Whitman” earned Day first place among the dozens of senior projects showcased at the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture’s 2017 Spring Expo. She also presented it at the 2016 IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference in Cambridge, Mass. But she still sees room for improvement.

“I have some ideas to make “Whitman” more usable and efficient, so I’ll keep working on it as a project when I enter graduate school at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in the fall,” Day shares. “My dream is to expand it to include other chronic illnesses affected by environmental changes, including asthma and joint-related disorders.”

UNOTES 6-14-17

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

CETA Students Award Professor of the Year at Commencement

Dr. Hassan Salehi, Visiting Assistant Professor of the Samuel I. Ward Electrical Computer Engineering Department

Dominick Lauria, Adjunct Faculty for the Samuel I. Ward Electrical Computer Engineering Department
Every year the CETA student clubs and organizations invite the students to vote for the Professor of the Year award. The students award both a part-time and full-time faculty member at the commencement ceremony. What makes the Professor of the Year award so unique is that the students are truly the only ones involved in the process of selecting the winners of the award.
This year the students awarded Dr. Hassan Salehi, Visiting Assistant Professor of the Samuel I. Ward Electrical and Computer Engineering, with the Full-Time Professor of the Year and Dominick Lauria with the Part-Time Professor of the Year.
Professor Salehi joined the CETA faculty in 2015 and instructs both undergraduate and graduate level courses. Hassan has left an imprint on the 2017 graduating class after only two years in CETA. Hassan Salehi, himself, had earned his M.Eng from CETA and Ph.D. from UCONN.
Dominick Lauria is lab instructor for the Samuel I. Ward Electrical Computer Engineering Department. He earned a BS degree in Audio Engineering Technology from CETA and has industry experience in audio and electronic equipment repair.
CETA congratulates both of them on their success!
UNOTEs - 5/31/17

Monday, May 22, 2017

CETA Faculty Lauria, Lamb, and Abu-aisheh Publish in International Journal of Engineering Research and Innovation

Sarah Lamb

Dominic Lauria

CETA part-time faculty members Dominic Lauria, Sarah Lamb, and Associate Professor of the Samuel I. Ward Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Akram Abu-aisheh published their recent research in the 2016 Fall/Winter issue of the International Journal of Engineering Research and Innovation. The Article is entitled “Designing Standalone Microgrid and Grid-Connected Smartgrid Hybrid Solar/Wind Energy Systems.”

Their research focused on the design and simulation of a 48V standalone microgrid that was powered primarily by the photvoltaic (PV) panels and a wind turbine, but also has the ability to hook up to the main electrical grid. The PV panels convert solar energy into DC voltage output. The wind turbines convert mechanical energy of a spinning rotor into an AC Voltage output.

The results yielded by their research was conclusive meaning that both the wind turbines and the PV panels were tested alone and were found to have similar energy outputs as the standalone systems.

In addition to this prestigious publication, Sarah Lamb will be graduating with her Master of Science in Engineering degree from CETA this May 2017.

CETA would like to congratulate Dominic Lauria, Sarah Lamb and Dr. Akram Abu-aisheh on their accomplishments!

If you would like to read the full article click the link below:

UNOTEs - 5/22/17

Architecture Students Wow Connecticut Science Center

AET 485 students presented their final projects at the Connecticut Science Center on Friday, May 5. The four students were asked to design supergraphic proposals for the Connecticut Science Center. The students had met with the CT Science Center Marketing Director and the Exhibit Director, Tracy Shirer and Richard Thomas, to discuss the needs of the Center prior to the design process.

AET 485:Graphic Applications for Architecture is designed to have the students explore the historical roots of contemporary architectural thought and the possible future directions of the profession. The students have implemented the skills they learned during the course in their design proposals with attention to the needs expressed by the directors of the Center.

The Connecticut Science Center Marketing Director and the Exhibit Director were both present for the reviews, along with other Science Center staff.

Overall, the feedback to the students was gratifying. “They were very impressed with the work the students have accomplished, and will take inspiration from it," Adjunct Instructor Julie Chen, the course’s instructor, commented.

CETA is undeniably proud of the hard work our students have put together and would like to congratulate them on their success!

UNOTES - 5/22/17

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Charles E. Pagano Jr. ’84, M’07 to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award at Commencement

Charles “Chuck” Pagano ’84, M’07 joined ESPN a month before it actually signed onto the air in 1979—and long before it became the global sports multimedia juggernaut it is today. Starting as a technical director, Pagano spent 35 years at ESPN, retiring in Feb. 2015 as its executive vice president and chief technology officer. Pagano guided ESPN to become a leader in sports television technology and expanded its technological footprint across the globe.

Pagano’s contributions made ESPN the leader in marrying cutting-edge technology to unparalleled content across a variety of media platforms. He was the key driver in the creation of ESPN’s Digital Center in Bristol, Conn., one of the most technically sophisticated TV production facilities in the world. Outfitted as an all-encompassing digital resource, the building contains over 7 million feet of cable and four HDTV studios.

Pagano’s culminating effort was delivery of the Digital Center 2 facility. In this 194,000-square foot building, the sports media company is prepared to handle the next wave of technology, whether that be producing content in 8K resolution or adapting shows to be interactive with social media.

In January 2016, Pagano was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 67th Annual Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards, held in Las Vegas. He has been inducted into both the Consumer Technology Association Hall of Fame and the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Throughout the industry, Pagano became known as a collaborative partner, an early adopter of new ideas, and a leader who always recognized that technology starts with people.

Pagano is also praised for his loyalty, a trait that is clearly illustrated through his long-standing association with the University of Hartford. He has received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in organizational psychology from UHart, is a former member of the University’s Board of Regents, and currently serves on the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture’s Board of Visitors.

Active in the community, Pagano is a Commissioner for the Waterbury (Conn.) Board of Education and president of Holy Land Waterbury, whose mission is to preserve the historic city landmark that the nonprofit is named for. He previously was chairman of the Connecticut Technology Council.

Unotes - 5/18/17

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Faculty Members to Be Honored at Commencement: Part 1

Professors Recognized for Teaching, Research, and Service to the University.

Seven of our most outstanding faculty members will receive awards during this year's Undergraduate Commencement ceremony. Professors Catherine Certo and Cy Yavuzturk and Associate Professors Warren Haston and Jane Horvath are profiled below. Professor David Macbride and Assistant Professors Daphne Berry and Michael Horwitz will be featured on this website on Friday, May 12.
The professors will receive their awards during the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 21.

WARREN HASTON, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC EDUCATION, the Hartt School: Roy E. Larsen award for excellence in teaching

Student evaluations of Warren Haston, PhD, are consistently among the highest in The Hartt School. He is known for his high standards, preparation, and constructive feedback. But it is his dedication to his students outside of the classroom that music education graduates praise just as often. This combination earned him the Roy E. Larsen Award for Excellence in Teaching, which honors full-time University of Hartford faculty members for excellence in teaching and contributions to University life.
“Professor Haston truly taught me how to teach,” Vanessa Wudyka, band director at Leonard J. Tyl Middle School in Oakdale, Conn., wrote in her nomination letter. “Some of the things I remember the most were his precise and constructive feedback, discussions about my teaching reflections, lesson plans and experiences, and the genuine feeling that he cared about me and my success.”
Haston’s Hartt School colleagues agree that he truly cares about his students. They note that he attends nearly every band and orchestra concert, many of which are held on nights and weekends, to send a message to his students that musicianship matters.
“Often, music education professors and students get so wrapped up in the pedagogy of teaching music that they forget that mastery of the subject they are teaching is essential,” Glen Adsit, Hartt School director of bands wrote. “This, in part, is what makes Warren so special.”
Haston actively seeks out ways to contribute to University life through leadership positions. He is chair of the undergraduate music education program and director of Summerterm at The Hartt School. He holds workshops for local music teachers, and frequently helps former students who reach out to him for advice and mentorship. These alumni are now sharing his lessons with their own students, extending Haston’s positive influence far beyond campus.
Haston, who joined the University in 2007, earned his bachelor’s degree in music education and his master’s in performance-conducting from the University of Texas at El Paso, and his PhD in music education from Northwestern University.


Many students have been known to “flock” to mechanical engineering courses taught by Cy Yavuzturk, PhD, but even more seek him out for advice. As chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and one of the University’s most dedicated academic advisors, he seems to have a near-infinite capacity for guiding students and preparing them for the demands of a professional career. The Roy E. Larsen Award recognizes Yavuzturk’s excellence in teaching and contributions to University life.
“I owe the start of my career to Professor Yavuzturk, who helped me find a paid co-op position that landed me my first job before I even graduated,” says Austen Williams ’14, application engineer at Clarcor, which is based in East Hartford, Conn. “My ability to solve problems, teach others, and care about my actions is directly related to the passion he put into his work and into my education. I worked harder than I ever did under his guidance.”
During his nearly 10 years teaching at the University of Hartford, Yavuzturk has earned some of the most consistent and highest student course evaluations within the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA). “He has a special talent for making his topics come alive for students so they become active learners and participants,” says Louis Manzione, dean of CETA. “His lectures are engaging and full of important insights into the material.”
Yavuzturk’s work with students extends beyond the classroom. He has given many undergraduate and graduate students hands-on learning opportunities by overseeing externally funded research programs for organizations like the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Energy, and Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Yavuzturk is the founder and faculty advisor for the University chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), which consistently attracts dozens of students.
Yavuzturk has also applied his expertise and experience to many scholarly publications focused on topics related to thermo-fluids. As student success remains one of his highest priorities, his research has translated into the development of new mechanical engineering courses and concentrations, opening up career opportunities in areas like sustainable energy and conservation, and solar energy design.


Dedicated to her work and to the University, effective in what she does, and always willing to go the extra mile, Catherine Certo, PT, ScD, FAPTA, is a deserving winner of the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Award, which honors full-time faculty members for their sustained service to the University.
Certo, who joined the University in 1997, is chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP) and director of the physical therapy program. Under her leadership, the department grew from one undergraduate program with approximately 50 students to four different degree programs serving about 245 undergraduate and 192 graduate students. Certo added the Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics, the Transitional Master of Science in Prosthetics and Orthotics, and the Doctor of Physical Therapy programs. This growth has been a tremendous benefit to the University as well as the health care community.
Not only has Certo done a remarkable job in her department, she has also made a huge difference on campus chairing numerous committees including the President’s Commission on Compensation, the University Athletics Council, and the University’s Strategic Planning Initiative. As co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee’s Solution Team V, Certo developed recommendations on how to create a sustainable economic model for the University. With her leadership and creativity, the team identified several innovative tools, including the Student Success Collaborative, a web-based tool that identifies at-risk students and allows advisors to review data.
In addition to her expansive and ongoing record of service to the University, Certo has also been an active leader in the community. She has held numerous elected positions in the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Connecticut Chapter of Physical Therapy Association.
“She is a joy to work with—energetic, creative, respectful of her colleagues, ready to lead, and above all, she is a superb representative of the University of Hartford to the community around us,” says University of Hartford President Emeritus Humphrey Tonkin.


To quote from the University Values Statement she helped create, Jane Horvath, PhD, is truly “committed to community.” Known across campus for collaborating and consensus building, Horvath is an ideal recipient of the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Award for her sustained service to the University.
Horvath joined the University in 1985 and has been teaching economics ever since. While her academic contributions are extensive, her dedication to the University extends far beyond the classroom. She has held many leadership positions, including her current roles as director of the Bachelor of Arts in Economics program in the College of Arts and Sciences, chair of the University Pre-Law Advising program, and senior advisor to University President Walter Harrison.
Horvath is the founding director of the van Rooy Center for Complexity and Conflict Analysis, an interdisciplinary initiative that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration, teaching, inquiry, and research. She is working with faculty across the University’s seven schools and colleges to develop a minor in complexity that will be open to any student, regardless of major.
Horvath chaired the University Values Committee, which was charged with establishing a set of shared values that represents the University community and with recommending ways to use it to strengthen a collective sense of community. Horvath and the Committee synthesized the input from more than 1,200 faculty, staff, and students into the University Values Statement and she coined the often-quoted slogan, “Committed to Community.”
“Jane helps us live our values daily,” Assistant VP for Student Affairs Suzanne Anderson McNeil wrote in her nomination letter. “She is always looking to give a helping hand, especially when it comes to improving the college experience for our students.”
Horvath has been an integral part of educating the community about bystander intervention and campus safety. As special assistant to the president on LGBT issues, Horvath supports LGBT students and their parents, trains Department of Athletics coaches and staff, informs campus policies, and advocates for the University to be inclusive and diverse.
Horvath earned her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Connecticut State College (currently Eastern Connecticut State University), and her master’s and PhD from the University of Connecticut.

UH Website - 5/9/17

Monday, May 8, 2017

CETA Design Expo – Spring 2017: What a success!

On Friday, May 5, 2017 – The College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) celebrated the accomplishments of the sophomore ES / ME 242 – final projects and senior capstone design students with CETA Design Expo: Spring 2017 – event and poster competitions. The all-day event held again in the Sports Center, Intramural Gym was a day of competition, success and celebration. 

The ES 242 – Engineer by Design: 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 this course. This spring’s Engineering by Design classes participated in a design challenge that focused on ways to improve educational and employment opportunities for people with visual impairments.

The goals of the Design Challenge were threefold:

-       Create well-designed, practical solutions that address education or employment issues associated with visual impairment.

-       Encourage a new generation of students to become knowledgeable about the challenges of the target population.

-       Provide promising designers with a path to drive change in the world.

ME 242: Acoustic Engineering by Design - The design challenge for this course is to propose acoustic treatments for a room with acoustic issues that affect speech intelligibility. Typically the room surfaces are highly reflective, causing unacceptably long reverberation times. Rooms used for the challenge are found on campus as well as out in the greater community. Student teams assigned to a project take reverberation and background noise measurements on-site, create an acoustic model of the room in a student-designed reverberation spreadsheet, determine acceptable reverberation times for the room, and then use the spreadsheet to test various treatment proposals, choosing Good, Better, and Best proposals that are presented to the client. The students make a public presentation of the proposals on campus, and issue a formal engineering report of the study which is sent to the client.

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

Sophomores: ES / ME 242 –
1st Place: Prof. Elifho Obopilwe – The Navigation Belt
Nick Ackley, Turki Almarri, Eric Sims, Ali Alsagoor

2nd Place: Prof. Ulrich Decher – Braille Teacher
Abdulla Albalali, Abdulrahman Alshammari, Jeff Fournier, Shaun Vasselin

2nd Place: Prof. Elifho Obopilwe – Vibrating Necklace
Griffin Shepherd, Alhassan Alyami, Uche Ulebor, Qahsan Almuammar, Ahmed Alwabari

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 are enrolled in:

AET 489 - Senior Capstone Project

BE 461 - Biomedical Engineering Design Project II

BE 485 - Biomedical Engineering Research

CE 460 - Civil Engineering Design Project

ECE 483 - Capstone Design II

ECT 481 - Senior Design Project II for Engineering Technology

ME 473 - Capstone Design Project II

ME 561 - Acoustics Capstone Design

MET 482 - Capstone for Engineering Technology

Design Evaluation Criteria:
The following criteria were used by judges to evaluate the projects and posters and to choose the winning designs/posters:

1. Clarity of the poster and oral presentations.

2. Student’s overall responses to the questions of the judges.

3. The completeness of the work.

4. Quality of the project.

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

Seniors: Capstone -
1st Place: Advisor: Hassan Salehi / Sponsor: iDevices
Rosemarie Day
Environmental Analyzer

2nd Place: Advisor: Eoin King; Andrea Kwaczala
Anna Elefante, Lucas Shearer, Jacqueline Maynard, Ahmad Arabiyat
Using Acoustic Waves as a Therapeutic Tool for Osteogenic Differentiation

2nd Place / CIO Award: Advisor: Claudio Campana / Sponsor: Andrew Hillberry
Jean Piard, Matthew Salvati
Cloud Enabled Irrigation Control System

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 2017. 

Congratulations again to all our winners!

Student Award Winners and Speaker to Be Honored at Commencement

Congratulations to Janet Zapor ’17, Belle K. Ribicoff Prize awardee.

Janet is a senior in Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture. 

We, in CETA, are very proud.  Congrats again!

UNOTES: 5/8/17

Thursday, May 4, 2017

CT Space Grant Consortium Sponsored their 2nd Annual Community College Quadcopter Challenge on April 28, 2017

The Quinebaug Valley CC team collecting water with their quadcopter on the obstacle course.

On Friday, April 28, the University of Hartford hosted its second annual Community College Quadcopter Challenge at the Konover Great Room. Three teams from three different community colleges participated in the event: Housatonic CC, Quinebaug Valley CC, and Northwestern CC.

The teams built their own quadcopter, or drone, from a kit and were tested on their ability to fly them while completing various tasks. The drones were attached to a string, or leash, to keep the audience safe while attempting the various tasks on the obstacle course. For example, one of the tasks is to fly the quadcopter over a bucket of water and collect a sample. Each college was interviewed by the judges prior to completing the obstacle course.

Last year’s champion, Quinebaug Valley CC, reigned supreme on Friday. They came to the 2017 event prepared to defend their 2016 title and left as the two time champions of the Community College Quadcopter Challenge. CETA and the CT Space Grant Consortium would like to congratulate Quinebaug Valley CC on their win! Many thanks to all who visited to watch the quadcopters in action and we look forward to what next year will bring.

Below is a link to a video featuring the winning team!:

UNOTES - 5/3/17

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

CETA Wishes Good Luck to Formula SAE

Dean Louis Manzione spent Saturday, April 29, with the CETA FSAE Race Car Team during their trials at Lime Rock. Dean Manzione enjoyed his time with the team and is excited about their upcoming competition in Detroit, Michigan.

Formula SAE is a student design competition built around designing a prototype race car and evaluated for its potential as a production item. Every student team designs, builds and tests their race car based on various rules to ensure safety. Each race car is driven by the students themselves and is a testament to hands on learning.

The first Formula SAE competition was held in a parking lot on the University of Texas Campus in 1981. By 1982 the event became international.
Next week, CETA’s Formula SAE team will be heading off to the competition in Detroit. We wish them luck and as Dean Manzione said in his tweet on Saturday they “are all winners already”!

Unotes: 5/2/17

Thursday, April 27, 2017

CETA Hosted its Annual University of Hartford Graduate Architecture Thesis Presentations

Ryan Miller presenting his design.

Fahad Baker presenting his thesis project.

On Monday, April 24, CETA hosted its Annual Master of Architecture Thesis Presentations in the Harry Jack Gray’s 1877 Club. The work of 16 second-year graduate students was on display from 12:00 to 1:00pm, followed by individual presentations and reviews of each project.  The event was culminated by a reception in the Rotunda from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Students featured included: Ahmed Abdelghany, Hajar Aldouri, Fahed Baker, Tomas Botero, Daniel Condon, Laura Crowley, Alyssa Danielewicz, Jameson Gay, Lance Green, Todd Josselyn, Matthew Lawrence, Ryan Miller, Juan Pinto Castaneda, Evan Switzer, Ronald Wassmer, and Kalkidan Zerfu.

Graduate Program Director and Thesis Coordinator Daniel Davis, AIA, was pleased with a high turnout, as approximately 250 people were in attendance.

Thesis Supervisors Mark Hopper, AIA; Craig Saunders, AIA and Tyler Smith, FAIA supported a wide range of student projects,  including academic buildings, museums, a rehabilitation retreat, a refuge center, a library, a community center, a transit oriented development, an urban market, an office building, and a tiny house.. Twenty-one industry professional reviewers attended the event and provided feedback following each student presentation.  These reviews from practicing architects help prepare students for their professional lives where design presentations are an integral part of having a project built.

Reviewers represented the following list of prestigious firms: Newman Architects, TSKP Studio, Svigals + Partners, SLAM Collaborative, JCJ Architecture, Smith Edwards McCoy, Tecton Architects, DRA Architects, Oak Park Architects, Quisenberry Arcari Architects, Friar Associates, Crosskey Architects, MBH Architecture, Richter & Cegan, LA, Wieber Powell + Grunigen, Thompson Edwards Architects, STV, and Turner Construction.

Selected thesis projects will be exhibited throughout Connecticut including the AIA/Connecticut Gallery in New Haven, designated architectural firms, and selected other venues. Thesis Awards will be announced at graduation ceremony.  The M.Arch. thesis presentations are an excellent showcase of architectural design talent at the University of Hartford to the wider professional community.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Engineering students research the use of sound waves to stimulate bone growth

The students observe and analyze results.

Ahmad Arabiyat '17, Jacqueline Maynard, '17, and Jason Reynolds, '17 perform research in CETA's new Tissue Engineering Lab.

Did you know bones weaken in space? Experiencing microgravity, or weightlessness, can be thrilling for astronauts. “But,” says biomedical engineering major, Jacqueline Maynard ‘17, “a side effect is the loss of as much as 40 percent of their bone mass in a single expedition, making fractures and long term complications like osteoporosis very likely.”

To counteract this and potentially help the general population that has degenerative bone conditions, Jacqueline and other students in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) are conducting experiments in the University’s new Tissue Engineering Lab. The project is funded by the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium, a federally supported grant, internship, and scholarship program for students pursuing careers in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (STEM).

Our students are testing whether the mechanical vibrations of sound can alter the stem cells of mice grown in an artificial environment. Prior research has shown that when mechanical vibrations are applied to the cells at the right frequency, they may increase or maintain bone mass, possibly because sound waves stimulate muscles, much like exercise does. “We believe acoustic waves could be a therapeutic approach we can potentially use to stimulate bone formation and improve bone health,” says Andrea Kwaczala, assistant professor of civil, environmental, and biomedical engineering.

The research also involves two acoustic engineering students, Anna Elefante ’17 and Lucas Shearer, ’17. With their advisor, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Eoin King, Anna and Lucas designed and built a desktop acoustic chamber with a cell culture plate holder to house the cells. “This system allows us to apply sound or ‘white noise’ waves at varying frequencies to stimulate cell growth,” says Anna.

Fellow student researchers Ahmad Arabiyat ’17 and Jason Reynolds, ’17, biomedical engineering majors with pre-med concentrations, are optimistic about the project’s future.

“It’s too early to predict the final outcome,” says Ahmad. “But the vibrations have caused the number of cells to increase, which is very exciting and motivating.”

Jason says the next logical step would be for the acoustics team to develop a portable acoustic chamber.

“This chamber would collect real-time data on environmental conditions like pH and temperature,” he explains. “Since it’s portable, it can potentially travel through space.”

UNOTES - 4/26/17

Friday, April 21, 2017

Students Showcase Work at CI and CETA Mix and Mingle Event

The CI and CETA Mix and Mingle event took place on April 18, 2017 in the Architecture Studio on the University of Hartford campus. Students showcased their work to those in attendance, including professionals from Gilbane Building Company, JCJ Architecture, Id3A, Tecton Architects, Clohessy Harris & Kaiser, LLC, Eversource, MBH Architecture, Crosskey Architects, The Master's Construction Corp. and Szewczak Associates.

CETA student and Construction Institute Student Organization President Mutazz Bulter (Senior, Architectural Engineering Technology major) said that student feedback was very positive, and that this is the type of event that students ask for.  "I personally felt that it was a great event. I liked the atmosphere of it where it wasn't too formal and we were able to be candid with professionals about what we want for our futures and our current experiences as college students and aspiring young professionals.", said Butler.

Additional student feedback was also positive.

"I thought the event was great! We were able to meet with professionals, give them tours of the architecture studio, network, and even show our own work. It was definitely a great time." - Jezelle Gordon, Senior, Architectural Engineering Technology major.

"The Mix and Mingle was a fun event that turned into spontaneous conversation which helped me gather some tips and info to help further my studies and future." - John Turner, Sophomore, Architectural Engineering Technology major.

"I thought it was a good opportunity for student to meet with professionals and learn a few things." - Justin Barros, Junior, Architectural Engineering Technology major.

For more information on how you can become involved in the Construction Institute Student Organization or with CI workshops and events, contact the CISO at or Laura Eldredge at

UNOTEs - 4/21/17

Thursday, April 20, 2017

CETA Scholarship and Recognition Event at Konover, on April 18, 2017, was a success!

CETA had their yearly awards luncheon to distribute scholarships and recognize students for their academic success on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. The event kicked off with a presentation by Dean Lou Manzione to recognize the donors that make CETA scholarships possible, and to congratulate students on their success in the rigorous academic programs we teach in the College.

The CETA students, faculty, staff and a small group of generous CETA donors shared a lunch catered by Aramark. The lunch was followed by short speeches by two students from each department thanking the CETA donors for their generosity. The students were asked to share what being a scholarship recipient means to them. Each student presentation was unique and heartfelt.

Ninety-six CETA students received scholarship awards and twenty-two students were selected by the faculty in their departments to be recognized for high academic achievement and accomplishments in the CETA community.

CETA was proud to award just over $180,500.00 to students.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event possible!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

University of Hartford Alum has been appointed Deputy Minister

Nematullah Haidari has been appointed as the Deputy Minister for Management and Finance, Ministry of Public Works, Government of Afghanistan by Dr. Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan .

 Mr. Haidari received his master’s from the University of Hartford specializing in Transportation Engineering. Mr. Haidari started his education at the University of Hartford in Fall 2009 and completed his master’s degree with an impressive grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 out of 4.0.

The faculty and administration of the University of Hartford are proud of Mr. Haidari’s accomplishments and wish him success in his new endeavor.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Slaboch Publishes Journal Paper with NASA Colleagues

Paul Slaboch, assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering, Technology and Architecture (CETA) published a paper in a recent volume of the ASME Journal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power. The paper, entitled "Effect of Aft Rotor on the Inter-Rotor Flow of an Open Rotor Propulsion System", was published with NASA colleagues after presenting the paper at the ASME TurboExpo in Seoul, South Korea this past summer.

The open rotor aircraft engine promises increased efficiency over the current generation of jet engines, but a few problems have stalled the deployment of these machines. One of the largest problems is the noise generated by the engine. Much of the noise is generated by the interaction of the flow between the two rotors and the aft rotor. This paper describes the fluid mechanics of the inter-rotor region of the engine and also validated a computational fluid dynamics code being used to predict the noise of future engines.

This work led to a follow up project that has recently been funded by the NASA CT Space Grant Consortium. The Faculty Research Grant was funded for $20,000 to further study the inter-rotor flow field. This grant will support graduate and undergraduate students who will work with Prof. Slaboch to determine the effects of the aft rotor on the forward rotor blade wakes.

Open Rotor Propulsion Rig at NASA Glenn Research Center

View of extent of data acquisition

Full citation:
Slaboch PE, Stephens DB, Van Zante DE, Wernet MP. Effect of Aft Rotor on the Inter-Rotor Flow of an Open Rotor Propulsion System. ASME. J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power. 2016;139(4):041202-041202-10. doi:10.1115/1.4034356

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

CETA Student Leads Team that is Bringing Water and Electricity to Schools in India

Matthew Garneau '19 and a local technician work on a water pump installation.

Stephen (Tyler) Arnold '19, Matthew Garneau '19, David Piekut '19, and Daniel Wietsman '19, with a water tank installed by UHart students nearly 10 years ago, and bearing the University's name in Hindi.

For elementary school children living in villages outside of New Delhi, India, learning in dim light and sweltering classrooms has become a way of life. With limited access to water and electricity, teachers often choose between holding classes in the hot, humid outdoors or using kerosene lamps indoors with their inherent fire and air quality risks. A group of students in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture, led by civil engineering major Matthew Garneau ’19, set out to improve this difficult learning environment by increasing the water and power supply in two local schools.

This was Matthew’s second trip to India during winter break, and his first leading the team as vice president of the University’s Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter. “I wanted to return to India in a leadership role because our efforts made such a dramatic difference to the quality of the children’s school days,” says Matthew of South Windsor, Conn., who, during his first trip in 2015, installed faster well pumps and Uninterruptable Power Systems (UPS) in primary schools.

“Power is turned on for a maximum of only two hours a day, so classrooms are almost dark, and the heat makes it difficult for students to concentrate,” Matthew says. “Limited access to power also means less water will be available, since well pumps needs electricity to run,” he explains.

Over the course of nearly two weeks, Matthew directed the team as it installed higher-powered water pumps and UPS' in two government primary schools in the villages of Rithoj and Raisena, located about an hour outside of New Delhi. Matthew, who has been running his own landscaping company for four years, oversaw local technicians and worked with translators to negotiate prices at local parts suppliers.

“We did most of the engineering and measurement work for the installations at CETA, so we made only minor calculation adjustments to better fit both systems,“ Matthew points out. The students also had opportunities to interact with villagers and learn firsthand about Indian culture.

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering David Pines, who oversees EWB at UHart, notes the students not only successfully implemented these sustainable engineering missions, they also checked in on longer term work he and other UHart students have completed over the 10 years the chapter has been traveling to the country, and surveyed sites where future well pumps and UPS systems can be installed.

EWB projects at the University have been steadily growing. Pines and another team of students visited Kenya’s Lake Region over spring break, continuing efforts to dramatically improve the harvesting process for farmers using a threshing machine designed by a UHart student (read more here). The chapter, which has expanded to include the Hartford EWB Professional Chapter and the Hartford Art School, is working on three new challenging projects. Matthew is on board with all of them, as he plans to run for chapter president next year.

“All EWB members serve as important links to projects that give us the chance to apply practical knowledge, sometimes even before we learn the theory behind it,” he says. “Providing solutions to world problems helps us go from being students to being engineers.”
Unotes: 3/27/17

Friday, March 17, 2017

Fulbright Scholar Earns Second International Architecture Award for Innovative Mosque Design

Fahed Baker puts the finishing touches on a design sketch.
The word “prestigious” cannot be used lightly because it denotes high opinion and honor. Yet the word applies triple time to Master of Architecture (MArch) student Fahed Baker, M’17. He is a prestigious Fulbright Scholar and two-time winner of the prestigious International Architecture Award presented by the World Architecture Community. Fulbright Scholars receive highly-competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange. Eight thousand grants are given annually worldwide for graduate study, advanced research, university lecturing, and classroom teaching.

The International Architecture Awards honors designs, built and unbuilt, that recognize architecture as a high art while answering complicated problems of environment, social context, quality of life, and sustainability. Fahed won the 2017 award for his design of a mosque. He received the 2016 accolade for his creative interpretation of a modern Italian piazza. The projects were completed following visits to Florence, Italy and Montreal, Canada as part of Architectural Studio III, a second-year graduate course. 

The 2017 award is particularly meaningful to Fahed, who came to the University’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA) in 2015 from politically-conflicted Gaza, a small territory located on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea between Israel and Egypt. Leaving behind his wife, three young daughters, and an established architectural business, he felt compelled to explore the latest technologies in western design and fabrication in hopes of one day helping to rebuild Gaza’s fragile infrastructure.

“Gaza continues to confront unique architectural challenges because of the conflicts it has endured,” Fahed says. “Restoring the infrastructure of schools, mosques, and other landmarks will result in greater unification among people and improved economic opportunities. This award confirms I can be a vital contributor to such a goal.”

Fahed says he chose a tranquil design for the mosque project, which he titled ‘Transcendence of Light’. “I drew inspiration from the Muslim belief that emphasizes light as a mark of God’s presence. The openness of the mosque and the light leaning in invites all people to come in and learn about a peaceful, transparent, and welcoming faith while speaking to the architectural context of cities in the 21st century,” he explains.

The CETA MArch program is one of only two (Yale) in Connecticut that is nationally accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB), a factor Fahed says gave him peace of mind in deciding to study at UHart. “I discovered most state registration boards require a degree from an NAAB-accredited program as a prerequisite for architectural licensure, which I plan to pursue,” he says.

Architecture Graduate Program Director Daniel Davis considers Fahed’s award-winning designs innovative and professional. “Fahed is capable well beyond his years and the architecture faculty is immensely proud of his accomplishments,” says Davis. “Not only has he brought international attention to our graduate program, but he is also a natural teacher, mentoring both our international and domestic students while he continues exploring diverse academic topics.”

One such topic is developing parametric models for mapping weather data with University Assistant Professor of Architecture Seth Holmes and Assistant Professor of Architecture Nicholas Rajkovich of the University of Buffalo, the research of which is on its way to being published and submitted to the 2017 Building Simulation Conference.

Fahed has mentored students at Islamic University of Gaza, where he earned his undergraduate degree. He plans to pursue his doctorate in architecture so he can teach after he spends time “solving human problems. This is why I push the boundaries of design and building.”

He is motivated by the thought of reuniting with his family following the 2017 commencement ceremony. “They have the greater courage. They have given me a gift in allowing me to focus in-depth on my passion. These awards are for them and because of them.”

Design and sketch (unbuilt) of "Crystal Piazza" Cultural Center in Florence, Italy.

Design and sketch (unbuilt) of "Transcendence of Light" Islamic Center in Montreal, Canada.
Unotes - 3/17/17

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Eppes and Milanovic Publish the Paper on Development of Hybrid Courses

Eppes and Milanovic Publish

Tom Eppes, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Ivana Milanovic, professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), have published an article in the Academic Journal of Science (AJS) Vol. 6, No. 1. The IJAS publishes original contributions on all aspects of science from the academic perspective.
The paper, "Development of Hybrid Courses by Applying Best Practices from the Online Environment" describes how four on-ground engineering courses were transformed into a hybrid mode using best practices found in online environment.
The objective was to overcome two major teaching issues present in the courses: (1) over-reliance on advanced mathematical tools that hampered students understanding of the underlying principles, and (2) the absence of immersive and exciting visuals. In these hybrid courses, facilitation is required on the part of the instructor while the student must become more active in the learning process.
The result was an integrated learning environment (face-to-face and online) with comprehensive information sources, a knowledgebase, and experiential learning elements. In addition, modeling, simulation, visualization, and application building are incorporated to further extend learning outcomes.  
Course Design Elements
Application: Optical Fiber Drawing Furnace

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Assistant Professor Eoin King Elected to Board of Directors

Assistant Professor Eoin King Elected to Board of Directors for the Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA

Eoin King, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and acoustics in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Architecture (CETA), was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Institute of Noise Control Engineering of the USA (INCE-USA).

As the only professional society devoted solely to Noise Control Engineering, INCE-USA provides a unique forum for technical exchange, networking, and professional growth. INCE-USA provides a wide range of services to it's nearly 1,000 Members and Associates and is also a Member Society of the International Institute of Noise Control Engineering, an international consortium of organizations with interests in acoustics and noise control.

King was elected following his position as Technical Chair of NOISE-CON 2016, the INCE national conference, which was held in Rhode Island in June 2016.

Unotes - 3/1/17

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

CETA Student Ambassadors Visit the University of Hartford Magnet School

CETA Celebrates 2017 Engineers Week:


Engineer’s week kicked off on Monday, 2/20/17, with cake and balloons in the CETA Student Lounge and was followed by a visit to the University of Hartford Magnet School on Thursday, 2/23/17, to celebrate and build awareness of Girl Day.

DiscoverE announced Girl Day as “a worldwide campaign to introduce girls to the fascinating world of engineering. Thousands of people--engineers, teachers and others--act as Role Models and educate girls about how engineers change our world. This simple act has turned many girls on to engineering & technology careers”.

In the early 1980s only “5.8% of engineers in the U.S. were women”. Studies have proven that exposing more women to engineering have improved those numbers. Since 2012, the statistics have moved to 20% of engineering students in the U.S are women (Crawford 2012).  A select group of CETA Student Ambassadors chose to do their part in encouraging women in STEM by visiting the University of Hartford Magnet School to honor Girl Day. Sixty-five second graders enjoyed a presentation of Women Engineers in History followed by the Marshmallow Challenge. 

Current CETA Student Ambassadors: Jackie Maynard, Heather Volkens, Kareema Shell, Lydia Metcalf and Andrea Hoyt offered up their time to share their experiences as women in STEM. They began the visit with a presentation honoring successful women in engineering and science.

They challenged the social stereotypes that link “masculinity to technology” by urging the three Second grade classes to begin exploring science, technology, engineering and math early on, no matter your gender (Crawford 2012).

All in all, the visit was an effective way for our CETA students to share the passion they have for engineering and to encourage the youth of today to be the engineers of tomorrow. These visits help elementary students discover the world of engineering and improve the inclusiveness of women in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).


"DiscoverE." DiscoverE. N.p., 06 Jan. 2014. Web. 27 Feb. 2017. <>.


Crawford, Mark. “Engineering Still Needs More Women.”, Sept. 2012. Web.

27 Feb. 2017.<>.